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Thursday, November 11, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Conrad Flynn, Managing Director of Concur New Media, explains the many aspects of how to not live inside your inbox during one of their various types of social media, email management, and internet marketing classes offered to community leaders and the public at the Tamaqua Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Campus.

Social Media and Internet Marketing courses are now being offered at the Tamaqua Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center. The low-cost classes are hosted by the Tamaqua LCCC Morgan Center and presented by the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Nesquehoning Planning Board held a meeting Wednesday evening to give approval to St. Francis of Assisi Church to combine six lots into one lot for the purpose of installing a ramp on the side of the church.

The motion was made and construction will begin next week.

The new proposal will have the ramp built on the eastern side of the church with a guardrail to the back of it. This will enable the handicapped and funerals to enter the church more easily.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Mahoning Township Police Department, along with the C.O.P.S "Concerns of Police Survivors" organization, are encouraging residents, businesses and friends of law enforcement to show support for officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to work America's streets by displaying a blue light or blue lights in the window(s) of homes and businesses for the coming holiday season.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Biosolids, commonly known as sludge, have no place in Lansford, council ruled.

The board voted to bar use of the material, the byproduct of domestic and commercial sewage and wastewater treatment, from the borough. Councilman Tommy Vadyak, who broached the matter at an Oct. 25 Public Safety Committee meeting, brought his recommendation before council at a public meeting Wednesday.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

North Railroad Street (Pleasant Row) in Tamaqua will be closed to traffic on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12 for retaining wall and street reconstruction.

Pleasant Row and one block of West Elm Street between Washington and North Railroad streets will be closed to traffic Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. These streets will be reopened at approximately 3:30 p.m. each day.

Drivers and pedestrians should avoid this area during construction. This schedule may change depending on weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status, including Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Northampton, and Lehigh counties, which had been under drought warnings.

DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in or were reclassified to drought watch status.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In the article titled, "Zoning ordinance change approved," which appeared in Tuesday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, it was incorrectly stated that the Polk Township supervisors voted to purchase a computer for $2,010. It should have read "a computer purchase of 2010 to replace a year 2000 unit that has problems."

The correct amount for the computer purchase was $674.99.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
30th District installing team

Members of the American Legion's 30th District installing team who participated in the installation cermonies for Post 316, Summit Hill, on Oct. 17 included, front, Thomas Keener, Past 30th District Commander and member of Post 360, Weatherly, Joseph Kluk Sr., 30th District Commander and member of Post 927, Gilbert, and Frank Solderidge, 30th District Finance Officer and member of Post 899, Lehigh Township; and back, same order, Thomas Bowditch, 30th District Adjutant and member of Post 903, Mt.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Charles Sincavage

Editorial note: Charles Sincavage is the third veteran to share his story about being a POW in Germany during World War II.

Charles Sincavage had earned a football scholarship. Unfortunately, he didn't get the opportunity to use it. He hurt himself playing baseball and it was lost to him. The year was 1935.

His dad asked him what he was going to do and Sincavage said he was going to work for him. But his dad didn't want to see him driving the rock tunnels in Shenandoah and told him, "No."

Thursday, November 11, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The playground at the Coaldale Complex is closed off until exterior walls are repaired.

When Coaldale Council on Oct. 12 voted 4 to 3 to sell the former town high school, it made the decision in the borough's best interests. Council on Tuesday reversed its decision, voting to keep the building.

But some parents of the 81 children who attend Carbon County Head Start programs in the building, known as the Coaldale Complex, still fear for their future there.