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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring has officially arrived, heralding the return of the Tamaqua Borough street sweeper. Regular street cleaning operations will begin on Monday, April 2, with streets posted the day before sweeping is scheduled.

Permanently posted streets are swept every Thursday and Friday, beginning at 5 a.m. Those streets include portions of Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Swatara and Nescopec Streets.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Robert Wellington Monroe Jr., of Albrightsville, is led from the office of District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek by Cpl. Kathleen Temarantz of the Lehighton barracks of the state police after waiving a hearing yesterday regarding charges of striking a Jim Thorpe police office with his car last November.

An Albrightsville man who allegedly struck – with his car – a Jim Thorpe police officer who was assisting a disabled motorist, has opted to not have a hearing on the charges.

Robert Willington Monroe Jr., 51, waived a hearing that was scheduled yesterday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek to Carbon County Court.

His pretrial conference in the district attorney's office will be held on May 3.

Monroe, who is being lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility, is charged with:

Ÿ Aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center presents "Sensational Spring," at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26. There will be a short hike to look for signs of spring. Games, songs, and other activities will be used during the program.

The program is open to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities. Bundle up for a short hike on the property.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Request by Cove Village Association to have a minor subdivision plan in East Union Township waived from review by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission was denied by the planning board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The plan must now be submitted for the county board to review.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long was accompanied to the Palmerton Area Historical Society meeting by her magical deer, Robert Harris. She had gone hunting for game with the hatchet.

President Jane Borbe listed upcoming events on the calendar of the Palmerton Area Historical Society for the remainder of 2012. The list will be updated as events near.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, there will be a wine and cheese celebration and book signing. The wine will have Centennial labels.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The padlocked house at 6 Leisenring Street, Lansford.

Ongoing problems with a vacant house at 6 Leisenring St. in Lansford are being resolved.

The house, in a row of attached homes, has been empty since November when the occupants moved out, leaving behind bags of stinky trash and household items. Next-door neighbor Joseph Gallagher approached borough council last Wednesday to ask that something be done so he and his wife would be able to sit on their porch on warm evenings without being driven inside by the stench.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Palmerton Historic District Public Meeting will be held this Friday at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Palmerton Area Library in the Knight's Gallery on the second floor to discuss the proposed Palmerton National Historic District.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more about the district and the designation.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The trail is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. This trail goes through many diverse habitats and meanders along the pristine Locust Creek. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the newly emerging spring wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the upper beach parking lot. Contact Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information. Shine only.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Four defendants entered guilty pleas Wednesday afternoon in Schuylkill County court to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charges and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.

John R. Lesniak, 23, of 19 W. Lehigh St., Summit Hill, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) probation program.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Donald Miller, of McAdoo, was injured around 1 p.m. Tuesday when he crashed his white 2005 Hyundai into the back of a tractor trailer driven by Randall Kyle, of Reading. The incident occurred north of the Mile Hill (SR309), near the entrance to a power plant in Kline Township. Reportedly, after witnessing a tractor trailer knock down power lines on a street in McAdoo, Miller followed the rig south on SR309 into Kline Township while he called police to report it. That is when he collided with the back of the rig. Miller was taken to Hazleton General Hospital.