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Saturday, October 9, 2010

The list of veterans, along with their care givers, who participated in the bus trip to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, are as follows:

Albrightsville - Maureen P. Lenar, U.S Army, 1980-96; Victor A Lenar, U.S. Army/Marines, 1969-81.

Bowmanstown -Joseph Beck, U.S. Army, 1962-68; John J. Domant, U.S. Army, 1958-61; Ronald M. Engle, U.S. Army, 1965-2006; Larry D. Serfass, U.S. Army, 1969-71.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Like a page out of National Geographic, a Uyghur woman, Karakul Lake and the snow-capped mountains. For additional photos, visit http://www.btay200.blogspot.com/

As I looked out the cab on our drive through Kashgar, southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, I had to ask myself, "Am I still in China?" Gone were the tall, modern buildings of Beijing. Gone were the busy highway overpasses and floods of cars. Gone were the Chinese people themselves, replaced instead with the minority Uyghur group.

I felt like I'd been plopped down in the middle of some Middle Eastern nation. Signs in Chinese and Uyghur (which resembles some Muslim script), and even a few in English, confirmed that I was still in China, if only on its outer edges.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Children from Washington, D.C. line the entry to the World War II Memorial on Wednesday. The children thanked the veterans and gave them gifts of pictures and cards.

They recounted old war stories, paid homage to their brothers-in-arms, and were shown the kind of respect they so rightfully deserve.

While their circumstances may have differed, the common thread they share is that their heroic deeds are forever woven into the very fabric of our country.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Rev. Gary Snyder invites everyone to a Rally Day service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Reynolds U.M.C.

David and Karen Brinkley of Jim Thorpe will minister in song.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Coaldale Tax Office will be closed Oct. 12-18. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Taxpayers are reminded to return the exoneration form along with proof of eligibility, so as not to be turned in as delinquent, if they qualify. This applies to both county/municipal and school taxes.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Smokers have been chased out of bars, offices and restaurants and soon they will be banned from parks in Franklin Township.

Supervisors are hoping to enact an ordinance to prohibit smoking in parks in the township at the Oct. 19 meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m

The ban would affect parks that are owned, leased and operated or maintained by the township, including the Phifer Ice Dam Park and Christman Field.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
A 1945 photograph of Angelo Roman of Weatherly and four buddies Edward Joseph Barrett, Jr., of Newark; Dewitt Nelson Ackerman, of Mass.; Bernard Charles Robier, of Baltimore and a sailor whose last name was Smith, of LaGrange, Georgia on the USS Fletcher in 1945.

Angelo Roman sits at the kitchen table in the house he was born in 89 years ago. Smiling, he lightly touches a gray plastic model of a ship, the USS Fletcher, glued together by his son, Paul, when the boy was nine years old.

He lightly taps the model to show visitors the part of the ship that was his general quarters when he served as a radar operator as World War II was ending in 1945.

The USS Fletcher, DD-445, launched in 1942, was the lead ship of the most famous class of destroyers in United States history, according to the 2010 USS Fletcher Reunion Group.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The brochures are out for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' convention. The cost will be $265 including air fair to Puerto Rico.

There is only one problem the brochure is among the interesting papers found as Towamensing Township prepares to destroy some of its older records. This particular brochure is from the 1960s.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Builder: Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny New Jersey

Laid Down: Oct. 2, 1941

Launched: May 3, 1942

Commissioned:

June 30, 1942

Decommissioned:

Jan. 15, 1947

Recommissioned:

Oct. 3, 1949

Decommissioned: 1969

Fate: Sold Feb. 22, 1972 and broken up.

Source: Destroyers Online

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hearings began on the application of Gladstone Partners, LP, of Pittsburgh, before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville, seeking a special exception to the county zoning ordinance to construct an International Cargo Airport, accessory facilities and a business park.