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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Following the announcement Wednesday by the two majority Schuylkill County Commissioners 15 months before their term ends that they will not be seeking reelection, the minority commissioner expressed his thoughts.

Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier issued the following statement:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, will host a Halloween Safety Night on Wednesday, Oct. 27 during Weissport's Trick or Treat night.

At 6 p.m. children and grandchildren of Weissport residents are invited to register at 437 White St.

Those children who register will be eligible to win a $25 gift card if they are at home after 8 p.m. if they are called by a member of the organization.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Appearing at Penn's Peak on Friday, in a concert beginning at 8 p.m., are, l-r, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, in "Dick Fox's Golden Boys." Tickets will be available at the door.

A concert Friday night at Penn's Peak takes you back to the days of American Bandstand; when rock n roll was king.

Appearing at the Jim Thorpe venue, in a show starting at 8 o'clock, will be three superstars from the Bandstand era: Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian.

Tickets are $54 and $49 and can be purchased at the door.

The concert, "Dick Fox's Golden Boys," brings together three of the biggest heart throbs of the 60s, all of them Philadelphia natives..

Avalon's career spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Philip E. Hemminger

Two New York state men, who were wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred outside Tamaqua in Walker Township last weekend, were arrested in Missouri operating the stolen truck of the victim.

State police at Frackville said Philip E. Hemminger, 18, of Black River, and Andrew M. O'Connor, 19, of Carthae, were in custody in Rolla City, Mo., facing charges there, along with the pending charges in Pennsylvania and also in New York.

The two are accused of robbing William Hankey, 32, of Tamaqua, at state game lands in Walker Township, on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The following recalls were issued Sept. 26 - 30 by federal and state agencies:

Toys: Fisher-Price Inc. is recalling Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™, Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball™, Bat & Score Goal™ sold July 2001 - July 2008. The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children. Consumers contact Fisher-Price, 800-432-5437, www.service.mattel.com, for a free replacement kit.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill Township supervisors presented members of late supervisor Joseph Boran with a plaque commemorating his years of service to the township. The plaque will hang in the township hall. On hand for the dedication were Boran's sisters, Rena Hudock (left) and Elizabeth Zembas (right) and his daughter, Kathleen Gottfelt (center).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Zion Lutheran Church in Rt. 209, Brodheadsville will host a VNA flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 8.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Contracts were awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for cleaning services for the courthouse and 9-1-1 buildings in action taken at their worksession held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

TKO Cleaning Services, Pottsville, received a two year contract beginning Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2012, for cleaning the 9-1-1 Communicaitns Center Complex, located on Centre Street, Pottsville, at a cost of $21,000 per year. TKO has been the provider for the past two years.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display will host "A Haunted Train Display" throughout the entire month of October. It is geared to "children of all ages" and will feature an old-fashioned Halloween Celebration. This family-friendly attraction is located on the second floor of the Hooven Mercantile Building at 41 Susquehanna Street (Route 209) in Jim Thorpe -next to the Train Station.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Hazleton/Lehighton ELCA Cluster who attended the "Women of the ELCA Fall Cluster Meeting" at St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe are, seated from left : Mary Ann Hazel and Josephine Rhyder, Co-Coordinators Hazleton/Lehighton WELCA Cluster; rear, left to right : Ruth Doty, Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Coordinator Lutheran Congregational Services and Pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church; Angela Blum, Camp Noah Volunteer; Diane McElwee, Northeast PA Synod WELCA Mentor; and Kathy Heller, President of the Christ St. John's WELCA Group.

Members of the Hazleton/Lehighton ELCA Cluster attended the "Women of the ELCA Fall Cluster Meeting" at St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe.

The theme of the meeting was learning about a program called Camp Noah which is run by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

Camp Noah is a day-camp style program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through sixth grade that is designed to help them process their feelings and fears following a traumatic event in their lives.