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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The McCall bridge, while slated for refurbishing, should be replaced, according to Central Carbon Regional Transportation Plan. The bridge carries 23,000 cars a day, only 1,000 less vehicles than the Pa. Turnpike does in the Carbon County area and well above what the bridge should handle, which creates a bottleneck in the routes 209,248 and 443 corridor.

Members of the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Planning Committee were told by a transportation consultant at Thursday's meeting that traffic volumes will increase by 17.3 percent in the area over the next 20 years.

It was noted that while the area has some strengths, it also has issues with traffic congestion, lack of turning lanes and of coordinated traffic signals.

A large portion of the discussion centered on the McCall Bridge, which was built in 1938 and was last rehabilitated in 1981.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Jacob Gaegler displays one of the baked goods for sale at the Harvest Cafe.

The kitchen at Carbon County Technical Institute was filled with future chefs busily preparing the last dinner of the year at the Harvest Cafe on Wednesday.

The Harvest Cafe is student run under the supervision of Nadine Harbove, the culinary adviser.

Usually, the cafe is open on Wednesday afternoons for lunch, but the students host a dinner once a month as well. On May 18, "American Classic Dinner" was the second dinner put together by the CCTI culinary students. The other was held in honor of Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sometimes thoughtful acts become so ingrained in our everyday routine that we stop noticing.

I think about that as I sit at the breakfast table with my husband, sipping a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. Just as he often does, he got up and made the coffee the way I like it, so it will be ready for me when I come into the kitchen. This morning I remember to say thank you.

We have a morning ritual we both love. We call it conversation, coffee and the morning papers.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm craving chocolate. More specifically, two yummy chocolate cakelike cookies with delicious creamy vanilla filling. In other words, I want Whoopie Pies!

Years ago, my aunt introduced Whoopie Pies into our lives. We've never been the same since. Mom didn't make them often because they were reserved for special occasions. Mostly Christmas time. And unfortunately, everyone loves them and they're gone faster than you can say, "Are there any Whoopie Pies left?"

Saturday, May 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area High School's 2011 JETS team members who have been named "Best in State" Division One winners included, left to right: Andy Vack, Lucas Rinker, Michael Embick, Dan Douglas, and Chris Hunt.

Students from Weatherly Area High School have been named "Best in State" Division One winners in the 2011 JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) teams competition which was held at Bucknell University.

The award winning 11th and 12th graders work to solve the global energy supply and demand problems highlighted by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and current events in the Middle East.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Bishop Peggy Johnson

Bishop Peggy Johnson, Bishop of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula Delaware Conferences of the United Methodist Church, will be visiting Effort United Methodist Church on Merwinsburg Road, Effort, in the West End on Sunday, May 29th at a special 10:30 am service, with a luncheon to follow. Bishop Johnson will be bringing the Message on 1 Thessalonians

5:11-13 entitled "Be Encouraged." She will also be Consecrating the newly refurbished Prayer Garden.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School eighth-graders (l-r) Nate Snyder, Julie Knerr and Catharine Maniscalco look over their school newspaper "The Bulldog Bark" as advisor Chris Barnes (standing) gives instruction.

Tried and true, school newspapers afford students an opportunity to express their thoughts to an audience of their peers.

The Northern Lehigh Middle School newspaper "The Bulldog Bark" is one example, where a staff of 40 students produce four issues a year.

Chris Barnes, English teacher, advisor, said the school's most recent publication was its spring issue. After the students turned in their articles, it took about one week to produce an edition. About 350 copies were distributed throughout the district.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The election cycle has started again. In the 40 years I have been an investor, I noticed a pattern that often repeats itself in the run up to the election.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A resolution to establish a Marcellus Shale Task Force was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Tamaqua Historical Society will sponsor a free wine and cheese reception this Friday, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gallery at the Tamaqua Art Center, 114 W. Broad St. Musical entertainment will be provided by "The Breaker Boys." The reception is part of an Ethnic Exhibit celebrating the Schuylkill County Bicentennial.