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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rita's Italian Ice storm water management maintenance agreement was approved by the Chestnuthill Township supervisors (2-0 with Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould absent) and will now be ready to open at its new location on Rt. 209 next to the First National Bank in Gilbert.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Join Pam Ulicny, a biology teacher at Tri Valley Junior/Senior High School for the past 15 years, as she presents her "Mrs. U-Zoo Revue," at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Locust Lake Amphitheatre.

Over time, Ulicny has collected a classroom full of different species of exotic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles for educational purposes. She will discuss specialized niches and adaptations, biodiversity and responsible pet care.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and the program will be moved to the program shelter in case of inclement weather.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying themselves after a recent event at the The H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua's Bungalow Park are lifeguards and staff, from front left, Megan Wagner, Beth Jones and Adrian Bumbulsky. From back left are Ethan Eberts, Deana DeWire, Justin Huegal, John Ritzko, Katie Wagner, Gage Whalen, Rachel Tertel, Austin Resch, Chelsea Jones and Mike Taylor.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fourteen youth and seven adults left Sunday morning from Effort UMC and are headed on a REACH mission trip in Broadelbin, N.Y. They hope to serve, sweat and grow.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Three ornamental trees planted by Coaldale along East Phillips Street were sprayed with herbicide and are dying.

Whomever sprayed herbicide on the three ornamental trees planted along East Phillips Street in Coaldale will likely be responsible for replacing them.

The trees were planted two years ago and are worth hundreds of dollars, said borough Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak.

Borough officials noticed the trees were dying and saw that they had been sprayed with the same herbicide that was used to kill grass and weeds in front of a vacant former factory at 155 E. Phillips St.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center in Tamaqua are hosting a free poetry class every Wednesday starting today and ending August 8 for kids in grades 3, 4 or 5.

The classes, which start at 6 p.m., are titled "What's Your Wordsworth?" Teaching the class will be Melanie Turrano, a Professor of English at LCCC.

No pre-registration is required. Organizers point out that it includes kids entering third grade and leaving 5th grade.

For information, visit www.TamaquaArts.org. The address of the center is 125 Pine Street.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Salaries for teachers hired for the Academic Summer School Program were set by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting Monday evening held at the North Campus near Frackville.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lower Towamensing Township will compensate Palmerton for costs it incurred as part of a sewage agreement between the two municipalities.

By a unanimous vote, the board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to reimburse the borough about $6,939, based upon the approval of township solicitor Jim Nanovic.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Area School District Assistant Superintendent Ray Kinder, center, explains details of a proposed grant that would assist a local softball organization to establish a field at Rush Elementary School, Hometown. Contemplating the concept at Tuesday's board workshop are Superintendent Carol Makuta, left, and Director Eileen Meiser.

Available green space at Rush Elementary School, Hometown, might come in handy for a Tamaqua area sports program.

At a Tuesday evening workshop of Tamaqua Area School Board, Raymond J. Kinder, assistant superintendent, outlined a request from the Girl's Softball Association.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Jack Kulp uses a roller to paint the walls of the Ceramics and Visual Arts Center.

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC) spent the last three days sprucing up the new Ceramics and Visual Arts Center in Tamaqua. Upon its upcoming completion, the center, which is directly connected to the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, will consist of class space, work space and gallery space for clay, ceramics and other forms of related projects.