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Friday, September 12, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Michael Luciw of Lehighton gets his blood pressure read by Melinda Walck from St. Luke's Physical Therapy in Jim Thorpe during the 2014 Carbon County Senior Citizens Expo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. The event was sponsored by State Representative Doyle Heffley and State Senators John Yudichak and David Argall.
Friday, September 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking forward to this weekend's Weatherly Hill Climb are Brian Griffith of DeAngelo Brothers Inc., Carbon County Commissioner Tom J. Gerhard, Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cybert, Al Corazza of Fairway Motors, and Jim Baran of Lehigh Tire.

The Weatherly Fairway Subaru Hill Climb will be held this weekend, with a parade of local businesses and hill climb drivers kicking off the events at 6 p.m. today.

Following the parade, everyone is invited to meet the drivers in the pit area and support the Relay for Life Chapter, which will be providing a dinner as a fundraising event.

Racing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In conjunction with the Carbon County Animal Shelter, a dog walk will be held following the race on Saturday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Tamaqua man accused of stabbing his roommate in May has had his probation in a 2012 theft case revoked.

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes sentenced Thomas Ruzzano, 44, to serve six months to 23 months on a theft by deception charge stemming from an Aug. 29, 2012, incident.

Ruzzano was given credit for the 99 days already served.

He is required to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment. He was also ordered to abstain from alcohol, and to pay court costs and fees.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Tamaqua AreaMiddle School will conduct an Open House on Monday. The evening will begin at 6:30.

Parents should report to their child's homerooms.

Friday, September 12, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A 201-page banner contains the names of every life lost in the fight against terror, started on Sept. 11, 2001, is displayed during 9/11 remembrance service in Tamaqua.

It was all about the children at Thursday's 9/11 Remembrance Service in Tamaqua.

With the sounds of carefree children laughing and playing in the background at the South Ward Playground, speaker after speaker touched on the importance of children, those who lost loved ones in the terror attacks in 2001, those who lost parents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who have been born since that heart-wrenching day under the constant threat of another terror attack.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday helped smooth the long and winding road to a new handicapped accessible ramp to Lansford's borough office.

The project, years in the planning, would enable people with disabilities to enter the offices at 1 W. Ridge St. to pay bills, ask questions and get information. Currently, a set of steps acts as a barrier.

On Thursday, the sole bidder for the Community Development Block Grant project, Bruce George Paving and Excavation of Kunkletown, offered to build the ramp for $88,646. The problem was, the borough didn't have that much money.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Longtime Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission Director Jason Boris is resigning, effective in a week. Boris made the announcement during an ESRC meeting Tuesday.

"I took a new position as a recreation supervisor with the Blue Mountain Recreation Commission, and my last day at ESRC will be Friday, Sept. 19," Boris said. "I started with ESRC in January 2001, so it's been a great 14-year run."

At the helm of ESRC, Boris was in charge of overseeing numerous recreation programs and also was very successful in obtaining grants for many projects.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq on Wednesday visited Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster to kick off the statewide Governor's Jobs1st STEM Competition: Building a Stronger Pennsylvania.

The competition is open to public, nonpublic and private school students in grades nine through 12 to showcase their skills and expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Recycling

The Jim Thorpe Borough will hold its tire and electronic recycling from 7 to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the borough garage.

There will be two bins available for discarded items. If you are disposing of a television there will be a $20 fee. The rest of the items to be disposed of must be done as a whole unit. No separate parts will be accepted.

If you have any questions, you may call the borough office, 570-325-3025.

Reunion committee

Friday, September 12, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS No injuries were reported after his 2014 Mercedes-Benz suffered mechanical problems with its steering and struck a 2003 Dodge Durango that was parked on Columbia Avenue in Palmerton Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported after a vehicle struck a parked vehicle in Palmerton Thursday morning.

Borough police Chief Randy Smith said Gladys Peterson, 48, of Albrightsville, was operating her 2014 Mercedes-Benz west on Columbia Avenue at 9:38 a.m. when her vehicle suffered mechanical problems with its steering.

At that time, her vehicle struck a 2003 Dodge Durango owned by Laura Konze, which was parked on the north side of Columbia Avenue, Smith said.

Smith said there were no injuries, and Peterson refused treatment. Her vehicle was towed from the scene, he said.