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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Christopher Barnes, a seventh-grade English teacher at Northern Lehigh Middle School, proudly holds a copy of his first book, "180 Days".

Imagine what it would be like to chronicle each day in the life of a high school freshman.

Christopher Barnes was able to capture that progression through the self-publication of his book, "180 Days".

An English teacher at Northern Lehigh Middle School, Barnes said the idea to pen his own book came before he became a teacher five years ago.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The owners of two Monroe County businesses are facing drug and other related charges for allegedly selling illegal substances and prohibited offensive weapons at their businesses.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the two businesses subject to an ongoing investigation as Old Village Trader, located along SR611 in Mount Pocono, and Stogies Smoke Shop, located along SR196, in the Carriage Square Shopping Center, in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

One ordinance, three development plans, two resolutions, several updates and reports, one scout's request, several announcements and a decision to talk with a local family first rather than filing for a taking for temporary construction easement filled the Polk Township Board of Supervisors monthly meeting agenda.

The ordinance was to make a change of technical items in the appendix of the township driveway ordinance, making it more current. That change was the height at which sight distance is measured, changing the numbers from 4.25 to 3.5 feet.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored 2012 Community Heroes on Monday night at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. From left are, Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of MCT; Peter L. Kern of Brodheadsville; Rose Marie Mikulski of Lansford; Connie Reinhart of Palmerton; and Larry Wittig of Andreas.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored four outstanding volunteers on Monday night during the 2012 Community Heroes Awards Banquet. Honored were Connie Reinhart of Palmerton, Peter L. Kern of Brodheadsville, Larry Wittig of Andreas and Rose Marie Mikulski of Lansford. The event was held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of MCT, was both master of ceremonies and presenter of awards.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Robin's Nest Early Learning and Child Care Center, 335 N. Fourth St., Lehighton, has expanded its services and space to provide care to babies and toddlers. From left are, Ashley Hartman, Elizabeth Fritz, Robin Skrincosky, owner; Christine Miller and Cheryl Curran.

For Robin Skrincosky, opening up Robin's Nest Early Learning and Child Care Center, 335 N. Fourth St., Lehighton is a dream come true. She is in her element, happy, content that her dream of opening up a child-care center has reached fruition.

The center is open and ready to offer parents the peace of mind they need to so they can go to work and not worry about their children.

The center, in the former Third Ward School, is welcoming. The staff is warm, caring and friendly. Several staff members are parents of children she has cared for in past years.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Legislation that would strengthen existing law requiring state agencies to be located in a downtown was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Sen. David G. Argall's Senate Bill 276 reinforces Act 32, the original Downtown Location Law which he sponsored in 2000.

Argall's legislation would require increased coordination between the Department of Community and Economic Development and organizations committed to job growth, downtown revitalization and historic preservation.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Diakon Community Services for Seniors distributed 350 farm market vouchers to eligible Schuylkill County older adults inside the Tamaqua Community Center (Mohn Building) recently. Diakon Community Services for Seniors is administering the 2012 Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program through the Schuylkill County Senior Community Centers. A program of the state Department of Agriculture, the Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program issued "Farm market vouchers" to eligible older adults.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Carbon County based firm has been charged with allegedly contaminating soil, storing hazardous waste, and discharging antifreeze into a sewage system in the county.

On Friday the state attorney general's office filed a complaint in three counties Carbon, Schuylkill and Montgomery against Hazleton Oil and Environmental Inc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Steven Brownmiller

Mahoning Township police have issued an arrest warrant for a township resident as a result of an alleged assault which occurred on June 19 on Spring Hill Road.

The warrant is for Steven Brownmiller, 49, of Jamestown Road, Lehighton. Brownmiller is being charged with simple assault, unauthorized use of automobiles, and harassment.

Officer Audie Mertz of the Mahoning police department said Brownmiller allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and took her vehicle. The vehicle was later returned to her by Brownmiller's daughter, said police.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

People's E.C. Church and St. Peter E.C. Church will be offering Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to teenagers to adults at People's E.C. Church, 216 Wagner St., Lehighton (Franklin Township).

This is a one-day event only and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone must be preregistered by July 9. The theme is "Rocky Point Lighthouse VBS." There will be songs, lessons, projects. There will be a closing program at 12:30 p.m., followed by a picnic lunch and games.

Call (610) 377-1696 to register.