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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Carbon County Penn State Master Gardeners will host an open house to see the new pollinator garden at the extension office, located at 529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe. The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

During the open house, guests can learn how to attract butterflies and make their own bee house; as well as learn about pollination and how the process is vital to today's food supply.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Juries returned guilty verdicts in two criminal cases tried in Schuylkill County Court.

Juan Jose Perez, 28, Shenandoah, was found guilty of two criminal charges, flight to avoid apprehension by police and resisting arrest.

Judge John E. Domalakes deferred sentence to Tuesday, Oct. 8 and ordered the adult probation department prepare a pre-sentence investigative (PSI) report to guide the judge on the sentencing. Perez was cited by Shenandoah Capt. George Carado.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Mine artwork made in honor of the late Crow Saborn

Local artist Renee (Mariotti) Novak spent time over the weekend working on her large crayon portrait on the grounds of the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford. The work depicted a photo of the late Crow Saborn of Summit Hill. Novak said Saborn was one of the last of the deep coal miners in the area. "It was Crow's idea to hold seasonal events at the mine," said Novak, a 12-year volunteer at the mine. This was the seventh piece done by Novak for the museum.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three former full-time police officers, who were laid off by the Borough of Coaldale, have filed a suit in Schuylkill County court seeking reinstatement and payment of lost wages and benefits.

The suit was filed on behalf of Charles A. Blesse, 1019 Clamtown Road, Rush Township, who was employed as a full-time police officer beginning Oct. 14, 2008; Keith A. Krapf, 29 Bull Run St., Coaldale, who was employed as a full-time police officer beginning Sept. 15, 2005; and Todd Weiss, 160 E. Phillips St., Coaldale, who was employed as a full-time police officer beginning July 1, 2007.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A state police cruiser sits outside Penn Forest Township Municipal building during Tuesday evening's board of supervisors' meeting. A motion to hire Kidder Township police officers to provide security during meetings was struck down.

The first thing you noticed when you arrived at Tuesday's Penn Forest Township meeting was the state police cruiser parked outside the building. Corporal Ryan Stefanick of the Fern Ridge barracks sat at the back of the room, right inside the door, during the meeting.

"We often try to be present at township meetings whenever manpower allows," said Stefanick. "I attended Kidder Township's meeting last month as well."

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lansford Borough Council announced last night that the long-awaited Panther Valley Bus Lines, Inc., would begin operations.

The scheduled runs will make their pickup every 90 minutes in the community.

Permission was granted for a passenger bus stop in front of Bright's Store on West Ridge Street.

Rates and a time schedule will be announced by the firm.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas.

The pageant held a welcoming ceremony in Atlantic City on Tuesday for the 53 contestants, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The contestants filed out of Boardwalk Hall, where the competition will begin next week and culminate days later, and walked across the Boardwalk to a stage.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Shanah Tovah" - Hebrew for "Have a Good Year" - is what members of Temple Israel of Lehighton are wishing for all as they join others of the Jewish faith throughout the world in preparing for what are called the "High Holy Days."

Known as "Elul," this is a time dedicated to preparing for the New Year by opening one's heart to personal reflection and spiritual preparation.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A long-range program designed to alleviate parking conditions in Mauch Chunk was planned at the regular meeting of borough council.

Points to be considered will include:

Parking meters and the attitude of businessmen toward them; operation of a municipal parking lot; and the widening of Race Street to provide more parking spaces on Broadway.

The program is expected to take considerable time and will be ready for execution next spring.