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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

East Penn supervisor Randy Pfeiffer said he had something to bring up as supervisor chair Herb Truhe prepared to adjourn the Monday East Penn Township supervisors' meeting.

Pfeiffer said the time sheets at the township and the log with the communications center do not match. Police have to check in at the com center when they go on duty.

He was using only records from 2009 but expected 2010 would have been the same if he had checked. Occasionally the log time exceeded the time sheets but many more went the other way.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown will open its doors to welcome Pocono Family YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge.

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved contracts with two organizations to rent space at the former Eldred Elementary School in Kunkletown to Pocono Family YMCA and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge.

The Pocono Family YMCA will finally have a presence in the West End. It will be renting space at Eldred Elementary School for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2011 and ending Dec. 3, at a monthly rental rate of $475.

Matt Rumph, CEO of Pocono Family YMCA is very excited about it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Slatington woman remains hospitalized after she was struck by a vehicle during the Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade on Saturday.

Barbara Halkias, age unknown, exact address unknown, was struck at around 6:40 p.m. as she attempted to cross Main and W. South Street, according to Slatington Borough Police Chief Dave Rachman.

Rachman, who contacted the TIMES NEWS late Monday morning, said a Toyota Prius, operated by Vincent P. Bestefanis of Allentown, unknown age, exact unknown address, was decorated for the parade for one of the candidates who ran for state office.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Lions Club presented a check of $1,000 for Franklin QRS (Quick Response Services) and another $2,000 to the new Lehighton Water Rescue team. Presenting the checks to Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company Lieutentant Tom Chew, center, was Art Berger, club member; left; and David Hawk, president, right. The Franklin QRS responds to medical emergencies before the ambulance arrives to assist residents. The Lehighton Water Rescue team is the only water rescue team in the eastern part of the state that is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Tamaqua man was among several sentenced recently in Schuylkill County court.

Thomas King McCabe Jr., 24, of 326 W. Broad St., who was found guilty by a jury last Sept. 10 of charges of delivering illegal drugs in Shenandoah, was sentenced Monday by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve four to 23 months in the county prison.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Koehler

House Speaker Keith McCall, D-Carbon and John "Jack" Koehler of Weatherly will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of cultural, historical, natural and recreational resources by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor at the organization's annual Partners Recognition dinner Thursday at the Hotel Bethlehem.

McCall will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Lehigh County resident was placed on probation Monday in Carbon County court for possession of pornography material.

Johnathan L. Geist, 21, of Allentown, was placed on probation for two years by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb. Geist previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was arrested on Sept. 12, 2008, after he showed a 17-year-old male three photographs of a naked 12-year-old girl which he had on his cellular phone. The incident occurred in Palmerton.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Willard and Anna Strohl of Palmerton cast their votes this morning at the Palmerton Ambulance Building along Delaware Avenue.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ron Gower/times news

Barbara Shelton, left, and Harmony Smith, poll workers at Summit Hill's First Ward (District 52) look at election records behind a desk decorated with red, white, and blue. Both the First and Second Ward of Summit Hill hold elections in the council room of the municipal building. Workers at both tables spruced up their respective tables for the election.