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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

West Penn Township appointed officials at the supervisors' reorganization meeting Monday:

*Fire Chief:Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

*Assistant Fire Chief: Kevin Mengel

*Assistant Fire Chief: Clint Schock

*Vacancy Board Chairman: Harry Barron

*Emergency Management Coordinator: Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

*Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator: Kevin Mengel

*Earned Income Tax, Occupational Privilege Tax and Delinquent Tax Collector: Berkheimer Associates

*Property Maintenance Appeals Board: Theodore Bogosh and Delroy Haas

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Walker Township board of supervisors, from left, include William McMullen, vice chairman, David Price and Craig Wagner, chairman.

Walker Township held its annual reorganization meeting Monday.

Craig Wagner will remain chairman of the township board of supervisors, with William McMullen serving as vice-chair. Township secretary/treasurer Suzanne Borzak will be retiring and supervisors appointed Dana Brubaker to fill in the position at a salary of $7,200 per year. Brubaker will also serve as secretary to the zoning hearing board and the planning commission.

Darlene Fenstemacher was appointed as assistant secretary/assistant treasurer, if needed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Guiding Rush Township in its bicentennial year will be, from left: Terri Conville, secretary/treasurer; Stephen W. Simchak, chairman; Robert J. Leibensperger, supervisor and Marie Skripnek, administrative assistant. Missing from photo is Shawn E. Gilbert, vice-chairman.

Over 45 motions were passed Monday morning during a busy reorganizational meeting of the Rush Township board of supervisors, kicking off the municipality's 200th year.

Stephen W. Simchak was re-elected chairman; Shawn Eric Gilbert, vice-chairman, and Robert J. Leibensperger, supervisor. Gilbert was not in attendance at the session.

Among the motions passed were:

* Hired full-time secretary/treasurer Terri Conville at a salary of $33,280, and setting her bond at $3 million.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In a reorganizational meeting that lasted just about one hour, Mahoning Township supervisors for the most part stayed the course retaining all of their appointed employees and agents. However, the board welcomed a new vice chairman in second year supervisor Franklin Ruch.

Ruch, who was elected in 2009, served last year on the road department committee, a representative on the Carbon County Regional Planning Committee and as a voting delegate last year to the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships. Ruch will retain these appointments as well in 2011.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Longtime West Penn Fire Co. Chief Leroy Breiner, left, is thanked for his years of service by township supervisors James Akins, Chairman Alfonso Martinez and David Zeigler.

West Penn Fire Company Chief Leroy Breiner has stepped down from the office he's held for 11 years. In his place, township supervisors have named Breiner's assistant chief, Dennis Fritzinger Jr.

Supervisors honored Breiner's dedication and service on Monday by presenting him with a handsome wooden plaque, prompting the roomful of residents and fire company members to break into applause.

Breiner, who became chief in 1999, in his typically quiet fashion, didn't say much as supervisors praised his years of hard work. Fritzinger, known as "Junior," also took a low-key approach.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Johnny Krasniqi and his daughter, Vanessa, stand inside Johnny's Restaurant and Pizza II, 111 N. First St., Lehighton. Krasniqi said he spent about $180,000 on a renovation project that took over a year to convert the former bank building into the restaurant.

Johnny Krasniqi of Bangor, originally from New York City, took a drive to Jim Thorpe about two years ago to see about opening a pizza parlor and restaurant there.

He never completed the trip. Instead, while en route, he saw a building for sale in downtown Lehighton, liked it, "and I bought it the first day I came through."

The building formerly housed a bank that closed several years ago.

It now is the site of Johnny's Restaurant and Pizza II, 111 N. First St. Krasniqi said Johnny's Restaurant and Pizza I is located on Washington Boulevard in Bangor.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 8 p.m. Monday, emergency personnel were called to a vehicle rollover on the southbound side of Claremont Ave ( SR309), in Hometown, rush Township. Reportedly, while driving south a young female driver lost control and flipped her red 1998 Saturn sedan while undershooting a turn. The car hit a guard rail, became airborne, flipped, and came to rest just past the entrance to the Still Creek Water Treatment Filtration Plant. The female driver was given a field sobriety test and taken into custody. A sleeping male passenger was also in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

West Penn Township officials reorganized on Monday:

*Alfonso Martinez is chairman with David Zeigler as vice chair.

*Karen Wittig remains as treasurer at a salary of $17,821.

*Susan K. Gibiser remains as secretary to the board at $11.85 an hour. She will also serve as meeting/recording secretary and as meeting/recording secretary for the planning commission, all at $11.85 an hour.

*Jeremy Frable remains as road crew leader at $17.20 an hour.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The following recalls were issued Dec. 26 - 30 by federal and state agencies:

Snow blowers: American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is recalling snow blowers sold April 2005 - November 2010. The fuel tank joint and o-ring located on the underside of the fuel tank can seep or drip fuel over time, posing a fire hazard. Consumers should contact any Honda Power Equipment dealer to arrange for a free fuel tank joint and o-ring replacement. Consumers can also contact Honda, www.hondapowerequipment.com, 888-888-3139.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The start of a new year brought nothing new for the Summit Hill Borough Council as far as delinquent trash collection customers are concerned. The council agreed unanimously to have the police department issue citations to individuals who haven't paid their annual $125 fee. Residents can make bi-annual payments, with the second installment having been due in mid-September, said secretary Mary Scapanda. She said there are more than 50 customers on the delinquent list.