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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Dauphin County teen was sentenced to a long state prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court for his part in a home invasion incident in Penn Forest last year.

He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges to be sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Jarod Brown, 17, of Harrisburg, will be serving a total of 25-to-96 months in a state prison on charges of robbery, theft and escape.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tamaqua's annual Halloween parade will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 26th.

Mayor Christian Morrison announced that Trick or Treat night will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.

In other news at last night's council meeting, the borough approved a bid from North East Industrial Services of Shamokin for the demolition of a property at 525 N. Railroad St.. It also approved a bid from Performance Construction Services of Harrisburg in the amount of $2,453,140 for the rehabilitation of the Upper Owl Creek Dam.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Joseph Nacke receives attention after being struck while walking his dog near the Five Points Intersection in Tamaqua.

A Tamaqua pedestrian and his dog were both struck by a pickup truck just after 7 a.m. today in the 100 block of Center Street, SR309, near the Five Points Intersection.

Joseph Nacke was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

His dog, which suffered bruises and other injuries, was taken away for treatment by a friend of Nacke's.

The driver of the pickup, a Dodge Ram, was reported as Tara Strauss of Tamaqua.

Northbound traffic was backed up while police and ambulance responded.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news An M7 105 mm Howitzer Gun-Motor Carriage, also known as a "Priest" because the round section on top looks like a pulpit, attracted plenty of attention at last year's Redball Military Transport Club event at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

History will come alive this Friday and Saturday at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert as the Redball Military Transport Club rolls out the big guns and armored vehicles for its annual "Rally and Swap Meet."

Members of the military vehicle club, which is based in Belvedere, N.J., collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present. Their vehicles represent military equipment from 1941 on up to the present day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New ideas and improvements were discussed at a recent Carbon Career and Technical Institute Joint Operations Committee meeting.

Principal Brent Borzak discussed that the graphic design department will be changing the yearbook photos for this year.

Michele Klock, graphic design instructor, will be leading the students with taking in-house yearbook photos.

The graphic design students will be taking the yearbook photos as opposed to an outside photographer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors were puzzled as to why a man he waited so long to complain about a dead dog in his yard.

Marvin Ivory of Indian Hill Road told the board Tuesday night that some time in the summer of 2007, he found a dead dog on his property and had called police to find out who the owner of the dog might be.

Ivory said that he wanted to know why the dog ended up on his property.

"I called Franklin Township police and officer Frank Buonaiuto stopped by and took off the collar of the dog," he said.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Rich Hoffman told the crowd at the Gilbert American Legion Post 927's 9/11 Candlelight program he was in anti-terroism school when the planes hit the Twin Towers in an act of terrorism.

In her opening remarks, Donna Dee Krych, of the Gilbert American Legion Post 927 Ladies Auxiliary and organizer of the 9/11 Candlelight Program, welcomed everyone. She talked about how out of the rubble of the Twin Towers a memorial now stands. "Today we are not only a nation, but a nation transformed."

Tom W. Franklin, Post 927's commander, introduced each of the four speakers, Senator Pat Browne, James W. Mills, Jr., Rep. Mike Carroll and Rich Hoffman.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee discussed recreational surveys and continued looking into the noise ordinance and speeding in the borough during its monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

Committee member Jerry Hoare said the Middle Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be mailing out a recreational survey in October to random residents in Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest, Summit Hill, and Lansford in order to "get the general populations consensus on how they feel about the recreational facilities."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Tamaqua man was one of three people who had their probations revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin after a hearing in Schuylkill County Court.

Michael Todd Brode Jr., 21, 134 Mauch Chunk St., was re-sentenced to serve three months in the county prison with credit for having served 42 days. Baldwin also ruled 123 days of liberty be taken away and when released Brode must serve 12 months on probation.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO TIMES NEWS The sun rises over Council Rock Mountain among artifact stones that are part of an archaeological site discovered and documented by local business owner David Gutkowski who will present a lecture on Sacred Places on Friday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center at 1 W. Hazard St.

Reiki Master Dave Gutkowski, owner of Body and Soul Holistic Arts, is featured speaker in the second of a fall lecture series presented at the Summit Hill Heritage Center this Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

Gutkowski will discuss his personal journey of discovery which led him to Council Rock Mountain, a piece of property in Northeastern Pennsylvania on which he discovered an ancient archaeological site that preliminary research indicates may date back to 1825 BC and was used up through 125 BC.