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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

West Penn Township has added to its police force while also continuing in discussions about regionalization of police.

On Monday evening, the township's board of supervisors hired Thomas Duarte as a part-time officer, at a starting salary of $13 per hour.

West Penn Chief of Police Brian J. Johnson recommended the hiring of Duarte, who was also interviewed by Supervisors Chairman Alfonso Martinez and Vice Chairman David Zeigler.

"Dave and I interviewed him, and we think he'll be an asset to the township," said Martinez.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Twelve area residents were among 114 who were arraigned Monday morning in the office of District Attorney James P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were;

Monday, February 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Some area roads were closed Saturday morning as our area received another layer of slick ice. West Penn Township Police, firefighters, and drivers stop to help a stranded driver stuck in the snow on the top of the Ridge Cup hill, Rt. 309.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Brad M. Doll

Palmerton borough's Mayor Brad M. Doll has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge. He plans on cross filing to run on both Republican and Democratic parties. The office is District 56-03-02, which covers the lower end of Carbon County, including the Boroughs of Palmerton, Parryville, Bowmanstown, and townships of East Penn, Franklin, Towamensing, and Lower Towamensing.

Doll was elected mayor

in 2009. He served as a borough councilman from 2005 until becoming Mayor and is a member of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania.

Monday, February 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dozens of volunteer firefighters and volunteers from the McAdoo Fire Company took advantage of hungry Super Bowl football fans by holding their annual Super Bowl Food Sale fundraiser in their firehouse. Patrons enjoyed pork barbeque, Stromboli, wings and other messy but delicious party favorites.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Marian Catholic's FBLA chapter recently participated in the Region 23 Conference, held at Bloomsburg University. The objective testing for the conference was completed online at the individual chapter schools while the performance events were held at Bloomsburg. While at the Conference on December 17, 2010, members participated in an opening session, voted for candidates for the regional office, and attended an awards session. The Tolerance Troupe of Selinsgrove High School was there to present their skits on cyber bullying and hurtful teenage relationships.

Monday, February 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, hosted an assembly, "Circus of Life" with Mark Stolzenberg, on Friday, Feb. 4 as part of Catholic Schools Week. Stolzenberg used his talents as a professional clown to teach the student body about character-building skills, such as never giving up and visualizing your goals. Here, Stolzenberg chooses a student to assist him in a circus act.

Monday, February 7, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center, Route 903, Jim Thorpe March 1st from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. This class is the four hour refresher class. Proof of completion of a previous AARP or other driver safety course within the last 36 months must be provided for admission to the class. The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The most contemptible of all thieves, the chicken thief, is again in our midst here in Lansford. A good load of shot well aimed is the only reliable cure for such a disease. Last week, a poor woman lost six young chickens. At the present price of eggs and feed no one can afford to raise them for the benefit of the good-for-nothing samples of humanity who are indulging their appetites at others expense. If you happen to catch them visiting, you shoot, and don't shoot to scare them either. The world is better off without such people.

Monday, February 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The melting and refreezing of ice and snow are making sidewalks and roadways treacherous places to travel. Charlie "Charles" Bartusik of Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua makes a water canal as he chops through ice and slush outside his home to allow the melting snow and ice to flow freely into a street drain.