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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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two sex offenders, who previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges, were sentenced Monday in Carbon County court to prison terms - one to a state facility and the other to a county term.

Judge Joseph J. Matika imposed the terms.

Two children

Edward Prues Gruenemeier Jr., 37, of West Hazleton, was sentenced to serve a total of 24 to 60 months in a state prison on charges of aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and corruption of a minor.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. William Campion, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, blesses the cross from the original church. The restored cross was recently installed inside the rectory of the parish.

A life-size crucifix from its original church has been placed in the parish center of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton.

The crucifix was placed on the wall as part of a special Blessing of the Cross conducted recently by the Rev. William Campion, pastor of the church.

"Tonight is a really fitting day to dedicate our restored crucifix," Campion said. "It was in the basement of our church; this is from the original church."

Campion noted that the crucifix was down in the basement when flooding occurred last year.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
William Miller, of the Bear View development, is prepared to present a petition signed by the residents of Penn Forest Township who oppose the use of Bear Creek Drive for access to a property which that would feature a zip line and the Navitat Adventure Canopy.

Monday night was supposed to be the time when the residents of Bear View, Penn Forest Township, finally got to address the township planning board on the matter of the NAVITAT Adventure Canopy which includes a zip line that is being proposed for Penn Forest Township and Jim Thorpe Borough.

The residents turned out to be heard, occupying the meeting room, hallways, vestibule and driveway of the Penn Forest Township municipal building.

There were a handful of people representing Navitat-Bear Creek, LLC in attendance, as well as members of the planning commission.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An article in Monday's edition contained an error regarding Tamaqua's Halloween Parade. Fran Stahl is the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce 2012 Citizen of the Year. Mrs. Stahl will be riding in Division 1 of the parade.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel responded to 562 Pine Creek Drive (SR54) around 3:15 p.m. yesterday after a passer-by reported seeing people on the roof with buckets and a garden hose trying to extinguish a fire.

Two women, their 12 cats and two dogs, escaped serious injury yesterday afternoon after a fire tore through their three-unit Barnesville home.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the two-story home, located at 562 Pine Creek Drive (SR54), near the intersection of Harmony Lane, and SR1018, as firefighters from two counties responded to the fire.

Passers-by traveling on SR54 reported seeing a man standing on the roof of the home, while a woman was handing him a garden hose in a frantic attempt to extinguish a growing fire inside the second floor of the home.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Haunted Walk will take place in Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe this upcoming Friday and Saturday.

The event, which starts at Kemmerer Park, across from Asa and Harry Packer mansions, will take visitors on a spooky walk past ghosts, zombies, witches and more. The walk will take place Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Proceeds from the walks will benefit St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe.

For more information, contact Kathy Goff, Haunted Walk organizer at (570) 325-4052.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Now that the weather has turned cooler the public is invited to spend some time enjoying what the Palmerton Area Library has to offer upstairs in The Strohl In. The cozy comfortable reading area and coffee bar is located on the mezzanine in the library's main room. It was dedicated to long time library employee, Dorothy Strohl at the time of her retirement in March.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 hosted a free war veterans breakfast recently at Blondie's Restaurant in West Penn. Pictured from front left are Edna and William Fry, Navy veteran of WWII; Gulf War Marine Corps veteran Ted Bogosh III; Eugene Schaeffer, U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam; Lamont Fry, Army veteran of the Iraq war; Ernest Daubenspeck, post

Commander and Navy veteran during Cuban missile crisis; Mahlon Shaffer,Army veteran during Cold War; and Gladys Balliet. From front left are Mary Hoffman; Harold Osenbach, post quartermaster and Army veteran during Korean War;