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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Biosolids, commonly known as sludge, have no place in Lansford, council ruled.

The board voted to bar use of the material, the byproduct of domestic and commercial sewage and wastewater treatment, from the borough. Councilman Tommy Vadyak, who broached the matter at an Oct. 25 Public Safety Committee meeting, brought his recommendation before council at a public meeting Wednesday.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

North Railroad Street (Pleasant Row) in Tamaqua will be closed to traffic on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12 for retaining wall and street reconstruction.

Pleasant Row and one block of West Elm Street between Washington and North Railroad streets will be closed to traffic Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. These streets will be reopened at approximately 3:30 p.m. each day.

Drivers and pedestrians should avoid this area during construction. This schedule may change depending on weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status, including Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Northampton, and Lehigh counties, which had been under drought warnings.

DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in or were reclassified to drought watch status.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In the article titled, "Zoning ordinance change approved," which appeared in Tuesday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, it was incorrectly stated that the Polk Township supervisors voted to purchase a computer for $2,010. It should have read "a computer purchase of 2010 to replace a year 2000 unit that has problems."

The correct amount for the computer purchase was $674.99.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
30th District installing team

Members of the American Legion's 30th District installing team who participated in the installation cermonies for Post 316, Summit Hill, on Oct. 17 included, front, Thomas Keener, Past 30th District Commander and member of Post 360, Weatherly, Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander and member of Post 927, Gilbert, and Frank Solderidge, 30th District Finance Officer and member of Post 899, Lehigh Township; and back, same order, Thomas Bowditch, 30th District Adjutant and member of Post 903, Mt.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Charles Sincavage

Editorial note: Charles Sincavage is the third veteran to share his story about being a POW in Germany during World War II.

Charles Sincavage had earned a football scholarship. Unfortunately, he didn't get the opportunity to use it. He hurt himself playing baseball and it was lost to him. The year was 1935.

His dad asked him what he was going to do and Sincavage said he was going to work for him. But his dad didn't want to see him driving the rock tunnels in Shenandoah and told him, "No."

Thursday, November 11, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The playground at the Coaldale Complex is closed off until exterior walls are repaired.

When Coaldale Council on Oct. 12 voted 4 to 3 to sell the former town high school, it made the decision in the borough's best interests. Council on Tuesday reversed its decision, voting to keep the building.

But some parents of the 81 children who attend Carbon County Head Start programs in the building, known as the Coaldale Complex, still fear for their future there.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Following 22 years of dedicated service to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA), President and CEO Tim Williams announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.

The announcement came at the PNA's 86th Annual Convention Oct. 27 to 29 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Williams will stay on at the Association for several years, providing consulting and other services to the three companies and their boards of directors

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Lehighton Band and the Lehighton American Legion Post will again be collaborating in a Christmas dinner and Christmas concert.

The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the concert following at 7 p.m.

The festivities will be held at the Lehighton Legion, Third and Bridge Streets.

The concert will feature medleys of Christmas carols as well as many of the popular secular songs of the season. There will also be a sing-a-long featuring three well known carols.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tim Heckman, Tamaqua, of UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania (UFORCOP), talks with Jacob Gursky, 14, Tamaqua, during a discussion session held at the Tamaqua Public Library. Topics ranged from paranormal research and unidentified flying objects, but most topics were concerning the conspiracy theories involving "Area 51", which is a military base, and remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States.