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Friday, July 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Great weather Thursday evening added to the great spectator turnout during Jeremiah James's free country performance held outside the Tamaqua Train Station. The free community concert, which is part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's Summer Concert Series, was sponsored by the Restaurant at the Station. The Chamber's next free community concert, featuring blues performers Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer, is Thursday, July 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by Air Products Inc. For more information about future concerts and Chamber events, visit www.tamaqua.net or call (570) 668-1880.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sunday will be "Community Splash Day" at the Tamaqua Bungalow Pool. A full day of fun activities, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., has been planned by members of the Bungalow Pool/Park Association. In celebration of the pool's 100th anniversary, this year's theme will be "Birthday Party."

Friday, July 6, 2012

Larua Heckelman gave the Pleasant Valley School District a gift. The recent 2012 Pleasant Valley High School graduate and valedictorian created a documentary on the 50-year history of Pleasant Valley as her graduation project and she gave it to the district. She was asked to present a portion of it to the last PVSD school board meeting.

"I couldn't be more proud to be a graduate from PV," said this Duke University-bound gal.

Heckelman recently won a scholarship from the Exchange Club and 2012 graduate Molly Smith won the A. Mitchell Palmer Award.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Lancaster man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on a drug dealing charge.

He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal counts and were sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Paulo Jose Candelario, 37, was sentenced to serve three to eight years on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine.

Candelario was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on May 2, 2008. He was involved in the sale of cocaine to a confidential informant (CI) at a location in Franklin Township.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Carbon County teen was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred about 10:43 a.m. on Thursday along SR940 in Kidder Township.

Kidder Township police identified the victim as Ariel Bisono, 17, of 49 Driftwood Drive, Blakeslee, Kidder Township.

Following the crash Bisono was flown by Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where she was pronounced dead at 12:44 p.m. The Lehigh County coroner ruled she died of blunt force injuries.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Four bids for improving the driveway at the Schuylkill Township Tuscarora Fire Company were opened at the work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The cost will be covered by funds from the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Bidding on the project were, Hazleton Site Contractors, Hazleton, $46,341; Pennsy Supply Inc., Wapwallopen, $48, 588; Bill Davis Cement Contractors, Mahanoy City, $49,998.95; and Hem Construction Company Inc., Pottsville, $30,465.

Friday, July 6, 2012

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Albrightsville will hold a clothing collection/give away at the church on Old Stage Road, Albrightsville. Collections will be held on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, noon until 4 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The give away dates and time are Wednesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, you may contact Shirley, 570-325-3523.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The family and friends of a New Ringgold man who is fighting cancer are rallying the community to help defray his medical bills.

Christian Deem, 34, a longtime diabetic who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in March, suffered an infection after being admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The infection traveled through his entire body, compromising his kidney function.

Friday, July 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Around 6:30 a.m. today, Rush Township Police and PennDOT were called the intersection of SR309 and SR54 in Hometown for a report of coal and dirt on roadway. Police detoured traffic away from the larger piles while PennDOT responded. Over the past year, this intersection has been the site of numerous coal/dirt spills. Anyone with information concerning this morning's coal/rock/dirt spill is encouraged to call Rush Township Police at (570) 668-4242.

Friday, July 6, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Holding up a flag typical of the ones which will replace old worn flags throughout the borough of Jim Thorpe are, left to right : Jim Trainer, President Jim Thorpe Lions Club, Public Service Supervisor; Betsy Ahner, President Jim Thorpe Borough Council; Jay Miller, Jim Thorpe Borough Council member; Joanne Klitsch, Jim Thorpe Borough Council member; and Ronald Sheehan, Chairman Town Flag Committee.

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club, in cooperation with the Jim Thorpe Borough Council, has just announced that it is launching a new community service project for the Jim Thorpe area.

The idea for the project was born when Jim Thorpe Borough Public Service Supervisor Jim Trainer said some of the American flags on utility poles throughout the borough needed to be replaced.

Through their "Community Flag Project," the Lions Club is taking on the responsibility of supplying and replacing American flags throughout Jim Thorpe.