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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Penn State fans react

Penn State fans have made two pronounced assessments about the penalties announced yesterday against the school by NCAA President Mark Emmert which disturb them:

Ÿ The sanctions penalize the athletes and students, and not the individuals involved in the scandal that caused the penalties.

Ÿ The action by the NCAA came without due process.

Drue Haydt of Mahoning Township has been a Penn State football season ticket holder for 40 years, sticking with the school through good and bad football years.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Locust Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

This program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The artifacts are made of stone, bark, and clay and include the skins of animals.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain. The program will be cancelled in the event of thunder/lightning storms.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company dedicated its new 2,000 gallon capacity truck to the "children of the township." Willard Arner, Franklin Township fire chief, presented a metal plate to Martha Wentz and Crystal Williams, indicating to whom the truck is dedicated. The plate will be attached to the fire truck. Wentz is the fire company auxiliary president and Williams is a Franklin Elementary School student who designed a logo that was painted on the vehicle.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Cleanup of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Lehigh River and Pohopoco Creek Bridge Replacement Project continues.

Cleanup of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Lehigh River and Pohopoco Creek Bridge Replacement Project continues.

Restrictions continue along State Route 248, as traffic remains one lane in each direction between State Road (Blockers) and Centre Street (RiverWalck). This pattern will remain in place around the clock until the contractor completes removal of the bridge over Route 248, anticipated in August. Motorists should continue to anticipate slow-moving or stopped traffic in the area.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Carlos Teets of Lehighton, whose aunt and uncle donated the land for what is now Baer Memorial Park, last night told Lehighton Borough Council how proud he is of the operations at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool.

"My uncle and my aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Baer, would be very, very proud to see that today," Teets said.

The land for the park was donated by the late Carlos and Florence Baer in the 1950s and designated strictly for recreation.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A percentage of the breakfast and lunch menu items will be donated by Moyer's Country Kitchen, Pocono Lake, to benefit a local woman suffering from a brain tumor.

The benefit will be Saturday, July 28, from 7 a.m. though 3 p.m.

The woman, Kate Dunham, needs medical equipment that her family is struggling to provide.

Monday, July 23, 2012
ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY AL ZAGOFSKY Will you be allowed to vote in November's Presidential election? Not if you are among the 758,000 Pennsylvanians that lack an approved Identification Card to vote.

Will you be allowed to vote in November's Presidential election?

Not if you are among the 758,000 Pennsylvanians that lack an approved Identification Card to vote. It a requirement passed by the Pennsylvania legislature.

The potential disenfranchisement that disproportionately burdens the poor, minorities, those in rural areas, and senior citizens is rallying a disparate coalition to oppose the law.

Monday, July 23, 2012

WILKES-BARRE The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, to construct and operate a new municipal waste facility on 252 acres of land along Burma Road. The Blythe Recycling and Demolition Site (BRADS) will accept only construction and demolition waste and will have a 1,500-ton daily volume limit.

"The agency's review shows that Blythe Township has met the regulatory application requirements for the permit to be issued," said William Tomayko, Waste Management program manager in DEP's Northeast Regional Office.

Monday, July 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ed Saukis runs past Ludlow Park during the race. Saukis took first place overall.

Ed Saukis and Lisa Georgis were the top overall finishers in the 13th annual Two Saints Scamper held in Summit Hill on July 14. The event, sponsored by St. Joseph's Church of Summit Hill, was a prelude to the annual St. Joseph's Festival held over the weekend.

There were a total of over 40 participants in this year's scamper, which is a 5k (3.1 mile) running and walking race.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers group are looking for donations of furniture, appliances, clothing and anything else that could help a needy family in Tamaqua. Any type of useable, clean donations are greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asking people to drop off all donations this Saturday (July 28) between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the storage facility next to Schickram's Car Wash, located on Rose Street in Tamaqua. All items will then be given free to Tamaqua residents via a simple drawing. Any Tamaqua resident wanting to receive donations is encouraged to be there before 9 a.m.