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Saturday, March 3, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS West Penn Township resident Robert Doerr in historically accurate, hand-sewn Confederate uniform, holding a working replica of an Enfield muzzle-loader.

His handmade Confederate Civil War uniform carefully packed, his muzzle loader polished and gleaming, Bob Doerr sets out from his West Penn Township home at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 for the three-hour trek to the Antietam battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Doerr's trip covers 165 miles through Pennsylvania and Maryland – and 149 years through history.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Anyone involved in an accident resulting in personal injury will be required to submit to a re-examination for his driver's license, Secretary of Revenue J. Griffith Boardman declared yesterday. Boardman stated: "I believe that when this part of the program is put into action we will see a great reduction in accidents." He asserted that hearings would be held in the future on the facts of the case in every accident involving personal injury, and that the department would refuse to "fix" any motor vehicle case.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A former employee of Olympus Corporation of the Americas in Upper Saucon Township has been charged with three felony counts of theft and forgery for allegedly defrauding the corporation of $374,303 over more than two years by altering purchasing documents and ordering 454 high-end televisions, which were paid for by the company and then sold on eBay.

Benjamin Wilson, 35, of Katy, Texas, and formerly of 819 North St., Jim Thorpe, was charged on Friday with one count each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and forgery, all second-degree felonies.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Donna Fallon, Lansford "No."

Several area communities are cutting back on their police departments in order to save taxpayers' money. Do you think this is a wise decision?

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Special to the Times News Towamensing Solicitor Tom Nanovic gives the oath of office to R. Bruce Reimer, the new tax collector.

Towamensing supervisors said ashes have to be bagged or will not be picked up.

At Last Thursday's meeting it was pointed out that the ashes blow back in the collectors' faces when they are left in an open container, and the dust continues to blow off the truck, creating an unhealthy condition.

"It is like bits of glass hitting their faces," said Supervisor Penny Kleintop.

As an alternative, residents can take the ashes to the municipal building and dump them in the salt shed.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the 2012 World Day of Prayer service at Grace-Lutheran Church, Lehighton, were, from left, front row, SALM Emma Weaver, Josephine Rhyder, Trinity Lutheran Church; Mary Kay Levandusky, All Saint's Episcopal Church; Jenny Keiper, Joan Mertz, and back row, Jean Gothard, organist; Shirley Radler, Zion United Church of Christ; Rosemarie Austin, St. Peter and Paul Church; Shirley Stamm, First Presbyterian Church; and Barry Shupp, Zion United Church of Christ.

LIFE (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship) joined women, men and children from all over the world Friday to celebrate 2012 World Day of Prayer.

The local service was held at Grace Lutheran Church, Lehighton. Taking part in the program were SALM Emma Weaver, Josephine Rhyder, Trinity Lutheran Church; Mary Kay Levandusky, All Saint's Episcopal Church; Jenny Keiper, Joan Mertz, Jean Gothard, organist; Shirley Radler, Zion United Church of Christ; Rosemarie Austin, St. Peter and Paul Church; Shirley Stamm, First Presbyterian Church; and Barry Shupp, Zion United Church of Christ.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A soldier's mainstay: A few pieces of hardtack, shown here with a hardtack cutter.

If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, Civil War soldiers had their work cut out for them. Here is the typical daily ration provided for Union soldiers, according to the website, Visit-Gettysburgh.com.

· 12 oz. pork or bacon or 1lb. fresh or salt beef

· 1 lb. 6 oz. soft bread or flour or 1 lb. hardtack or 1 lb. 4 oz. cornmeal

For every 100 men:

· 15 lb. beans or peas

· 10 lb. rice or hominy

· 10 lb. green coffee or 8 lb. roasted coffee

· 1 lb. 8 oz. tea

· 15 lb. sugar

· 4 quarts vinegar

· 1 quart molasses

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Justin Neff, 26, with addresses in Tamaqua and Minersville, has been charged by Tamaqua Police after he allegedly pawned items leased to a resident of 119 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Neff was staying with family at that address when he allegedly removed a television set and a PlayStation 3, owned by Rent A Center, from the home on Feb. 6. He and a friend took the items to Reading, where Neff pawned them for cash.

He has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will be holding a Family Reading Night on Friday, March 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Weatherly Elementary/Middle School cafeteria.

A number of activities are planned including Rhyme Races, Mixed Bag, Create a Creature, and Tell Me a Story. Refreshments will also be available.

In addition, a surprise guest reader will attend. The PTA will also hold a drawing for the book "Every Thing On It" by Shel Silverstein.

For more information, call Donnell Stump, PTA president, at (570) 579-8801.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Owner Ray M. Swartz etches someone's pet dog into a piece of granite. He also adds color to his etchings.

A new type of business containing an eclectic shoppe of stones and art gifts has etched its way into Jim Thorpe.

The store, called Swartz's Etchings & More, is owned by Ray and Barbara Swartz of Tamaqua and offers a vast array of affordable personalized granite crafts; such as decorative stones and jewelry, healing stones, etched pet portraits, and even personalized memorials or flat markers. Ray also pointed out that all his work is handmade and one of a kind, adding, "My work lasts much longer than normal laser etching."