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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Location, location, location" was the axiom the Mahoning Township board of supervisors stressed to township resident Frank Chickilly of Oak Grove Road who approached the board with questions about opening a business on his property.

"An official of Mahoning Township who I approached about the idea told me it would be denied and I want to know why. There are six businesses around me so I don't understand why I would be denied," said Chickilly during the public comment.

"I was the one who talked to you," said Zoning Officer LeRoy Leibenguth, who was present at the meeting.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lansford residents have been getting notices in the mail from a Lancaster company concerning water service line insurance, and the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority wants them to know the mailings have nothing to do with the water authority.

Instead, they are from a company selling water service line insurance.

The notices are from the Home Service USA repair Management Corp. There is a paragraph at the bottom of the notice that says "Home Service is an independent company separate from your local utility or community."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mobile Veterans Center coming soon to Carbon County. From left are, Larry Heffley, third vice commander of the Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club; John Williams, vice president of the Korean Veterans Last Man's Club; State Rep. Doyle Heffley; Fred Shaffer, commander of the Lehighton American Legion; Wayne Nothstein, member of the Vietnam Veterans Last Man's Club and Carbon County Commissioner; and Henry Desrosiers, director of Veterans Affairs for Carbon County.

A Mobile Veterans Center is coming soon to Carbon County.

The 38-foot van will be at the Lehighton American Legion Post 314, 314 Veterans Ave., Lehighton from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 and will be back every month. Future dates are April 26 and May 24.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley arranged for the van to visit Carbon County to assist veterans with a variety of issues.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing vegetable beef soup during the Tamaqua Trinity UCC's first monthly soup kitchen is volunteer and cook Barbara Breiner.

Parishioners of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua held their first monthly community outreach soup kitchen this past Saturday in their social hall.

The free community dinner included vegetable beef soup, homemade bread, refreshments and a large variety of desserts.

Trinity UCC Reverend Dr. David Grant gives full credit to his parishioners for their desire to help the community and pointed out that the soup kitchen isn't only for low income, as anyone can come enjoy some great soup with great people.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Second-grade pupils Hannah Quinn (left) Zacary Reif (middle) and kindergartner Joshua Reif (right) display the homemade bird feeders they made in the "Nature Center" station.

Telescopes, tents and sleeping bags were all fair game recently at S.S. Palmer Elementary.

Complete with a camping theme, "A Night Under the Stars" was an annual Title I reading event held to promote family involvement and reading literacy.

Family Reading Night was open to students from S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center and Pre-K kids to attend with their families.

Those families that arrived visited "The Ranger Station" with Jennifer Ramaly, S.S. Palmer Reading Specialist. They received a map guide and a brief explanation of what to expect and visit.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Blake Campbell, Palmerton High School; Brandon Everett, Lehighton High School and Corey Husic, Moravian Academy point to the picture of Clare Kubik, the fourth recipient of an ecology award, who was unable to attend. Kubik was bird watching when the picture was taken.

Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said on March 13 that this year's recipients of the Ecology awards went to a "homegrown" group. They have all put in a lot of time volunteering at the center.

Recipients are solicited from teachers and nature centers - including Lehigh Gap. Most years there are four to six nominees.

It is special because it is not an award that people work to get because most do not know it exists, but it is a pat on the back for someone who has done something good for the environment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The nominating petition of William D. Boyer, 105 Ryan Avenue, Tamaqua, who is seeking nomination to a six year term as auditor in Rush Township, is being challenged by Walter Taylor, Rush Township, according to a petition filed in the prothonotary's office in the Schuylkill County Courthouse. President Judge William D. Baldwin has scheduled a hearing on the complaint for Friday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Christopher J. Sanders, 21, of Tamaqua, was taken into custody Saturday evening after calling in a false fire alarm to the Schuylkill County Communications Center. He was escorted to his arraignment by Tamaqua Patrolmen Matt Bynon (left) and Karl Harig (right). Sanders admitted calling the 9-1-1 center with three false alarms in the past three months. Details of the arrest were published in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Two holders of offices in the Schuylkill County Courthouse are unopposed in the Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 17, according to filings in the Schuylkill County Registration Bureau.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

A new addiction recovery support group has started at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. The addiction recovery program is held every Monday at 7 p.m. and located at 124 W. Broad St. The free "Jesus in the Steps, From Addiction to Recovery" course is a recovery and group support program designed at helping anyone struggling with any form of addiction, such as smoking, sex, drugs, alcohol, sugar, chocolate and anything else. The program will feature Biblical teaching that will help integrate Christian faith into recovery. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3653.