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Friday, April 19, 2013

State Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) today addressed dozens of criminal justice professionals from across the state about the dangers of gangs and new state laws designed to help communities put a stop to gang violence at the Pennsylvania Gang Conference in Pittsburgh.

Friday, April 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua woman was taken to St. Luke's Hospital following a two-vehicle accident that occurred yesterday around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Broad Street and North Greenwood Street in Tamaqua. The drivers were Gail Card, 59, Coaldale, driving a 2007 Dodge, owned by Lech Transportation, and Holly Meylach, 66, driving a 2002 Ford Focus. Meylach's vehicle was totaled after crashing into a lighted crosswalk signal. The signal and Card's vehicle suffered minor damage. Meylach was transported to St. Luke's Hospital via Lansford Ambulance. Card sought treatment later.

Friday, April 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Standing in the rain for three hours Thursday, Lansford Fire Police Captain Michael Knies, 90, a 42-year volunteer with the Lansford Fire Company/Fire Police, directs traffic around the first block of East Patterson Street while police respond to a man threatening to jump off the roof of a downtown building. Later that night, fire police volunteers were called to the same block for a structure fire. That incident was later determined to only be a malfunctioning oil burner.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors on Tuesday night opened the meeting on a good note. Secretary Sandra Gaumer read a letter from a resident commending supervisors for their commitment to recycling.

Dan Fogel wrote that he would be willing "to pay to recycle rather than pay to put it in a landfill."

"We've gotten a lot of comments about the recycling and many say they are happier that they are allowed to mix items," said Rod Green, chairman. "We're getting a better response."

Friday, April 19, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured together in the dining room of the Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe are, left to right: District Governor Angie Mims, District 14 U; Ken Mims, Partner in Service to the District Governor; Liz McElwee, 1st Vice District Governor 14 U; Ron Sheehan, executive director Asa Packer Mansion Museum; John Drury, member Jim Thorpe Lions Club; George Hiller, incoming president Jim Thorpe Lions Club; William Reabold, member Jim Thorpe Lions Club; Dr. Eugene Spiess, Past International Director Lions Club International; and Rita Spiess, Lions Club member.

The Asa Packer Mansion Museum in Jim Thorpe was the scene of a visit by dignitaries of the Lions Club International who were impressed by the local historic landmark.

Dr. Eugene Spiess, Past International Director Lions Club International and others visited there in conjunction with the District 14U convention which was being hosted by District Governor Angie Mims in Wilkes-Barre.

In summing up his visit there, Dr. Spiess exclaimed "In my travels as International Director, we get to see many Lions Club projects all over the world.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School District will present its annual academic fair on Monday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fair will highlight the creativity and talents of students and staff through their work within the K-12 curriculum.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt shows council members a sample of an ordinance book. Council is currently in the process of having the borough's ordinances codified for the first time since the 1970s. Council President Micah Gursky estimated that about 350 ordinances have been passed in the borough since then.

Someone has been dumping illegally into the Tamaqua sewer system and the borough's authority intends to do something about it.

"It's a non-residential type waste," said Councilman Brian Connely, who is also a member of the borough authority. "The sewer department has been investigating. We are continuing to get lab results."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A bill that would authorize the Office of Safe Schools to award targeted grants to address school violence and enhance school safety unanimously passed the Senate today, state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Members and volunteers of the Kellner's Dam Association are holding their 18th annual two-day children's fishing derby this weekend at the Kellner's Dam in Tamaqua.

The free derby will run from 9 a.m. to dark on Saturday and dawn to dusk on Sunday. Organizers state that about 200 kids are expected to take part in the event.

Children fishing on Saturday are asked, but not required, to start registering at 8 a.m. for the derby. Volunteers stated that the derby is open to children ages 4 to 15.