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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

They crushed coconuts, had their fingerprints taken, and received tips on a dance fitness program.

Indeed, there was nary a dull moment at the second annual Health & Safety Fair Saturday at S.S. Palmer Elementary.

Sponsored by both the S.S. Palmer and Towamensing Elementary PTO's, the event easily surpassed that of last year, according to Towamensing PTO member/event co-chair Jamie Drake.

"It's been really excellent," Drake said. "I believe it's because we're having it here in town rather than the high school."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Banks Township

In Banks Township one supervisor position was up for grabs. The only candidate on the ballot for the position was Theresa M. Shott, who received 225 votes. There were 44 write-ins.

For the auditor position, Joseph R. Bodnar Jr. (D) defeated Alice Schwendeman (R) 234 votes to 80 votes.

East Penn Township

In East Penn Township, two supervisor positions were available. John M. Strockoz (R) and Cory Smith (D) received the top votes with 377 and 300. Other candidates were Joseph C. Ehritz (D), 243 votes; Cole Peffer (R), 170 votes; and eight write-ins.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Races for seats on area school boards in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were decided in two districts that had races.

The Tamaqua Area School District had no race as five were to be elected and five gained both party nominations in the May primary. However, in Blue Mountain and Mahanoy Area, there was a race for a seat on the board.

The results follow:

Tamaqua Area

In Tamaqua Area School District five incumbents won both nominations in the primary, four year terms.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

(Kneeling left) Chief Chris Rudolph and (kneeling right) Britney Ruth with Cody, a five-month-old yellow lab in training, of Pocono Search and Rescue, an all volunteer organization, gave a presentation at the Western Pocono Community Library's TAB and NiteLite groups. The young people, like this group of Rangers from Pleasant Valley Assembly of God, learned some key instructions of what to do if lost in the woods. The most important step Chief Rudolph said was to find a large tree and don't move. Wait until someone comes to find you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Republican Party regained control of the Schuylkill County courthouse by capturing all but one office, according to the unofficial returns of Tuesday's Municipal General Election. Despite the warm and sunny day, only 40.42 percent of the registered voters went to the polls.

Incumbent County Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier, who is the current minority commissioner, will once again become the majority commissioners after Jan. 1, a position he held before being reduced in rank in the election four years ago.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Monday by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth retains the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cracked soil could be seen at the bank of the Upper Owl Creek Reservoir, which took almost six months to completely drain.

The Upper Owl CreekDam in Tamaqua isclosed to the public until further notice. Tamaqua has contracted withPerformance Construction Services Inc. of Harrisburg to rehabilitate the dam. The project consists of raising of the dam, and construction of a new spillway and outletstructures. The work started on October 31 and could take up to one year to complete.Vehicles and pedestrians are not allowed near the dam or on the access roads. The dam will be reopened for public use as soon as possible after the work is completed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua American Legion volunteer Eric Becker ties red, white and blue balloons to parking meters in Tamaqua in celebration of Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Eldred Township board of supervisors accepted the resignation of Charles Phillips as a member of the Chestnuthill/Jackson/Eldred/Ross (CJER) Planning Committee of the Joint Comprehensive Plan.

The board appointed Archie Craig to fill the position.

CJER Joint Comprehensive Plan is "a means granted to local governments by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by which participating communities may work together to create a vision of what they want to become and how they intend to achieve that vision."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The next Hour of Honor will be on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg. The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.