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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A driver of a truck escaped injury Monday morning when he rolled his truck along SR209 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County. The crash occurred at 7 a.m. as the driver was traveling south. For some unknown reason he lost control of the truck, crossing into the northbound lanes then apparently over reacted and swerved the truck back to the southbound lanes where it slid broadside and rolled onto its side. The entire contents of corn spilled onto the berm of the roadway. For a period of time the roadway was closed until the truck could be uprighted.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Citizens of East Mauch Chunk will vote on the acquiring of Memorial Park at the general election Nov. 5. The voters will be asked if the borough should purchase the real estate at a price not exceeding $11,000. The property is owned by the Memorial Park Association. If purchased, it would be maintained as a public park, playground, and swimming pool.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Department of Environmental Protection announced emergency funding that will help flood-affected small businesses in 33 counties, including Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh and Monroe counties, to make energy efficiency and pollution prevention improvements.

Projects eligible for 50 percent reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 could include high-efficiency lighting systems, building insulation, air sealing, recycling and reuse systems, and new water-conservation technologies.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Carbon Career and Technical Institute Joint Operating Committee voted to use an averaging formula for the budget. The averaging formula will use averages of student enrollment to figure a percentage of what each school district would pay.

CCTI's overall budget is split up with the five Carbon County school districts in an active district share based on student enrollment from each district.

Now with the averaging method, CCTI will average each district's enrollment for the past two years and use that number to figure out the percentage each district would need to pay.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

After considering several alternatives over the better part of the past year, Mahoning Township supervisors voted unanimously to purchase a new 2011 Crown Victoria police cruiser from Milham Ford at a cost of $30,919, which includes an extended warranty and additional assorted equipment.

"I think these would be extra costs no matter which car we chose," said Township Chairman John Wieczorek regarding the warranty and the options package which includes a laptop computer mount, a flashlight mount, a trunk organizer, a gun mount and a dome light at an additional cost of $600-$1000.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tamaqua Borough employees are accepting donations of baked goods and soup items for a soup and bake sale this Friday to benefit the Schuylkill United Way campaign. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Tamaqua Borough Hall.

For more information, or to donate an item, see Karen at borough hall or call (570) 668-3444. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Lowe's assistant store manager Jan-Michael Cichocki, left, is presented with an engraved saw thanking the new store for its $1,000 grant to Lehighton Area School District. According to director of curriculum Jonathan Cleaver, right, the money will be used to involve students with the beautification of the high school – both inside and out.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting last evening, Superintendent James Kraky announced that the LASD Building Task Force Committee met recently to discuss a new option for the future of district buildings.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Community Watch held its last meeting for the year. Certain members of the Community Watch received awards of recognition for their hard work. The Mayor of Jim Thorpe and members of the Jim Thorpe Police Department were also in attendance at the meeting. Bottom, left to right: Keith Frankenfield, Helene Marchione, JoAnn McGavin, Phyllis Lienhard, Emma Marzen. Top left to right: Mayor Michael Sofranko, Community WatchCoordinator Jamie Solomon, Patrolman Eric Schrantz, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Sergeant Mike Bokeko, Lenny McGavin.

Citizens of Jim Thorpe met at Memorial Hall for the final Community Watch meeting of the year. Recognition awards were given to members of the community.

Community Watch Coordinator, Jamie Solomon, presented the awards to certain members of the Community Watch for their hard work and "going the extra mile."

The Recognition Award recipients were: Helene Marchione (Community Watch Treasurer), JoAnn McGavin, Lenny McGavin, Phyllis Lienhard, Emma Marzen, and Keith Frankenfield.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The remains left over following a three-story house fire Saturday on Valley Street (SR209) are hard to ignore as you drive through New Philadelphia. Looking at the high debris pile are St. Clair elementary students getting off a bus. The students' bus stop, which was originally located in front of the destroyed home prior to the blaze, was moved across the street for safety reasons.

Because of its complete destruction, the cause of Saturday night's three-story house fire at 220 Valley St. in New Philadelphia has been ruled as undetermined by state police.

Trooper Michael Yeity, state police fire marshal, Troop L Headquarters, Reading, concluded that neither arson nor foul play are suspected. Yeity and other fire officials pointed out the building had to be razed immediately following the blaze, because of extensive damage to the structure and weakness to the roof and walls.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In celebration and recognition of Veteran's Day, Schuylkill Health will host an appreciation breakfast on Saturday, November 12, in the Wall Auditorium, (3rd Floor) Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street, 700 East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Hot breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m.. to Schuylkill County Veterans and current members of the U.S. Military.