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Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon County retirement board officials are ready to get off the volatile roller coaster ride that its retirement fund has been on over the last few months.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board, Robert Crampsie, county controller, announced that the county's retirement portfolio value as of July 31, was $63,455,000; but over the last few weeks, as uncertainty continues in the federal government, the fund plummeted down to $60 million as of Aug. 17.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Maryland motorcyclist was seriously injured on Thursday when her bike crashed into the rear of a truck. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 12:25 p.m. along SR61 at Coal Mountain Road, in West Brunswick Township.

Troopers said Joanne E. Westerman, 43, of Baltimore, was operating a 2010 Victory Freedom V-Twin bike northbound. A 1992 GMC diesel truck, driven by Marvin L. Faust, 60, of Andreas, was in front of her.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold its first St. Francis Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Free will donations will benefit the following organizations: Carbon County K-9, Carbon County Friends of Animals and A.S.P.C.A.

For more information, call (610) 377-4303.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A coordinated police operation arrested five men on a job sight at the Schuylkill Highridge Business Park in Foster Township, Schuylkill County, it was announced by Sheriff Joseph Groody.

About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a joint operation led by Groody and a number of his deputies, plus detectives from the district attorney's office and patrolmen from Butler and Cass/Foster Townshiips Police Department made the arrests.

Friday, August 19, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Do the hemochromatosis people really have polycythemia vera," asks Robert Gadinski at Thursday's public forum on a rare blood disease in our area. The session took place at the Carbon County Emergency Management Center, Nesquehoning.

Is it possible that some folks diagnosed with a blood disease involving a build-up of iron might actually be suffering from a rarer blood disease found in unusual clusters in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties?

The condition of iron build up in the blood is called hemochromatosis and it can look like polycythemia vera, the disease currently being investigated in the local area.

Friday, August 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Standing beside the trailer full of aluminum cans to be donated to the Palmerton United Veterans Organization for the eventual erection of a Veterans' Memorial next year in the borough park were (l-r) George Duell Jr., Ed Moyer, Bruce Reiner, Bob Solt, Larry Arner, Aquashicola Fire Department Board of Trustees, and Gary Koons, assistant fire chief. Pictured up top dumping cans into the trailer is borough resident Richard Nothstein, who spearheaded the project.

Count the Aquashicola Fire Department among the latest organizations to support the eventual Veterans' Memorial in Palmerton.

Members of the fire company met with representatives of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization outside the fire company on Wednesday to announce it will donate the proceeds from its most recent two can trailer redemptions.

Larry Arner, a member of the fire department's board of trustees, said each year, the fire company asks residents to assist with its aluminum can donations program to help fund various projects.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Subdivision plans filed with local municipalities and projects to state agencies were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville and all were found to comply with the county's land use plan and were returned without any comment.

Subdivisions reviewed were as follows:

Friday, August 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a smoldering tree that fell onto a power line in South Tamaqua yesterday. This resulted in a power outage to surrounding homes and businesses.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Tamaqua Police, State Police and firefighters from New England Fire Company, Walker Township, responded to a brush and power line fire located adjacent and opposite to railroad tracks that run parallel to SR-309 in South Tamaqua, about one quarter mile up north of Carbon Lane. Police and firefighters had to walk the length of the tracks to reach the fire. Employees from the railroad called it in after seeing smoke rising from burning wires. Power was shut off to nearby homes and businesses while PPL responded to repair the line and restore power.

Friday, August 19, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In an effort to prevent a repeat of a car going through the hand railing by the Carbon County Courthouse at the bottom of Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe, as happened this past Winter, a row of heavy steel pipes are being installed to prevent it from happening again.