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Thursday, July 8, 2010

The deaths of a Parryville man and his twin brother are being investigated by state police at Lehighton.

Troopers said on Tuesday, July 6, Gerald Avvisato, 58, of 356 Center St., Parryville, committed suicide at the Shell service station along SR209 in Towamensing Township.

On Wednesday, July 7, the body of Nicholas Paul Avvisato, 58, was found at the Parryville home he shared with his brother.

An autopsy on Nicholas Avvisato is scheduled, troopers said.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The West Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board met on Monday evening, June 28 to continue the discussion about the Dekorte property in Andreas, West Penn Township. The agenda of the meeting was to hear and decide Maurice Dekorte's request to store and maintain equipment at 1544 Penn Drive in Andreas.

For nearly two hours, the zoning board listened and responded to information regarding the Dekorte property. The property has been owned by Maurice and Barbara Dekorte for approximately 10 years.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Suspended Mahoning Township police officer Marvin Mertz, right, is shown leaving the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday. Mertz waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A Mahoning Township police officer with a checkered past now faces several counts of forgery and other offenses.

Marvin Mertz, 35, of Knoll Drive, Lehighton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Justice Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Mertz will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12, for a pretrial hearing on three counts of forgery, as well as one count of tampering with records or identification.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

With a motion passed at its regularly scheduled supervisors' meeting this week, Penn Forest Township has joined the Western Carbon County Comprehensive Plan. The plan is also being used by the Jim Thorpe, Lansford and Summit Hill boroughs.

Penn Forest Township Supervisor Paul Montemuro attended the Comprehensive Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 7 to discuss details. The plan actually contains two separate proposals, one is the Comprehensive Plan and the other is a Parks and Recreation Plan.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Samantha Faust (left) and Tory Vadyak of Marian Catholic High School will compete on the national level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) this month. SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two students from Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will be competing on the national level of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Victoria Vadyak, daughter of Harry and Karen Vadyak, Summit Hill and Samantha Faust, daughter of Jim and Mary Beth Faust, Barnesville will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for competition at the National Leadership Conference from July 14 through July 17.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Schuylkill Township has hired a new police officer. Jesse Zimmerman, a 10-year law enforcement veteran, was hired unanimously by supervisors at last night's meeting. Zimmerman, who graduated from the academy in 2001, has also served as an officer in Tamaqua, Tilden Township, and Orwigsburg. The supervisors' announcement was greeted by a round of applause from the audience, who also added a long list of complaints including illegal dumping, parking, and traffic violations to Zimmerman's list of things to do.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Tamaqua Public Library Pre-School Spring Story Time concluded with a graduation ceremony.Graduates included, first row, from left, Jenna Shellhamer, Zachary Markiewicz, Mason Job, Alex Steigerwalt, Nathan Fannock, Alec Nattress, Katie Miller, Matthew Jones, and Bradley Hood. Second row, Rose Vallee, volunteer; Linda Smarr, TPL staff; Gayle Heath, TPL Director; and Penny Gursky, TPL staff. The graduates not pictured who also attended are Ridge Synder and Mia Perilli, with Ida Piccin, volunteer.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The family of Mary (Pituch) and Bob Drigan of Nesquehoning attend a program donating the building and property to St. Luke's Health center.

The family of Mary (Pituch) and Bob Drigan gathered for Mr. and Mrs. Bob Drigan's special tribute ceremony Wednesday to celebrate their bequest of the building and grounds of St. Luke's Miners Health Center in Nesquehoning to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

The gift will allow St. Luke's to continue providing health care services to the people of Nesquehoning and surrounding communities.

Attending the ceremony were family members of the Pituch family from various parts of the United States.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jill Rehrig of Kresgeville was named "Rotarian of the Year" by the West End Rotary Club, of which Jill is a member and the President-elect. Jill also received distinction as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Toni McAndrew was the first Rotary female district governor of District 7410 in 1997-98 and was the guest speaker at the West End Rotary Club's Installation and Awards Dinner held at The Hamilton in Sciota. She told those who attended that any organization is made up of four bones-the Wishbones, the Jawbones, the Knucklebones and the Backbones.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

At the Jim Thorpe Comprehensive Planning Committee's regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Penn Forest Township Supervisor's Chairman Paul Montemuro discussed the changes development has brought to Penn Forest.

"When the new Census information comes out, everyone's going to be surprised to see that Penn Forest is the most heavily populated municipality in the county," he said.