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Friday, January 4, 2013

Penn State Extension is offering a workshop 'Toss your Hat in the Ring' at the Monroe County Extension office in Stroudsburg on Jan. 28, from 7-9 p.m. The workshop includes:

Ÿ an overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member, or a school board director presented by Penn State Extension;

Ÿ instructions on how to run: filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important information presented by the Sara May-Silfee, director of the Monroe County Elections office;

Friday, January 4, 2013

Walnutport Borough Council met Thursday night for the first time in 2013. Not much has changed for the council since 2012. All the council members were present with one notable exception, Mayor Henry Kline.

President Matthew Newhard asked for a motion to retain all previous appointments set forth by the council. It was approved unanimously. He then turned to Vice President Michael Gaston for the finance report.

Friday, January 4, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Stroud Township family is homeless this morning after a fire ravaged their home in Monroe County. The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. along Phyllis Court just off SR611, possibly in the attached garage. When firefighters from numerous fire companies arrived on scene flames were shooting from the garage area. The blaze was brought under control in about one and one half hours. No injuries were reported.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Friday, January 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Two vehicles had to be towed following a motor vehicle accident that occurred around 6 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of Tide Road and SR309 in Hometown. Rush Township police reported that Kali Chrush, of Tamaqua, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire north on SR309 when she drove into the side of a 2001 Subaru making a turn from SR309 south onto Tide Road (Walmart intersection). The occupants of the Subaru were driver Marie Gallagher and passenger Vincent Gallagher, both of Lansford. Responding in addition to police were Hometown Fire Company and fire police.

Friday, January 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS & FRAN STAHL/PILOT The Tamaqua Safety Initiative has spent the past year focusing on community improvements needed in the designated Tamaqua Safety Corridor. The corridor involves the immediate streets and areas located northeast and south of the Five Points intersection, to include the 100 block of Pine Street.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better," said Leona Rega, coordinator, Tamaqua Community Safety Initiative, during a recent public discussion held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Even though her statement comes from Dr. Suess, her message is serious.

The discussion focused on areas needing improvement in Tamaqua.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, program assistant at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, places discarded Christmas trees on a pile at the center. Klock urges area residents to drop their trees off at the center so the trees can be converted into mulch.

Frank Klock estimates that if all the Christmas trees put up in Carbon County homes this year went to a landfill, they would fill four football fields eight feet deep.

"That's landfill space we can't fill up," he said. "It just can't happen."

Klock, the program assistant at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, urges that trees be brought to the center where they can be recycled into mulch.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
AP PHOTO Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gestures while speaking at a news conference Wednesday in State College. The NCAA overstepped its authority by imposing hefty sanctions on Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, Corbett said in announcing a federal lawsuit against the college athletics governing body.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The NCAA imposed landmark sanctions against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal is a cynical ploy to weaken the university and enhance its own dismal reputation, Pennsylvania's governor claims in an unprecedented federal antitrust lawsuit against college sports' governing body.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Longtime volunteer and soldier Lois Deutsch helps mail out hundreds of thank you letters, as members and officers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army express their appreciation to everyone who showed support for its holiday programs, such as Thanksgiving food baskets, Thanksgiving Day meals/deliveries, Christmas food baskets, Angel Trees and holiday programs.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Feed the People and Trinity Church will host their first joint community dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 104 East Abbott Street, Lansford from 5-7 p.m. Volunteers and donations are welcomed. For more information on dates, time and locations of other dinners call (570) 657-1480.