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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Several projects proposed in the area were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The board found they complied with the county's comprehensive land use plan and returned the applications without comment.

East Brunswick Township has applied for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit for removing sediment existing along stone masonry abutments on Indian Run Road Bridge and Wild Turkey Lane Bridge.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The book discussion of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

"The Help" reached No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List and is being made into a movie which will debut in August. Anyone wishing to discuss this thought-provoking book on civil rights is welcome to attend. Coffee and cake will be served. Please call (570) 645-3780 for further information.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Immortal Link by Uta Burke is a story that takes place in Jim Thorpe.

When Uta Burke chose the town of Jim Thorpe as the setting of her novel, something strange happened: the setting took over and the plot turned paranormal.

Burke chose Jim Thorpe because she found a town named after a man who never set foot in the place intriguing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Palmerton's Municipal Authority plans to make improvements to its water system.

Bids will be accepted by the borough until 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1., at which time they will be opened.

The project is for improvements to the borough's Municipal Water Authority System for Groundwater Rule 4-Log Treatment at the Well "A" and Foundry Well sites.

All work shall be completed within 30 calendar days of the date of project commencement.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, seated, Frank Casaceli of Innovations Church in Cresco, and right, seated, Connie Jedrich of Pen Argyl, helped as volunteers to bring awareness of the importance of organ donations at Kinsley's ShopRite's First Annual Organ Awareness Day in Brodheadsville. Connie donated one of her kidney's to her 26-year-old nephew and has no regrets only joy in knowing she has helped him have a longer life. "I heard about this event through a friend and just feel it is so important to get the word out about how much a donation can make to someone else's life.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Schuylkill County Salary Board fixed the salary of the newly appointed administrator of Rest Haven Home at a meeting held following the commissioners meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

At the commissioners meeting, Martina Chwastiak, director of Human Resources, recommended Jill Schaeffer, of Pottsville, be appointed administrator to fill a vacancy. The salary board set her salary at $70,918 per year.

Controller Melinda Kantner, a member of the board, questioned if the job had been posted.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Children Robert Kressley, Katie Kressley, Oliver Kressley and Maddie Kressley along with Patrick and Kellen Trotter provided a skit utilizing a live chicken in a box.

It was an 85th reunion celebration for the George family and the first that was treated more importantly. After the 80th it was decided that every fifth one should be special. This year's event, as have all of the recent reunions, was held at the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club with 61 in attendance.

Jerry and Emily George, with the help of LeRoy and Richard E. George, put a pig on to roast at 3 a.m. It was brought to the Rod and Gun Club before it was carved for serving.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Rush Township man was scheduled for two preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, last week, facing drug related charges filed by two members of the Tamaqua Police Department.

James William Kunkel, 28, of 72 Ryan Ave., waived both cases to Schuylkill County Court.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Traffic was backed for miles in both directions on SR309 in Tamaqua. Multiple traffic projects in Tamaqua have made for large traffic delays in and around the borough. Pictured is traffic on the Hometown Hill, SR309, backed up all the way passed the SR54 and SR309 intersection in Hometown. Most of the traffic, bridge andrailroad projects are expected to last a few more months, some stretching into early next year.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Andreas R. 1 woman is more than a half-million dollars richer, thanks to the Pennsylvania Lotto game. A spokesperson for the Bureau of State Lotteries said Mrs. Elizabeth Vavro, 65, won $507,631. Mrs. Vavro, an employee at Bright's Department Store in the Carbon Plaza Mall, Mahoning Township, will receive 11 annual installments of $46,147.39, less 20 percent of the Federal Withholding Tax, the lottery spokesperson said.