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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library is collecting new and slightly used gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, socks and coats for the Panther Valley Elementary students. The clothing drive will be from Monday, Nov. 12 to Monday, Dec. 10.

Please drop off clothing at the library, 117 E. Bertsch St. or call the library at (570) 645-3780 if you would like someone to pick up your items.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Tamaqua Area High School is having their annual cabaret show presented by the school's Drama Club. However, they're doing something a little different this year. Their director, Janet Paisley Smoldon, was recently in a head-on car crash in West Penn Township and is in stable but critical condition.

"The show will be focused not only on the students of Tamaqua but also on hoping Janet has a speedy and full recovery," said student Erica Cassell. "Please come out and not only support the Tamaqua Drama Club - but also our wonderful director Janet!"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A delegation of teachers from the intermediate unit at the Panther Valley Middle School attended the school board meeting and expressed deep concerns about large class sizes and the adverse effect they have on the educational process. Marian Reinbold said there are 33 students in second grade and 34 in fourth grade. She said there are 34 to 39 students in reading groups. Fourth-grade teacher Carla Mikovich pointed out there are 30 students in one kindergarten class. "We're overflowing," was principal Russell Carson's comment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tortured artist Patrick McWhorter stands next to one of his paintings currently on display at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Michael Taschler of Lehighton owed $45 to another borough resident for drugs he bought in the past.

That debt nearly cost him his life.

Joseph Pellegrino, 42, of Kunkletown, tried to collect the money from Taschler for his friend.

Pellegrino pulled out a gun and fired it at Taschler at close range. The gun didn't go off. Pellegrino reloaded, but Taschler managed to flee without injury.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jim Rowland has hiked many of the walking trails around the world. He came to talk about his Appalachian adventures on Oct. 28 at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. His visit was sponsored by LL Bean of the Promenade shops in Center Valley.

He said when you try to talk to other people about the emotional aspects of thru hiking they cannot understand. It is only other hikers who can understand.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tamaqua Mayor Jerry Knowles told council the police department will begin a crackdown on speeding within the borough. Targeted streets include Broad Street, Spruce Street, Schuylkill Avenue, and Owl Creek Road, although speed enforcement will not be limited to those areas. Knowles told council he wanted the public aware of the crackdown before it begins. "Everybody wants speeding arrests made, but they want the other guy arrested," the mayor said. Council President George Willing said the borough wants to enforce speed laws for safety's sake, not as a means of raising revenue.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
AP PHOTO Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters before conceding at his election night rally, Wednesday in Boston.

BOSTON (AP) Republican Mitt Romney conceded defeat in the presidential contest early Wednesday, saying the nation had chosen Barack Obama to remain president for another term and that it was time for the nation to unite behind him.

"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney said.

Romney spoke to cheering supporters in a hotel ballroom in Boston. The former Massachusetts governor said he was proud of the campaign he had run but that voters had made another choice.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The first Ross Township Halloween Pet Parade was held at the Ross Township Van Buskirk-Haney Park on Anchorage Road. There were nine entries, dressed up as bumble bees, lady bug, turtle, witches and more. There was a tie for Cutest, which went to Major, a wirehair terrier mix owned by Sharon Shayka; and Lulu, a ChiChuChu, owned by Mike Valentin; and the Scariest was Messa, an American Eskimo, owned by Sue Kurdo.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Feed the People will be serving breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott St., Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to noon.

A welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, have a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community. There is no fee and no registration. Volunteers and donations of food are welcomed.

For more information about other days and locations of service call (570) 657-1480.