Tuesday, February 21, 2017
     
A look at the Tamaqua Public Library, located at 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

People who believe public libraries are outdated may want to take a stroll through the Tamaqua Public Library.

While the library faces the constant struggle of doing more with less due to cuts in government funding, it remains busier than ever.

“For me, it’s the struggle of meeting higher usage statistics with less funding,” said Eric Zizelmann, a member of the library’s board of directors. “Our usage statistics have gone up every year since 2008, but our government funding has been cut at every level with the exception of financial support from the Borough of Tamaqua.”

By PATTIE MIHALIK

Are you one of those people who keep saying they don’t have enough time?

I am.

I look at my little pocket calendar trying to find an open date when I can do something new or perhaps go to a concert I want to see. All I see on the calendar are days filled in with appointments, interviews or previously scheduled events.

Ahhh, I wish I had more time.

Here’s an intriguing question for you to ponder.

If you had more time, perhaps one more day in your week, what would you do with it?

The state Transportation Department and the state police are teaming up to make the motoring public aware of four recent and significant changes in the Motor Vehicle Code. It’s all part of the education program the two agencies are undertaking in conjunction with Highway Safety Law Awareness Week (Feb. 19-25).

One of the four is known as “Daniel’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf last November and which took effect last month. This bill toughens penalties for those who cause deaths and serious accidents while texting and driving.

Drawing a crowd of spectators isn’t hard for ice sculptor Evan Hughes.

Hughes has been doing ice sculptures for two and a half years. He works in other mediums, such as wood and clay, for his personal work.

“My whole family is artistically inclined,” Hughes said.

He started at Sculpted Ice Works because of his brother. Sculpted Ice Works opened in 1999 and serves the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas.

Hughes did live demonstrations at Blue Mountain Resort on Feb. 4 and 5 for the annual Winter Fest.

Franklin Township

Barton E. Bauer to Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Des Moines, Iowa, property at 390 Fairview St., $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to LSF9 Master Participation Trust, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, property at 2360 Long Run Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Willard Yons Jr. to Jeffrey Mark LLC, 189 High St., Jim Thorpe, two transactions, property at 125 W. Broadway, $202,300, and property at rear 123 W. Broadway, $18,000.

Lansford

Michael S. Krutsick to Roy Henninger, 28 E. White St., Summit Hill, property at 6 Andrewsville St., $6,000.