Thursday, November 27, 2014


Friday, November 21, 2014

Spirit of Christmas

The annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 5, 6 and 7 and will include a variety of festivities, music, food, contests, crafts and theatrical performances.

And let's not forget the arrival of that "Jolly Gent" from the North Pole and Mrs. Claus. The merry couple will arrive in town at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 and make their way to Depot Square Park, where they will flip the switch to illuminate the annual Christmas light show.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kettle drive

The Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign will kick off at noon this Friday at Depot Square Park at the Five Points Intersection.

Volunteers are needed to spend two or more hours ringing the traditional bells at designated kettle locations. Funds collected are used to support local needy residents in the Schuylkill-Carbon area.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Tamaqua Salvation Army at 570-668-0410.

Cookie contest

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Street sweeper

Winter must be right around the corner as weekly street sweeping operations in Tamaqua have been discontinued. The schedule will resume in spring of 2015. Streets will be posted and notices will be placed in the Times News to notify the public.

For more information, call Tamaqua Borough Hall at 570-668-3444. The office is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Jazz Chorale

The Tamaqua High School Jazz Chorale will be the special musical guest at the Fourth Annual Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast, which will be held Dec. 13.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Nov. 11 at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville with 52 members attending. A special tribute was offered to those members who served in the military in honor of Veterans Day.

The business session was conducted by President Eleanor Schmerfeld. Ruthann Feane offered the invocation, "God's Wondrous Blessing."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Board of Health

The November meeting of the Tamaqua Board of Health was held at the municipal building with James Gormley, Earl Boettger, Shirley Becker, health officer Judith Hadesty R.N. and health enforcement officer Matthew Meyers in attendance.

Meyers reported 62 health licenses have been approved in 2014. He also received and adjusted 15 complaints: eight concerning trash/rubbish; three for animal waste; three properties determined to be unfit for human habitation; and one leaking sewer. There were no cases of reportable diseases for October.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Veterans honored

Tamaqua Masonic Lodge 238, Free and Accepted Masons, will honor all military veterans from the greater Tamaqua area on Nov. 19 at the Masonic Lodge, Route 54 and Shawn Avenue in Hometown. Festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include a brief ceremony and the presentation of pins to individual veterans. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are strongly recommended to ensure there are enough pins and refreshments and may be made by calling 570-668-4532 or 570-668-5311.

All veterans, families and friends are welcome.

Garden Club

Friday, November 7, 2014

Veterans parade

Tamaqua's Veterans Day Parade will be held this Saturday, with the line of march scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at 900 E. Broad St., the former Maff Motors, at 9 a.m. for staging purposes.

This year's grand marshal is Charlie Hollenbach, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and an active member of the Tamaqua American Legion, C.H. Berry Post 173.

Parade organizers welcome everyone to walk or drive in the parade to show their support of America's military men and women.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Church as a verb

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will host a free showing of the film "When God Left the Building" this Saturday at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave.

The film presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and is hoped to stimulate discussion on how area congregations can more effectively reach out to the community.

The free presentation has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from several Tamaqua congregations and organizations.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Voting notice

Voters in Tamaqua's Third Precinct will once again cast their ballots at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., instead of the ABC High Rise. The change to borough hall was made two years ago because of the East Broad Street bridge reconstruction project.

While the bridge is now open, the Schuylkill County Election Bureau didn't have enough time before the November election to finish all of the necessary legal steps and paperwork required to change a polling place.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Soup social

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption Forms for the year 2015 will be available as of Monday for borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Forms will also be available at tax collector Pamela McCullion's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.