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Friday, February 6, 2015

An expert in the craft of creating Pysanka Easter eggs, a Ukrainian art form, is offering to teach the craft at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

An eight-session workshop will begin Thursday and continue through April 2, allowing participants to have their own crafted eggs in time for Easter.

There is a fee, which covers the cost of all materials. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday.

For more information, call Paul Corinchock at 570-668-5789 or 668-1192.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Schuylkill County judge has dissolved a bench warrant issued on a Tamaqua woman and reinstated her bail.

Elizabeth J. Ostrowski, 45, was ordered by Judge James Goodman to live at 101 Clay St. and not relocate without notifying the county Clerk of Courts and district attorney's office in writing. She must also pay bench warrant fees.

She was charged by Tamaqua police on April 7 with use or possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on recognizance bail, meaning she did not have to post money or property to avoid jail.

Friday, February 6, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Army reservists take the court before the basketball game in Tamaqua.

As the Tamaqua High School basketball team took to the court to warm up for their game against Pine Grove, nine Army reservists gathered in a corner of the gym.

It would have taken an Army to stop Tamaqua's Bo Rottet, who would later score the 1,000th point of his career.

But the servicemen and women weren't there for that. Instead, they had driven many miles to support their comrade, Army Staff Sgt. Amanda Kerr.

"They're my best friends," Kerr said.

"We've been deployed together, to various places, over the past 10 to 15 years."

Friday, February 6, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the front of the new $6 million Pocono Medical Center West End Healthcare Center at 120 Burrus Blvd. in Brodheadsville.

Monroe County residents now have a central location to receive their medical care close to home under one roof in the West End.

Amid much fanfare, a grand opening was held for the new $6 million Pocono Medical Center West End Healthcare Center in Brodheadsville on Thursday.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered to celebrate the new, two-story, 30,000-square-foot building at 120 Burrus Blvd. in Chestnuthill Township.

Friday, February 6, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

As the Tamaqua High School basketball team took to the court to warm up for their game against Pine Grove, nine Army reservists gathered in a corner of the gym.

It would have taken an Army to stop Tamaqua's Bo Rottet, who would later score the 1,000th point of his career.

But the servicemen and women weren't there for that. Instead, they had driven many miles to support their comrade, Army Staff Sgt. Amanda Kerr.

"They're my best friends," Kerr said.

Friday, February 6, 2015

About 1,600 customers were without power in Palmerton for a brief period of time Thursday evening.

Contacted this morning, Bryan Hay, of PPL Electric Utilities, said the power outage was "caused by a metallic balloon that got stuck in our lines."

Hay said the matter was wrapped up safely in about a half-hour.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said it appeared as though residents from Third Street west may have been without power.

Friday, February 6, 2015

State police at Frackville reported troopers are investigating a reported rape incident in the borough of Coaldale.

In a public information release report troopers said a 15-year-old female reported she was sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old male. The assault allegedly occurred in the area of 129 Phillips St. The time span listed in the report for the incident was May 20-29, 2013.

No other details were released by troopers.

Friday, February 6, 2015

State police at Lehighton are investigating a home invasion incident that occurred Thursday at a Monroe County home.

Troopers said two males, wearing masks, forced their way into the home of Jenna Rahmann, 26, and Cheryl Rahmann, 55, of 625 Laurel Lane, Saylorsburg, Ross Township, about noon. Upon entering the home the males removed several items from a second-floor bedroom.

The males then fled the residence and left the area in a dark green coupe-style vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tamaqua senior point guard Bo Rottet scored the 1,000th point of his high school career Thursday night in the Blue Raiders’ Schuylkill League basketball game against Pine Grove.

Rottet entered the game with 988 career points.

He is one of just 12 boys in Tamaqua history to reach the 1,000 point mark, joining current teammate Brett Kosciolek. Kosciolek entered tonight’s game with 1,377 career points, placing him in 4th place on Tamaqua’s all-time scoring list.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Northern Lehigh advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships in Hershey with a 72-8 win over Archbishop Carroll. The Bulldogs will face District 4 champion Wyalusing Valley tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. inside the Giant Center. Check out tomorrow's edition of the Times News for more coverage of today's match.
Check out the photo gallery from the match at: http://www.tnonline.com/gallery/northern-lehigh-vs-archbishop-carroll-wr...