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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. The featured topic will be "Issues Facing Palmerton."

Participants will include Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia and members of the Palmerton Borough Council.

Members are reminded that the club continues to collect canned goods at each meeting to benefit the Food Bank run by the Community Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A pair of zoning issues were discussed during the public comment of the Mahoning Township business meeting Wednesday night. Cindy and Victor Grosser came to discuss a variance for adding sewage to an auxiliary building on their property on Twin Hill Road and Route 443 to convert it into a rental. Nicole and Norm Hibbler also attended to discuss a mobile home that was partially on a neighboring property. Zoning Officer LeRoy Leibenguth met with both parties and denied their zoning permits respectively.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library is celebrating National Library Month during this April.

This month is designated "Food for Fines" month and patrons may substitute one nonperishable food item for each $1 owed in fines.

All food will be donated to the local food bank in Palmerton run by CACPAC. Donations of food and personal products (soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) will be accepted from anyone during the month as a service to the community.

Children in preschool through grade six are invited to participate in the annual book mark contest.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in two pending cases involving theft incidents. He was one of 16 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incidents

Scott A. Weaver, 28, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to two counts of access device fraud and one count each of theft and retail theft.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has sentenced a state prison inmate who admitted attacking another prisoner last year to at least four years behind bars.

Judge James Goodman imposed the punishment on March 28 on Nathaniel C. Clark, 31. Clark, who was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after the May 16, 2013, attack, must serve at least 52 months up to 104 months in state prison.

Clark must serve the time in addition to sentences he received for drug-related crimes he had committed in Delaware and Blair counties.

Friday, April 4, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Borough worker Mario Marconi of Lansford believes the 1884  Lansford Borough safe weighs 1 ton and maybe more.

The historic Victorian vault that safeguarded cash and Lansford's most important documents in days gone by might be up for grabs if the price is right.

It's recognized as a masterpiece of engineering and art, but the borough simply has no place to put it.

The town's oversized combination safe, built Aug. 26, 1884, is a relic of anthracite's glory days and a surviving gem from world-renowned York Safe & Lock Co.

The wheeled 1-ton safe had been kept in the former borough hall for decades.

Friday, April 4, 2014

It took more than two hours for members of Walnutport's workshop committees to discuss many scheduled topics, and more, at Thursday's meeting.

Jay Rubright, chairman and founder of Sharon's Hands, asked council if it would allow the 501(c)(3) group to hold a free event at the Walnutport Playground facilities. He also asked, if so, which dates were available this summer.

Friday, April 4, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gerry Andrews wears a "Refuse to Lose"  T-shirt, which has a pink ribbon signifying breast cancer.

Country singer Del McCoury once sang, "Ain't nothing gonna come up today that me and the Lord can't handle."

There were times just a few years ago when Geralyn Andrews of East Penn Township doubted this.

Gerry, as she prefers to be called, had battled two rounds with breast cancer. Even though the second bout was not as aggressive as the first, which had occurred two years earlier, she had a hard time handling it.

"I didn't care if I lived or died," she said of her second incidence. "I didn't care because I was going home to see Mom."

Friday, April 4, 2014

A workshop about current lung cancer treatments will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Free of charge to people affected by cancer, the workshop will also address strategies for managing symptoms and side effects. It is offered by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley with St. Luke's University Health Network.

Thoracic surgeon William Burfeind will be the speaker.

The workshop is sponsored through grants from AstraZenica, Eli Lilly & Company, and GlaxoSmithKline Oncology.

Friday, April 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The family of the late Anna "Baba" Raynock of Weatherly hasestablished a $10,000 memorial scholarship for Weatherly Area High School students through the Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association. Members of the 2014 graduating class will be eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship which will be presented to agraduate seeking higher education in the medical or nursing field. On hand for the check presentation were, from left: Sue Ann (Raynock) Gerhard, Anna's granddaughter and treasurer of WAHSAA; John Raynock, Anna's son; and Todd A. Gimbi, WAHSAA president.