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Monday, May 5, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Our Lady of the Angels Academy students celebrate the recent reaccreditation of Our Lady of the Angels Academy. They are, from left, Emi Tenisci, Caylen Murray, Antonina Zeleniak, AleckJewells, Adam Kosciolek and Alfred Collevechio III.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently underwent reaccreditation through the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

The reaccreditation confirms that the school has successfully met the 12 standards set forth by the Middle States Association.

The school reports that it will continue to celebrate faith, love and academic excellence for many years to come in educating children of all faiths.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township workers Larry Williams and Glenn Williams assist Dan Kline of Responsible Recycling Services of Kutztown with loading recycling materials recently collected in Franklin Township.

Franklin Township supervisors recently hosted an electronic recycling day at the township building.

Brenda Neeb, township secretary, said that at least 45 televisions were recycled during the event, plus lots of computer monitors, computers, printers, radios and microwaves. While the computer components were accepted at no cost, there was a fee for those dropping off televisions and appliances with freon.

"We never expected so much," said Neeb. "The entire building is filled with stuff."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mark Rudenko, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rudenko, 166 Orwigsburg St., Tamaqua, is in guarded condition at Allentown-Sacred Heart Hospital today following a 100-foot fall into an abandoned pit on the Tamaqua South Mountain.

A hospital spokesman says he suffered head lacerations and a broken clavicle (collar bone) in the fall.

The Rudenko family thought Mark might have been detained at track practice, his grandmother, Mrs. Doris Huegel, told the Times News today.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ten members of the Times News editorial staff earned honors in Pennsylvania's two major writing and photography competitions as announced recently by the Pa. Associated Press Managing Editors organization and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

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"Miracle Kids," a yearlong project by Donald R. Serfass and Kathy Kunkel, grabbed top honors in two major categories of The Associated Press News Excellence Competition.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Peter Sliwka responded to a complaint about his bees at the May 1 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors.

Sliwka keeps bees near his Stagecoach Road property line. However, the bees enjoy a neighboring swimming pool as their source of water.

Zoning officer Carl Faust said they could be treated like other animals and moved 100 feet from the property line.

Supervisor Guy Seifert said zoning rules were being rewritten and bees could be counted as livestock.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Schuylkill County judges have recently placed a number of people on probation.

Melissa Baer, 20, of Tamaqua, was sentenced by Judge James Goodman to a year's probation on charges of harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from a July 23, 2013, incident involving Nicole Hazlett and Norma Fritz, both also of Tamaqua.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Since January, Penn Forest auditor Matt Schutter has stepped up to the podium during board of supervisors meetings and asked the same question, "Where is the $1.6 million?"

On Monday, April 7, Schutter stood quietly at the rear of the meeting holding a handwritten sign printed with the same words.

Earlier in the meeting, township solicitor Thomas Nanovic read an open letter to address the claims of "misappropriated" township funds. The letter refers to claims made by former supervisors Paul Montemuro and Alan Katz in a Times News article published on April 3, 2012.

Monday, May 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

One person was reportedly flown to a hospital after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Nesquehoning. The incident off Dennison Road, behind the Panther Creek Cogeneration Power Plant, happenedshortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Scanner reports stated that onevictim reportedly had trouble breathing and needed medicalassistance. Emergency crews from Nesquehoning and New Columbus Fire companies, as well as Lehighton Ambulance, responded.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard arrives to the annual Community Safety Day at Mauch Chunk Lake Park on the Lehigh Valley MedEvac helicopter on Saturday.

Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for the annual Community Safety Day at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Hundreds of children and their families from around the county attended the event which teaches children about being safe in different situations.

The event, organized by state Sen. John Yudichak, Carbon Lodge 242 of Free and Accepted Masons, Carbon County Safe Kids and the Carbon County Commissioners, provided free food, games, face painting and bounce houses and educational activities.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Coaldale Borough will have its annual spring cleanup day on Wednesday, May 14.

Large items will be picked up, including washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators and a limit of four tires/tire rims.

All items must have all chemicals removed and doors taken off.

In addition, up to 10 bags of garbage will be collected.

No TVs or computer monitors/peripherals will be accepted.