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Monday, February 21, 2011

The high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement is chief among three projects Palmerton Area School District plans to accept proposals on.

Bids for the high school maintenance roof replacement, Towamensing Elementary deck replacement, and high school chemistry lab improvements are due to the district by March 10.

The district will open bids for the Towamensing Elementary deck replacement at 1 p.m., the high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement at 1:30 p.m., and the high school chemistry lab improvements at 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
As night descended, the lights within each ice block that formed the foundation, walls and spires of the buildings were illuminated in an aurora borealis of colors.

(Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series)

After spending the previous evening walking around Harbin, China's northernmost city, in sub-zero temperatures admiring the ice sculptures for the annual winter festival, getting out of bed the next day was especially difficult. The hotel room was warm and the covers heavy, but I wasn't visiting for a weekend of lounging around - I was here to see the snow and ice.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A Daniel Faulkner pin on Chip Burnett's cap helped spark a reunion 37 years in the making.

It's a damp, chilly night in March of 1975, and veteran Philadelphia police officer Jack Bowen is lying on the cold, gritty floor of Cal & Nell's bar, just inside the front door. He's bleeding and in agony from gunshots to both hips. Three feet away, the would-be robber who had fired the shots is also on the floor, his eyes open and the sawed-off shotgun lying nearby.

Suddenly, Bowen feels a tug, and the pain in his hips ratchets up to excruciating. He feels himself being pulled out of the bar and onto a stretcher.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The winner of the Bee was Nico Agosti, Grade 8. Runner-up was Ethan Kuczynski, Grade 6 and Ryan Morgans, Grade 6 finished in third place. As school winner, Nico took a written test to determine if he qualifies at the state level. Pictured from left are Ryan Morgans, Nico Agosti and Ethan Kuczynski.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A New Philadelphia man was re-committed to the Schuylkill County prison Tuesday following his day in court before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Tuesday.

Brandon Scott Hosier, 27, of 232 Valley St., was scheduled for preliminary hearings before Bayer in two separate cases. He elected to waive his right to those preliminary hearings.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
William Benninger, Lehighton - "No."

Do you think public schools should be required to make up snow days in the warm weather to reach the alloted 180 days?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Carbon County officials say they are trying to make the area safer for pedestrians visiting Jim Thorpe.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board said that two projects they are doing this spring will help make the area around the Old Mauch Chunk train station and the entrance to the county parking lot safer for residents and visitors who visit the county.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seventh and eighth grade students at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, participated in the Diocesan multi-media contest for the best print advertisement, powerpoint and video commercial. SJRS eighth grade students (from left) Connor Roberts, Annette Ritzko, Rachel Meier, Christopher Chinnici and Kaylee Ceci caputured third place for their group powerpount presentation of Catholic Schools in 2061.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected to play in the 2011 District 10 PMEA Intermediate Band and Orchestra Fest to be held Friday, April 1, at Catasauqua Area High.

Participating eighth grade students include: Jamie Mateyak, Rachael Paisley and Timothy Lehman. The students are selected from a seven county radius that constitutes the membership of District 10 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

They will be part of the 140-member honors ensemble.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three Tamaqua Area High School band members were selected after an intense audition in December for the 2011 PMEA District 10 Band, which was held on Feb. 10-12 at Tulpehocken Jr.-Sr. High School. Senior Steven Christ and sophomores Molly Betz and Shane Mulligan attended the festival with Steven playing in the Bb Clarinet, Molly in the flute section and Shane playing in the percussion section. The band was under the guest baton of Dr. Willis Rapp, who is Chairperson of the Music Department at Kutztown University.