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Friday, June 17, 2011

A Carbon County man, who assaulted three police officers and whose defense attorney said he was high on bath salts at the time, was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday.

Daniel Wassil, 25, of 2947 Wetzel Run Road, Packer Township, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 10 months to one day less than 24 months in the county prison on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thirty-one zoning permits were issued by the Schuylkill County zoning officer at the courthouse in Pottsville which resulted in $4,335 in fee collections.

The estimated cost of construction was placed at $867,349.

Permits were issued to the following:

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Palmerton Summer Recreation Committee has announced its summer recreation programs for children ages 6-14 (Child must have completed kindergarten) living in the Palmerton School District.

It will be held at the Coal Bowl Playground and Borough Park Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 20-July 29.

Children need not attend every day to participate. Many, in fact, go to swim lessons first and to the recreation program afterward.

In case of rain, the program is canceled, as there are no indoor facilities.

Friday, June 17, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The owner of the former Panther Valley Middle School, is challenging the Lansford building's tax status.

As it stands, Lansford Borough Council President Adam Webber owes a total of $69,685.73 in property taxes to the Panther Valley School District, Carbon County and Lansford Borough on the former middle school, which he bought for $150 in March of 2009.

Webber is challenging those figures, saying the $1,994,100 Fair Market Value on which they are based is way too high. Instead, he wants to use the $97,580 an appraiser for the school district arrived at three years ago. That figure included both the building and its adjacent parking lot.

Friday, June 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Women's Club inducted nine new members at the recent membership banquet, six attended. They are, left to right: Sherry Getz, Bobbi Fisher, Donna Lee Cresina, Isabel Pietri, Beth Larson, Minerva Hosking. Maureen Kilton, Elida Gares and Phyllis Cesare could not attend. The WPWC meets the third Monday of each month at Effort United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on June 20. This active organization raises funds and donates the money back into the community and by awarding scholarships. If interested, contact Vicki Connor at vconnor11@gmail.com.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Featured guests at the grand opening of the South Ward Community Center, from left, are State Rep. Jerry Knowles; Elm Street project manager Kathy Kunkel; Council President Micah Gursky; PDCED representatives Cindy Campbell, director Gary Baker; and State Sen. Dave Argall.

"This is the kids' place. It needs to be taken care of and kept in the community," said Tamaqua's Borough Council president Micah Gursky in reflecting on the newly-renovated South Ward Playground Community Center.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Lansford AMVETs at 215 W. Ridge Rd. in Lansford.

If you are a retired or active member of a union and live in Carbon County, you are invited to participate in the Labor Council. The Labor Council has been approved by the AFL-CIO to act as a collective voice for organized labor in Carbon County.

For more information, phone Labor Chapter President Terry Whiteman at (610) 379-0162.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Salty (Sarah Jane Sands) shows Lehighton Area Middle School students the glove she used in 1953 and 1954 when she played for the Rockford Peaches team in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The uniform to her left is a copy of the one she wore.

Students at Lehighton Area Middle School recently got to meet a distinguished visitor who was a part of this country's national pasttime during the World War 2 era.

The visitor was Sarah Jane Sands Ferguson, or "Salty," a former player of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She shared her love of the game with students and also offered advice on how to achieve success in life.

"My father took me to a baseball game and I fell in love with baseball," she said in explaining how what inspired her to become a professional baseball player.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Dr. Jeanine Buchanich, University of Pittsburgh, stresses the importance of participating in studies aimed at targeting the cause of a rare blood disease. Buchanich was one of several speakers at a public forum held Wednesday at the Tamaqua Community Center. Also shown are Tom Murphy, Hometown, health and environmental advocate, and Dr. Henry Cole, Maryland.

Is radon the culprit in an unusually high number of cases of a rare blood illness in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne counties? Or is it fly ash? Or maybe something else?

Those possibilities are being examined, along with a variety of other scenarios as part of $8.8M in research and investigations.

At Wednesday's public meeting, sponsored by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Tri-County Polycythemia Vera (PV) Community Advisory Committee, an expert said significantly high levels of radon have been seen in studies here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dr. Douglas Arnold, Pleasant Valley School District superintendent and Susan Famularo, PVSD business manager, gave a 2011-2012 budget presentation at the last PVSD school board meeting.