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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carbon County Friends of Animals are asking for the community's help to locate a dog that has been on the loose since October.

Donna Crum, a volunteer at CCFOA, said the organization has been receiving reports of a white pitbull roaming around an area between Mahoning and East Penn townships over the last few months. The dog is in dire need of veterinary attention, Crum said, noting that residents who have spotted the animal said it is extremely emaciated from lack of proper nourishment, its ribs are showing through its skin and it hardly has any hair left on its body.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A progress report on the pole building that Mahoning Township supervisors are looking to construct to satisfy the violations raised by the Department of Labor and Industry resulting from complaints by Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, ended up in an argument between two supervisors even though a 4-1 vote directed the building committee to move forward at Monday evening's meeting.

The supervisors were under a March deadline to have work begin on the building or be fined by L&I.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors passed Ordinance No. 2012-01, with a 2-0 vote. Chairman Chuck Gould was absent.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono District Scout Commissioner Doug Klemm, right, presents the Scout charter to Effort UMC representative, the Rev. G. Argot, (ret.). Scouts have been using the church as a meeting site for 20 years.

Effort UMC celebrated Scout Sunday this past Sunday.

In attendance was Doug Klemm, Boy Scout District Commissioner, and many leaders and members of Cub Scout Pack 99 and Boy Scout Troop 98 as well as one Scout from Troop 102.

They served as greeters, ushers and also Scripture readers. The two Boy Scouts that did that were Chris Kaye at the 8:30 a.m. and Christian Shea at the 11 a.m. service.

The Scouts recycle soda can tabs for the church's hunger ministry program. Forty-two dollars was given to the food pantry from that project.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lehighton's Chief of Police Neal Ebbert suggested to borough council this week that the borough ordinance be updated to address tents and other temporary structures.

He said currently there is very little in the ordinance pertaining to the tents from which flowers and fireworks are sold.

The tents are generally put up along highways for several weeks around holiday seasons.

He said the only rules regarding these tents are the same ones that pertain to street vendors who walk along parade routes peddling balloons and cotton candy.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Four area residents were among 23 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court recently.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Like history? Like museums? Like flea markets? Are you a military buff? Or simply want a day out doing something a little different.

Then you might want to check out the Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet being held Saturday, March 3rd, at Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe.

Vintage military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc. will be available at the club's Winter Swap Meet which will be held there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Allentown man will be cooling his heels in the Schuylkill County prison awaiting trial on a number of criminal charges which were filed after an alleged rampage in Rush Township last Jan. 5.

After a hearing in the county court Senior Judge D. Michael Stine denied reduction of a $25,000 bail imposed by a district judge on Andrew H. Alatore, 24, of 1151 Bulldog Drum Drive.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board members (clockwise) Keith George, James DeRosa and Chairman James Ord conduct an on-site meeting with the Christmans at their property at 3224 Fireline Road on Tuesday. The couple wants to operate an automobile service station as a home occupation.

A proposal for an automobile service station to operate as a home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township remains under review.

Rather than meet inside its municipal building, the township's Zoning Hearing Board conducted an on-site meeting Tuesday at the property of David Christman at 3224 Fireline Road.

Christman is in search of a variance and special exception to operate the business as a home occupation. The property is located in a R-4, Medium Density Residential District.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet and Greet at Tractor Supply Company, 486 Blakeslee Blvd. W., Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

To learn more about this event, or about adopting a greyhound, please visit www.poconogreyhound.com, or phone (570) 856-0377.