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Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A ceremonial ball was presented to the family of the late Matthew Aungst during the annual Lansford Fire Company No. 1 Christmas party and awards program held recently at the Lansford American Legion. Aungst was a junior firefighter with the Lansford Fire Company who passed away at age 15 on May 30th of this year. The ball was signed by 7 teams from surrounding fire departments. Toby Krajcirik, a friend of Matt's, set up the softball tournament to benefit the Matthew Aungst Memorial Fund.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

For the third time in as many years, Bruce Frassinelli of Schnecksville has been named one of the top winners in the Golden Quotes Awards competition.

He won top prize in the "Best Column" category in the 2011 contest sponsored by the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County, N.Y. He is the first person to have ever won three consecutive best column awards in the competition which began more than 40 years ago.

Frassinelli is senior columnist for 55 Plus, in which the column - Santa Claus Scam appeared, and Oswego County (N.Y.) Business Magazine.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
PV library holds Christmas party
Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Nancy's Fresh Cut Meat Market in Hometown helped raise donations for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League second Toys For Tots distribution to be held Thursday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Pictured are Carol Clemson, deli manager, on left, and Chris Pilla, co-manager. The Pilla family stated they plan on making their first annual mini-drive a yearly tradition.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Good news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albeck of East Mauch Chunk this morning when the mailman delivered a clippergram from their son, Staff Sgt. Joseph Albeck, stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. The highlight of the letter is that he is well – and in his own words:

"Just believe me that everything in the Pacific is under control and that everything and everyone is prepared for anything from air raid to internal sabotage. If the Japanese should return, and we don't think they dare, no doubt they will be annihilated before any accountable damage can be done."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Frackville man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Schuylkill County Court to commiiting six burglaries in the Frackville-Butler Township area in the summer of 2010 and received a long jail sentence.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 2010 single audit on the County of Schuylkill was recently completed by the firm of L. Samuel Deegan, CPA, P.C., of Pottsville and was filed with the Single Audit Clearinghouse and the Bureau of Audits in Harrisburg as required by law. The audit report contains an independent opinion on the county's basic financial statement.

The completion went smootlhly and there was no confrontation between the auditor and Controller Melinda Kantner as happened last year.

The financial highlights in the audit report include the following:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/Special to the TIMES NEWS

A family of three has been displaced after a fire broke out at their home along Route 873 in Washington Township Tuesday morning.

The two-alarm fire caused severe damage to the home located in the 5300 block of Route 873, just north of Slatington. No injuries were reported.

Slatington Assistant Fire Chief Jason Nicholas said the fire broke out just before 6 a.m., at which point the Slatington, Walnutport and Emerald fire companies were dispatched to the scene.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke," Nicholas said. "Within a few minutes, flames began shooting from the roof."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Parryville Council on Tuesday night adopted the final budget for 2012. Because of the rising costs of engineering fees to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan, Parryville Council had no other choice than to raise taxes by two mills this year. Millage is set for 2012 at 12.5 mills. The two-mill tax hike will happen again for 2013.

In Parryville, one mill generates approximately $5,000. A home assessed at $40,000 will pay an additional $80 a year in real estate taxes in 2012 due to the tax increase.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Anyone interested in learning more or having a say about the rehabilitation of the Thomas McCall Bridge is invited to the see the plans displayed at a meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is holding preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the bridge. The bridge carries traffic on SR209 which goes over a Norfolk Southern rail line, the Lehigh River and the town of Weissport.