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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors failed to unanimously agree on several road and sewer issues at Tuesday's regular meeting, held at the municipal building.

A 2-1 majority approved advertising the Hometown Area Safe Routes Project. With a grant from PennDOT Transportation Enhancement Funding for $204,000, the township is left with a $36,000 cost to cover the project.

Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert voted no because last month he said he doesn't think the township's general fund has the money needed; he is against it this month as well.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Affirmation of Confirmation was adminstered on June 12 in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, by the Rev. Phyllis Wolford. This year's class of confirmands included Matthew Fannock, Rachel Keich, Jessica Knapp, Rachael Paisley and Vanessa Solt.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council approved the "plain English" statement to accompany the ballot referendum regarding the wildcat sewers that they approved earlier this month.

The referendum, which asks voters if the borough should consider incurring up to $500,000 worth of debt to provide relief to property owners who were required to connect to the public sewer system by Aug. 31. The "plain English" version spells out exactly what that could mean for the residents of Tamaqua, including a tax increase or a hike in sewer rates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kerry Collins, manager of the new Lowe's in Lehighton, which will open for business at 6 a.m. tomorrow, takes inventory of appliances at the new store.

Although it was announced Lowe's in Lehighton would open Friday, the store manager said the doors will open to customers a day early.

The opening will be at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

A grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

The manager is Kerry Collins, who transferred to Lehighton from a new store in eastern Lancaster County.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Collins said he is impressed with the work the employees have done in getting the store ready for the opening.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Schuylkill County coroner ruled the death of an 18-year-old Berks County man Sunday at Tuscarora State Park in Schuylkill County as accidental.

State police at Frackville said Gicardo Jeanbaptiste, 18, of Lenhartsville, was at the park with a church group about 5:30 p.m. when he apparently walked into the water to a spot where there is a deep drop.

Another person in the group who saw Jeanbabaptiste flailing in the water and tried to help but Jeanbaptiste began struggling and pulled the rescuer under the water.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

At a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua Area School Board approved a list of coaches, advisers, volunteer coaches, and volunteer assistants for the 2011-12 school year contingent upon submission of necessary documentation.

The following were approved: Adrian Bumbulsky, Tamaqua, assistant swimming coach, $1,500; Allen Graver, Tamaqua, seventh grade boys basketball coach, $1,650; James McCabe, no town given, head wrestling coach, $5,007; and Jon Maschak, Quakake, volunteer assistant wrestling coach.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Smith, Palmerton, have received word from the Defense Department of the death of their son, Corporal Donald L. Smith, in Korea on Sept. 3. The young man was awaiting return to the U.S. on rotation. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1950, while a pupil at Palmerton High School. He received the Purple Heart with cluster for sustaining frozen feet and shrapnel wounds during severe fighting in Korea last year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Dauphin County teen was sentenced to a long state prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court for his part in a home invasion incident in Penn Forest last year.

He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges to be sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Jarod Brown, 17, of Harrisburg, will be serving a total of 25-to-96 months in a state prison on charges of robbery, theft and escape.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tamaqua's annual Halloween parade will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 26th.

Mayor Christian Morrison announced that Trick or Treat night will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.

In other news at last night's council meeting, the borough approved a bid from North East Industrial Services of Shamokin for the demolition of a property at 525 N. Railroad St.. It also approved a bid from Performance Construction Services of Harrisburg in the amount of $2,453,140 for the rehabilitation of the Upper Owl Creek Dam.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Nacke receives attention after being struck while walking his dog near the Five Points Intersection in Tamaqua.

A Tamaqua pedestrian and his dog were both struck by a pickup truck just after 7 a.m. today in the 100 block of Center Street, SR309, near the Five Points Intersection.

Joseph Nacke was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

His dog, which suffered bruises and other injuries, was taken away for treatment by a friend of Nacke's.

The driver of the pickup, a Dodge Ram, was reported as Tara Strauss of Tamaqua.

Northbound traffic was backed up while police and ambulance responded.