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Thursday, August 4, 2011

An effort is underway to form a club for veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. An initial planning session will be held Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the West Penn Community Park.

For more information, contact Eugene at (570)386-3224.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Schuylkill Township is going to proceed with the application for CDBG fund in order to upgrade sections of the Tuscarora water lines.

Karen Parrish, a grant consultant from Mullin and Lonergan Associates, reviewed the process with supervisors at last night's regular meeting.

"Hopefully, they'll be able to do enough work out there for most of the people of Tuscarora to have better water service," she said.

The township is currently applying for $350,000; however, they are also planning to approach the Blythe township water authority about funding part of the project.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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A doe finds a farmer's harvest along Route 902 in Mahoning Township to be a pretty good meal. Motorists are urged to be cautions with mature deer and their fawns on the move, feasting in alfalfa patches, corn fields, and orchards. We've even spotted deer this week feasting on low-hanging branches in the front yard of the TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Slatington man, scheduled to go on trial Wednesday morning in Carbon County court on charges of rape and other sexual assault offenses, instead entered into a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Justin Lee Greene, 24, pleaded to one count of indecent assault as a jury panel waited in the jury deliberation room ready to hear the case.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trail at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails cross through two creeks and run parallel to the lake. There will be a spectacular view from the dam. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road. Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summertime is the perfect time to take a walk through a garden. Plants, flowers, insects and wildlife make up all the life inside a garden.

It's all those wonderful things that the Girl Scout Cadette Troop 439 wants to bring to the public in a fun and interesting way at their free "What Lives in a Garden" event Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Township Park, located on Rt. 715, Brodheadsville.

It will be held, rain or shine.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 4th annual Pocono Mountains Art Meander will be held on August 13 and 14 with 16 local area fine artists, located in 13 different galleries. Charlene Taylor of Patio Gallery in Effort is one of the featured artists and stops. To receive a free copy of this year's brochure with map, contact Will Daskal at poconoartmeander@yahoo.com or call 610-381-6188.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Schuylkill County district attorney has revsersed the ruling of the county coroner and said the killing of a Pottsville woman in June was a justified homicide.

Ruth Ann Golden died on June 8 inside her apartment at 717 Mahantongo St. which she shared with Joseph Pinnelle.

At the time of her death Dr. Richard Bindie, who conducted the autopsy on the woman, ruled the death a homicide which was concurred by the county coroner's office.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a joint settlement approving a lower rate increase than requested by Tri-Valley Water Supply Inc.

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the joint settlement, which was reached among the company, the PUC's Office of Trial Staff, and the state's Office of Consumer Advocate.

The settlement allows the company to increase its annual rates by $24,000 (19.5 percent).

Tri-Valley had originally filed a request for an increase in annual rates of $54,430 (44.3 percent).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Aug. 15, at St. Catherine's Medical Center- Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in the Susan Amedow Board room, 101 Broad St.