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Thursday, October 23, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Two pallets of wood pellets sit in the storeroom of R. F. Ohl Fuel Oil recently.

The past few days sure haven't felt like it, but winter is around the corner.

Following last winter's wood pellet shortage in the area, some customers are already stockpiling in advance of cold weather.

Stoves 'n Stuff in Tamaqua and R.F. Ohl Fuel in Lehighton both reported having pellets in stock last week, but the story is not the same for Berger's Agway in Brodheadsville.

"My suppliers are telling me they're done for the year," Todd Berger, owner of Berger's Agway, said. "It's a first. I've never seen that at this point in the year."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough Council is beginning to look at its 2015 budget.

On Wednesday, during a special borough council meeting, held immediately before the regular council meeting, the board discussed its current operating budget and looked at a few line items that should be further investigated for the 2015 spending plan.

Councilman Frank Jacobs provided a breakdown of the current finances, highlighting projected increases in the health insurance plans and the current costs of streetlights throughout the borough.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Negotiators for the Jim Thorpe Education Association and the district's board of education positioned themselves about $1,500 per year apart in their salary request proposals as contract negotiations began under the helm of state mediator Robert Millet of Bethlehem.

Classes for the district's 1,250 students were canceled for the fourth time as teachers engaged in a selective strike by delaying the time they would report to school until 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Rev. Chris deForest, right, reacts to a "scary animal" named "Levi the Possum," a rescued resident at the Carbon CountyEnvironmental Education Center, held by CCEEC intern Jo deForest.

"Scary Animals" owls, spiders, bats, even snakes are rumored to be leaving their homes and invading a Mahoning Valley church.

Actually, it's all part of the fun. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mahoning Township is having its annual Sunday School Halloween Party for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. The church has invited the Carbon County Environmental Education Center to bring its "scariest animals" to the church's auditorium and give a special program on these sometimes misunderstood creatures.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Schuylkill County jury has acquitted a Mahanoy City woman accused of stabbing to death her mother's boyfriend.

Kimberly Hons, 34, had been charged with voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person in the death of 52-year-old Lawrence Quinn, who died of a single stab wound on Dec. 1.

Quinn had been engaged in a dispute with Hons' mother, and an argument had ensued after the dispute.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Sports and Wear was determined to have the "Funniest" scarecrow.

Jim Thorpe has been invaded by scarecrows. Some are pretty; some are funny; some are outrageous.

The Jim Thorpe Historic District scarecrow display and contest was first started in 1989 but has been absent for the past several years. The return of the scarecrows to Jim Thorpe is a great success. It's evident a great deal of thought went into designing each scarecrow.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday evening approved a performance-based energy savings agreement with the McClure company, Harrisburg, to install lighting conservation measures at the Emergency Management/911 building and the Adult Probation building for $56,845.

The current lighting fixtures will be replaced with more efficient ones and LED exit signs. The work is expected to be finished by late December or January.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Richard "Buster" Schoenberger

Richard "Buster" Schoenberger of East Weissport, currently a resident at The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton, will celebrate his 94th birthday on Oct. 27.

Born in 1920, Richard is the third born of the late Thomas and Helen Schoenberger of East Weissport. He had two brothers and four sisters. He got his nickname "Buster" from his father on the day of his birth.

Growing up, he loved to swim in the Pohopoco Creek.

He graduated in 1937 from Weissport High School, which only had 11 grades, and from Lehighton High School the following year.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Mahanoy City Senior Community Center wants to help people avoid investment fraud.

For that reason, the center, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, the state attorney general's office, Independent Living Services, and AARP are presenting a free public "Scam Jam" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at the center, located at 138 W. Centre St.

"People may join us for a continental breakfast at this non-commercial, financial educational event," says Mary Agnes DiCasimirro, center manager.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tamaqua has obtained a transportation grant from the state's Commonwealth Financing Authority for $196,200, which is intended to be used for a streetscape project on the recently completed Center Street bridge and the first block of Center Street.

This includes the area from the bridge to Spruce Street and would include lighting on the bridge, sidewalks and other streetscape elements. The grant would require a 20 percent match in funds from the borough.

The announcement was made by Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt during Tuesday's regular meeting of council.