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Saturday, October 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Supervisors, l-r, Jim Aikens, Al Martinez and James Dean, breath in a sigh of relief after announcing their decision to authorize resolution number nine; ratifying the adoption of the Act 537 and its submittal to DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).

Following over a decade of talks and negotiations, West Penn Township board of supervisors have authorized resolution number nine; ratifying the adoption of Act 537 and its submittal to DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).

The decision, announced during the township's public meeting, was made following numerous months of planning and joint meetings with Walker Township Supervisors and committee members. Supervisors added that it could take up to 90 days for it to be approved by DEP.

A variety of other topics were discussed during the public meeting.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A dose of flu vaccine is the best defense against contracting seasonal flu. Here's where to get your shot:

Blue Mountain Health System, will offer flu shots free of charge at walk-in clinics:

Ÿ Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 -6 p.m. at Blue Mountain Medical Plaza, Bank St., Bowmanstown for adults 18 years of age and older.

Ÿ Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Palmerton Hospital campus, Colombia St. entrance (2nd floor). The shots will be given free to children 12 years and older and adults.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Tamaqua woman had a hearing on bail reduction and a Lehighton man a bench \warrant hearing in Schuylkill County court this week.

Erica Nicole Sillers, 23, Tamaqua, was granted modification of bail by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine after receiving an fine report from her employer, Burger King in Tamaqua.

Harold Lux, manager, reported her work attendance has been very good and she has done everything asked of her. Her work schedule is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two days a week from 5:30 a.m. TO 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jim Thorpe Rotary club treasurer, Ron Sheehan, gives a dictionary to St. Joseph Regional Academy third grader Casey McArdle. The club gave out a total of 192 dictionaries this year throughout the Jim Thorpe schools, including L.B. Morris Elementary and the Penn/Kidder campus. This marks the 11th year the club has participated in the project and has given out a total of 2,166 books.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eleven first time offenders of the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed the following in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control offer six simple steps to help people avoid the flu:

1. Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick: If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The week of Sept. 30, was a busy one in Harrisburg, with many discussions about the proper way to reform Pennsylvania's unfair school property tax system.

I don't need to tell people in our region about how severe this problem has become, as many of my constituents are living proof.Seniors are being forced to choose between paying their expensive school property taxes and paying for food or medicine.

Some are even losing their homes.

It is unjust that our valued senior citizens are being put in this situation.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A total of 12 defendants charged with driving under the influence and related counts entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Jill M. Brown, 38, of Albrightsville, was arrested on April 19 along Indian Drive in Lehighton by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. She also pleaded to one count of driving under suspension-DUI related.

She was charged after she crashed her vehicle into a utility pole.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone to get flu shots, especially those who:

Ÿ are aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months);

Ÿ are aged 50 years and older;

Ÿ have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);

Ÿ are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);

Ÿ are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;

Saturday, October 12, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diabetes Dash founder and organizer Carla Majczan, left, stands with the first runner to complete the annual run in Palmerton, John Vasko, 19.

Nearly 100 people took part in the sixth annual Palmerton Diabetes Dash, formerly known as the Palmerton 5k for Diabetes.

The event raised nearly $3,000 for the American Diabetes Association, whose goal is to find better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and to advocate for those currently affected by the disease. They also offer educational services to help prevent diabetes.