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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Pocono Health System and Pocono Alliance are offering free flu shot clinics for adults 18 years of age or older.

Community Flu Clinics are a Wellness Initiative for those who are under- or uninsured.

They will be available at several locations but in the West End you can go to Kinsley's ShopRite, 107 Kinsley Dr., Brodheadsville, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or Brodheadsville Family Medicine, Route 209 and Kevin Lane, Brodheadsville on Friday, Oct. 18 from 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Exactly how much it will cost to sewage Lower Towamensing Township's wastewater treatment plant should soon be known.

By a unanimous vote, the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to advertise to bid the project. Bids for the project will be opened next month.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the township is looking for a "single entity to provide sewage treatment to the township."

"It would not be a township plant," Nanovic said. "It would be a private plant."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Those in attendance at Tuesday's Coaldale Borough Council meeting were very expressive of their concerns regarding the layoff of the three full-time police officers and expenditures for seemingly pointless projects and costs.

As the floor opened for public participation, two individuals expressed their dissatisfaction with what they felt was frivolous expenditures and reckless cutbacks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This photo shows the bath salts and other paraphernalia seized during a traffic stop in Schuylkill County recently.

A vehicle stop in Schuylkill County recently led to the seizure of a large quantity of bath salts.

On Sept. 6 detectives from the office of District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, and Sheriff Joseph Groody and deputies from his office, along with adult probation office personnel, conducted a saturation patrol with the assistance of police from Ashland, Butler Township and Frackville.

The patrol included the boroughs of Ashland, Frackville, Mahanoy Plane, Girardville and Gilberton.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A contract was entered to demonstrate distractive driving and for vo tech students to earn college degrees in action taken by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

A contract was entered with Bill McQuilken, Trauma Prevention Coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network, to present driving simulators which demonstrate distractive driving to vocational students at the South and North Campus in November 2013 and April 2014.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Family Promise and the Lehigh Valley Garden Center donated funds and a wagon to Cub Scouts Pack 41 so they could deliver food from the Palmerton Community Festival to residents of Palmerton Hi Rise. Those who participated on Saturday are, from left, Aaron Gardner, Zacary Reif, Joshua Reif, Eric Reif (Pack 41 Cubmaster), Larissa Kimmel (Family Promise volunteer), Alec McCarty and Aidan McCarty.

When the Palmerton Community Festival begins, there is a rich and heavenly aroma that wafts around the town from the delicious variety of foods from local vendors. Those aromas are especially noticed by the residents of the Hi Rise right across the street. For some of the residents, it's a little difficult to maneuver their way through the crowds so they do not attend.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township official believes that behavior needs to improve at board of supervisors meetings.

To further stress that point, a copy of the township's "conduct at meeting" ordinance was placed alongside Tuesday's board meeting agenda.

Supervisor Ron Walbert stated that he believes that last month's board of supervisors meeting was a "less than desirable way to run a meeting."

In particular, Walbert said there were certain individuals at that meeting who did not conduct themselves in a proper manner.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District continues to be relentless in its pursuit of academic excellence.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas informed the school board on Monday of several changes that are in the works.

The state no longer has Adequate Yearly Progress, said Nicholas, who added that in its place is the Pennsylvania Profile System.

As per the system, Nicholas said every school in the state will receive a percentage rating in the next few months.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Air Force Reserve Maj. Gen (Ret.) Jay Barry speaks at a Patriot's Day ceremony in Jim Thorpe Wednesday.

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, a passenger jetliner hijacked by Islamic terrorists crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:03 a.m., people watch in horror as a second passenger jet crashed in the South Tower. At 9:40 a.m., a third passenger jet crashes in the Pentagon, and at about 10:07 a.m., a fourth jet, bound for Washington, D.C., crashes into a field in Somerset County.

At 8:46 a.m. today, the 12th anniversary of the worst foreign attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, Americans gathered to remember.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tamaqua civic leader and foster parent Ken Smulligan who passed away Monday was the father of five grown children, not three, as reported in a story Tuesday.