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Saturday, July 12, 2014

At Thursday night's meeting, Mayor Michael Sofranko proposed various changes for the town.

He said it was brought to his attention a few months ago that parking on Fern Street was becoming an issue.

The street is very narrow, and parking is currently allowed on both sides.

People have been having problems getting in and out of their driveways.

Sofranko said, "We actually looked at it during the fireworks with parking on both sides. You can't get an emergency vehicle between there."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A superseding indictment was filed Friday charging the former medical director of Lehigh County Prison with financial aid fraud to get Pell Grants for his four eldest children.

Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, 58, of New Tripoli, also allegedly tried to file fraudulent claims for Social Security disability insurance. Von Kiel was awaiting trial on conspiracy and tax evasion charges.

The superseding indictment contains 11 new counts.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Roses light up the July landscape when summer heat pushes the boldest blooms. Here, a rose shakes off morning dew at the front rose garden of the Fitzpatrick Victorian House, 242 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, owned by Steve and Linda KinKaid.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ashland hydrogeologist Bob Gadinski, shown in 2010, finds it unacceptable that the state will not prosecute a man who lacked geology credentials, yet authored a state-sanctioned report advocating the dumping of waste material in Pennsylvania.

A man who allegedly practiced geology without a license won't be held accountable.

The state has decided that Andrew Voros, who authored a report that helped to establish the foundation of a controversial river dredge and fly ash dumping program, will not be tried on allegations he was not credentialed to do so.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Catch Dan Triano on Animal Planet's "No Limits" as he uses his Sand Blaster Bait Caster to launch 300 feet from the shore.

Two years ago, Dan Triano, president of Bunker Up Fishin of New Ringgold, reeled in the opportunity to spend three days off the coast of Montauk, New York, with a film crew for Animal Planet's show "No Limits."

After airing in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the half-hour episode hits U.S. television screens at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Watch Triano with the show's host, Eric Young, as they hit the shore for the annual migration of striped bass and bluefish.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear editor:

I am writing because I have failed to see balanced information included in the Times News or other Pencor media regarding the candidates for the 122nd District for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

I would like to know more about the challenger to the incumbent. When I have mentioned this to associates who have lived in the area a long time, I have been told that you favor the incumbent.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Growing Place Child Care Centers have been notified that their three West End early care and education centers have received new, five-year accreditations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, an agency whose recognition represents the highest standards in early education.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Historical Society members, from left, Pat Doolittle, Mary Fox, Lorraine Drosdak and Mary Helen Rehatchek look at old photos during a recent meeting of the group.

Nesquehoning residents want to make sure the borough's rich history is preserved.

That's why a group has reorganized the Nesquehoning Historical Society.

During a recent meeting of the group, 17 members gathered to talk about artifacts that have been collected, the possibility of finding a location for everything and to simply share memories of the past.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Truman Reese, a veteran Bethlehem school teacher and administrator, was named superintendent of the Palmerton Area Schools. His salary was set at $12,000 per year. Reese was elected for a four-year term, succeeding Dr. Mearl Gerheim, who resigned effective July 1.

Reese assumed the acting superintendent position immediately and will take over his permanent position Aug. 1.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am writing to praise the engineers who designed the detour. It is working well. I know people get frustrated waiting in lines of traffic, but we needed that bridge fixed. When I leave Weissport I have found people to be polite and they let me in where there is a line of traffic, which I do in return to others. I do leave extra early if I have an appointment.