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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured with mascot dog Breezy and some of the donations collected, from front left, are Sarah Panetta, Hillside SPCA Group Coordinator Janine Choplick, Itinerant Learning and Emotional Support teacher Krystal Schmauch, Stacey Wallace, Brianne Curvey, Rachel Confer, Natalie Davison. From back left are Neal Strausser, Devin Michlousky, Aaron Jennings, and Kayla Kerstetter. Pictured holding Breazy's leash is Life Skill's student Kyle Hacker.

Leadership Council students from the Tamaqua Area High School held a dress down for Tamaqua students to raise pet food and monetary donations for the Pottsville Hillside SPCA during their Feed Furry Friends in February drive.

The students were also treated to Breezy, a well-behaved border collie dog and Hillside SPCA mascot. In addition to $868 raised , students collected dozen of bags and boxes of pet food donations. Students from the Tamaqua Life Skills class also took part in the donation presentation.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Although no new home permits have been issued in Polk Township since the beginning of the year, some new ventures may well be underway. Among them is a commercial solar facility on a 7.2 acre plot in Gilbert on Horseshoe Drive and Route 209 in an R3 Village Center.

The plan was submitted as a conditional use application by Robert Coleman to Polk Supervisors in December. A public hearing was held on Monday, Jan. 24, and the township Planning Commission has recommended approval with a 4-0 vote.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office said that a 48-year-old Monroe County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud in connection with an alleged fraudulent investment scheme.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, the grand jury alleges that Jeffrey Olson, of Blakeslee, used wire transmissions to help further a fraudulent investment scheme related to his businesses, Northco Investments and Northco.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Anatomy and Physiology class at Marian High School witnessed a live knee replacement surgery on February 25. The program was offered through COSI (Center of Science and Industry) from Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The Marian students, along with six other schools from across the country, were able to ask questions of the surgical team as they worked. The surgery was preceded by and followed up with related classroom activities that included constructing a hinge, joint, tying a suture knot, examining X-rays, and maintaining sterile conditions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Citations extending best wishes and congratulations to Schuylkill County on observance of its 200th anniversary were delivered by Congressman Tim Holden and State Senator David Argall to the Schuylkill County Commissioners at the opening ceremony of observation of the county's bicentennial Tuesday morning in Pottsville.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly woman driving a white Ford sedan west on SR443 in West Penn Township escaped serious injury Tuesday after she turned into the path of a tractor trailer passing her on her left as she began to turn left onto Medical Crossing Road. Police reported that the tractor trailer was passing in a no-passing zone. The tractor suffered minor damage to the fuel tank and cab step. Township Police Chief Brian Johnson is investigating. Fire police directed traffic around the area.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua police and firefighters respond to another prank fire call on Center Street in Tamaqua.

During the past two weeks, someone has been calling 911, Schuylkill County Communications Center, numerous times reporting false fires in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. expressed his frustration with the number of prank calls received and the danger it causes for firefighters, pointing out that dozens of volunteer firefighters stop their lives each time they respond to these calls in a timely manner.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Tylor Wolfe of South Tamaqua, third from left, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony held at St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, on Saturday. He's shown here with his family and scoutmaster after the ceremony. Left to right: Tylor's brother Richard; Scout Master Scott Winterburn; Tylor; his father (and troop leader) George Wolfe and mother Audrey Wolfe.

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout has become a tradition for the Wolfe family of South Tamaqua. Dad George achieved his Eagle rank in 1982. His elder son Richard earned his in 2006, and on Saturday, younger son Tylor received the honor at a Boy Scout Troop 777 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held at St. John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

The ceremony included citations presented by state Sen. David G. Argall - himself an Eagle Scout and former scout leader; state Rep. Jerry Knowles; Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David McCray.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

There is a correction for the article that appeared in the Tuesday, Feb.15th edition of the TIMES NEWS, regarding the preliminary budget passed by Jim Thorpe board.

The statement should have read: "This is just the starting point for the final 2011-2012 budget," stated board member Randall Smith. This budget cannot be passed as the final budget because legally the budget can only increase .68 of a million.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

According to the federal government:

Ÿ Between 5 to 20 percent of the population get the flu each year.

Ÿ More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications

Ÿ Deaths from flu-related causes range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600)

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services