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Friday, August 9, 2013

Two area residents were among nine who received hearings in Schuylkill County court on their appeals from decisions made by magisterial district judges who fund them guilty of summary violations. Judge Charles M. Miller ruled as follow:

Alexander Riotto, 31, of 100 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, lost his appeal and the judge ordered he pay the cost of prosecution and fine and costs imposed by the district judge who found him guilty of having the passenger side headlight out, for which he was fined $25; and driving while his license was suspended, imposed a fine of $200 and costs.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The New Columbus Fire Company will be testing fire hoses beginning Monday morning, Aug. 12, and throughout the day. Residents may experience discolored water and low pressure during the test period.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
special to the times news Members of the Nesquehoning Hose Company and Waterway Twin Tier of Montrose test 11,200 feet of fire hose that the fire company uses. The testing is vital to the safety of firefighters, said Fire Chief John McArdle.

Recently, the Nesquehoning Hose Company had 11,200 feet of fire hose tested by Waterway Twin Tier of Montrose, an independent contractor hired to conduct the testing.

The standards outlined in NFPA 1962 were followed during testing.

At the urging of Fire Chief John McArdle, the Nesquehoning Borough Council voted last year to allow the monies received from the sale of the Seagrave Aerial truck to be put towards the hose testing of all three fire stations in the borough.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) and National Canal Museum (NCM) have signed a formal alliance agreement aboard the Josiah White II Canal Boat in Hugh Moore Park.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The beach at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton has been closed after high bacteria counts were found in water samples.

According to a press release by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), water samples were taken on Monday, Aug. 5 and found to have a high bacteria count. The beach was closed Tuesday evening.

The beach will remain closed as a precaution until acceptable water sample results are received.

Last year, the beach was closed in June because of high bacteria counts.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Night Out organizer Leona Rega hands Tamaqua Area Crime Watch literature to Tamaqua residents John and Carolyn Suzadail.

Focused on providing local residents resources for a safer community, Tuesday's Tamaqua Night Out event, held along the 100 block of Pine Street, brought numerous local emergency services, community and volunteer organizations together for an interactive evening of fun activities and informative presentations.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In collabortion with Simon Kramer Institute, the American Cancer Society staff, Judy Hoppes, Sr. Health Inititiatives Respresentative with he Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe units, will be at the center two times this month to meet with the public and discuss ACS programs and services.

She will be located in the Resources Room of the center. Discussions will be held August 15 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The little red caboose has found a new home.

It now sits proudly on the property of the Eldred Township Municipal building, overlooking the valley in Kunkletown where it made daily runs for many years as part of the Chestnut Ridge Railway.

The caboose is a part of Kunkletown's history. The Chestnut Ridge Railway was built in 1888 as a connection to the Central Railroad of New Jersey in Lehigh Gap, for a total of 11 miles.

The little railroad also transported passengers, freight and mail from Kunkletown to Palmerton.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Planning Commission reorganized last evening. Members are, from left, Michael Kafkalas Jr., vice-Chairman; John Oransky and secretary Martin Ditsky.

Lansford's planning commission on Wednesday agreed to recommend that council reject the Middle Carbon Comprehensive Plan, saying the development guide would do little to help the borough, which has little room to expand.

Commission Chairman Michael Kafkalas Jr., Vice Chairman John Oransky and secretary Martin Ditsky also said they were concerned that the borough would have to continue to pay for the plan, and that money could be better used elsewhere to improve Lansford.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Shaelyn Heft of Palmerton, shows off several of the souvenirs she acquired on her mission trip to Tanzania, East Africa

Shaelyn Heft, 15, will begin her sophomore year at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland this fall. If she has to write an English essay on "How I spent my Summer Vacation," she'll have quite the tale to tell, thanks to a recent mission trip.