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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

If Weissport residents want to help their town, the easiest way is to contain their garbage in a can.

Gene Kershner, vice chairman of Weissport Council, noted that this is the season for rodents and he is asking every resident to place their garbage in a can for collection.

"Putting your garbage in a can will benefit everyone," said Kershner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two British sailors who had dates with their pen pals, Tamaqua girls, and who stand accused of entering and robbing three Tamaqua stores early Tuesday morning, face a barrage of questions when they return to New York at the expiration of their leave. The store that were entered by dint of breaking display windows were Nesbitt's Cut Rate Drug Store, the American Auto Store, and Meredith Stationery Store. The sailors contacted their "pen pals" while traveling on bus through Harrisburg and arranged to meet with them.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Borough purchased a 2011 F550 Ford dump truck under the PA Co-Stars Program from KME in Nesquehoning. The four wheel drive truck with a snow plow adds to the borough's truck fleet and has the look of a crisp clean image painted grey. The total price was $70,000 with $60,00 taken from the Liquid Fuels Account and $10,000 from the General Fund.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Saturday's "On This Date" in the TIMES NEWS, it was stated that James E. Ziegenfuss was the first recipient from Franklin Township Lions Club of the Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest award in Lionism, in 1993.

The information came from a newspaper in 1993.

Richard Schirer has informed the TIMES NEWS that he was the first recipient, being given the Melvin Jones Award in 1992.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Event coordinators Jessica Kutza, left, and her mother, Mary Ann Dulaney, both of Coaldale, take inventory of some of the many ACS Chinese Auction prizes for their 12th Annual Chinese Auction and fundraising event to be held Sunday at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville, Rt. 54. Doors open at noon and the auction drawing starts at 3 p.m. More than 500 items will be available. There are many new types of prizes this year, such as Phillies tickets, Penn State and Yuengling items, Pocono 500, Longaberger baskets, as well as many local gift certificates.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Roderick Cook, left, and Antonia Diener will compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Washington, D.C., in May.

Two MMI Preparatory School students will participate in a national speech and debate competition.

Juniors Roderick Cook and Antonia Diener will compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament May 27 to 29 in Washington, D.C.

The NCFL is dedicated to supporting high school speech and debate activities for public, private and parochial high schools in the United States and Canada.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sometimes news about disasters and tragedy, such as the devastating tsunami in Japan, is hard for children to comprehend.

To help youngsters better cope and understand the devastating tsunami, a special "Kid Scoop" page is featured in today's TIMES NEWS.

The full-color special feature, complete with illustrations, puzzles, and narration – written so a child can understand – appears on page 19.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Many fire companies throughout our area were kept busy clearing flooded streets and basements following the past two weeks of heavy rains, rising waters and melting snow that caused havoc for area drivers and residents. Borough officials and residents from area communities pointed out their great appreciation to all the volunteer firefighters and dedicated municipal workers who worked hard in the rain to clear drains, streets and basements over the past two weeks.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Some driver's license services will not be available at PennDOT driver's license centers on Saturday, March 26 due to a scheduled upgrade of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Problem Driver Pointer System, or PDPS.

The federal government requires states to use the system to determine if applicants have outstanding driver sanctions in other states. All outstanding sanctions must be reconciled before individuals can obtain a driver's license or learner's permit in another state.