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Friday, November 4, 2011

Community organizations who wish to utilize facilities in the Palmerton Area School District will not be charged unless custodial overtime is required.

That was the general consensus of the school board at a committee workshop on Wednesday, at which time it reopened discussion on Policy #707, Use of School Facilities.

The board agreed those organizations would not be charged a fee unless there is actual custodial overtime incurred during hours in which the district does not have regular coverage.

Friday, November 4, 2011

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, along with local police from across Central Pennsylvania, are in the process of arresting nine suspects linked to a wide-reaching prescription forgery ring allegedly responsible for fabricating hundreds of bogus prescriptions for powerful pain medications.

Friday, November 4, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mac Wingate with Walters Monument Company of Summit Hill prepares the World War I Memorial at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for the installation of bronze plaques bearing the names of close to 500 veterans of "the World War" from Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk in preparation for a dedication ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.

Just over 90 years ago, on Oct. 15, 1921, the residents of what is today the borough of Jim Thorpe unveiled and dedicated a monument honoring the local men who fought in what was then known simply as the "World War."

Today, that monument in Jim Thorpe remembering those soldiers has undergone a total restoration through the hard work and dedication of the World War I Memorial Restoration Committee and the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.

Friday, November 4, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Steven Marsicano, 44, of 223 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, is escorted from his arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Bynon Thursday afternoon. Marsicano was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility. Marsicano allegedly sold drugs to an undercoper operative in 2010. The arrest was made by Patrolman Anthony Stanell, who was working with Sgt. Rick Weaver and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. Bail was set at $10,000.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The emergency department of the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale will continue to divert patients while they clean up following a water main break that flooded the lower levels of the hospital.

The radiology department also remains closed until further notice.

Most hospital-based outpatient services, including respiratory, cardiology and oncology reopened yesterday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The unusual snowstorm last weekend caused a lot more headaches than imagined in Walker Township.

The New England Valley Fire Company is the designated emergency shelter in Walker Township, but when the snowstorm knocked out most of the township's power on Saturday, the generator didn't work. The board of supervisors wants the generator fixed quickly and at Thursday evening's meeting agreed to pay the bill to do so.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, offers a host of activities this month.

Story Time will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday in November, hosted by library volunteers Dawn and Nancy. Parents or caregivers are invited to attend with their preschooler(s) to enjoy the stories and quality fun time.

Black Diamond Writers' Group with Gary Blake will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Friday, November 4, 2011

B. D. Branch, general passenger agent of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, personally conducted the first sigt seeing excursion over the C.R.R. and Reading yesterday from New York with 171 passengers aboard. It remained in Mauch Chunk for 20 minutes during which time most of the pasengers left the train and walked around. Branch, with amplifier , broadcasted the features of the community, rich in Indian lore, navigation and railroad achievements, and peerless scenic effects. Numerous borough officials greeted the visitors.

Friday, November 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Danny Sugden, Tamaqua American Legion member, places a flag in preparation for tomorrow's event.

Tomorrow's Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade will be held a little differently than in prior years.

"In past years, so few people watch or participate in our Tamaqua American Legion Annual Veterans Day Parade," said Andrew Leibenguth, parade coordinator and Tamaqua American Legion historian. "During tomorrow's parade, everybody is encouraged to walk or march side by side with veterans," added Leibenguth, an Iraq war veteran.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Though highly inflated, Palmerton Area School District's 2012-13 preliminary budget calls for a 9.1-percent increase in the property tax rate.

The school board on an 8-0 vote at a special board meeting on Wednesday agreed to advertise for adoption next year's preliminary budget with a 4.46-mill increase. Director Carol Dwyer was absent.

Also as part of that motion, the board agreed to apply for potential exceptions the district may qualify for, such as debt service, retirement contributions and special education.