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Friday, September 19, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The late John "Sonny" Trudich was honored during Tamaqua's 9/11 Remembrance Service last week in recognition of his devotion to the annual event and his community in general. Several family members attended, including his sister, Betty Pepper, and brother, Pete

Trudich. "Sonny" was a longtime member of Tamaqua Borough Council and will be

remembered for his untiring efforts to improve life for the youth of the community. The

service was coordinated by Shelly Bonser, Michelle Mehallic and Lee Caulkins of the South Ward Playground Association.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two serious charges were dismissed and a lesser one filed on Wednesday against a Lansford man accused of robbing two teenagers.

Robert Lee Clifford III, 20, had been charged with criminal attempt-robbery, which is a felony, and simple assault, a misdemeanor.

Those two charges were dropped and he was instead charged with disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of $100.

A hearing had been scheduled Wednesday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The resolution to the case happened without the hearing being held.

Friday, September 19, 2014

American Legion dues

Members of American Legion Post 304 are reminded that their 2015 dues are now payable. If you wish to renew your membership, please forward the renewal form to the post at 20 W. Sixth St., Jim Thorpe, attention Bill Diehm, Adj.

Class of 1969

Members of the 1969 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School will meet for breakfast on Monday at the Boulevard Drive-in in Lehighton. Spouses of the classmates are also welcome.

Smoke detectors

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tamaqua-Panther Valley Girl Scout Service Unit 310 will sponsor a Comedy Nite on Oct. 18 at the West Penn Fire Company 1, 221 Municipal Road, New Ringgold.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and run approximately two hours. It is for mature audiences only, so admission is restricted to those 18 and older.

Food and refreshments will be available.

For more information or advance tickets, call 570-578-5176. Tickets will be available at the door.

Friday, September 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ronny Ziegler of Ziegler's Repair and Towing, Tamaqua, spreads absorbent material along Route 309 in Tamaqua Thursday after a three-car collision. All occupants refused medical treatment at the scene.

Traffic on Route 309 northbound in Tamaqua was rerouted Thursday after a three-car collision.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 6 p.m. to the 200 block of Pine Street for a report of a multiple-vehicle crash withinjuries.

The crash involved a Chevrolet Cavalier, Jeep Liberty and a third vehicle, with cars ending up on both sides of the road.

Airbags deployed and one passenger was thrown into the windshield.

However, police said all drivers and passengers refused medical treatment at the scene.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners this week proclaimed support for the county's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bubeck Park, Pottsville.

Nearly two-thirds of Alzheimer's sufferers, some 3.2 million people, are women in their 60s, according to the proclamation.

Last year, 15.5 million family members and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at $220.2 billion, to those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The former site of a Nesquehoning insurance agency will soon be a St. Luke's Health Network medical facility.

This week, Joseph Bennett, representing Bennett Family Properties LLC, went before the Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing Board to ask for a variance to allow the plans for transforming the former Balliet Insurance building, located at 1114 E. Catawissa St., into a physician's office. The current zoning for the 2.2-acre property is C-1, commercial transition, and did not include medical use facilities in the permitted uses in the district.

Friday, September 19, 2014

After a contentious exchange with Rush Township supervisors during a meeting Thursday, Hometown resident Joe Shamonsky collapsed on the floor in front of his seat and was transported to a hospital by Tamaqua ambulance personnel.

Friday, September 19, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys

LEFT: Tiffany Dickson embraces her 7-year-old son, Bryon III,in front of the casket of her husband, Pennsylvania state trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson,on Thursday at the Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore.ABOVE: Pennsylvania state troopers carry Dickson'scasket out of Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton after his funeral Thursday.

Friday, September 19, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, Rush Township supervisors adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as the property maintenance code for the township. Before finalizing the ordinance, they had made numerous alterations and amendments.

"What we adopt, we research and adapt to fit our needs," Chairman Shawn Gilbert said. "That's our job."