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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative wants to fight a major problem in the county drug and alcohol use by today's youth.

During a recent meeting of the group, which is made up of various county agencies, as well as school districts, talked about the importance of prioritizing their plan for the future.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Andreas Fire Co. has closed its lot, traditionally used for parking for those attending the Andreas Halloween parade, which will be held this evening, according to West Penn Township supervisors.

Supervisors Chairman Al Martinez made the announcement at a public meeting Tuesday. Apparently, a wire has been strung around the lot, closing it to parade-goers.

Efforts to reach fire company officials for comment were unsuccessful early Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tamaqua Borough Council awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders for the South Ward Community Center and playground project at last night's meeting. Kobalt Construction was awarded the general contracting bid at $318,000. Spotts Brothers was awarded the plumbing contract at $26,450. L&S Construction was awarded the electrical contract at $33,445. Chilewski Enterprises was awarded the HVAC contract at $17,900.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

West Penn Township appears to be on an even fiscal keel as it begins drafting a 2011 budget.

Supervisors on Tuesday went through the spending plan line by line, penciling in figures as they took the first steps toward determining how much should be spent and how much they can count on coming in next year.

Now, the budget is a rough draft.

"The numbers will have to be adjusted to make it balance," said treasurer Karen Wittig. The township must have a new budget in place by Jan. 1.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Second Annual 'No. 9 Haunted Mine Tours' will be presented at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford on Friday and Saturday evenings during October 22, 23, 29 and 30th.

Tours will be offered each evening beginning at 5 p.m. with the last tour going into the mine at 9:30. Tours will go into the mine every half hour.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday for terroristic threats and indecent assault. He was one of several defendants sentenced yesterday.

Randy Highland, 43, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve one to two years in a state prison for an incident that occurred on Sept. 30, 2009, in the parking lot of Dinkey Memorial Church.

East Penn Township police said Highland was in the area of the church when he encountered two teens, both 14. He supplied them with alcohol.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Elementary School students got to vote on which of their teachers received a pie in the face, as part of an annual event, held recently in the school gym. Ten teachers were given the honor of "receiving" a pie by sticking their faces into the whip cream pie to see who was the first to find the hidden gumball and then blowing the first bubble.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fort Washington, PA – McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is recalling one product lot of TYLENOL® 8 Hour caplets 50 count bottles to the retail level.

McNeil is taking this action following a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor. The uncharacteristic odor is thought to be caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During the nine-hour power outage, West Penn fire police volunteers Roger Kingsley, left, and Rich Weaver, look over a power-outage socket that was recently added to the traffic light box located at the state routes 309 and 443 intersection to give the fire police the opportunity to use their generator to keep the four-way traffic lights working in case of a power failure.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Highlighting the Oktoberfest atmosphere during the event which was sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe at Flagstaff Park Sunday were "The Rhinelanders", an authentic German band from Hamburg.

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe held its 10th annual Oktoberfest at Flagstaff Park which overlooks the town of Jim Thorpe with one of the most magnificent panoramic views anywhere.

This setting was even more spectacular than usual thanks to the vibrant Fall colors now adorning the mountain scenery.

The festival was held in the Flagstaff's "Ballroom in the Clouds" where the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman once performed.