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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is advising motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Lehigh Tunnel and Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) Interchange to be prepared for single-lane patterns to be in effect tonight, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning, and a daytime moving pattern on Friday between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The southbound right lane will be closed between milepost A76.5-A73 for pothole repairs tonight.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS One of the variance requests of Riverwalck Saloon owner Mark Stemler is to retain the archway at the entrance of the parking lot. Stemler maintains that the archway controls traffic and should stay.

Attorney Carole Walbert, legal representative for Mark Stemler, owner of Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Centre St., Parryville, spent the better part of two hours Wednesday night laying the groundwork for approval from the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board for special exceptions from the zoning ordinance.

Testifying in her client's defense were John Reda of Associated Drafting and Design of Kunkletown and Rudy Wolff of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Kresgeville.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will hold a Christmas Kettle kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in downtown Tamaqua's Depot Square Park.

The Salvation Army is looking for people to volunteer to help raise money through itsr Christmas Kettles. The Traditional Bell Ringer volunteers two or more hours to ring bells at designated kettle locations. They help by collecting money throughout the Christmas season.

All money raised from this program helps support the needs of local residents in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A public meeting has been scheduled by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to receive imput on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment for the county, in action taken at a work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. in the commissioners' board room, preceding a regular commissioners meeting.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

At Rush Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday evening it was announced that the supervisors will be sponsoring a Toys for Tots box this year. Residents who wish to participate can drop off their donations at the Township Municipal Building during regular business hours.

The Rush Township Police Dept. report for October is as follows:

*District Justice fine money was $2,349.83

*Total miles on police vehicles for Oct. were 3680

*There were 403 calls, complaints, and incidents handled by police.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A preliminary budget for 2011 was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville with no increase in taxes although the budget calls for spending to be greater than the receipts and to balance it monies will have to be drawn utilizing a deficit funding mode. Final adoption will be end of December.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteers Charles and Joanne Rush of Saylorsburg are set to deliver the foods and other items collected the annual Monroe County 4-H Achievement and Recognition banquet. This year the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is the major recipient of the donated items.

Monroe County 4-H'ers pledge their head to greater thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living for their club, their community, their country and their world.

A vanload of food and other good items, headed to the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network this year, as well as many recognitions during Monroe County 4-H Achievement Recognition banquet gave proof that local 4-H'ers and their leaders are fulfilling the spirit of that pledge.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When poor folks have problems that require legal help, those problems often go unresolved - or get worse - because lawyers cost more than they can afford.

However, help is available at no cost to people whose incomes fall below a certain level through North Penn Legal services.

Representatives of the organization, Attorney Cici Stafiuc and Public Benefits Project coordinator William McLaughlin, on Wednesday spoke to a gathering of the Interagency Council of Carbon County.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nesquehoning Borough held its council meeting with the abscence of council members Frank DiMiceli and Rose Walck. Mayor Tony Walck was also among the absentees due to work.

Councilman David Hawk reviewed the 2011 proposed budget. He said there will be an increase of 3 mills for the new year. He said there's a loss of property income and an additional full time police officer must be hired.

There will be no increase in fees for the sanitation and sewage bills.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Revising the county zoning ordinance took up much of the time of the Schuylkill Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The commission was unable to complete their work and recessed the meeting to Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.