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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lansford Council on Wednesday adopted an ordinance regulating the use of sewage sludge in the borough.

The ordinance, modeled after one in place in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, adopted on a 6-1 vote, with councilwoman Mary Kruczek opposed.

It's not that she's against regulating the material, Kruczek said after the public meeting. It's that she has concerns about the efficacy of the ordinance.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

To the disappointment and frustration of most of the township supervisors, a Mahoning police officer who was fired several months ago decided to waive a public hearing on the matter.

The hearing was scheduled last night. Attorney Thomas Nanovic, solicitor for the township, said he received a call three hours before the hearing from the lawyer representing Officer Amie Barclay, requesting the waiving of the matter into arbitration.

By a vote of 4-0 the supervisors reluctantly agreed to the arbitration.

"We have no choice," remarked Chairman John Wieczorek.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Tamaqua Police, Fire Department, and Fire Police responded to a two vehicle accident with fluids on SR309 in South Tamaqua involving two tractor trailers. Reportedly, one of the tractor trailers rear-ended the other while driving south on SR-309. SR309 was partially closed during cleanup. No serious injuries were reported.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters were called to 122 Center Street in Tamaqua just before 11 a.m. Tuesday for a report of CO2 odor coming from a coal furnace. In addition to unsafe CO2 levels, electrical and numerous other safety and code violations were cited to the landlord. Tamaqua's acting fire chief Tom Hartz Jr. condemned the building and contacted the Schuylkill Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross and Tamaqua Salvation Army to help the tenants with temporary lodging and other assistance. Both organizations, friends and family are also offering other assistance.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sunday, Dec, 12 is a special day in Zions Lutheran Church's celebration of the Advent season at the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The church located at Third and Fell Streets in Weatherly.

Soprano Linda Mirocco has sung as soloist in numerous choral groups throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a soloist with the Lubo Opera Company and recently soloist with the Crescent Choral Society in a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and the Trinity Choral Society's presentations of "Serenade to Music" by Vaughan Williams, Hayden's "Mass in Time of War" and Schubert's "Mass in G."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Schuylkill County Pathologist Dr. Richard Bindie is awaiting results of toxicology tests before making a determination as to how and why a Coaldale teenager died.

"We're waiting for toxicology. We should have it within a week," Bindie said early Thursday.

A family member found the body of Cody Wentz, 19, in his bed at the family home on Bull Run Street at about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Cody was the son of Lisa M. (Wentz), wife of William Shiffert of Coaldale, with whom he resided, and Terry L. Wentz and his wife, Jennifer, of Lehighton.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A 90-day public comment period on the removal of chemicals from a former industrial soap factory in Lansford has begun, and a public hearing will be held at the Panther Valley School District office at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 if residents ask for it.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is guiding the cleanup of the deteriorating building at 401 W. Bertsch St. The school district bought the building, next to its football stadium, for $800 at a Carbon County tax sale in June.

The district has yet to announce what it plans to do with the massive red brick structure.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today work will begin tomorrow on a project to replace the Harrity Road Bridge over Pohopoco Creek in Franklin Township, Carbon County.

The new structure will be a 43 foot wide, 165 foot long, single-span concrete bulb T-beam bridge. It will replace the existing 167 feet long, 33.5 feet wide, two-span concrete adjacent box beam bridge.

Work also includes adding a left turn lane from Harrity Road to US 209 and installing a permanent traffic signal at the intersection.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Washington Township supervisors received a letter from Star Hose Fire Company, Emerald. Chief Keith Kibler said the company is in a predicament because it cannot fill high-pressure air packs. It intends to switch to all high pressure in the future.

The company depends on help from neighboring companies to keep them full. It costs $40,000 for a filling station.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Attorney Jeffrey P. Bowe (center) is congratulated by Todd Miller (left), president of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and Linda Yulanavage (right), executive director of the chamber, on receiving the Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

A Tamaqua attorney has been selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award.

Jeffrey P. Bowe, of the law firm of Bowe, Lisella and Bowe, Tamaqua, received the award from Pa. Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin during the Schuylkill County Bench/Bar Conference, held Oct. 28 at the Schuylkill County Club, Orwigsburg.

The award is presented for legal services offered to clients without charge. Any member of the Pa. Bar Association is eligible for the award.