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Friday, February 20, 2015

Volunteers are needed for two Special Olympics PA Carbon Countyevents.

Track and field trainings from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the L.B. Morris Gymnasium in Jim Thorpe.

Many volunteers are needed to help the athletes prepare for a successful season. Volunteers are asked to arrive about 12:15 p.m. and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

No prior track and field experience is necessary, just a desire to learn andhelp.

Training days will vary between Saturdays and Sundays depending on the schedules of coaches and volunteers.

Friday, February 20, 2015

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, in conjunction with the Carbon County Commissioners, will host a free grant seeking and writing seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 10 at the Carbon County Communications Center, 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning.

Kurt Bauman and Debbie Phillips of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center will introduce the basics, as well as the nuances, of effective grant preparation and submission strategies.

Friday, February 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Installation ceremonies were recently held for officers of the Tamaqua Fire Police volunteer group. The ceremonies were held at Tamaqua Borough Hall. Participants included, front, from left: Courtney Lawson, Bill Sommers, Lenny Zoba and secretary Ed Sassaman; back: Lt. Brent Confer, Nathan Bowman, vice president Rich Wentz, Capt. Bob Schlorf, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Dave Swartz and Sgt. Jack Bowman. Volunteer fire police not pictured include: Charlie Hollenbach, Doris Nelson, Sheldon Shafer, Herb Curvey, John Schickram, Dustin Dougherty, David Hadesty and Kristie Melchior.

Friday, February 20, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Under the direction of David Lantz III, a composer and choral director from East Stroudsburg North High School, students are practicing for the Schuylkill County Choral Festival, which concludes with a performance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Area school auditorium. The Schuylkill County Chorus consists of students from eighth through 12th grade from 13 participating high schools.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrat Club has set its meeting dates for 2015. All meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hang Loose, 300 E. Broad St. in Tamaqua. Meetings will be the fourth Monday of each month.

The next meeting will be Monday.

New members are always welcome.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The free community dinner to be held Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jim Thorpe, has been canceled due to expected bad weather.

Friday, February 20, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Hiles of Summit Hill stands next to his heavy-duty loader which he uses to remove snow from his business, a church and other locations in the borough. The action netted him two citations, which he plans to fight via summary hearings on March 17 in Lansford.

For over 15 years Summit Hill business owner David Hiles has been using his heavy-duty loader and shovel to remove snow at various locations in the borough.

He said he removes the snow from his residence and helps clear the street there; at his business, which is Hiles Brothers Inc.; his church, which also houses a preschool; and has even helped with snow removal at the American Legion Post.

A new snow ordinance has gone into effect in the borough this year prohibiting such equipment from being used on borough streets to remove snow.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Edgemont Lodge, situated on the mountainside overlooking downtown Lansford, is enjoying a rebirth as a personal care facility.

Proprietors Dorothy and Bill Ambrosino are opening the doors of the spacious building to guests who require 24-hour personal, supervised care. Currently, there is one guest in residence, with space available for another three residents at the lodge.

Friday, February 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Allie Gerber, a member of the Tamaqua Area High School "Raider Band," participated in the 2015 Region V Band Festival, held Feb. 11-14 at East Stroudsburg South High School. Participants were selected by competitive auditions. Guest conductor for the festival was Lewis J. Buckley. Allie will also be performing in the Region Orchestra Festival, at the Scranton Cultural Center, in March.

Friday, February 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chris Czapla, Tamaqua Area Middle School principal, has announced the middle school Students of the Month for January 2015. They are: Dylan Miller, eighth grade; Bronson Strouse, seventh grade; Makenna Miller, sixth grade; Nathaniel Kalchick, sixth grade; Rebekah Hromyak, seventh grade; and Emily Amershek, eighth grade.