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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying slightly warmer weather at the McAdoo Memorial Park in McAdoo are Riley Claypotch, 3,with her grandmother Andrea Hissick.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host "Camo Critters" at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The program is open to all 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. There will be a hike to look for some hidden "critters," as well as games and songs to help children learn about these animals.

For more information or to register your child for the program, call the center at (570) 645-8597.

CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Seven area residents were among 31 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court recently and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Mark B. Goff, 37, of 112 School St., Jim Thorpe, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison, fined $1,000, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to MCARE fund, attend alcohol highway safety school, perform 10 hours of community service, and drivers license suspended 12 months.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Ed Girard, left, religious education director, prepares to present Deacon William Pitts, center, with a framed "Papal Blessing" from Rome in honor of Pitts' 30th Anniversary of Ordination to the Deaconate, as the Rev. William Campion watches on.

Name the engagement, and chances are Deacon William Pitts was a part of it.

That's because for three decades, Pitts has been a mainstay with the Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

Joined by family, friends, and current and former colleagues, Pitts was recognized recently for his 30th Anniversary of Ordination to the Deaconate.

The Rev. William Campion, pastor of the church, said the purpose of the mass was to recognize "30 years of dedicated service for our deacon."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Art work by Joan Morgan Applegate, a Tamaqua native and 1953 graduate, is currently on display at the Tamaqua Public Library. "I decided to pursue my interest in art and took classes in Colorado with English wildlife artist John Seerey-Lester and Fred Wetzel of Kempton," said Applegate. Applegate has participated in national shows at Hawk Mountain and Birdsboro, as well as local shows in Pottsville and Berks County. She is also a member of the Stone Monkey gallery in Jim Thorpe and was the winner of the Patricia Freeman Memorial Award.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Tamaqua man was found not guilty by a jury after a one day trial Monday in Schuylkill County court of criminal charges arising out of smashing the windshield on a truck despite testimony by the owner that from his bedroom window he observed the defendant tossing a brick at the car.

His trial was one of several currently going on in the county court. Other defendants who were scheduled for trial changed their minds and entered guilty pleas.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Playing a game of spooky ping pong are Caroline Velez, 11, and Brandon Velez, 12, both of Lansford at the Tamaqua YMCA community Halloween party.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ira G. Ross attended the American Bankers' Convention at Richmond, Va., this week.

All constables in Carbon county not receiving a compensation of 25 cents for each saloon visited will resign and they will be reappointed in order to come under the new law. Those elected under the new law are entitled to the compensation and milage.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In anticipation of the inevitable snow and ice this winter, Coaldale borough council on Monday awarded the job of building a new 32-by-40-by-16 foot salt storage shed to a New Jersey company.

S&L Builders LLC, of Jersey Shore, submitted the lower of two bids, $21,350, plus an additional $5,200 for a six-inch concrete floor.

The other bidder was Doubletree Structures of New Holland, Lancaster County, which offered to build the shed for $56,496.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a long prison term after pleading guilty to three driving under the influence (DUI) counts. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to be sentenced Monday in Carbon County court by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Total of five

Carl Franklin Kopack Jr., 45, of Lansford, was sentenced to a total of 185 days to two years in the county prison on three DUI counts.