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Thursday, June 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Steve Wargo, Commander of the Coaldale American Legion, and member of the Coaldale Flag Committee, looks over a pile of broken poles following last month's strong rainstorm.

Members of Coaldale's American Flag Committee are looking for help from residents and businesses after last month's heavy rains and high winds damaged almost all of the flag brackets and poles on Phillps Street.

"Seventy of the committee's 89 American flag brackets or poles were destroyed," said Jimmy Rickert, adjutant and chairman of the committee.

The recent losses followed the more than 80 that were also damaged during last year's storm.

With donations from the community, committee members are hoping to afford stronger brackets and poles.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sadie Morrison, 10, plays the piano during a recent open stage event at the center.

Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Community Partnership are holding a free open stage tonight at the center, 125 Pine Street.

The event is hosted by volunteers Jack Kulp and Kathy Rimm. They encourage all ages ages and levels of talent to participate.

Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m., and the show lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is not a karaoke event, and performers are asked bring their own instruments with one mic being provided.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three of five persons involved in an assault incident in Banks Township earlier this year entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court. They were among 18 to enter pleas in pending criminal cases before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Coxeville incident

Juan Carlos Garcia, 19, Antoine Unique Smalls, 23, and Michael John Wentz, 17, all of Hazleton, each entered pleas to one count of simple assault and criminal trespass.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ALICE GINDER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alyssa Toner sang the National Anthem at the Polk Township Veteran's Memorial Service held on Sunday, May 27. Also in attendance was: PA State Representative Mike Carroll; Polk Township Supervisors Nancy May, Brian Ahner, and Mike Hurley; the Polk Township Memorial Committee Members Connie Haydt Davis, Blanche Strausberger and Elmer Heissam; Pastor Scorsone, who gave the Invocation.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The 19th annual Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is scheduled for next weekend (June 22-23) at the Panther Valley Football Stadium, not this weekend as reported in Wednesday's edition.

Organizers have a goal of $95,000, which is about $3,000 more than last year's total.

We regret the dating error.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lions 14-U District Govenor Scott Dudley pins the International President's Leadership award on the chest of Charlie Zimmerman, a member of the Pine Grove Lions Club. Assisting with the presentation was Bob Miller, PED, right.

Lions 14-U District Governor Scott Dudley has few tasks to complete before he turns the gavel over to Lions 14-U District Governor Elect Angela Mimms on July 1.

He has visited every club in the district in the past year, held a successful district convention and assisted with chartering a new club.

On Sunday, he took the time to thank everyone who contributed to the successful year and positive membership growth at the cabinet meeting held Sunday at Chapel Field, Mahoning Township. He hopes to finish the year with positive membership growth.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Monroe County man has been charged with the murder of his mother.

State police at Lehighton said Christopher Bazil Strachn, 21, of 1131 Creek Drive, Kresgeville, Polk Township, was arrested at his residence early Wednesday morning and charged with criminal homicide.

Troopers said at 2:49 a.m. they responded to the home for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival they found Adrienne D. Strachn, 53, deceased inside the home.

Her son was taken into custody without incident and charged.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Mahoning Township resident returned to the board of supervisors with photographs of a problem resulting in a large amount of water run-off on his property whenever it rains.

Richard Mertz claims the problem results from a combination of a neighbor installing a concrete pad along with action taken by former road crew personnel to remove a drainage pipe at Springhouse Road and Ebberts Lane. Mertz, who lives across from Ebberts Lane, told supervisors the water just runs off the road onto his property and is causing problems.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School principal Joseph Kondisko, left and Mrs. Jennifer Krebs, Polk's remedial math teacher, right, congratulate the top four fundraisers of the second grade's Math-a-thon. They are, left to right, Savannah Geer, Seth Heil, Kyle Lescinsky and Ryan Bonser.

Polk Elementary School's remedial math teacher Mrs. Jennifer Krebs put out a challenge to all second grade students to try to raise $500 in the Math-a-thon.

The money raised would be donated to St. Jude's Hospital.

As additional incentive, she told them if they reached their goal, they would be treated to a pajama party in school.

The students had to receive permission from their parents to participate.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lansford council on Wednesday agreed, with one dissenter, to seek help from the state in getting the borough back on track.

Councilman Tommy Vadyak sought council's support to send a letter to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for "technical assistance" in three categories: police management, finance and administrative/secretary.

His motion was supported by council members Andrew Snyder, Danielle Smith, Samantha Yasson, Lenny Kovach and, with reservations, President Rose Mary Cannon.

Councilwoman Mary Kruzcek cast the sole opposing vote.