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Friday, May 25, 2012

Members of the Zion's Stone Church in New Ringgold and St. Peter's Church in Mantzville are hosting their annual community-invited Memorial Day Service outside the Zion's Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Road in West Penn, on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Participating in the service will be various Boy Scout groups, local musicians, Andreas VFW Post 5069, Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League and guest speaker Iraq veteran Sgt. Andy Leibenguth.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lehighton area students recently were recognized for winning first place in their age categories in the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton, Americanism essay contest. One of the winners was Colby Zerbe. She was the seventh and eighth grade winner and attends Lehighton Area Middle School.

Friday, May 25, 2012
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While visiting the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Summit Hill, Jeffrey A. Gangaware, 14, remembers the sacrifices of all veterans as he places a flag at the grave of his grandfather, Lester Gangaware of Lansford, who passed away in 2008. Lester Gangaware served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Jeffrey, a Panther Valley JROTC cadet, is the son of Jeff and Bernice Moser, Coaldale, who are active members of the Tamaqua American Legion. Jeffrey and his family will be participating in numerous Memorial Day events over the weekend.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association will hold its 6th annual Youth Fishing Education Day from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Blue Mountain Fish and Game Club. The event is rain or shine and is limited to the first 100 students ages 8 to 15 years old. Trophies are awarded for fishing contests.

For more information or to register your child for this event, contact Dave Carl at (570) 325-4336 or email at fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com. Registration is required. Free t-shirt and hat for registered participants.

Friday, May 25, 2012

John Vincent Chaney, 21, of 130 Sixth Street, Coaldale, faces driving under the influence and related charges after a March 28 car crash that left his friend with a broken neck.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Police Chief Timothy Delaney and officer Charles Blesse were on duty at 6:45 a.m. when they were called to the scene of an accident on Route 209 near Dock street, at the Schuylkill/ Carbon border.

Friday, May 25, 2012
Final construction of the Liberty Hall Apartments is estimated to be complete by June 15, with the grand opening planned for some time in July.

State and local officials spent time in Tamaqua touring the 12-unit Liberty Hall apartment building, which contractors estimate will be completed by mid-June.

In 2009, the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership purchased the building, located at 420 East Broad St., when it went into foreclosure, with the intent of selling it to ABC, Alliance for Building Communities (ABC) of Allentown. In May 2011, ABC purchased the property with plans on developing the $3.8 million project into a viable housing apartment building. The groundbreaking was held in August 2011.

Friday, May 25, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/BRANDON TAYLOR Gwalior Fort looms over the old city below. VISIT www.btay200.wordpress.com for more photos.

By BRANDON TAYLOR

Hitting up India's major attractions was definitely the focus of my trip, but I also wanted to see a few of the country's sleepy, out-of-the-way towns and cities, the ones tourists typically overlook on their way to and from the Taj Mahal or while taking spiritual journeys to Varanasi and the Ganges River.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved 9-0, the 2012-2013 fall assistant coaching positions. They are:

*Boys' Soccer, Varsity, Mike Dragotta; JV-Ashley Kozicki, Alex Wunder; Jr. High, Mr. Mark Kutteroff, Richard Whiteford

*Cross Country, Varsity, Richard Rimple; Jr. High, James Igoe

*Field Hockey, Varsity, Colleen Dinan; Jr. High, Alison Kutzler, Corin Owermohle

*Football, Varsity, David Biever, Steve Lazicki, Split Stipend Matt Triolo, Dave Pacchioni, Kevin Nagle; Freshman Mark Versuk, Dan Frable; Jr. High Justin Micklos, James Ward

Friday, May 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, Inc. volunteers Catherine Watkins, Activities Director, St Luke's Hopsital - Miners Campus, and hospital resident Maryann Cinque encourage people to embrace and empower seniors by understanding how to stop, prevent or report elder abuse. Cinque is a PEER advocate representative for fellow residents at the hospital. Watkins said that in 2011, 209 reports of need were made to the Schuyllkill County Office of Senior Services (SCOSC) alleging abuse against elders.

In conjunction with Older American Month, May is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Schuylkill County. Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, Inc. volunteers are asking poeple to wear silver ribbons throughout the remainder of the month in support of elder abuse awareness.

Types of abuse range from physical, mental, verbal, financial, neglect and sexual.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tamaqua Chief of Police Dave Mattson reminds local motorists that the unofficial start of the Summer kicks off this Memorial Day weekend with the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association's announcement of a renewed initiative to enforce the Commonwealth's impaired driving laws. Municipal and state police throughout the state will be out in force over the holiday weekend with increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and other under-the-influence related enforcement initiatives to ensure the highways are safer by removing alcohol and drug impaired drivers.