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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

For the time being, pothole repairs in Summit Hill have been put on hold.

And, the cleaning of the borough police station also is in limbo.

That's because the borough's two full-time maintenance workers are both off work due to surgery, it was reported during last night's borough council meeting.

Councilman Bill Chapman said it's not certain when the workers will return to work.

Chief of Police Joe Fittos said the police station needs cleaning. He suggested bringing in a part-time officer to clean it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A program to help disadvantaged children prepare for school will remain intact next year in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Karen Nicholas, assistant to the superintendent, informed the school board on Monday that the Head Start program will continue in the 2011-12 school year.

Nicholas said that Community Services for Children, with whom the district has a working relationship with, has agreed to fund the program.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Magisterial District Justice offices in Schuylkill County will be closed for all business at staggered days as staff members will be undergoing computer training for installation of an E-pay system it was announced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

The closing schedues are as follows:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Coaldale heritage banner, designed by Lions Club member William Gaddes.

Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday gave its permission to the Coaldale Lions Club to hang 50 banners on utility poles throughout the community.

Lions Club member William Gaddes, who designed the banners, asked council for its permission at a regular public meeting Tuesday.

Councilman Joe Hnat moved to grant permission, pending approval from PPL to hang the banners.

"With luck, we will have banners in the area of borough hall and the center area of Phillips Street for Memorial Day," Gaddes said.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area children stopped by McDonald's of Nesquehoning for an Easter Egg Hunt with Ronald McDonald (rear). Goodies were received and a meal as well. Front row are Heidi Lehman, Kyle Abbott, Macenna Smith, Jaylynn Mercer, Devin Nunemacher. Back are Ronald, Amanda Sallade and Destiny Nunemacher.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Carbon County is dedicated to providing help where help is needed in the community.

People over the age of 55 can make a difference in the services provided by non-profit agencies, and in the lives of people they serve.

Help throughout Carbon County is needed to transport the elderly to medical appointments and to help with shopping for food. Mileage reimbursement is provided for this program.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua hit-and-run victim Robert Rehrig reunited with his heroes at his home during a late night surprise visit recently. Pictured surrounded by many "get well" cards are, from left, firefighter Justin McCarroll, friend John Heffelfinger, Robert and Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Bynon.

Only days after returning home from the hospital, Robert Rehrig, 20, a recent Tamaqua hit-and-run victim who is well-known for the roadside treasures he collects for friends and family, was already in search of new items.

On Clay Street he recently recovered a clock radio thrown out for trash.

Robert, a Tamaqua senior who participates in the Special Olympics and is diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and other mental conditions, suffered multiple injuries two weeks ago after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Lafayette Street.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A mountain of debris, illegally dumped, exists at the east end of White Street in Summit Hill. The garbage pile is next to a cluster of cemeteries, which in contrast are well maintained.

At the end of East White Street in Summit Hill are a cluster of well-manicured cemeteries; befitting final resting places for loved ones.

Also at the end of White Street, where the macadem stops and the woodlands of Mount Jefferson Plane begin, and next to the cemeteries, is a wildcat dump; a site piled with tires, wire fencing, litter, concrete pieces, and tree branches.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic on the 400 block of South Street in Jim Thorpe was briefly shutdown after a truck snagged and pulled down a power line feeding into a residence Tuesday. Personnel from both the Jim Thorpe police and fire department responded to the scene and managed the situation until PPL arrived to make repairs.