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FEBRUARY  2011  NEWS
 


  

CAR GUTTED BY FIRE NEAR WEST PENN AND SUMMIT HILL BORDER   

 

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

Firefighters from the Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and West Penn Fire Company responded to a car fire on West Mountain Top Road, at the top of Roads End Road on Bugsy's Hill, located between West Penn Township and Summit Hill, near the Schuylkill and Carbon county line, Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Reportedly the owners of a white AWD Subaru Legacy came back to their vehicle in an attempt to get it started. After spending a short while working on their vehicle, a small fire ignited in the front of the vehicle and quickly engulfed the car.

 


 

TAMAQUA GIRLS SCOUT TROOPS SELLING COOKIES   

 

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

Girl Scout troops around our area are working hard to sell their Girl Scout cookies as they hold fundraisers and stand in front of local businesses selling their cookies. The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates large benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to pay for community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to plan trips near and far and to provide events for girls in their community. Go to www.GirlScoutCookies.org to find where to purchase Girls Scout cookies locally, as well as to see what kinds of cookies are available.

 


 

MAILBOX EXPLODED IN WEST PENN, FELONY OFFENSE   

  

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

West Penn Township Police are investigating an incident involving an exploding mailbox that occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. on 916 Dairy Road in South Tamaqua. Vandals placed an explosive device in the box to destroy it. A Tamaqua Crime Watch official stated that the incident is considered a felony offense. The United States Postal Inspection Service can investigate cases in which residential mailboxes are destroyed because they are considered federal property. In addition to local authorities, the federal government can also investigate, prosecute and make arrests regarding the destruction of a residential mailbox. According to the United States Postal Inspection Service, each act of vandalizing, injuring, defacing or destroying a mailbox or any mail within it can carry a fine of $250,000 or a prison sentence of up to three years. Those punishments are for each count, so a person who destroys more than one mailbox faces a larger fine or longer sentence. West Penn Township Police encourage anyone who has information concerning last night's Dairy Road mailbox vandalism to call the station at (570) 386-1100.

   


 

THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON SR-443, NEAR COLD SPRING ROAD, IN WEST PENN TOWNSHIP   

 

 (Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

Two men were injured Saturday morning when involved in two separate accidents with both hitting the same large patch of ice across SR443 in West Penn Township. The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. just east of the intersection with Cold Spring Road. The first elderly gentleman was traveling east when he struck the ice causing his pickup truck to spin out of control crossing the two lanes of the roadway and plummeting down an embankment into a field. The truck came to rest on its wheels.

 

 

CAR ROLLOVER IN WEST PENN AT INTERSECTION OF SR-443 AND SR-309   

  

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash early Saturday morning which left the female driver of the car injured. The crash occurred just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of SR309 and SR443 East. The woman was driving north on SR309 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle with the unit swerving onto the right berm impacting with a large rock and a tree. The victim was trapped in the wreckage for about a half hour before being freed by members of the West Penn Fire Co. #1.

 


 

ABANDONED, DESTROYED VEHICLE LEADS TO ARRESTS IN BARNESVILLE   

  

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

Police from Tamaqua and Rush Township responded just before 2 a.m. Sunday to a report of an abandoned vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Tuscarora Park Road, SR1015, near the Tuscarora State Park entrance in Barnesville. When they arrived they noticed no one was with the vehicle and it had been heavily damaged after traveling a short distance off the road over an embankment around a nearby turn and then wound up traveling back on the road for about couple hundred feet with missing and deflated tires. As police remained on scene investigating the incident they were approached by an individual who was covered in blood walking towards them who strangely asked for a ride into Tamaqua. Police arrested the individual. Another person in a Jeep Cherokee was also taken into custody following a second incident that occurred while the officers were transporting the individual to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. Township police are still investigating.

 

 

COALDALE GOP TO MEET WEDNESDAY   

 

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

The Coaldale Republican Party will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the West Ward Rod & Gun Club.

Primary Election information will be reviewed. The last day to file nominating petitions is Tuesday, March 8, at the County Election Bureau in Pottsville. County controller candidates Christy Joy and Eric Hollen are the invited guests for the meeting.

 


 

48 UNITS COLLECTED DURING BLOOD REPLACEMENT DRIVE FOR HAROLD "HT" FRYER   

  

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

Forty eight units were collected during a Miller Keystone blood and platelet replacement drive held Sunday at the West Penn Fire Company in support of Harold "HT" Fryer, of New Ringgold, who is undergoing recovery treatment for Aplastic Anemia, a rare but serious medical condition where bone marrow does not replenish the body with new red and white cells. At times, it can be a potentially fatal condition. HT says he is currently doing well with the new treatment. Family member Kelly Boerner stated her appreciation to all who took time to come out and donate.

 


 

VEHICLE CRASHES INTO CENTER VALLEY MALL IN SNYDERS, WEST PENN   

 

(Times News Story)

 

Reported Feb. 28, 2011.

 

An elderly woman escaped injury Sunday afternoon after her sport utility vehicle (SUV) crashed through the front plate glass store front of the E Z Market along SR309 in West Penn Township. The crash took place just after noon when she was pulling into the strip mall parking lot. The store is occupied as offices of the market and no one was injured in the incident. The vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the metal and plate glass structure. The victim was evaluated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance. Township police are investigating the incident.

 


  

TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY'S OLDER & BOLDER GROUP HAS MANY ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR MARCH   

 

Reported Feb. 27, 2011.

 

The Tamaqua Salvation Army’s Older & Bolder group has many activities planned for March 2011. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 16 by bringing a dish along with a favorite poem or saying. Enjoy Bells & Brain Teasers on March 23 and Bells, Arts & Crafts, & Computer fun on March 30. The Older & Bolder group meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army located at 105 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Even though the programs ar geared toward anyone 50 years or older, any adults are welcome to attend. For more information call Dina Depos or Mel Latham at (570) 668-0410.

 

 

SENATOR DAVID ARGALL PROMOTES ANTI-BLIGHT GUIDE TO HELP BATTLE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS AND LOCAL BLIGHT   

 

Reported Feb. 26, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

(The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Publication)

 

(Senator Dave Argall's Publication, Audio, Video)

 

(Click HERE to View the 58-page Guide.)

 
Housing Alliance announces publication of guide to help communities fight blight and take on absentee landlords. Senator David Argall (R-29) joined members of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and local officials to hand out the first available copies of A Quick Guide: New tools for Addressing Blighted Properties. 
 


 

EASTERN SCHUYLKILL RECREATION COMMISSION REORGANIZES   

 

Reported Feb. 26, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

 

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission, ESRC, held its reorganization meeting for 2011 on Thursday, Feb. 24. The ESRC includes representatives from the Boroughs of Tamaqua, Coaldale and Middleport, the Townships of Rush, Schuylkill, Walker and West Penn, as well as the Tamaqua Area School District and Tamaqua YMCA. From left are Tom Amershek (West Penn), John Trudich (Tamaqua), Jim Akins (West Penn, outgoing chairman), Linda DeDindio (Schuylkill Township, incoming chairwoman), Jason Boris (executive director), Sue Solt (Coaldale, vice chairwoman) and Mike Murphy (Coaldale).

 

 

COALDALE BOROUGH WILL BORROW $60K VIA TAX ANTICIPATION LOAN   

 

Reported Feb. 26, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 
Coaldale borough council at a special meeting Friday agreed to borrow $60,000 to make ends meet until tax money begins coming in.

The tax anticipation loan, from Jim Thorpe National Bank, carries a 5 percent interest rate and must be repaid by July 29, 2011. The loans are routine for most municipalities at this time of year.

 


 

WEST PENN POLICE INVESTIGATING HIT-AND-RUN INTO BUSINESS IN SNYDERS   

 

Reported Feb. 26, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 
West Penn Township Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred early Thursday morning, February 24, at a business located in the Village Center Mall in Snyders. An unknown driver smashed a vehicle into the door and window of the Kitchen of Dreams Custom Cabinetry business. West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson estimated the hit-and-run occurred Thursday morning between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.  Nothing was reported stolen. Police encourage anyone who might have any information to call the station at (570) 386-1100.
 

 

TAMAQUA POLICE INVESTIGATING BRUTAL ATTACK AT TIKI BAR IN TAMAQUA   

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

(WNEP TV 16 Story)

  
 
The Tamaqua Police Department is investigating a brutal attack that occured last week at the Tiki Bar on Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua. Police are trying to determine if the assault was racially motivated. Jermaine Davis, 37, has a tough time getting around his Tamaqua home. A spokesman for Tamaqua police said they are doing an active investigation and depending on what the evidence is, they will file charges of assault and possibly ethnic intimidation.

 


 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE DANCE AND POWER OF PURPLE EVENT TO BE HELD NEXT FRIDAY IN HOMETOWN   

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

"March Forth" into Relay season with the Tamaqua-Carbon Chapter of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Dance and Power of Purple event fundraiser to be held Friday, March 4, 2011 from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Hometown Fire Company in Hometown. Music, light refreshments and beverages will be provided. BYOB. Cost is $15.00. For more information, please call (570) 386-8422 or (570) 386-5304.
 


 

TAMAQUA WRESTLERS MASHACK AND LAKITSKY SOON TO BREAK NEW RECORDS   

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 
As freshmen, Kolby Mashack and Garth Lakitsky joined Tamaqua's varsity wrestling team and made an immediate impact. Now seniors, the two Blue Raiders are in the process of etching their names in the record books as the school's all-time winningest grapplers by the time they are through. Mashack is already atop the Tamaqua win list, with his 124 triumphs two more than previous record holder, 2000 graduate Andy Breiner, who has 122 victories. Lakitsky currently has 119, good for third place and counting. As they enter the District 11 Championships this weekend, Mashack and Lakitsky have a sparkling combined record of 63-1. Competing at 140 pounds, the Bucknell-bound Mashack is 31-1, with his lone loss to Pen Argyl State bronze medalist Michael Racciato at the District 11 Duals. Lakitsky has been dominant at 215 pounds. The 2010 TIMES NEWS Wrestler of the Year is now 32-0, including 27 pins, with only three of them extending into the second period. The rest of his wins have been by forfeit and medical default, meaning that he has yet to have a bout go the distance this season.
 

 

A "PEACEFUL" SNOWMAN IN TAMAQUA   

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

This snowman along East Cottage Avenue in Tamaqua seems to be saying, "Peace, brother. Hang in there, springtime is coming soon."

 


 

TAMAQUA SCHOOL DISTRICT CELEBRATING "MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH" IN MARCH

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

March is celebrated nationally as MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH, M.I.O.S.M., and is sponsored by the MUSIC EDUCATORS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION. The purpose of this month long celebration is to make everyone aware of the important role that music has in the development of a student’s overall development The Tamaqua Area Middle and Senior High Schools will be celebrating this event in a number of ways. As the overture to the month of March, the high school vocal music department is participating in the annual Schuylkill County Chorus Festival. The festival was held on February 15 through 19, with a Saturday afternoon concert of music from classical to pop. The concert was at 2:00 pm at Pottsville Area High School Auditorium. On Monday March 7, the vocal department of the Middle and High schools will sponsor a choral music workshop featuring one of the acapella vocal groups of the Pennsylvania State University on tour in our area of PA. March 10 through 12 will take sophomore Shane Mulligan to Manheim Central High School in Lititz, PA as our T.A.H.S. representative at the Region IV-V All-State Region Orchestra Festival. March 15th through 19th, twenty-three members of the 'Raider' Band will participate in the 36th annual Schuylkill County Band Festival to be held at Tamaqua Area High School in Tamaqua. Again, the public is cordially invited to attend the 1:30 pm concert. Dr. O. Richard Bundy, Director of the Penn State Blue Band will serve as Guest Conductor. March 24 through 26 will find Steven Christ representing Tamaqua in the 2011 Region V All-State Band at North Schuylkill Junior-Senior High School. Region V Band encompasses band students from high schools from a 13 county area of south central Pennsylvania to the Pocono mountain area of the state, combining the best from Districts 7 and 10. The students qualified from an intense audition at the District Band in February. On April 1, three eighth grade ‘Raider’ Band members will travel to Catasauqua Area High School for the District 10 PMEA Intermediate Band and Orchestra  Fest. This festival band and orchestra will present an evening concert and will feature middle school age students from across the seven county District 10 area. As a postlude to M.I.O.S.M. on Wednesday, April 19th, the Music Educators National Conference will welcome new members into its prestigious Tamaqua HS Chapter Tri-M Music Honor Society with a morning induction ceremony. These events are all in addition to the usual high school and junior high school choirs, marching, concert and jazz band rehearsals preparing for the later planned spring concerts, parades and choral adjudications.

 


 

TAMAQUA SUPPLIED THREE INFANTRY COMPANIES DURING CIVIL WAR, SACRAFICES HONORED

 

Reported Feb. 25, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Exactly 150 years ago, big things were about to happen in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. It was a call to arms; a fever that would redefine the country. "It was August, 1861, when they started recruiting in Carbon County," says Ted Dombroski, West Hazleton. Dombroski, 54, is 2nd lieutenant and unit historian of today's 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K. The group honors the original infantry, created after the call for three-year regiments by President Abraham Lincoln. James Miller, a veteran of the Mexican War, was in charge of recruiting for the 81st PVI. The original Company K was comprised of men from lower Luzerne County and was based in Eckley. But there also were three companies from Carbon County; Company G, Mauch Chunk; Company H, Summit Hill; and Company I, Lehighton. Six other companies came from Philadelphia. Ten companies formed a regiment. Tamaqua was a hotbed of recruitment, too. Tamaqua supplied three units: the Jackson Guard, the German Light Infantrymen, and the Scott Rifles of Tamaqua – each with 75 men. Tamaqua also was home to Company A of the 48th Pennsylvania Regiment under Captain James Rhen. The average age was 19, according to a Kutztown University professor and historian who spoke on the topic at the Tamaqua Public Library several years ago.

 


 

STATE POLICE UPGRADE MEGAN'S LAW WEBSITE TO IMPROVE SAFETY

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Improvements to Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website will make it easier for the public to find information about registered sexual offenders in the state, acting state police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced today. The website is www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us. "The site's new features enhance the user's ability to determine whether someone in their neighborhood is a registered sex offender," Noonan said. "Parents and others can use this information to help protect themselves and their families."

 


 

FUNDS FROM McCANN'S "BATTLE FOR THE BATTLE" EVENT IN BARNESVILLE GIVEN TO LOCAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CHAPTERS

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Staff from the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology has donated funds to the American Cancer Society that were raised from the "Battle for the Battle" Event that took place at Lakeside Ballroom on Dec. 3, 2010. During this event, 11 bands from eight different local high schools came to together in support of a good cause with a battle of the bands and dance off competition. A total of $2,200 was raised and the proceeds were split between the Schuylkill, Carbon/Tamaqua, and Hazleton Units of the American Cancer Society.

 


 

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION LOOKING FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is in need of individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship, in order to assist with wish fulfillment. As members of "wish teams," volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the "wish team" meets with the wish child's family, acts as a liaison between the Foundation staff and the family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Through their empathy and warmth, volunteers help to make the wish process as carefree and unforgettable as possible for every member of the family.

 


 

TAMAQUA AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN COUNTY CHORUS

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Fifteen students from Tamaqua Area High School participated in the 2011 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival, held at Pottsville High School Feb. 17-19. The festival is a three-day event featuring students selected from 13 schools throughout Schuylkill County. The festival culminated with a concert for the public on Saturday, Feb. 19. The guest conductor for the event was Dr. Anthony Leach, Director of Choral Studies at Penn State University Main Campus.

 


 
REPRESENTATIVE KNOWLES WANTS PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIALLY FRAUDULENT FINANCIAL AID OFFERS
 
Reported Feb. 24, 2011.
 
 

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would like to caution students and families about potentially fraudulent financial aid offers. During financial aid application season, students and families may be contacted by individuals or companies offering assistance for securing money for a college education. For a cost, persons or companies may offer help in securing scholarship money or in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

 

BENEFIT HELD IN BARNESVILLE FOR TEEN SUFFERING WITH STOMACH DISEASE

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Hundreds of family members and friends attended a benefit held recently at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville for Ashley Frederick, 18, a former Coaldale teen who is suffering from a severe stomach disease. The benefit included a "corn hole" beanbag tournament, basket auction, live music from Steve Ney the DJ Guy, as well as other food and fundraising activities. The event organizers, called The Gutsy Gang, stressed their appreciation to all who supported the event.

 


 

MANTZVILLE MAN KEEPS WATCH ON MIDDLE EAST CRISIS IN EGYPT

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Todd Zimmerman has watched the overturn of power from the Mubarak regime in Egypt and other developments in the Middle East with interest. Zimmerman has visited Egypt three times and was planning another trip for later this year, the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former president Anwar Sadat, in order to call attention for the need for the World Peace Center that Sadat once proposed.

 


 

TAMAQUA RIVERWALK COULD BE DONE BY SUMMER 2011

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Ten years ago, a visioning program determined that Tamaqua isn't using its waterways to maximum advantage. To help rectify the situation, the community will build its first pedestrian lane designed specifically to showcase a river and add a recreation venue. By this summer, area residents will be able to stroll along a scenic, 800-foot-long Tamaqua Riverwalk, connecting Cedar Street to Willing Park and the Tamaqua Community Center.

 


 

TAAMQUA STUDENTS SELECTED IN JUNIOR SCHUYLKILL COUNTY BAND

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected for the Junior Schuylkill County Band along with a photo. Among those selected were, kneeling from left, Nathan Gerace, Arienne Serniak, Rachael Paisley, Courtney Miller and Julia Shellhamer. Back row, Andrew Delpais, Vanessa Solt, Tim Lehman, Jenny Beck and Amy Gardiner. Also selected were Jamie Mateyak, Madelyn Dolinsky and Kyle Patrick.

 


 

PROCLAMATION ADOPTED RECOGNIZING RUSH BICENTENNIAL

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Proclamations were adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners in commemoration of Rush Township's Bicentennial in 2011 and declaring March as Red Cross Month in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. Supervisors Steven W. Simchak and Robert Leibensperger were present to accept the proclamation on behalf of the township. The proclamation noted the township was established in 1811 and named to honor Judge Jacob Rush, who was the first President Judge of the Third Circuit District and whose brother, Dr. Benjamin Rush, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Over the past 200 years the township has grown from 359 people in1830 to nearly 4,000 in 2010. Janet Curtis and Bob Shirey accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Schuylkill-East Northumberland counties Red Cross Chapter who provide care to victims of devesting natural disaster and to Armed Forces at home and abroad.

 


 

HOMETOWN DRIVER HITS TREE AFTER MISSING DEER IN LAKE HAUTO

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A male driver of a white Mitsubishi drove into a tree yesterday morning around 9:30 a.m. after missing a deer while driving on Lake Drive in Lake Hauto. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had to be towed. Hometown Fire Company, Police and Fire Police responded.

 


 

HOMEMADE BREAD ORDERS BEING TAKEN TO RAISE DONATIONS FOR TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is taking homemade bread orders to benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army. $4.00 a loaf. Choose between PLAIN, CINNAMON, RAISIN, WHEAT, or NUT. Order by Wednesday April 6, 2011. Pick-up date is Wednesday April 20, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bread sale orders can be placed by stopping by the Tamaqua Salvation Army located at 105 West Broad Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Or call (570) 668-0410 for more ways to order. Proceeds benefit the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps programs.

 

 

ADDICTION PROGRAM OFFERED EVERY MONDAY AT TAMAQUA FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

  

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

A new addiction recovery program will be held Mondays at 7 PM at the First United Methodist Church located at 124 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. The "Jesus in the Steps" (from addiction to recovery) course is a recovery and group support programmed at helping anyone with an addiction. It is a program for addictions of any kind. Designed for all addictions including smoking, sex, drugs, alcohol, sugar, chocolate and more. First Church is hosting the weekly programs. It is designed for a journey into lasting change and healing. The program will feature Biblical teaching that will help integrate Christian faith into recovery. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3653. All are welcome.

 

 

TAMAQUA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEKS SPONSORS FOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

 

Reported Feb. 24, 2011.

 

Sponsors are needed for the 2011 Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Free Summer Concert Series, which are held on the platform at the Railroad Station in Tamaqua. The concerts are held Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Concerts dates are June 2 – Fred Douglas, June 16 – The Wallace Brothers Band, June 30 – Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer, July 14 – The BC Combo, July 28 – Kathy Rimm, August 11 - Wildcat, August 25 – Lizard Creek, September 8 – Christopher Dean Band(Sponsored by Micah & Penny Gursky), and September 22 – Todd Wolfe Band. Reserve your table on the platform and enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks. Or just bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us for a relaxing evening of free musical entertainment. Provided through the generosity of our community sponsors.

Click HERE to view flyer. Contact the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce at (570) 668-1880 FMI.

 


 

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH RECENT BURGLARIES OF A COALDALE AND SUMMIT HILL BUSINESS

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Two Lansford men have been arrested regarding burglaries that occurred this week in Summit Hill and Coaldale. Kevin James Kassak, 25, of 41 Leisenring St., has been charged with committing a burglary at the Switchback Mini Mart in Summit Hill either Sunday night or early Monday morning. Kassak and Brandon Michael Snyder, 23, of 520 E. Bertsch St., are both being charged with a burglary Monday night at Pappy's Mini Mart, 113 E. Walter St., Coaldale.

 

 

COALDALE C.H.O.S.E. TO MEET

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Chose Recreational Organization of Coaldale will meet Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Coaldale Borough Hall. There will be election of officers and final plans will be made for the soup sale. Members are asked to bring their orders to the meeting. 

 


 

TAMAQUA LIBRARY BOOK TALK, DISCUSSION GROUP, SET FOR MONDAY FEBRUARY 28

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

The Tamaqua Public Library book discussion group will hold a book talk about the book titled: "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. The talk will be held Monday February 28th, 2011 starting at 6 p.m. at the Tamaqua Public Library. Feel free to stop by or call at (570) 668-4660 for more information.

 


 

TAMAQUA SOUTHWARD NEIGHBORHOOD COMMITTEE TO MEET

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The South Ward Neighborhood Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center, room 104. Anyone interested in improving the South Ward is welcome to attend.

 


 

TAMAQUA T.O.P.S. MEET

  

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The local chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Wednesdays in the education room at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. Weigh-ins begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a short business session and a program. Laura Smith, certified nutritionist, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting. Her topic will be the nutrition labels found on today's food and the importance of understanding the nutritional value of the foods we eat. TOPS is a weight loss support group for men and women of all ages. Members learn sensible nutrition, portion control and lifestyle changes that promote lifelong health. Visitors are welcome to attend their first meeting without obligation, free of charge.

  


 

TAMAQUA SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP MEET

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group meets every Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center, located to the rear of Boyer's Food Mart. Last week's meeting was attended by 72 members. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session and offered the invocation, entitled "Watching." Vice President Doris Roberts and secretary Joan Anne Garber provided their respective reports. The meeting included a Valentine's day celebration, compete with a pizza party and the crowning of a king and queen. The honors went to Dave Angst and Betty Brobst. Each was presented with a gift card. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to join. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

 


 

RAIDERS' SWIMMER, DANE DeWIRE, HITS 1,000 POINTS

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Dane DeWire's accomplishments as a diver are worthy of recognition. On Feb. 11, Tamaqua Area High School senior captured his fourth Schuylkill League diving championship, breaking pool, school and league records in the process. DeWire's talents extend beyond the diving board and into the pool. He reached another milestone this month, earning his 1,000th career point in the Blue Raiders' victory over Saucon Valley on Feb. 9.  By hitting the 1,000 point mark, DeWire put himself into another select circle, one that also includes his brother, Raymond, a former Tamaqua swimmer who went on to compete collegiately at Niagara University.

 


 

TAMAQUA SENIOR HIGH SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL IS ANNOUNCED

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Stephen P. Toth, Principal of the Tamaqua Area High School, has announced the students who qualify for the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. Highest Honors: average of 95% or above with no grade below 93% in a major subject. High Honors: average of 90% or above with no grade lower than an 86% in a major subject. Honors: average of 86% or above with no grade lower than 78% in a major subject. (Click HERE for list.)

 


 

4-H OFFICER TRAINING DAY TO BE HELD AT TAMAQUA LCCC, MORGAN CAMPUS

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A 4-H training day will be held at the Lehigh Carbon Community College: Morgan Campus in Tamaqua, on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. All 4-H youth and leaders in Carbon and Schuylkill County are welcome to attend. The name of the program is 4-H Learning for Life: Officer Training Day.  

 

 

TAMAQUA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (JANUARY 2011)

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for January, 2011. The students honored included, front row from left, Abigail Brickler (6th grade), Aimee Hull (7th grade) and Vanessa Solt (8th grade). Back row, Stephen Oravec (6th grade), Owen Bates (7th grade) and Noah Troxell (8th grade).

   


 

TAMAQUA GRAD SPENDS COLLEGE BREAK REBUILDING NEW ORLEANS

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Most university students spend their breaks unwinding at home or on a relaxing vacation, but this past winter, Guy Bowe of Tamaqua was one of 11 Susquehanna University students who traveled to New Orleans as the Hurricane Relief Team to assist with ongoing recovery efforts. From Dec. 14-21, the students worked with the organization Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), which is a mission of the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

   


 

FINANCIAL SEMINAR OFFERED AT TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY

 

Reported Feb. 23, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will once again sponsor Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Classes offered by the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. The 13-week course, designed by financial expert and radio talk-show host Dave Ramsey, is designed to help you understand the foundation of financial management. The course is taught through entertaining and informative video lessons and peer dialogue to help you find your way out of debt, organize your finances through budgeting and prepare yourself for a future with less financial stress. Free Previews will be held February. A free preview will be held March 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army building. Classes start April 7 at 6 p.m. Click HERE or call Dina Depos at (570) 668-0410 for more information.

   


 

TAMAQUA BLUE RAIDER FOUNDATION TO IMPROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBARIES

 

Reported Feb. 22, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

In its inaugural year the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation has already made contributions to the Tamaqua Area School District in the form of technology and teacher grants. Now the foundation is prepared to take on a major project. Robert A. Miller III, president of the foundation's board of directors, has announced plans to renovate the libraries of the district's three elementary schools.

  


 

ANDREAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES

 

Reported Feb. 22, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

An Andreas resident pleaded guilty recently to counts of sexual assault. He was one of five area people, who were among a total of 15, who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller. Christopher Lee Shiner, 27, of 134 Ash Circle, entered guilty pleas to three charges each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault on person under age 16, corruption of minors and indecent assault as cited by Trooper John Powis.

 

   

LOTTERY TICKETS STOLEN DURING COALDALE BREAK-IN AT PAPPY'S MINI-MART 

 

Reported Feb. 22, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

For the second straight night, a burglary has occurred at a Panther Valley convenience store. Last night at 11:04 p.m., vandalism and thefts occurred at Pappy's Mini Mart along Route 209 in Coaldale. Taken were lottery tickets. On Sunday night or early Monday morning, a rock was tossed through the window of the Switchback Mini Mart along Route 902 in Summit Hill. Entry to the premises was made and lottery tickets were stolen. Summit Hill Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said of the two break-ins, "The M.O. (mode of operations) appears to be the same" in both incidents.

  


 

HIGH WINDS TAKE DOWN TREE IN COALDALE 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

High winds, some gusting more than 50 miles-per-hour, over the weekend kept firefighters throughout our area busy as they responded to numerous incidents involving fallen trees and branches. Pictured are Coaldale firefighters removing the remains of a fallen 60-foot tree that just barely missed a home on West Ridge Street on Saturday.

 

  

TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PLAY IN DISTRICT 10 BAND 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Three Tamaqua Area High School band members were selected after an intense audition in December for the 2011 PMEA District 10 Band, which was held on Feb. 10-12 at Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School. Senior Steven Christ and sophomores Molly Betz and Shane Mulligan attended the festival with Steven playing in the Bb Clarinet, Molly in the flute section and Shane playing in the percussion section. The band was under the guest baton of Dr. Willis Rapp, who is Chairperson of the Music Department at Kutztown University.

  

   
NEW GRIEFSHARE® GROUP IS FORMING AT TAMAQUA BETHANY EC CHURCH 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

A new GriefShare® group is forming at Bethany EC Church at 223 E. Broad Street in Tamaqua.  GriefShare® is a ministry to hurting people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, at 6:30 PM, for 13 weeks, beginning March 16th and ending June 15th. GriefShare® is Biblically based and non-denominational. There is a one time fee of $15 for materials.  Please call (570) 668-2520 for more information or to enroll.   

 


  
CARE NET IS HOLDING WALK FOR LIFE APRIL 2nd IN TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

Care Net of Tamaqua is sponsoring a Walk for Life on Saturday, April 2nd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  The walk will begin at Bethany EC Church, located at 223 E Broad Street and will continue west on Broad Street to Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, then east on Broad Street to Stone Gardens, then back to Bethany EC Church.  For more information or to obtain a sponsorship packet, please call 668-4059. 

 


 
TAMAQUA MINISTERIUM SETS DATES FOR COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES AT NOON IN TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

A Community Lenten Service at Noon, at the following locations:

  -  Wednesday, March 16th, Bethany EC Church, 223 E Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252

  -  Wednesday, March 23rd, Primitive Methodist Church, 57 Hunter Street, Tamaqua, PA  18252

  -  Wednesday, March 30th, First United Methodist Church, 124 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA  18252

  -  Wednesday, April 6th, St. Jerome's Catholic Church, 266 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA  18252

  -  Wednesday, April 13th, Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA  18252

These brief services will be followed by luncheon.  A free will offering will be taken.  The services are sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerium.

 


 

TAMAQUA ST JEROME'S STUDENTS WIN DIOCESE ART AWARDS 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Students at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, received awards at the Diocese of Allentown Celebration of the Arts on Jan. 29 at Bethlehem Catholic High School. 51 elementary and special learning center students in the Diocese received Ewey Awards for their artistic originality and creativity. Anna Zelinsky (Kindergarten), Kennedy Young (grade 2) and Sophia Susarchick (grade 5) were winners in their grade levels for their artistic depiction of Catholic schools in 2061.

  

   

TAMAQUA BLUE RAIDER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $3K IN GRANT AWARDS 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation announced the recipients of five grants to teachers within the school district during its annual meeting Saturday night at The Restaurant at The Station. Tamaqua Area School District teachers throughout all grades were asked to present grant requests to the foundation, explaining how the funds would be used to enhance the learning experience of their students. The district's administration helped facilitate the process.

    

  

AIR PRODUCTS DONATES CHAIRS TO MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL 

 

Reported Feb. 21, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Air Products and Chemicals of Hometown recently donated new chairs to Marian Catholic High School. The chairs are an addition to the original chairs in the school's cafeteria, which were previously purchased by Air Products. "In addition to being neighbors, so many of our employees are associated with Marian Catholic, and we like to support those families in any way that we can", said Tom Cara from the Hometown facility.

  

 

TAMAQUA ST JEROME'S GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNERS 

 

Reported Feb. 20, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The winner of the Bee was Nico Agosti, Grade 8. Runner-up was Ethan Kuczynski, Grade 6 and Ryan Morgans, Grade 6 finished in third place. As school winner, Nico took a written test to determine if he qualifies at the state level. Pictured from left are Ryan Morgans, Nico Agosti and Ethan Kuczynski.

  

   

TAMAQUA ST JEROME'S STUDENTS WIN MULTI-MEDIA AWARD 

 

Reported Feb. 20, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Seventh and eighth grade students at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, participated in the Diocesan multi-media contest for the best print advertisement, powerpoint and video commercial. SJRS eighth grade students (from left) Connor Roberts, Annette Ritzko, Rachel Meier, Christopher Chinnici and Kaylee Ceci caputured third place for their group powerpount presentation of Catholic Schools in 2061.

  

 

TAMAQUA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MAKE DISTRICT 10 BAND 

 

Reported Feb. 19, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Three Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected to play in the 2011 District 10 PMEA Intermediate Band and Orchestra Fest to be held Friday, April 1, at Catasauqua Area High. Participating eighth grade students include: Jamie Mateyak, Rachael Paisley and Timothy Lehman. The students are selected from a seven county radius that constitutes the membership of District 10 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. They will be part of the 140-member honors ensemble.

  

 

TRUCK SHEARS POLE IN WALKER TOWNSHIP 

 

Reported Feb. 19, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Emergency responders were called to the 1400 block of Valley Road in Walker Township Thursday around 12:40 a.m. today. After hitting a patch of black ice, the driver of a red Chevrolet Blazer lost control, sheared off a pole, hit a number of large boulders and eventually came to a stop on the side of the road. The driver was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for patient evaluation. Tamaqua Rescue Squad, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua, and New England Fire Company, Tamaqua fire police and police from both Tamaqua and Walker Township were assisting on scene.

  

 

TAMAQUA PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS 

 

Reported Feb. 19, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Public Library is open Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.  Please note that the library will be closed on February 21, President's Day. Spring Storytime: This year's theme is See if you can guess the theme of the day. Children ages 2-5 are invited to join for stories and crafts in the children's area of the library. Story time begins March 7 and will run for 10 consecutive weeks.

  

 

RUSH TOWNSHIP PLANNERS REORGANIZE, DISCUSS AIR PRODUCTS EXPANSION 

 

Reported Feb. 19, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Rush Township Planning Commission reorganized on Thursday. The board will remain the same, with Robert J. Ritsick serving as chairman, Thomas Murphy remaining vice chairman, and Lisa Price being reappointed secretary. Cathy Riotto and Kenneth C. Hoppes remain as members, and Peter Fagan continues to serve as Solicitor. Also, at Thursday's meeting, the planning commission met with officials from Air Products and Chemicals to discuss the drawing submitted to the township on Feb. 1 showing the site plan for the proposed ammonia plant expansion.

  

 

TAMAQUA AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN SUSQUEHANNA HONORS BAND 

 

Reported Feb. 19, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

One high school band member from Tamaqua Area High School has been selected to participate in the 2011 Susquehanna University Honors Band, to be held at the university Feb. 18-20. Selected was Erin Zeigler, oboe. The festival bands will be under the batons of Jenny Stogner-Neff, Director of Bands at Bala Cynwyd Middle School in the Lower Merion School District and Dr. Eric L. Hinton, Director of Bands at Susquehanna.

  

 

RUSH TOWNSHIP FORMS BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE 

 

Reported Feb. 18, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

In anticipation of Rush Township's 200th birthday celebration this year, a bicentennial committee was formed at a meeting held on Feb. 9.

In attendance to discuss bicentennial events were ten residents, Chairman Steve Simchak, Supervisor Robert Leibensperger, Secretary Terri Conville, and Administrative Assistant Marie Skripnek. The committee is calling on more residents and businesses to become involved in the township celebration. The next meeting will be held Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

  

 

TWO TAMAQUA RESIDENTS ENTER GUILTY PLEAS TO CRIMINAL CHARGES, SENTENCED 

 

Reported Feb. 18, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Two Tamaqua residents were among nine who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin.

  

 

MARIAN CATHOLIC STUDENTS PERFORM AT MUSIC FESTIVAL 

 

Reported Feb. 18 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Eleven students from Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, were selected to perform in the 37th Annual Diocesan Music Festival, sponsored by the Diocese of Allentown. This year's festival took place on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Notre Dame High School, Green Pond.

The Marian students joined more than 100 other students from eight diocesan high schools, who performed a program that included instrumental and choral music on the final day of the festival. Marian students who participated in the diocesan band are Kelsey Hurst, Mackenzie Sugrue, Miranda Milillo, Chris Postupack.

  

 

SUSPECTS ARRAIGNED IN TAMAQUA CARJACKING, SHOOTING INCIDENT 

 

Reported Feb. 18, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Two of the three suspects involved with the theft of a car and a related stabbing and shooting incident in Tamaqua on Jan. 26 voluntarily turned themselves into police Thursday morning. Those who have been charged in the case are Cory Whitley, 18, of Rose St., Tamaqua; Joshua Gaugler, 20, of Allen Dr., Northampton; and a 15-year-old Tamaqua male. Tamaqua Corporal Henry Woods, who investigated the incident, called it "a joyride that escalated into something out of control very quickly."

  

 

TAMAQUA COUNCIL DENIES REQUEST TO VACATE UNION STREET PROPERTY 

 

Reported Feb. 18, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A request from a Tamaqua resident to vacate an unimproved section of Union Street was denied by Tamaqua Borough Council earlier this week. Louis Yelito, who owns properties 303 and 305 Washington Street, requested that the section of Union Street between the two properties, which is currently an overgrown, wooded area, be vacated between Washington Street and a paved area along Pleasant Row that is currently used as a turn-around area for residents.

  

 

BOYER'S MARKETS AID TAMAQUA RELAY FOR LIFE 

 

Reported Feb. 18, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Jeanne Boyer Porter (left), Vice President Human Capital, of Boyer's Food Markets, Inc. presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to Judy Hoppes, Sr. Community Cancer Control Specialist, Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. The check represents funds raised at a golf tournament sponsored by Boyer's and will benefit the Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities.

  


 

VP OF PATIENT CARE SERVICES NAMED AT ST LUKE'S MINERS HOSPITAL, COALDALE 

 

Reported Feb. 17, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Kimberly Sargent, RN has been promoted to Vice President, Patient Care Services at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.

  

 

TAMAQUA PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, BILL WILLIG RETIRES 

 

Reported Feb. 17, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Borough Council approved the retirement of long-time borough worker and director of public works, Bill Willing, effective Feb. 10.

Council president Micah Gursky thanked Willing for his years of service and wished him well on his retirement. Although Willing was not at the meeting he will be presented with certificates of appreciation at a later date. The borough also hired Rob Jones to fill Willing's role.

  

 

PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE CLAIM FORMS AVAILABLE ONLINE 

 

Reported Feb. 17, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available at State Rep. Doyle Heffley's website at RepHeffley.com. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent orproperty taxes paid in 2010. The program benefitseligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:

(http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/property_tax_rent_rebate_program/11410)

 

Forms:

(http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/property_tax_rent_rebate/14711)

  

 

COALDALE LIONS CLUB RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD 

 

Reported Feb. 17, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Lions International has awarded the Coaldale Lions Club the Club Excellence Award. Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer of West Penn Lions Club presented the award to Coaldale club president Bob Ames on Feb. 8.  The award, for 2009-2010, is given to those Lions Clubs that excel in community service, support to those who require extensive vision care, and support to Lions International objectives and world-wide vision programs.

  

 

BIDS TO BE SOUGHT FOR TAMAQUA BRIDGE WORK 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Permission was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners to the engineering department to seek sealed bids for repairs to a county bridge which carries Greenwood Street over Panther Creek in Tamaqua; Rest Haven Home for laundry services and to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a rahab project at the Gordon Borough Municipal Building, in action taken at a work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. All bids must be in the controller's office by April 4.

  

 

AMERICAN HOSE HOLDS COMEDY NIGHT 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Two New York comedians took part in the American Hose Company, of Tamaqua, comedy night benefit held recently at their firehouse. Pictured are comedians Keith Purnell, left, and Marc Juretus.

  

 

RUSH TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS ADDRESS "SHOTGUN ENDURO RACE" SAFETY CONCERNS 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Rush Township supervisors on Tuesday addressed safety and liability concerns regarding the use of township roads during the "Shotgun Enduro Race" to be held June 19.  Resident Joe Shamonsky questioned the legality of having the bikes cross public roads. In a letter to the supervisors, the hosts of the event, the High Mountain Dirt Riders, confirm that all medical arrangements, insurance, and route maps remain the same from previous years.

  

 

TAMAQUA AREA MOVES FORWARD ON GEOTHERMAL, LOCKER ROOM WORK 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

  

The Tamaqua Area School District is moving forward on a proposal to add geothermal heating to Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools. In addition, the district is planning to renovate the boys and girls locker rooms at the high school. On Tuesday evening the district's board of education authorized McClure Company, Harrisburg, with a notice to proceed for the projects, which includes a continuation of engineering, securing final funding and coordinating and soliciting locker room renovation general construction bids.

 

 

STEPHEN P. TOTH APPOINTED AS TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

  

Tamaqua Area High School has a new principal. The school district's board of education appointed Stephen P. Toth to the principal's post during its monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The move, effective today, promotes Toth from his position as assistant high school principal, replacing RuthAnn Gardiner, who in December, 2010 became the district's director of special education after Jennifer Aponick left for a position with the Northwestern Lehigh School District.

 


 

CHARGES FILED IN TAMAQUA CAR THEFT, SHOOTING 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua police have filed charges against three males involved in a Jan. 26 car theft which evolved into a shooting incident. The trio of defendants are: Cory Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose St., Tamaqua; Joshua Gaugler, 20, of 300 Allen Dr., Northampton; and a 15-year-old Tamaqua male.

  

 
TAMAQUA ARE FIRE COMPANIES RESPOND TO CHEMICAL LEAK ON INTERSTATE 81 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A chemical leak forced a section of Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County to be shut down for several hours Tuesday which resulted in a major traffic jam for area roads and four state troopers being exposed to the material. State police at Frackville said the incident began about noon when a team of troopers were performing truck inspections along the southbound lanes at a weigh station in Delano Township, just south of the McAdoo-Tamaqua exit.

  

 

WOMAN INJURED IN EAST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP CRASH 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A Lehighton woman was injured Monday morning when involved in a crash along SR443 in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. just west of the West Penn Township line. State police at Frackville said Debra Buss, 53, was eastbound when her car left the road and struck an embankment and then several trees. The vehicle came to rest in a wooded area. She was treated at the scene by members of the New Ringgold ambulance then flown via Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

  

 

PennDOT DRIVER'S LICENSE, PHOTO CENTERS CLOSED PRESIDENT'S DAY 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of President's Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

  

 

BENEFIT SET FOR FORMER COALDALE TEEN WITH SEVERE STOMACH DISEASE 

 

Reported Feb. 16, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

As a high school senior, Ashley Frederick is looking forward to graduation and her post-secondary plans, which include becoming a nurse.

That road has become much tougher for the 18-year-old Ringtown teenager, who is battling gastroparesis and other severe stomach ailments that have caused frequent hospitalizations and forced her to continue her studies on a homebound basis. Ashley is the daughter of Scott and Alice Schilling Frederick. The family has roots in Coaldale and still has relatives there.

  

 

PennDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO REPORT POTHOLES ON STATE ROADS 

 

Reported Feb. 15, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) would like to remind motorists to call 1 (800) FIX-ROAD (1 (800) 349-7623) to report the location of potholes on state roads.

  

 

MAN SURVIVES VEHICLE ROLLOVER IN SOUTH TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 14, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua rescue, ambulance, police, and firefighters from South Ward and Citizen's fire companies responded to a vehicle rollover just before 3 a.m. Saturday in South Tamaqua on SR309 near Owl Creek Road. While driving the male driver of a tan Buick LeSabre lost control, hit the northbound embankment, flipped his car and continued to skid upside down on the car's roof for about 200 feet. Firefighters and cleanup crews spent a good while clearing both sides of road of car parts, dirt, oil and snow that stretched the entire distance.

  

 

ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION IN TAMAQUA IS UNSUCCESSFUL 

 

Reported Feb. 14, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Police are searching for a white male in connection with an attempted child abduction in the borough on Sunday evening. Officers were dispatched to the Tamaqua Italian Club on Schuylkill Avenue, shortly after 8 p.m., where they spoke with the victim and her father.

The 13-year-old girl told officers she had been walking in the area of the Five Points intersection when she was approached by a man driving a dark color Jeep. The man yelled to her, then stopped, exited the vehicle and grabbed her by the wrist.

  

 

ALARM RESPONSE AND ODOR SCARE ON EAST BROAD STREET IN TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 14, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

American Hose and East End fire companies were called to a section of three row homes located at 308-312 E. Broad St. (SR209) in Tamaqua after smoke detectors in two of the homes started going off. Affected families were temporarily evacuated during the search. Although visible smoke wasn't present a strong burning odor was permeating throughout the homes. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to inspect the homes. Fans were used to expel the odor and help direct the odor to better trace its origin. Firefighters also accessed the roof to check the chimneys.

  

 

"FROSTETTE" THE SNOWWOMAN IN COALDALE 

 

Reported Feb. 13, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Krapf family, who live on Bull Run Street in Coaldale, said that melting snow made it difficult to shape their snowwoman's skirt and to keep the facial features on. They started with an orange skirt, and then the kids decided to add hair and jewelry. Despite their snowwoman's very-short expected life span this week, they still decided to name her "Frostette."

  

 

THE WHITE DINER IN SOUTH TAMAQUA - THEN AND NOW 

 

Reported Feb. 12, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

(TamaquaArea.com Story)

 

Pictured are then and now pictures of the White Diner located at 548 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in South Tamaqua. The older photo shown was estimated to be taken around 1949 when it was called Jake's Diner, A dining room now sits where a detached gas station once stood, as seen in the photo.

  

 

BROCKTON RESIDENTS UPSET OVER POST OFFICE CLOSING 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Brockton residents feel they're being held hostage by the U. S. Postal Service. The town's post office closed its doors at 199 Mine St. last October, after the post office was evicted by the building's owner. Since then, Brockton residents are being forced to go to Mary D to retrieve their mail, where they must pay $40 for a post office box. "And we don't even get a key for that $40," said one resident. "We have to go to the counter to ask for it." Classified as "suspended," the town's post office appears to be destined for permanent closure.

  

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, FTC, MANDATES ALL NARROWBAND BY JANUARY 1, 2013 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Federal Communications Commission set a mandate that as of Jan. 1, 2013, all emergency radio equipment must be narrowband frequency capable or municipalities could face major penalties, such as fines or loss of their license. But what is the transition that will cost the country millions of dollars to comply with?

  

 

ZERO DEGREES IN TAMAQUA, AGAIN 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

For the second time this year, very cold temperatures struck our area again as temperatures in some local areas fell below 5 degrees, as is seen here on Dutch Hill in Tamaqua at 6:40 a.m.

  


 

GUYS FLOWERS & MORE OPENS IN HOMETOWN 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

When Debbie Donnon and husband George moved to Schuylkill County from the Downingtown area, it was to take ownership of a Lewistown Valley farm. With that business up and running, Donnon has now ventured into the gift and floral business. On Monday, she opened Guy's Flowers & More, a 1,200-square-feet floral and gift center and the first business to open in the up-and-coming Hometown Village Square, formerly Agosti's IGA, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, north of Tamaqua.

  


 

WALKER TOWNSHIP WOMAN, 51, ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A 51-year-old woman who resides in Walker Township outside Tamaqua was arrested Thursday afternoon for selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant. Joanne M. Rowlands, 70 Whitetail Crossings Rd., located in the Wildcat development, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer of Tamaqua on the charges, which stemmed from a series of controlled drug buys in November and December of last year.

  

 

TAMAQUA, COALDALE, WEST PENN, WALKER, SCHUYLKILL MUNICIPALITIES AGREE TO REGIONAL POLICE STUDY 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Officials and residents from Tamaqua and Coaldale boroughs and West Penn, Walker and Schuylkill townships came together on Thursday at Tamaqua Borough hall to further discuss a regional police force for all participating municipalities. The idea of a detailed feasibility study pertaining to a unified regional police force was initiated by Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison over a year ago and has since attracted the attention of surrounding municipalities.

  

 

HOMETOWN VILLAGE SQUARE TO OPEN IN MARCH 

 

Reported Feb. 11, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Nancy Pilla was only 12 years old when she stood on a wooden Coke box and learned how to cut and prepare meats as taught by her father, the late John Risteter. "I had to stand on the box to reach the meats," she said. The Risteter family owned John and Bob's Friendly Market in Lansford for 20 years. Nancy went on to work at Drigan's Market, Nesquehoning, and Agosti's IGA in Hometown. Due to her extensive background in fresh cut meats, Pilla developed special skills in working with whole beef hanging on a hook. She knows how to break it down from into various cuts.

  

 

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SEEK GRANT FOR BULLET PROOF VESTS FOR DEPUTIES 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Action was taken Wednesday by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to seek a grant of $8,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs to obtain bullet proof vests for deputies in the sheriff's office.

  

 

McADOO CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SLATES OPEN HOUSE 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

McAdoo Catholic Elementary School will host an Open House this Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Teachers, staff members, students and parents will be on hand to answer the question "Why We LOVE McAdoo Catholic," and the students have decorated the classrooms with displays of homework assignments and more. All are welcome to attend this fun and informative afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

The school is located at 35 N. Cleveland St., McAdoo, and is accepting students in grades Pre-K through 8. For more information, call (570) 929-1442.

  

 

TAMAQUA'S AMERICAN HOSE COMPANY SCBA LIFE-SAVING TRAINING 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Volunteer firefighters throughout the area routinely train with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), sometimes referred to as a Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA), air pack, or simply Breathing Apparatus (BA). The term "self-contained" means that the breathing apparatus is not dependent on a remote supply, like a long hose. If designed for use under water, it is called SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus). Pictured is Tamaqua American Hose Company assistant engineer Jay Stidham Jr.

  

 

RUSH TOWNSHIP TO USE $60K IN CDBG FUNDS FOR SEWER PROJECT 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

At the Jan. 26 Schuylkill County Commissioners' meeting, it was announced that Rush Township is expected to receive $60,000 in funds through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The county expects to receive a grant of $443,206. The county had received a total of 23 applications to consider for funding. A total of 10 projects were awarded CDBG funds by the commissioners. Chairman of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors, Stephen W. Simchak gave a brief summary about the project.

  

 

TAMAQUA MAN BOUND FOR COURT ON SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A Tamaqua man had charges related to sexual abuse bound over for court trial following a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.  Kevin T. Gray, 53, of 142 Penn St., elected to have his preliminary hearing, which meant his five year old alleged victim was required to testify. Her testimony, as well as testimony provided by her grandmother and arresting officer Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, was enough evidence to have all but one of the charges bound over for trial in Schuylkill County court.

 


 

TAMAQUA SCHOOL DISTRICT ADJUSTS CALENDAR DUE TO SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The loss of school days due to winter weather is causing the Tamaqua Area School District to adjust its calendar.  The district had four weather make-up days built into its 2010-11 calendar, with all of them in April. To date, Tamaqua Area has lost four school days because of winter storms.  One of the missed days was made up last month on Monday, Jan. 17, which was utilized as an Act 80 day, during which the students had off from school but teachers reported to work.

  

 

COALDALE COUNCILMAN JOSEPH HNAT HONORED BY STATE ASSOCIATION 

 

Reported Feb. 10, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Coaldale Borough Councilman Joseph Hnat shows off the lapel pin and coin set he received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Hnat received the set for responding to a survey about conference attendance and the organization's 100th Anniversary celebration, which is this year. The annual conference and celebration will be held April 10-13 in Hershey.
  

 

SNOW HUMOR ON GAY STREET IN TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 9, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Routine snow accumulation has been a steady burden on most area residents over the past few weeks. That didn't stop the Haggerty family on Gay Street in Tamaqua from showing a little wintery humor.

  

 

COALDALE BOROUGH IN AGREEMENT WITH REGIONAL POLICE STUDY 

 

Reported Feb. 9, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Coaldale Borough Council on Tuesday signed off on an agreement to allow the state to help Tamaqua area communities determine whether a regional police force would work for them. The articles of agreement authorizes Peer-to-Peer Technical assistance from the state Department of Community and Economic Development. A meeting about the regionalization proposal, which may include Tamaqua and Coaldale boroughs and West Penn, Walker and Schuylkill townships, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Tamaqua, said Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery.

  

 

ST JEROME'S REGIONAL SCHOOL, TAMAQUA, ANNOUNCES HONOR ROLL 

 

Reported Feb. 9, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

St. Jerome's Regional School, Tamaqua, has released its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

  


 

TAMAQUA MAN, 32, BOUND FOR COURT ON CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES 

 

Reported Feb. 9, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A 32 year-old Tamaqua man is headed to Schuylkill County court on charges of sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy. Joseph R. Delaney, 222 E. Broad St., Apt. 401, had been charged by Tamaqua Corporal Henry Woods with nine offenses and 33 total counts for incidents that occurred between May and November, 2010, during sleepovers with the boy at Delaney's apartment. The boy's family contacted police on Jan. 9 and reported the alleged incidents. Woods arrested Delaney the following day.

  

 

TAMAQUA SNOW REMOVAL CONTINUES 

 

Reported Feb. 9, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Borough of Tamaqua Street Department continues snow removal operations this week and has announced the schedule for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 and 11. The crew will begin operations at 12:01 a.m. each day. On Thursday, snow clearing operations will be done on Union Street, from Market east to the end; and Washington Street, Elm to Lafayette. Friday's streets will include: Spruce Street, Center to Stadium Hill; Pitt Street, Lafayette to Yetten Circle. Both sides of the streets will be included.

  

 

WEST PENN TOWNSHIP INQUIRES ABOUT STUDY ON REGIONAL POLICE 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

West Penn Township has added to its police force while also continuing in discussions about regionalization of police. On Monday evening, the township's board of supervisors hired Thomas Duarte as a part-time officer, at a starting salary of $13 per hour. West Penn Chief of Police Brian J. Johnson recommended the hiring of Duarte, who was also interviewed by Supervisors Chairman Alfonso Martinez and Vice Chairman David Zeigler. "Dave and I interviewed him, and we think he'll be an asset to the township," said Martinez.

  

 

TAMAQUA FIRE POLICE VOLUNTEERS INSTALL OFFICERS 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua fire police held their installation of officers recently at the borough hall. Fire police volunteers pictured from back left are officers Ed Kashmer, Dave Hadesty, Lt. Brent Confer, Sgt. Jack Bowman, Capt. Bob Schlorf and Rich Wentz. Pictured in center from left are Kristy Melchior, Bill Sommers and Doris Nelson. Pictured sitting from left are Charles Hollenbach, treasurer, Herb Curvey, vice president, Sheldon Shafer, president, and Ed Sassaman, secretary.

  

 

TAMAQUA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HOLD SOUP-ER BOWL FOOD DRIVE FOR TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Elementary School students from grades two to five recently took part in the school's Soup-er Bowl food drive for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry. Students were encouraged to bring in a can and vote for their winning team with each can. Grades two and three raised over 120 cans, while grades four and five raised over 210 cans.

  

 

TAMAQUA SNOW REMOVAL CONTINUES FEBRUARY 8th 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Borough of Tamaqua Street Department continues snow removal operations this week and has announced the schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 9.  Snow clearing operations will be held on Pine Street, from East Broad to the 309N bridge, and Penn Street, from Coal to Hunter. Both sides of the streets will be included. All vehicles must be moved from the posted streets. Vehicles that remain on the posted streets will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. Snow removal will continue as needed and residents will receive notice of additional streets that will be cleared.

  

  

MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES HONOR ROLL FOR SECOND QUARTER 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Marian High School has announced the names of students on the school Honor Roll for the Second Quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Distinguished Honors:

(93 or above in all major subjects)

Seniors - Victoria Vadyak

Juniors – Emily Burger, Miranda Milillo, Briana O'Donnell

Sophomores – Samantha Faust, Jessica Horlacher

Freshmen – Ryan Darrough, Michael Dino, Rebecca Hartman, Tara Koskulitz, Joseph Letcher, Alexis Makowiec, Austin Paisley

First Honors:

(90 grade point average, no subject below 87)

  

 

TAMAQUA-CARBON CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PLANS FUNDRAISER EVENT AT LAKESIDE BALLROOM IN BARNESVILLE 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Beat the winter blues and come out and take a chance to win some terrific prizes while supporting a great cause. The Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee will hold its annual Chinese auction at Lakeside Ballroom, Route 54, Barnesville at noon, Sunday, March 27.  There will be great food, baked goods, and telethon CD's for purchase, along with chances to win hundreds of Chinese auction prizes. There will be a live broadcast with Polka Joe/WMGH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by entertainment provided by Cody Scott.

  

 

PennDOT URGES MOTORCYCLISTS TO ENROLL IN FREE SAFETY COURSES 

 

Reported Feb. 8, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Although Pennsylvania is still within winter's grip, now is the time for motorcyclists to plan to enhance their driving skills through the 2011 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, PennDOT said today. The program offers courses for new and experienced riders at approximately 70 locations across the state. Courses are offered March through October. A full schedule is available online at www.pamsp.com.

  

 

BLUE MOUNTAIN HILL IN WEST PENN CLOSES DUE TO ICE 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Saturday's weather caught most drivers off-guard as early-morning freezing rain and sleet provided our area roadways with a layer of slick ice that made traveling very dangerous. Pictured are West Penn Police and fire police staged at the SR-309 and SR-443 intersection in Snyders while they close the road and crews remove a stuck tractor trailer located on the other side of the Blue Mountain hill and while PennDOT de-ices the roadway.

  

 

CITIZEN'S FIRE COMPANY HOLDS SUPER BOWL PARTY 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers represented the majority favorite at most parties in the area this Super Bowl. Pictured celebrating after the Steelers last touchdown of the game are Steelers fans and volunteer firefighters, from left, Harry Heffelfinger Jr., Markus Boyer, Brian McGlinchey and Bob Smigo enjoying themselves at the Citizen's Fire Company in Tamaqua. Their joy was short lived, however, as Green Bay was triumphant over the Steelers in the game.

  

 

BABY TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING ACCIDENT ON CLAMTOWN HILL, CLAMTOWN ROAD, SR-443 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, New Ringgold Community Fire Company and New Ringgold Ambulance responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a Chevy HHR LT wagon and a black Cadillac SRX that occurred on Clamtown Hill, Rt. 443. A driver and passengers, one being a baby, were taken to the hospital. Their names and current conditions were unavailable as of press time today. State Police are investigating. New Ringgold Community Fire Company volunteer firefighters detoured traffic around the scene for the duration.

  

 

ICE MAKES FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AROUND TAMAQUA 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The melting and refreezing of ice and snow are making sidewalks and roadways treacherous places to travel. Charlie "Charles" Bartusik of Market Street in Tamaqua makes a water canal as he chops through ice and slush outside his home to allow the melting snow and ice to flow freely into a street drain.

  

 

McADOO FIRE COMPANY HOLDS SUPER BOWL FUNDRAISER 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Dozens of volunteer firefighters and volunteers from the McAdoo Fire Company took advantage of hungry Super Bowl football fans by holding their annual Super Bowl Food Sale fundraiser in their firehouse. Patrons enjoyed pork barbeque, Stromboli, wings and other messy but delicious party favorites.

  

 

MARIAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN FBLA REGION CONFERENCE 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Marian Catholic's FBLA chapter recently participated in the Region 23 Conference, held at Bloomsburg University. The objective testing for the conference was completed online at the individual chapter schools while the performance events were held at Bloomsburg. While at the Conference on December 17, 2010, members participated in an opening session, voted for candidates for the regional office, and attended an awards session. The Tolerance Troupe of Selinsgrove High School was there to present their skits on cyber bullying and hurtful teenage relationships.

  

 

STRANDED MOTORIST IN WEST PENN TOWNSHIP HELPED BY GOOD SAMARITANS 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Some area roads were closed Saturday morning as our area received another layer of slick ice. West Penn Township Police, firefighters, and drivers stop to help a stranded driver stuck in the snow on the top of the Ridge Cup hill, Rt. 309.
  

 

PASTORIAL SETTING IN THE VILLAGE OF MANTZVILLE 

 

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A snowfall earlier this week adds to the tranquility of this postcard-perfect scene in Mantzville. Farm silos and the St. Peter's Union Church dominate the background.

  

  

RUSH TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERISM FOR BICENTENNIAL EVENT 

  

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A checking account for the Rush Township bicentennial event has been established at Mauch Chunk Trust. Rush Township supervisors discussed the event at a special meeting Friday afternoon, which was called to pay the township bills for January.

An initial meeting on the bicentennial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Rush Township Municipal Building. Supervisors are encouraging citizens to participate and volunteer in this commemorative occasion

  

  

MAHONING TOWNSHIP TRUCKS READY FOR NEXT SNOW STORM 

  

Reported Feb. 7, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

It's been a rough winter for road crews but these Mahoning Township trucks are filled with salt and ready for the next storm. With the steady march of storms, snow removal budgets in most towns and muncipalities are being depleted.

  

  

WALKER TOWNSHIP HAS NEW SECRETARY/TREASURER 

  

Reported Feb. 6, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Walker Township has a new secretary/treasurer. Supervisors introduced Dana Brubaker at last night's regular meeting. Brubaker is taking over for Suzanne Borzak who retired last month. Chairman Craig Wagner said that Brubaker will be working to convert the township's accounts to Quickbooks, which will make handling the township's records easier.

  

  

TAMAQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT STATIUM COVERED WITH ICE 

  

Reported Feb. 6, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The quick change in temperature combined with recent heavy snow and sleet created this winter night scene. Showing an untouched coat of shiny ice is the Tamaqua Area School District Sports Stadium and Field with the middle school in the background.

  

  

CLEAR ROADS IN COALDALE, FOR NOW 

  

Reported Feb. 5, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Most state roads are clear of snow and ice only days after we were pummeled with the messy stuff. But don't get too comfortable, as these roads are expected to be covered again in some areas over the next few days. Pictured is SR-209 facing east and downhill towards Coaldale.

  

  

FAMILY OF SNOW PEOPLE IN NEW RINGGOLD 

  

Reported Feb. 4, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Brittany Fryer, 15, didn't let the ice stop her from making five snowmen in front of her home on Kepner's Road in New Ringgold this week. Brittany stated each one represents a family member, consisting of her mother Mary Ann, brother Harold Jr., Ashley Palsgrove, herself, and father Harold Sr.

  

  

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO McADOO COMMERCIAL FIRE ON SOUTH KENNEDY DRIVE 

  

Reported Feb. 4, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a dozen fire trucks and emergency vehicles from McAdoo, Tamaqua, Hometown, Hazleton and surrounding areas, responded to a fire on East Blaine Street and South Kennedy Drive, SR309, in McAdoo. It began in the lower back part of a vacant photography studio, D & P Multimedia, located at 5 South Kennedy Drive. Firefighters and witnesses noted heavy smoke emitting from the back of the building. The vacant building is connected to Kline Frank Clothing and Shoe Store, both of which are owned by Stephan Liszka.

  

  

TAMAQUA AREA BLUE RAIDER SWIM / DIVE TEAM BOOSTERS TO SPONSOR USED CLOTHING DRIVE 

  

Reported Feb. 4, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Swim/Dive Team Boosters will sponsor a used clothing/toy drive next weekend, Feb. 11 and 12. The drop off location will be the former Maff Motors Building, 900 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be: Friday, Feb. 11, 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Items which may be donated include: wearable and usable clothing; shoes, belts and handbags; coats, hats and gloves; bed and bath linens; stuffed animals and toys. All items must be packaged in plastic garbage bags. Furniture, cds, dvds, etc. will not be accepted.

  

  

STEEP AND ICY INCLINE IN TAMAQUA 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Recent ice and sleet made many area roads and hills impassible. Pictured is the steep South Swatara Street hill in Tamaqua layered with a dangerous coating of ice.

  

  

TRAILER BREAKS LOOSE IN MAHONING TOWNSHIP, SERIOUSLY INJURES WOMAN DRIVER 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A woman driver was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday night around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Seneca Road and SR443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred as a New England Motor Freight tractor trailer was traveling south on Seneca Road and attempted to make a right turn onto Route 443 west. In doing so the trailer broke free from the truck tractor, causing it to cross the roadway into the eastbound lane where it struck a late model Chevrolet pick-up truck. The woman was trapped in the wreckage for about an hour.

  

  

CARE BEAR AND WINTER CHEER-UP HUMOR IN TAMAQUA 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

One local contractor shows off his cheer for the season by placing a Cheer Bear (Care Bear character) on his truck, which also happened to be covered with snow and ice on the Family Dollar parking lot in Tamaqua.

  

  

ANOTHER STORM DUE THIS WEEKEND FOR THE TAMAQUA AREA  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Enough, already.

Today and tomorrow are expected to be gorgeous, with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 31 degrees, perfect weather to finish chopping the ice off your sidewalk and driveway and sprinkle the steps with rock salt in anticipation of yet another round of snow, and in some areas, snow, sleet and rain. Forecasters are expecting another storm to roll in this weekend, this one bringing 3-5 inches of precipitation.

  

  

SNOW AND SLEET MAKE FOR SLOPPY CONDITIONS IN TAMAQUA 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Borough workers haven't slept much over the past few weeks due to almost-daily snowfalls that keep impacting our region. Pictured is a Tamaqua plow truck removing ice, snow and slush as it turns east onto Van Gelder Street in front of the South Ward Fire Company.

  

  

FIRE SCARE AT HOMETOWN McDONALD'S RESTAURANT 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Employees and customers were evacuated from Hometown McDonald's on Wednesday at 10 p.m. when smoke filled the fast food eatery located at 9 Lincoln Drive. The Hometown Fire Co. responded and pinpointed the problem to the building's rooftop which houses an HVAC unit. The Tamaqua Fire Department aerial ladder was summoned to facilitate access to the roof. Employees were allowed back into the building about 20 minutes later, although firefighters continued their investigation into the cause of the smoke and odor.

  

  

TAMAQUA YMCA ADDS NEW EQUIPMENT 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

In addition to new cardio programs, such as Zumba, sports programs, and it's new-age gym equipment, the Tamaqua YMCA recently added new equipment to its floor space. Some of the new equipment includes a shuffleboard table, electronic kickboxing tower, 15 foot mini-bowling game, carpet ball, basketball shoot, Xbox Connect, large inflatable gym, and other items geared for all ages. For more information about the services offered at the Tamaqua YMCA, contact Tamaqua YMCA branch executive Nick Zigmant at (570) 668-2903.

  

  

CLEARING TAMAQUA MIDDLE SCHOOL GROUNDS OF SNOW AND ICE 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Pictured is a worker removing snow and ice from the Tamaqua Area Middle School.

  

  

ICY PARKING IN TAMAQUA

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Pictured with a layer of snow and ice is the Family Dollar parking lot in Tamaqua. Workers arrived and spent a good time removing tons of the icy mixture. Pictured in the background is the Salem United Methodist Church.

  

  

ROADSIDE BENEFIT PARTY PLANNED FOR HAROLD "HT" FRYER IN TAMAQUA 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Liberty Tax Service, 111 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua, will host a roadside benefit party for Harold "H.T." Fryer on Saturday. Feb. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. in the M&T Bank parking lot at the Five Points Intersection of state routes 209 and 309.  Fryer is a 2009 Tamaqua Area High School graduate who was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia while in boot camp with the U.S. Navy. The public is invited to stop by the benefit party for free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee and other refreshments. A drawing and bake sale will also be held.

  

  

TAMAQUA BOROUGH ANNOUNCES SNOW REMOVAL SCHEDULE STARTING FEBRUARY 4th 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Borough of Tamaqua has announced its snow removal schedule for Friday and Monday.

Friday, Feb. 4,

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – south side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.

Berwick Street – both sides from Broad Street to Hegarty Avenue.

Nescopec Street – both sides from Cottage Avenue to Hegarty Avenue.

Monday, Feb. 7

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – north side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.

  

  

SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP HAS NO PLANS TO REMOVE LARGE SNOW PILES 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Despite complaints from several township residents regarding large piles of snow, Schuylkill Township supervisors remained firm that they are not going to be removing the snow right now.

"We have to watch because of the fuel prices. We're trying to watch our money," said chairman of the board Linda DeCindio.

  

  

AIR PRODUCTS HELPS TAMAQUA AMERICAN HOSE COMPANY 

  

Reported Feb. 3, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Air Products and Chemicals of Hometown recently donated an electric intake valve to the Tamaqua Fire Department for use on its aerial fire truck. According to Tamaqua Fire Chief, Tom Hartz, Jr., the valve will allow the department to control the flow of water to the aerial directly, more safely and quicker than it currently can. "This is a big help to the borough and to the fire department," Hartz said. Brian Connely, chairman of the borough's public safety committee, said that the item has been on the department's wish list for several years.

  

  

SLICK INTERSECTION, SR-443 & SR-309, IN SNYDERS 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

In addition to the snow and slush left behind from yesterday's snowfall, roads were given another layer of precipitation consisting of freezing rain, sleet and ice. This made roadways very slick. Covered with slippery snow and ice is the intersection of SR895 and SR309 in Snyders, New Ringgold.

  

  

TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH FALLING SLEET AND ICE IN TAMAQUA

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Falling snow, sleet and ice are keeping borough and private workers very busy, as they rush to keep up with it. Ben Miller, 14, of Wildcat Contracting, helps a family member spread salt around the Hess Express in Tamaqua.

  

  

A FROZEN LOKIE AT NUMBER 9 MINE AND MUSEUM 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Pictured in Lansford is the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum's old "Mine Lokie No. 51" steam engine and coal tender car covered with snow and ice. The engine was built in 1923 and once operated year-round between Nesquehoning mines of the No. 6 and 8 breakers.

  

  

"BEARLY" PUTTING UP WITH THE SNOW IN HOMETOWN 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

This ornately carved, tree trunk bear, soaring to 15 feet high, appears frustrated with the onslaught of winter and the series of recent storms. But the snow-covered giant on Elmore Avenue in Hometown can take solace in knowing that springtime is six short weeks away.

  

  

CATHOLIC STUDENTS ENTERTAIN RESIDENTS AT ST LUKE'S MINERS HOSPITAL IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

As part of their Catholic Schools Celebration this week called Celebrating Catholic Schools In Our Community, 7th and 8th graders from Our Lady of Angels Academy in Lansford entertained residents at the St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale with instruments, songs and gifts. Pictured standing from back left are Nick Barron, 13, Anthony Stianchie, 13, Cassidy Ryan, 12, Courtney McCall, 12, and Zach Gilbert, 12. Sitting from front left are Taylor Horvat, 13, residents Thelma Martinec and Francis Monchak.

  

  

TAMAQUA TRAIN STATION GLAZED IN ICE 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Ice encrusted tree branches frame the Tamaqua Railroad Station in this photo taken after Wednesday morning's sleet and ice storm.

  

  

THE SNOW KEEPS FALLING IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Snow, ice and freezing rain hit made some areas of travel more treacherous than others. Pictured is a section of SR209 in just off Bull Run Street in Seek, Coaldale, where two accidents occurred Tuesday morning. No serious injuries were reported.

  

  

HANGING ICICLE DAGGERS IN ANDREAS 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Icicles hang from the front porch of a home in Andreas.

  

  

ICY WEATHER APPROACHING OUR AREA 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

If you listened to meteorologists yesterday, you probably made sure you had enough bread and milk in your home, had fresh batteries in your flashlights, and dug out the kerosene lanterns and extra blankets. A major ice storm was predicted and as late as 4 o'clock this morning one forecast called for an ice buildup to as much as three-quarters of an inch. Power outages seemed likely. The overnight weather certainly wasn't anything to ignore. But it appears temperatures climbed quicker in our area than expected and spared us the solid ice accumulation.

  

  

TAMAQUA TO EXPLORE WILDCAT SEWERS 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Tamaqua Borough Council approved a proposal from A One Service, Inc. of Shenandoah, last night for the exploration and location of wildcat sewers along the Wabash Creek. The borough's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch, recommended the firm due to the fact that this company utilizes a piece of equipment consisting of a robot camera and a transmitter that can be detected from the surface. "This will eliminate excessive dye testing," said borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt. "They can look for multiple connections and they can trace them right to a source."

  

  

TAMAQUA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCES HONOR STUDENTS FOR SECOND MARKING PERIOD 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

  

  

TAMAQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT CHANGES REGISTRATION DATE FOR KINDERGARTEN CLASSES 

  

Reported Feb. 2, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

The Tamaqua Area School District has announced a change in date for registration sessions for kindergarten classes for the 2011-12 school year. An orientation night is scheduled for Feb. 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

  

  

COALDALE FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN FOR COLD WEATHER DISASTERS 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Volunteer firefighters throughout our region routinely train in preparation for the worst types of disasters, some of which include apartment fires, power outage and multi-dwelling rescues. Coaldale firefighters spent Monday night training and preparing for the worst types of fire rescue by holding two back to back cold weather fire response drills in Coaldale, using their darkened firehouse as a apartment building on fire and without power.

  

  

FUNDRAISER HELD IN CLAMTOWN FOR NEW PHILADELPHIA FIRE VICTIMS 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

A fundraiser was held recently for the victims of the Water Street row home fire in New Philadelphia that claimed multiple homes and two lives in late November. The event was held at the Carnes's Clamtown Tavern in Clamtown, West Penn Township, Tamaqua, and sponsored by Mystic Ryder Productions, Clamtown Tavern and the Happy Ending pub in Tamaqua. Pictured are "Almost Acoustic" band members Brian Bittner, left, and Bryan DeLay, right, with Bob Carnes, owner of Clamtown Tavern, and Denise Koons with Mystic Ryder Productions.

  

  

PUPPY PLAY TIME IN THE SNOW IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Gary's Tire's, Coaldale, pet mascot, Jasmin, stops from playing in the snow to look up for a photo.

  

  

SNOW COVERED CHURCH IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Pictured is the St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Coaldale getting a layer of snow and ice this morning.

  

  

CLEARING SNOW IN TAMAQUA'S DUTCH HILL 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Paul Miller of Biddle Street, Dutch Hill, in Tamaqua starts his morning off with his snow blower, clearing out his vehicle.

  

  

SNOW KEEPS COMING IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Borough workers got up early again today to deal with layers of snow and ice as another snowstorm pummels our area. Pictured is a Coaldale borough worker clearing Second Street hill in the borough.

  

  

TAMAQUA GIRLS SCOUTS AND BOYS SCOUTS COMPETE IN PINEWOOD DERBY 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Girls versus the boys.

That was the competitive mood during the Tamaqua Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts Pinewood Derby held recently at the St John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua. The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The derby lasted the entire day and consisted of about 70 combined scouts.

  


  

SLIPPERY HILL IN COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Slippery roads made for treacherous travel, as snow, sleet and ice covered our area. Pictured is a snow covered hill, Rt. 209, that connects Coaldale and Lansford.

  


  

CHRISTY JOY SEEKS CONTROLLER'S SEAT IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Christy Joy, 39, who resides in Norwegian Township, announced his candidacy for Schuylkill County Controller. Since 1996, he has been the owner and operator of Christy Joy Catering Service, Inc.  He graduated from Pottsville Area High School in 1990, and earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Lehigh University in 1994. In 2008, Jones & Co. P.C. hired Joy as a governmental auditor. He began work at L. Samuel Deegan CPA, P.C. in January 2010, preparing individual and corporate tax returns. Beginning in June 2010, he was instrumental in completing the county audit.

  


  

TIRED OF SNOW, COALDALE 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Daily snowfalls over the past weeks have made the almost daily chore of shoveling and removing snow off everything a very tiring thing.Pictured are stacks of tires in frontof Gary's Tirein Coaldale.

  


  

STORM COULD BE WINTER'S WORST 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Weather-wise things have been bad this winter. But the worst may be happening now. And, if you think the weather today is bad, just wait until tomorrow. The chain of storms has been a headache for commuters navigating in the treacherous conditions, school superintendents who must schedule make-up days, athletic directors who must get sporting events played before specific dates, and municipal officials whose snow-removal budgets are being drained.

  


  

RUSH TOWNSHIP PURCHASES NEW SEWER TRUCK 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Rush Township has received delivery of a new truck for its sewer department. The vehicle, a 2011 Ford F-250 4x4 SD, was purchased through the Pennsylvania CoStars Program with KME/Kovatch Corporation, Nesquehoning. The vehicle cost approximately $32,000, according to Stephen W. Simchak, chairman of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors. The new Ford replaces the township's current sewer truck, which is about 15 years old and in need of major repairs.

  


  

HOMETOWN HILL TREACHEROUS WITH MORNING ICE, TWO ACCIDENTS 

  

Reported Feb. 1, 2011.

 

(Times News Story)

 

Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents that occurred just after 6 a.m. while PennDOT de-iced the roadway. Following the accidents, Tamaqua Police closed the hill for two hours, stating the hill was unsafe for travel due to a thin layer of ice that formed on the roadway. PennDOT laid salt to de-ice the roadway.

  



 
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