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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying his Labor Day by fishing and boating at the Tuscarora State Park is Bill Wilsniewski, from Hazleton.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind." – Walter Bagehot (BAJ'-uht), English editor and economist (1826-1877).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thirteen people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell with three drawing state prison sentences and three county prison commitments.

David V. Weller, 38, Mahanoy City, harassment, pay a fine of $100 and court costs. Charges of endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault were nol prossed.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Multiple units battle rash of brush fires near Jim Thorpe

At least seven fire departments and state forestry units were needed to battle at least five brush fires along railroad tracks above Jim Thorpe on Sunday. Equipment and personnel from Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning, Penn Forest Township, Lehighton, Franklin Township and Summit Hill responded to the area. Three firefighters required medical attention with one of them being lifeflighted. Around 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "Crankenstein" won the Most Drastically Altered award at the 22nd annual Antique/Collector Car Show sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club on Sunday. The 1951 Willys Truck is owned by Fred Savarese of Lehighton.

It was a car fanatic's dream come true.

A sea of vintage cars were showcased Sunday at the 22nd annual Antique/Collector Car Show at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873.

Sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club, the event attracted 508 cars, three more than last year's show, according to Lions Club President Ted Kistler.

"We've been blessed with the weather," Kistler said. "That's what makes the show."

Perhaps the vehicle that stole the show more than any other was the towering "Crankenstein" owned by Fred Savarese of Lehighton.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tamaqua Transfer Station, located along the sewage plant road, is one of 10 drop-off sites for the Schuylkill County Fall Cleanup which will begin Monday, Sept. 20. The cleanup will run through Saturday, Oct. 2.

The purpose of the cleanup, initiated by the county commissioners 11 years ago is to allow homeowners to drop-off at the sites such bulky items as used tires, old furniture and electronic items such as computers. No hazardous waste material will be excepted such as used paint cans, solventes, cleaners or any poisonous materials.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Permission to open a deep mine to extract anthracite coal was granted by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board at its monthly meeting held Thursday evening, Sept. 2, at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The application for the mine was made by Robert Rothermel, on behalf of One Summit Real Estate, LP, owner of the land. The mine will be developed by Future Fuels Company and will be the first deep mine to be opened in the county in many years.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering a Dining with Diabetes class beginning Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Community Service Center, 217 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Dining with Diabetes is a program for adults with diabetes and their families. Classes are offered weekly for four weeks with a three-month follow-up class. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations and a small fee is requested.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

State Reps. John Siptroth and Mike Carroll announced they will hold their 5th annual Monroe County Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

The free event is open to the public.

It will include blood pressure, vision and hearing screenings, vendors with information geared toward seniors and door prizes. There also will be free food.

Reps. Siptroth, Monroe/Pike, and Carroll, Monroe/Luzerne, will attend and be available to discuss state-related issues with their constituents.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m. Low around 62.

Wednesday

A sunny

afternoon

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 a.m. Gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. Wednesday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 51.