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Thursday, November 18, 2010

At Rush Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday evening it was announced that the supervisors will be sponsoring a Toys for Tots box this year. Residents who wish to participate can drop off their donations at the Township Municipal Building during regular business hours.

The Rush Township Police Dept. report for October is as follows:

*District Justice fine money was $2,349.83

*Total miles on police vehicles for Oct. were 3680

*There were 403 calls, complaints, and incidents handled by police.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A preliminary budget for 2011 was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville with no increase in taxes although the budget calls for spending to be greater than the receipts and to balance it monies will have to be drawn utilizing a deficit funding mode. Final adoption will be end of December.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers Charles and Joanne Rush of Saylorsburg are set to deliver the foods and other items collected the annual Monroe County 4-H Achievement and Recognition banquet. This year the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is the major recipient of the donated items.

Monroe County 4-H'ers pledge their head to greater thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living for their club, their community, their country and their world.

A vanload of food and other good items, headed to the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network this year, as well as many recognitions during Monroe County 4-H Achievement Recognition banquet gave proof that local 4-H'ers and their leaders are fulfilling the spirit of that pledge.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When poor folks have problems that require legal help, those problems often go unresolved - or get worse - because lawyers cost more than they can afford.

However, help is available at no cost to people whose incomes fall below a certain level through North Penn Legal services.

Representatives of the organization, Attorney Cici Stafiuc and Public Benefits Project coordinator William McLaughlin, on Wednesday spoke to a gathering of the Interagency Council of Carbon County.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nesquehoning Borough held its council meeting with the abscence of council members Frank DiMiceli and Rose Walck. Mayor Tony Walck was also among the absentees due to work.

Councilman David Hawk reviewed the 2011 proposed budget. He said there will be an increase of 3 mills for the new year. He said there's a loss of property income and an additional full time police officer must be hired.

There will be no increase in fees for the sanitation and sewage bills.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Revising the county zoning ordinance took up much of the time of the Schuylkill Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The commission was unable to complete their work and recessed the meeting to Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary sixth-graders John Iles (front) and John Blichar (right) speak of their love for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center as part of the collaboration between it and the school district as instructor Bethany Rowands (center) looks on.

While its attendance and circulation continues to grow, the amount of state funding the Palmerton Area Library receives continues to diminish.

That was the message shared by Diane Danielson, library director, as part of a presentation before the school board on Tuesday.

"I'd like to thank the Palmerton Area School District for all the financial support you've given the Palmerton Area Library in the past," Danielson said. "Our attendance is up, the use of our computers is up, but we have to do this with less and less money."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Barnesville man was jailed yesterday after he allegedly fired five or six gunshots at a home.

State police at Frackville said Justin Blume, 38, was arrested along Mountain Road about 11:45 a.m.

According to troopers Blume went to the home of Vicki Jones, 38, of New Philadelphia Rd., in Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, and attempted to make contact with her. As he drove away from the home he fired the shots from a pistol in the direction of Jones' home.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large group of children and families gathered at the Chestnuthill Park building in Brodheadsville to learn and listen to Phil Doyle of Saylorsburg as he talked about the reptiles he and his wife Tiffany have in their home. The big snake got great attention as did other reptiles during the free show.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed the conference center-dining hall-offices at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold early Thursday morning.

A fire broke out in the main building of Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold at about 2:45 a.m., completely destroying what the man who built it called "the heart of the retreat center."

No one was injured in the fire. West Penn Township Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Leroy Breiner said a young man staying in the center had gotten up to write in his journal when he heard a popping sound. He yelled for everyone to get out of the building, and called 911.