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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Good news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albeck of East Mauch Chunk this morning when the mailman delivered a clippergram from their son, Staff Sgt. Joseph Albeck, stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. The highlight of the letter is that he is well – and in his own words:

"Just believe me that everything in the Pacific is under control and that everything and everyone is prepared for anything from air raid to internal sabotage. If the Japanese should return, and we don't think they dare, no doubt they will be annihilated before any accountable damage can be done."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Frackville man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Schuylkill County Court to commiiting six burglaries in the Frackville-Butler Township area in the summer of 2010 and received a long jail sentence.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 2010 single audit on the County of Schuylkill was recently completed by the firm of L. Samuel Deegan, CPA, P.C., of Pottsville and was filed with the Single Audit Clearinghouse and the Bureau of Audits in Harrisburg as required by law. The audit report contains an independent opinion on the county's basic financial statement.

The completion went smootlhly and there was no confrontation between the auditor and Controller Melinda Kantner as happened last year.

The financial highlights in the audit report include the following:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/Special to the TIMES NEWS

A family of three has been displaced after a fire broke out at their home along Route 873 in Washington Township Tuesday morning.

The two-alarm fire caused severe damage to the home located in the 5300 block of Route 873, just north of Slatington. No injuries were reported.

Slatington Assistant Fire Chief Jason Nicholas said the fire broke out just before 6 a.m., at which point the Slatington, Walnutport and Emerald fire companies were dispatched to the scene.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke," Nicholas said. "Within a few minutes, flames began shooting from the roof."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Parryville Council on Tuesday night adopted the final budget for 2012. Because of the rising costs of engineering fees to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan, Parryville Council had no other choice than to raise taxes by two mills this year. Millage is set for 2012 at 12.5 mills. The two-mill tax hike will happen again for 2013.

In Parryville, one mill generates approximately $5,000. A home assessed at $40,000 will pay an additional $80 a year in real estate taxes in 2012 due to the tax increase.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Anyone interested in learning more or having a say about the rehabilitation of the Thomas McCall Bridge is invited to the see the plans displayed at a meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is holding preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the bridge. The bridge carries traffic on SR209 which goes over a Norfolk Southern rail line, the Lehigh River and the town of Weissport.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been issued a certificate of recognition from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the successful completion of Swiftwater Rescue. The classes were offered the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Bucks County.

Although there was no fee for firefighters to attend classes, the firefighters paid their own expenses to travel to the classes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club held its Christmas banquet on Dec. 17 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

President Earl Reabold gave the welcome. District Governor Scott Dudley was on hand as well as many past district governors and vice district governors. A clown, Dapper Dan and his wife Wilma, were invited in thanks for his entertaining at the summer picnic without charge.

Dan was grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade in 1999.

Duane Hawk gave the invocation asking God to "watch over us."

The Lions' and Lionesses' toasts were given.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

George Ashman, the Historical Society acquisitions person, was given an Irving Jelly etching by Connie and Bob Reinhart at the Dec. 12 banquet of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

He said it was being passed down and has found a permanent home with the society.

Member Mary Beth Beers said when she was a kid it didn't take much to make Christmas.

A dozen oranges were bought from Moony's for 69 cents. A big tree was brought in.

She is collecting Christmas memories for a book to be published.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Twenty-eight years ago, one of the hottest gifts beneath local Christmas trees was the 'Game of Tamaqua.'

Today, at least one of those games still exists, and in near-perfect condition.

Carol Umbriac of Lake Hauto discovered the 1983 game in a closet and took it to her job at Nancy's Fresh Cut Meats, Hometown, where employees and visitors enjoyed a trip down memory lane. The item is proving to be a conversation piece.

"I don't think it was played much," said Umbriac. "I can't remember."