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Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Gilbert Green of Palmerton waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

A Palmerton man who urinated inside a grocery store and then sent police on a wild chase is headed to trial.

Gilbert C. Green, 63, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday. As a result, Green is scheduled to appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 9 a.m. July 7.

He is free in lieu of $5,000 unsecured bail.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Traffic was backed up in both directions through Tamaqua after a tractor trailer loader knocked down a power line and utility pole in the Hess Express parking lot this morning after 9 a.m.

A tractor trailer loader accidentally knocked down a power and communication line pole in the Tamaqua Hess Express parking lot this morning, resulting in multiple power outages in Tamaqua, Walker and West Penn townships.

Downed power lines also resulted in heavy traffic congestion in and out of the Tamaqua and West Penn areas. Traffic was backed up on SR-309 stretching through Tamaqua from the South Tamaqua Plaza all the way to the top of Hometown Hill.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township is a gem that adds to the rich history of Carbon County. There are few covered bridges remaining in Pennsylvania and only one in Carbon.

Below are some facts about the bridge.

Built in the 1860s, the covered bridge, which spans 70 feet and crosses Buckwha Creek, is a burr arch construction. This type of construction is unique in that it uses a blend of wood and steel to develop its load carrying capacity.

Friday, June 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Sharpe's Deli & Dogs cook Lou Vicorek enjoys some sunshine outside the business, at Ridge and Tunnel streets, Lansford.

In the mood for a hoagie stuffed with fresh salami, ham and cheese? How about a hot roast turkey sandwich, a plate of halupki or a nice beef brisket with stuffing? Or how about a hot dog smothered in melted cheese, bacon and onions?

Sharpe's Deli & Dogs, at 2 East Ridge St., Lansford, is the place to be.

Friday, June 10, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Marianne Bridges Wahrmann will be a featured quilter at the Polk Township Historical Society Quilt Show "Stitches in Tyme" on Sunday, June 12. Her Civil War Soldier Patch quilt will be one of the main displays.

Marianne Bridges Wahrmann, East Stroudsburg, has loved crafting all her life. Her mother was a knitter but "That was too slow for me." She started sewing when she was about 10 years old and did cross-stitching. When she was 13, she went with her sister-in-law's mother to a quilting circle called the Friendly Quilters. She was hooked. They asked her to join them and she's been a quilter ever since.

It was while pregnant with the first of her two sons, Randy (Davin is her second son,) she cross-stitched blocks for her very own first quilt.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Washington Township roads that were planned for repair may have to be dropped, since supervisors found the bids received at their June 7 meeting higher than anticipated.

Super pave bids opened at that meeting ranged from $397,605 to $282,775. The low bid was from Lehigh Asphalt.

Secretary-treasurer JoAnn Ahner said they were well above the $225,000 in liquid fuels money received from the state.

The bids were tabled for supervisors and the engineer to review them.

Friday, June 10, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Boyer and Tamaqua Officer Matthew Houser handcuff a New York male after he was harassing employees of multiple businesses at the Village Center Mall in Snyders.

"Tell my wife if I die first, for her to enjoy everything."

Those were the crazed words given by an unidentified New York man to Debra R. Miller, manager of Pocono Mountain Leather, and other employees of nearby businesses at the Village Center Mall in Snyders, West Penn Township, Thursday afternoon.

The scary scene ended with the man being taken into custody by police.

Miller said the man was sitting by himself on a plastic chair located at the mall when she arrived for work at 10 a.m.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dustin Gernert of New Ringgold is led from his arraignment on drug related charges by Tamaqua Patrolmen Tom Rodgers and Anthony Stanell. Gernert was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly selling crystal meth to an undercover officer on Feb. 16. The controlled buys were made with the assistance of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. District Judge Stephen Bayer set bail at $25,000 straight bond.

Friday, June 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fourth grade student Ilan Basrawi, 10, shows his solar power mouse house during the Tamaqua Elementary School's science fair and showcase held recently.

Hundreds of science displays, projects and experiments lined the hallways and classrooms at the Tamaqua Elementary School during the school's annual Science Showcase and Fair held recently on both floors of the school.

The event also featured entertainment and education via Mark Tillotson "Lunar Mark" during his Mad Science show held in the auditorium.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Liz Pinky/special to the times news The top 10 ranking students in the Panther Valley Class of 2011 include (left to right) Michael Sloboda, Brittany Erbe, Sarah Branchide, Alyssa Marshall, Christopher Albertini, Scott Nevenglosky, Celene Yelito, Jason Gates, and John Owens. Missing from the photo is Sindle Griffiths.

Dylan Smith, president of the Panther Valley High School class of 2011, encouraged his fellow graduates to "make the most of the time we have on earth and be the best people we can be" during commencement exercises last night.

During his address, he also paid tribute to his friend, Casey Williams, a 2009 Panther Valley graduate who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

"He inadvertently taught me an important life lesson," said Smith. "Do not live with any regrets. If you want something do not sit around and wait for it. Take it."