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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gov. Ed Rendell's office announced last night, that Jim Thorpe attorney Gregory Lee Mousseau's nomination to fill a vacant judgeship in Carbon County's Court of Common Pleas has been withdrawn.

An e-mail sent from Barry Ciccocioppo, deputy director of communications for the governor's office, stated that "Mousseau's nomination has been withdrawn and he has been informed."

Wednesday morning, during a phone interview with the TIMES NEWS, Mousseau confirmed that he received word from the governor's office, stating that the nomination for the appointment had been withdrawn.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The two majority commissioners released a statement of their concern on the Marcellus Shale issue, a major gas producing project in other counties as to how it can affect Schuylkill County. Minority Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier did not join in the announcement as he does not share the same views.

The statement released by Mantura Gallagher and Francis McAndrew, was as follows:

Thursday, October 7, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS More than 70 residents and local officials packed into the Schuylkill Township building last night to protest a proposed biosolid dumping project.

It was standing room only at last night's Schuylkill Township meeting. Approximately 65 residents filled the township hall, while another 10 spilled out into the hallway.

The group gathered to voice their opposition to a proposal to dump biosolids in the township. Also on hand to lend their support were state Rep. Jerry Knowles, East Brunswick Township Supervisor Jeff Faust, Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison, and Christine Verdier, state Sen. David Argall's chief of staff.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One man is fighting for his life today after being involved in a violent one car crash along the Burma Road in Ryan Township. The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. as he was driving west in an apparent high rate of speed. His late model Pontiac sedan left the right berm apparently on its side impacting with a tree at the roof of the unit. The car climbed the tree about 20 feet before falling to the ground on its side. The victim was trapped inside the wreckage for about two hours.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Following the announcement Wednesday by the two majority Schuylkill County Commissioners 15 months before their term ends that they will not be seeking reelection, the minority commissioner expressed his thoughts.

Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier issued the following statement:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, will host a Halloween Safety Night on Wednesday, Oct. 27 during Weissport's Trick or Treat night.

At 6 p.m. children and grandchildren of Weissport residents are invited to register at 437 White St.

Those children who register will be eligible to win a $25 gift card if they are at home after 8 p.m. if they are called by a member of the organization.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Appearing at Penn's Peak on Friday, in a concert beginning at 8 p.m., are, l-r, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, in "Dick Fox's Golden Boys." Tickets will be available at the door.

A concert Friday night at Penn's Peak takes you back to the days of American Bandstand; when rock n roll was king.

Appearing at the Jim Thorpe venue, in a show starting at 8 o'clock, will be three superstars from the Bandstand era: Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian.

Tickets are $54 and $49 and can be purchased at the door.

The concert, "Dick Fox's Golden Boys," brings together three of the biggest heart throbs of the 60s, all of them Philadelphia natives..

Avalon's career spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Philip E. Hemminger

Two New York state men, who were wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred outside Tamaqua in Walker Township last weekend, were arrested in Missouri operating the stolen truck of the victim.

State police at Frackville said Philip E. Hemminger, 18, of Black River, and Andrew M. O'Connor, 19, of Carthae, were in custody in Rolla City, Mo., facing charges there, along with the pending charges in Pennsylvania and also in New York.

The two are accused of robbing William Hankey, 32, of Tamaqua, at state game lands in Walker Township, on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The following recalls were issued Sept. 26 - 30 by federal and state agencies:

Toys: Fisher-Price Inc. is recalling Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™, Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball™, Bat & Score Goal™ sold July 2001 - July 2008. The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children. Consumers contact Fisher-Price, 800-432-5437, www.service.mattel.com, for a free replacement kit.