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Friday, August 23, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/TIMES NEWS

Swallowtail butterfly alights on a blooming butterfly bush in the courtyard of the Dimmick Memorial Library, Jim Thorpe.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Carbon County is completing a study that will help bring shared services to public safety answering points (PSAP) in the state. The PSAP in Carbon is the 911 Communications Center.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal by Essential Management of Pottsville, for a PSAP regional shared services assessment for Northeastern Counties Regional ESInet (NECORE). The total cost of the assessment is $25,000, and will be paid through Act 56 funds and not the county.

Friday, August 23, 2013
Charles Rowlands

Charles Rowlands of Slatington was looking for a new project after he completed genealogies for both sides of the family.

That project began one day when he was walking up Main Street and thought about what it was like when he was growing up.

He wrote a book, complete with maps, about the town where he grew up.

That book will be available for sale tomorrow when Slatington Borough kicks off its 150th anniversary celebration.

Rowlands was the son of Ella and William Rowlands and was born on Aug. 8, 1923, on Willow Avenue.

Friday, August 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Clean-up work in Tamaqua Removing roots at Tamaqua's Depot Square Park are Tony Fulmer of Quakake, left, and Raymond "Ziggy" Ziegenfuss of Tamaqua.

Clients and staff with Access Services LIFE Program spent time pulling weeds, picking up trash and cleaning the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. The group routinely volunteers to clean parks and areas around the community. Removing trash and weeds are program team leader Jim Fulmer, left, and client Brett Berkey on New Ringgold.

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Lansford couple who served as officers of the Panther Valley Knee-Hi Association has been charged with stealing $10,959 from the organization.

Jon and Terri Williams, of 338 W. Abbott St., face charges of theft by failure to make required dispensation of funds and receiving stolen property.

Both denied the accusations, according to court documents.

They were arraigned Thursday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, Lansford, and released on $4,000 unsecured bail each.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Palmerton has tabbed a veteran firefighter as its new fire chief.

On a 4-1 vote, with one abstention, borough council agreed on Thursday to appoint Larry Zawaly to the post, and Dennis Behler as assistant fire chief, effective immediately.

Councilmen Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard voted in favor. Councilman Jason Behler abstained. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.

Councilwoman Holly Sell, who voted no against both appointments, said she did so because "it wasn't a decision I wanted to make at this time."

Friday, August 23, 2013
CAJETAN BERGER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill resident Brian Dolena, 26, right, is sworn in to the Panther Valley School Board by board solicitor Robert Yurchak at the meeting at Panther Valley Middle School Thursday.

Panther Valley school directors on Thursday appointed Brian Dolena to serve in place of the late Richard Zabroski.

Dolena, 26, of Summit Hill, was among those nominated to the board by both parties in the May primary election. A Democrat, Dolena will serve in Zabroski's stead until the board reorganizes in early December.

Zabroski, 45, a Republican from Nesquehoning, died Aug. 4 in a vehicle accident.

Friday, August 23, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Vicki Connor, chairwoman of the Western Pocono Women's Club's education committee, welcomed Alex Delikat, 16, to WPWC's August meeting. Alex was chosen by the club to attend the HOBY seminar at Temple University in June.

Alex Delikat, 16, son of Kari and Darrell Delikat of Effort, attended the August Western Pocono Women's Club meeting to thank the club for making it possible for him to attend the Pennsylvania East Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) leadership conference held at Temple University June 6-9.

The Pleasant Valley High School junior said the conference was "a life changing experience. It filled me with so much hope because I learned there are more people like me."

Friday, August 23, 2013

A New York state resident was given a prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on a drug count and receiving charge he previously pleaded guilty to. He was one of six defendants to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Enrique Ortiz, 47, of New York City, and formerly of Lansford, was sentenced on charges of possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

On the possession charge he was sentenced to time served (175 days) to 18 months in prison. On the receiving charge, one to 12 months, with credit for 175 days, and was immediately paroled.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Subdivision plans submitted to area municipalities seek the approval for construction of a church in Wayne Township and a merchandise store in McAdoo. The plans were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

James P.and Carol E. Tierney, West Penn Township, seek a two lot subdivision in order to transfer one parcel, 2.747 acres, to Wanda Neifert, daughter, and the second parcel, 2.747, remains as a residence. The property is located along Zions Stone Church Road, also known as Township Route 905.