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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Has a Lower Towamensing Township man crossed the line after his remarks alluded to last week's shooting in Ross Township?

Lower Towamensing Township's board of supervisors' chairman believes so, and said as much to resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday.

The matter unfolded shortly after Bollinger asked the board if they had the minutes from last month's meeting because he said he was in the process of talking when the meeting was adjourned.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carole Geary is the new Pleasant Valley School District superintendent.

Carole Geary has taken over the helm as Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent as of Aug. 1. But she's no stranger to PV's hallowed halls. She began her tenure at PV fresh out of college in 1985 as a math teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, and with an exception of two years, spent the last 28 years dedicated to the education of PV's students.

Geary was born and raised in Bradford, Pa. in McKean County. ("Not to be confused with Bradford County," she says.)

Being a teacher was something she aspired to from the time she was a little girl.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jim Thorpe Borough Council discussed National Night Out, which had been held on Aug. 6.

Gregory Strubinger, vice president of the council, stated, "It (NNO) was another success."

National Night Out is held the first Tuesday of August in communities all around the country. NNO has been an annual event for 30 years and this is the second year that Jim Thorpe hosted its own NNO.

Jim Thorpe's NNO had over 60 vendors this year.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz wished to thank everybody involved in National Night Out (NNO).

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three rising high school juniors from the West End participated in ropes courses, talent shows and college discussions during the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, held July 7-11 at Keystone College in La Plume. Sponsored by the West End Rotary Club, the students are, from left, Rachel Brunnquell of Effort; Ryan Conway of Kunkletown; and Erin Gallagher of Saylorsburg. Rachel and Ryan attend Pius X High School in Bangor. Erin attends the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hometown and Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers worked together recently during a large mock vehicle accident drill held in the parking lot of the Tamaqua Elementary School. During the drill, both fire police units spent time going over new state requirements as well as setting up mock detour sites, helicopter landing sites and structure fire buffer zones.

"Working together is extremely important when on scene of a house fire or vehicle accident," said Tamaqua Fire Police Captain Bob Schlorf, a 35-year volunteer. "The safety of all emergency responders on scene is priority."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A former area high school football star, who had signed to play professional ball, pleaded guilty in Schuylkill County court Wednesday to drunk driving, stemming from an accident in which he and another driver sustained serious injuries.

Phillip Michael Ryan IV, 24, of 402 Hazle St., Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve one to six months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Friday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Those members who attended a public meeting Wednesday of Lansford borough council rejected both bids submitted for a pole building to house American Fire Co. No. 1.

New bids will be sought, and council expects to award the work when it meets in September.

With just barely a quorum present, council members Samantha Yasson, Lenny Kovach, Andrew Snyder and President Rosemary Cannon accepted Keystone Consulting Engineers' advice to reject the bids. Council members Danielle Smith, Tommy Vadyak and Mary Soberick were absent.

The bids were opened at 2 p.m. Monday.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gina Martens, Vice President, Member Relations for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, discusses the benefit of membership to the GLVCC with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

It's the biggest business networking organization in the Lehigh Valley and on every Main Street.

Exactly what types of benefits a membership to the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce entails was shared with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

In July, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp merged with the GLVCC to form a partnership that would benefit members across the board, from marketing opportunities to government affairs.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The $2,393.43 awarded Coaldale by a Schuylkill County judge was for work already done, as well as to be done, on a mold-infested house at 132 W. Ridge St.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS John Bova approaches the entombment site of his father on Wednesday evening to scatter the ashes of his mother during a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Sheppton Mine Disaster.

For survivors David Fellin and Henry "Hank" Throne, there was no sense of joy in being rescued after two weeks' entrapment deep inside the Oneida #2 mine near Sheppton.

That's because one man, Louis Bova, was left behind. He was always on their minds and on the minds of family members.

That was the message Wednesday from Carol Zielinski, Fellin's niece, and Emma Fellin Balko, 91, Fellin's sister and lone remaining sibling.