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Thursday, October 20, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left and right: xZubi Technology cofounders John Wennerholm and Dustin McBride are interviewed by Theressa DuBois, host of Lehighton's Deaf Welcome Foundation Equal Access Sign Language Television show. On the show, he introduced the xZubi as, "a small 'microchip' that can be adhere to any cell phone, etc., that reduces and eliminates the radiation from interacting with your body."

On Tuesday evening, Lehighton's Deaf Welcome Foundation Equal Access Sign Language Television prerecorded an episode featuring the launch of a product designed to reduce electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and other electronic devices.

The program featuring host Theressa DuBois and xZubi Technology cofounders John Wennerholm and Dustin McBride served as the North American launch of the xZubi, which Wennerholm described as, "a small 'microchip' that can be adhered to any cell phone, etc., that reduces and eliminates the radiation from interacting with your body."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Expected to attend the Weatherly Rotary Club's Meet the Candidates Night tonight are all of the candidates for Carbon County commissioner, sheriff and coroner. Candidates for other county row offices have been invited.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three members were returned to the board of directors at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society. They are John Aulenbach, Jim Burnhauser and Bert Holczman.

George Ashman reported the price for the books that include Ralph Kramer's newspaper articles about Palmerton has been lowered to $30. The book is titled "Palmerton Panorama" and is available at the Heritage Center.

Jim Burnhauser of buildings and grounds said the grass mowing at the Little White Church is about over for the season.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors are requiring people using or living in a mobile home along with the property owner to be jointly responsible to pay costs of garbage pickup.

Supervisors added this amendment to the garbage collection ordinance on Tuesday night.

This entitles the township to bill the person generating the trash or the property owner for payment.

Supervisors also approved a request from Franklin Township Fire Police to assist at the Palmerton Halloween Parade.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Five new correctional officers were hired by the Schuylkill County Prison Board to fill vacancies at the county prison in Pottsville in action taken at the monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

James Mansell, Tamaqua; Kayla Breznik, Shenandoah; Jonathan Pozza, Minersville; David Rainis, Ashland; and Brian Rice, Pottsville, were hired. The county salary board will act on setting the salaries at its public meeting next Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Carbon County man accused of sexually abusing a minor and then recording the act will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Ryan Snyder, 21, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communication, and invasion of privacy.

Instead, Snyder agreed to a waiver to a guilty plea. He is scheduled to appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Ryan Pelton performs at a previous engagement at Penn's Peak.

Some big things are happening at Penn's Peak this weekend.

Tomorrow night, Ryan Pelton, an international, award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist, will be returning to the venue. Pelton always draws a large crowd and advance ticket sales for this event have been phenomenal.

Tickets are $25 and $22. The concert gets underway at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, tickets go on sale for two upcoming Penn's Peak concerts.

They are:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Due to rain, the Tamaqua Biology Club's Annual Powder Puff Football Game is moved to Nov. 1 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults. A Powder Puff game is a football game where girls play the game while guys act as cheerleaders. The game will benefit a local charity.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Schuylkill County Commissioners took action at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville to contest the appeal of an owner of a commercial apartment building in Tamaqua who is challenging the market value and assessment levied on the apartment by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board.

The commissioners voted to allow the county solicitor's office to engage an appraiser to determine the market value of the building.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A preliminary hearing for a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated has been continued due to the absence of a stenographer.

Patricia E Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, was scheduled to have the hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Gadaleta, who had been arraigned via video conference by Appleton last month, faces six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.