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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Democratic members of the Pa. House of Representatives successfully led the charge to pass an extraction tax on the production of natural gas in the vast Marcellus Shale formation.

The House Democratic Caucus said the tax will help "to fund critical environmental programs and aiding local communities impacted by the expansion of this industry."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pennsylvania may experience some relief from extra dry weather conditions as a strong storm system heads up the coast today.

The storm system is a result of a slow moving upper trough and a stalled frontal boundary combining with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Northeastern Pennsylvania until Friday afternoon as the storm passes through the region today and tonight.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks are continuing to investigate a rash of burglaries that occurred at a Carbon County development over the past weekend.

Troopers said about 18-20 residences in the Towamensing Trails community in Penn Forest Township was entered overnight of Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday.

Most of the residences were unoccupied at the time they were entered and most are considered summer homes with many owners who are not permanent residents of the area.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Kunkel

A Coaldale man is in custody after police said he admitted to a burglary at Pieracini's Market in Tamaqua.

Franklin John Kunkel, 19, of 101 E. High St., Coaldale, turned himself in to Tamaqua Police last evening after Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods had secured a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was based on video surveillance from the market that clearly identified Kunkel as the culprit

The burglary was one of several reported to Tamaqua Police over the weekend.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Tamaqua man, currently serving time in a state prison, pleaded guilty through a video conference transmission and receiving additional time to serve. He enterd the plea on charges Tuesday in Schuylkill County court. Several others were also sentenced on criminal charges.

Russell Jacob Nelson, 30, of 103 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, was seated in a video room at the Forest State Correctional Institution, Center County, near Penn State University, while Judge John E. Domalakes sat in a video room at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Tramontina, a Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, is honored to be named the 2010 Pennsylvania state American Legion Educator of the Year. He was nominated by American Legion Post 927 for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Mark Tramontina, a social studies teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, was named as the Pennsylvania state's American Legion's Educator of the Year for his dedication to honoring American veterans.

Tramontina grew up with a deep sense of patriotism and respect for the veterans of the United States of America.

His father, Albert Tramontina, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1954 and was a Korean War veteran. His son, Brian Tramontina, served 10 years in the Marines from 1994-2004 with the V22 Osprey Program, and now works for Bell Helicopter in Texas.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two unique pieces of railroad equipment working together to maintain the railway made their way through the Jim Thorpe area on the Norfolk and Southern rail line. The first machine called a "Ballast Tamper" adjusted the ballast stones and rails to make the railway both parallel and level. This was followed by a "Regulator" which is a machine that works to properly sculpt the ballast stone evenly across the right-of-way and, in doing so, clear the stone from the ties and also angle the ballast to the proper slope so that efficient drainage is restored.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Patrolman Carl Breiner was on nightshift on Monday when he saw this 7 1/2 foot Burmese python crossing the roadway along the S-turns in Hauto. He got out of his police car and shot it a few times until it was dead. This type of snake is an invasive species native to India and Southeast Asia. It is dangerous to humans and pets. With bow and arrow season approaching, the Nesquehoning police wanted to notify hunters to be on the look out for snakes of this nature.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Operation: Touch of Home (OTOH) and WSBG, Lite 93.5 FM are sponsoring the annual Military Appreciation Dinner and Comedy Show, Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. located on Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

This event is FREE for military people who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and one guest. Please call Bonnie at 570-350-7574 or Grace, 570-977-4437 or email: touchofhome@hotmail.com for complimentary tickets. Tickets will be sold to the public.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hometown residents, from top left, Emerson Musser, Jean Hunsinger, Theresa Svetz, and Josephine Stone, all residents of Meadow Avenue, look over engineering plans and talk to Project Engineers David Horst, left, and William Orlowski, bottom right, from the Benesch Engineering Firm about various aspects and benefits of the project during the Rush Township informal Meadow Avenue Sewer Project community discussion held Tuesday at the Rush Township municipal building.

Project engineers from Benesch Engineering Firm, local township supervisors, and area residents living on or around Meadow Avenue in Hometown attended an informal Rush Township Meadow Avenue Sewer Line Replacement Project community briefing Tuesday evening at the township municipal building.

The township held the briefing to give residents the opportunity to see and discuss how this project affects them.