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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS The historic Crown Victoria police car is a thing of past. Today, specialized units like this 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan rule the road. KME in Nesquehoning is one of the leading firms in the state for upgrading and designing the modern vehicles.

If you ever find yourself in the back of a police car, use the time to admire the specialized interior design and high-tech technology that's becoming commonplace in today's law enforcement vehicles.

Gone are the days of the Ford Crown Victoria equipped with little more than sirens, light packages and a radio unit. Today, high performance vehicles rule the road, outfitted with specialized equipment.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Repair work to the clearance bars of the covered bridge that were damaged last month by a vehicle should soon be completed.

Lower Towamensing Township Supervisor Jesse Mendez announced at Tuesday's board of supervisors meeting that the Carbon County commissioners have authorized Home Solutions Partners, Palmerton, to make the necessary repairs as specified by Carbon Engineering.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Maria Elena Geyer, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, right, presents a check for $500 to Leona Rega, coordinator, Tamaqua Safety Initiative (TSI). Byrnes-Noon stated the donation came from their office's regular forfeiter fund, created to help reduce crime in neighborhoods and communities. The TSI comprised of a number Tamaqua residents and business owners, property owners, community organizations, police department, crime watch volunteers, borough council members, code enforcement, fire department, Chamber of Commerce and health professionals.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, will hold its annual Community Block Party on Friday, July 19; Saturday, July 20; and Sunday, July 21. There will be food, fun, games and more. Friday hours are 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Friday's entertainment is Boomerang at 7 p.m.; Saturday, ADD, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will dedicate the KME pumper at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, to the ladies auxiliary, during the 33rd annual block party. The block party will be held July 19, 20 and 21 on fire company grounds. A truck parade will precede the dedication at 2 p.m. The ladies auxiliary has voted to pay off the truck loan by agreeing to pay $650 a month for the next 14 years.

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will be honoring its ladies auxiliary when it dedicates its new KME tanker at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

The dedication program will be held during the fire company's 33rd annual block party. A fire truck parade featuring over 40 fire companies will precede the dedication program beginning at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Students in the north eastern area of Schuylkill County, who reside within the boundary of Hazleton Area School District and who attend non-public schools in Schuylkill County, will now be eligible to receive Title One services from the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School District for the school year 2013-14, according to action taken by IU school board at its monthly meeting. Hazleton Area School District will pay $2,406.96 for the service.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Frannie Brennan, Director of the Schuylkill County Election Bureau, has announced deadlines for absentee ballots for the July 23 special election to vote for Hazleton Area School Board.

Tuesday, July 16, at 5 p.m., is the deadline for voters to apply for an absentee ballot.

All absentee ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coaldale council learned Tuesday that the borough may soon be able to take steps to resolve the problem of a mold-infested vacant house at 132 W. Ridge St.

Solicitor Michael Greek said a hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 in Schuylkill County court for a default status on the house, which is declared unfit for human habitation. That may allow the borough to clean up the interior of the home.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Weissport Recreation Committee and Weissport School Reunion committee have joined forces to bring Music in the Park to Weissport on Saturday, July 20.

There will be an afternoon of children's activities 2 to 5 p.m., followed with an evening of music by the Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith.

Daytime activities include music by Uncle Milty (Monroe Berger), karaoke, finger painting, games hosted by Jacob's United Church of Christ, Child ID Program sponsored by the Masons, children's bike give-away and refreshments.