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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TIMES NEWS/File photo Matthew Schutter speaking at a recent Penn Forest Township meeting.

Does a locked door at a public meeting violate the Open Meetings law?

Only if the public is precluded from attendance, District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe ruled in court Monday.

Matthew Schutter, chairman of the Penn Forest Township board of auditors, filed a complaint with Lewis against the township alleging the Sunshine Law was violated because the door was locked for the auditors' meeting.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sophia Butz thinks her Easter eggs make fine playthings. She was egg hunting at the Walnutport VFW.

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport sponsored an egg hunt Saturday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You have the right to remain silent as long as the Pennsylvania Game Commission isn't questioning you about possible poaching.

It seemingly runs counter to Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination, but the state's Game Code makes it illegal for someone to "refuse to answer, without evasion, upon request of any representative of the commission, any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife."

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Schuylkill County woman has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault, reckless endangering, harassment, criminal mischief, careless driving and trespass with a motor vehicle after police say she struck a man several times with a knife.

The unidentified 37-year-old man from Tower City was flown to Hershey Medical Center for medical treatment. The victim had been sitting inside a van parked along Collier Avenue when Sitlinger struck him several times and cut him.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for daytime single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel  from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wedneday for tunnel maintenance.
The southbound tunnel will be closed and traffic diverted into the northbound tunnel.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual giant yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24. The rain date is May 25.

There will be over a hundred vendors selling a variety of household items and baby items, toys and furniture.

Anyone who wants to donate baked goods can drop them off that morning or call Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147.

Vendor setup time is 7 a.m. Spaces are available.

Monday, April 21, 2014

If you are attending a job fair:

1. Dress professionally

The general rule of thumb is to dress to fit the job for which you are applying. For some, this may mean a suit and tie; for others a pair of khakis, polo shirt or button-down collar. Plan your attire carefully. Sneakers and flip-flops are never acceptable.

2. Communicate what you have to offer

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Faith-Paced Walker's Club will begin walking every Tuesday and Thursday morning, beginning April 22 and ending June 19, at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and the walk will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Walkers will walk at their own pace for as long as they want, but they must be back at the pavilion by 9 in order to be eligible to win prizes.

The prizes range from gift cards to gift baskets and more.

For additional information about the Faith-Paced Walker's Club, contact call 610-377-5395.

Monday, April 21, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Owners of LaRose's Skating Rink ask for help for customers crossing busy Route 209.

Owners of the LaRose's Skating Rink asked the Franklin Township board of supervisors last week for help with a crosswalk across busy Route 209 from their business to their parking lot.

Roy and Brenda Artz said that they didn't realize that the road separating their business from their parking lot was a state highway, but that state officials said they can't help them establish a crosswalk and that it was up to the local municipality, Franklin Township, to do so.

Monday, April 21, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Gary Ryan Jr., Mahanoy City, wades in the Schuylkill River on Saturday, fishing for trout during the Tamaqua Chamber's annual fishing derby.

Anglers streamed to the annual Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby on Saturday, lured by the chance to hook a trout, and possibly big prizes.

Chamber member Tom Banditelli, who organizes the derby, said that the trout are purchased from S & A Trout Ponds, Orwigsburg, by Trout Unlimited. Some of the trout are tagged, with the tag number linked to a prize, such as free fuel or food, and even a fishing trip to Canada.