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Friday, June 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS After about a year of construction, drivers in Tamaqua are being diverted onto the new temporary SR309/Center Street bridge, which is located next to the old bridge. The bridge also includes 150-foot pedestrian walkway.

After about a year of construction, PennDOT has opened the temporary SR309/Center Street bridge in Tamaqua to traffic.

Traffic is now being diverted onto the temporary 150-foot-long and 38-foot-wide bridge while contractors with Clearwater Construction, a PennDOT subcontractor, tear down and replace the old bridge.

Contractors point out that the temporary bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River, is a Baily-type Acrow bridge.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The roadmaster for Pine Grove Township in Schuylkill County was struck by a truck and killed Thursday while working along a township road.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Ralph Geist, 63, of Pine Grove.

According to troopers Geist was working along Chapel Drive when he was struck by a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Jeremy Wise, 24, of Pine Grove.

Troopers said Wise was southbound and negotiating a right curve about 11 a.m. while Geist was standing/walking in the center of the road. Wise attempted to avoid Geist by moving to the left.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Library held its first ever Student Art Show. Students of artist Paula Zelienka, from ages 6-18, like, left to right, Skyler Graver, Maison Allen, Ktie Beck, Julia Kinney and Riley Zelienka, were invited to enter their art work in the show. Refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Library and prizes were given in two age categories. Winners in the 6-12 age group were: 1st place, Jesse DeKorte; 2nd, Aliya DeKorte; 3rd, Sydney Geist. Winners in the 13-18 age group were: 1st place, Julia Kinney; 2nd, Riley Zelienka; 3rd, Katie Beck.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Carol Zickler/Special to the times news

In small towns like Nesquehoning, the American spirit is always prominent during patriotic occasions, such as last Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran's Day and Flag Day, which we celebrate today. This photo from Memorial Day shows members of the Panther Valley Senior Band parading down Catawissa Street in front of homes proudly displaying the American flag.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Schuylkill County Retirement Pension Fund took a $5 milllion hit in its investments, according to Controller Christy Joy, secretary of the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board, which held its monthly meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The market value as of Wednesday was reported at $98,361,870.

Joy reported seven members received annuities totalng $1,185,293.56, nine members received refunds totalng $85,072.12, and three members requested a rollover totaling $38,405.09.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Members of the Schuylkill County Prison Board took a walk in the prison yard in the confines of the county prison after its meeting Wednesday to assess a proposal received from Proteus, of Astal, Ga., to build a structure inside the prison wall to alleviate the overcrowding in the main building.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Members of the Coaldale American Legion Post 170, the Sons of the American Legion and Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 are hosting their first bi-annual American flag retirement ceremony in the rear of the fire station at 121 W. High St., Saturday at 1 p.m.

There will be a vehicle in the rear of the fire station, for flags to be dropped off.

Organizers said that residents can also bring unserviceable American flags with them to the ceremony. They ask citizens to bring the flags as they are, and not remove them from their wooden sticks.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Carol Zickler/times news

Panther Valley Superintendent Rosemary Porembo is seen with two outstanding fifth grade students at graduation. Carter Brettle and Erica Tout were the recipients of the Sen. David Argall's Good Citizenship Awards at the school. Nominees are selected on their all-around good work in school and their community.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Al Zagofsky/special to the time news The Dimmick Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program is coordinated by Janet Hydro (left) and Dimmick Library staff member Charlotte Kriley.

Now that schools are closed and children are looking for a summer adventure, they can tour the world through the many varieties of books at the Dimmick Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program.

The Dimmick Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program begins on Wednesday, June 20, and excepting for July 4, continues each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. until August 15.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

All ages are welcome to attend an open house at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

It will be a fun-filled event including behind-the-scenes tours, refreshments and activities for children. A fundraiser for the CCEEC will be going on during the event as well.

There is no charge and preregistration is not necessary.

The CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

For more information call (570) 645-8597.