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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A petition filed Tuesday in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas asks the court to appoint Richard P. Swarcheck to a position as Mahoning Township Tax Collector, the same post from which he resigned earlier this year.

In the petition, the petitioner, Eugene S. Durigan, chairman of the Mahoning Township Vacancy Board, details events of what has become a continuing saga over the payment of taxes in the township inasmuch as Swarcheck had been battling physical ailments throughout 2013.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Rush Township man, who was found guilty by a jury of being part of a gang which removed copper pipe and other items from the heating systems in vacant homes in Rush Township, was sentenced in Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Frederick Andrew Postie, 42, of 626 Fairview St., on three counts of burglary and one count of criminal conspiracy drew a sentence of 40 to 132 months to be served in a state correctional facility and on another count of criminal conspiracy to serve an additional two years on probation when released from prison.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Felicia Misito, whose name means happiness in Italian, and Helen Choley enjoy tea at the Teddy Bear Tea held at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home on Nov. 22. Tots were invited to the tea also, but they were napping. The bug eyes that were served were made with a Hershey's kiss on a square pretzel with an M&M for the pupil of the eye.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Over 800 youth with 969 horses participated in performance and production classes and special events at the 54th Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, Harrisburg.

The state show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance and production projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county, regional and district levels.

Events include breed conformation and futurity classes for horses 5 years old and younger in the production division.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Attorney Michael Greek was authorized Tuesday by Lansford Borough Council to begin the process of placing liens on properties in which owners are not paying their sanitation fees.

Residents of Lansford who aren't paying their garbage collection fees will have a surprise coming in the mail.

At Tuesday's regular council meeting, the board approved action pertaining to 86 delinquent sanitation accounts.

Solicitor Michael Greek will pursue placing liens on those properties due to nonpayment and those in arrears will be notified. The borough will pay $4,011.90 in lien fees, but those fees will be passed on to the respective property owners.

Delinquent sanitation accounts in Lansford total $110,000.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Thomas Youngkin of Lehighton, a member of Boy Scout Troop 82 of Lehighton, created a one-mile trail at Carbon County Environmental Center. He attained his Eagle Scout honor. Younkin is with his mother, Annette Youngkin and Scot Wingert, scoutmaster.

A member of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 has distinguished himself by creating a mile long walking trail at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe.

Thomas Youngkin, son of Annette and the late John Youngkin, and grandson of John and Barbara Youngkin and Anne Marie Gimbor of Jim Thorpe, was honored at his Eagle Court of Awards held Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. He earned his Eagle Scout badge on Oct. 7.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lansford's Kennedy Park is decked out for the holidays as seen here Tuesday evening. On Sunday, the Christmas spirit will be showcased at the Lansford Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Bertsch St.

The Lansford Historical Society will sponsor a Victorian Christmas holiday musical program Sunday at the organization's 300 East Bertsch St. headquarters. The event will feature the Coal Cracker Chorus of Barbershop Singing starting at 6 p.m. followed by holiday music and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long with entertainer Leilani Chesonis of Shenandoah.

Following the two musical programs, everyone will be invited to partake in refreshments and holiday goodies available downstairs in the Panther Valley Public Library.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Special to the Times News

The Oplinger-HowerAmerican LegionAuxiliary visited veterans on Dec. 7 who resideat Liza's Housein Danielsville. Auxiliary members who participated in the visit are Ruth Porter, Tina Ressler, FeliciaAnthony and Sue Anthony. Each veteran was given a red, white and blueprayer shawl made by the Prayer Shawl Ministryat Assumption BVM Roman Catholic Church,Slatington. Veteranspictured from the left are Gerald Ziegler, Navy; Robert N. Grove, Army; Richard Schoenberger, Army; John Schatz, Army and William Whiteman, Army.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A look at the former Aquashicola Post Office at 4015 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton. The former post office could be demolished, and a garage constructed in its place.

The former Aquashicola Post Office could eventually be demolished, and a garage would be constructed in its place.

That's one of two requests the Lower Towamensing Township zoning hearing board is scheduled to hear on Thursday.

At 8 p.m., Lee Costenbader, the owner of the former post office structure, at 4015 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, will go before the zoners in search of a variance to erect a 50-by-28-foot accessory storage building, and to demolish a principal building.