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Friday, November 15, 2013
AP Photo/Republican-Herald, Jacqueline Dormer Former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden is sworn in to serve on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board as his wife, Gwen, holds the Bible at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Former Congressman Tim Holden of Saint Clair, joined by dignitaries from the court and state offices along with 100 friends, was sworn in Wednesday as a member of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The ceremony was held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, November 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left, Stanley Jaroszewski; Benjamin Andrews, kindergarten; Kyleigh Steigerwalt, kindergarten; Dillon Borger, kindergarten; Cheyenne Whitaker, second grade; and Scott Reinhart; stand by a flag that 400 students at Towamensing Elementary School made out of their handprints in recognition of Veterans Day.

Scott Reinhart, Summit Hill, and Stanley Jaroszewski, Lehighton, veterans of the United States Navy, volunteered their time to speak to students at Towamensing Elementary School's Veterans Day program. Their message to the students was the importance of volunteering.

Both men talked about how they volunteered to serve their country by enlisting in the Navy.

Pointing to a map, the men showed the children where they had visited during their tours of duty.

Friday, November 15, 2013

State senators John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) partnered with the Marcellus Shale Coalition to host over 150 local leaders in business, energy and education at a forum highlighting the business and job growth potential of the Marcellus Shale industry in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Maybe you just turned 65 and are looking to see what your plan options are and you have questions that open enrollment wouldn't cover.

Highmark Medicare Solutions will be hosting free Medicare Solutions seminars at the Hampton Inn, 877 Interchange Road, Lehighton through the end of the year.

The seminars will be conducted by a benefits consultant, who will take you through everything you need to know to make an educated choice on your Medicare plan.

Upcoming seminars include:

Ÿ 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Ÿ 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Though the Walnutport Borough Council had last week discussed the possibility of only a .5-mill tax increase for 2014, it instead adopted a preliminary budget last night that includes a 1-mill increase.

President Matthew Newhard had said at last week's council workshop meeting that he hoped a .5-mill tax increase would be sufficient for the upcoming year. However, after council intently scrutinized the preliminary budget set before them at last night's borough council meeting, it was decided a .5-mill increase simply would not lead to a balanced budget.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mrs. Julia Worley of Mauch Chunk, the widow of John L. Worley, who lost his life in the great Qubec bridge disaster of Aug. 26, 1907, has received $25,000 as her share of the Québec relief fund. She resided at the Mansion House.

Friday, November 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Vazquez, Kunkletown, is one of two part-time employees at the Polk Township recycling and waste transfer station. There is one full-time employee.

It seems appropriate for Polk Township to receive a certificate from the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority because today is America Recycles Day.

The certificate reads "In recognition for the township's strong leadership in protecting the environment through the recycling program, thereby reducing municipal waste and saving valuable landfill space and recycling far beyond what is required."

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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A Monroe County man who is charged with opening fire with two guns at a Ross Township supervisors meeting on Aug. 5, killing three people, will face trial on the charges.

Rockne M. Newell, who is a township resident, had a preliminary hearing on the charges Thursday in the Monroe County Courthouse.

District Judge Kristina Anzini conducted the hearing, which was very emotional at times, and bound all the charges filed against Newell to Monroe County Court.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lisa Mace, principal of Panther Valley Middle School, has announced the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

Distinguished honors

Sixth grade: Meghan Boyle, Chrystiana Brettle, Riley Distler, Jenna Dubosky, Collin Eidle, Hailey Harvilla, Aariana Huttie, Caleb Knepper, Devyon Kniese, Claire Kokinda, Jessica Markovich, Michael Milkowich, Blake Morgans, Megan Pascoe, Matthew Santore, Gianna Steber, Brandon Stilitino

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Members of the Tamaqua American Legion lower their rifles between each volley.

Veterans were honored during the Tamaqua senior high and middle school's annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony, which took place in front of the Tamaqua Area Senior High School on Veterans Day.

The Color Guard and firing detail consists yearly of veterans and members from the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League and Tamaqua American Legion.