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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS From left are Tamaqua High School Principal Stephen Toth, Jillian Franko, teacher Millini Skuba and Rachel Keich.

It's 2013, and some of Tamaqua's brightest students are gathered for Millini Skuba's Honors British Literature class.

Classmates Rachel Keich and Jillian Franko took on a special project.

"Those two not only understood British literature, they excelled at it," Skuba said. "I asked them to be guinea pigs for a special project.

"I explained my plan to them: Could they read a book, be inspired and write a book for younger students?" Skuba said.

"Could they take the important themes from that book, and include those themes in the children's book which they write?"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
James "Jim" Berger

James "Jim" Carbon Berger of Kunkletown recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He was born Feb. 12, 1925.

Jim is a resident of Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown.

When Jim was 18 he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a radioman/gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress Bomber from 1944-1945.

Ranked as a technical sergeant, he was awarded the Air Medal and Certificate of Valor for engaging in aerial combat during bombing sorties over Austria, Germany and Italy during the World War II.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Isabell Burkett, 80, of Lehighton, Feb. 19, 2015. Wife of Gerald W. Burkett. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Ben Salem UCC, 1965 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, with the Rev. Michael McGowan officiating. Call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Arrangements by Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 W. Penn Pike, Route 309, New Ringgold.

Margaret Beaver, 91, of Shenandoah, Feb. 22, 2015. Born in Delano, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Burcin) Guresh.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Carbon County man who pointed a shotgun at another man and threatened to shoot and kill him, entered a guilty plea on Monday in county court.

Norman G. Heft, 55, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of recklessly endangering another person and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Before the start of the plea hearing President Judge Roger N. Nanovic rejected a plea bargain approved by the district attorney's office in which it recommended a probation sentence be imposed in the case.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lehighton has revised changes to its snow parking ordinance that are in effect immediately.

By a unanimous measure, borough council on Monday agreed to amend the time change in the ordinance as it relates to the odd-even parking regulations.

Per the ordinance, vehicles are to be moved to the appropriate side of the street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Other changes to the revised ordinance are as follows:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lehighton Area School District's stadium improvements plan has been put on the sidelines until all requirements are addressed.

That comes after Lehighton Borough Council, on a unanimous decision Monday, tabled conditional approval of the stadium improvements project.

Council chose to table approval until all the conditions listed on the borough engineer's letter recommended by the borough planning commission on Dec. 10 are met.

In September, members of the Carbon County Planning Commission voted to recommend conditional plan rejection for the plan.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A part of Summit Hill's winter snow plowing ordinance that prohibits private contractors from plowing or removing snow on public streets is going to be repealed.

Council voted by a 5-2 margin, during a stormy meeting Monday night, to advertise for the repeal, and for this to become effective when council holds a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 9.

About 30 people crowded council chambers during the meeting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Frank Tongue of Coaldale, a volunteer at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Warming Center, prepares a hot pot of coffee early Tuesday just in case someone wanders in from the streets and needs to warm up.

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Regional Community Center Warming Center had nobody at its doors Tuesday morning when temperatures dipped to minus 5.

But that doesn't mean the center hasn't filled a need.

"We had a handful who came in over the past few weeks," said Major Sharon Whispell.

"Usually they just come in to warm up."

The center serves hot coffee or cocoa, plus some light refreshments. It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Several personnel matters werediscussed during a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday, including an incident involving a plow driver who struck numerous parked vehicles, a borough worker posting unkind social media messages and a councilman making an accusation that he was taken off a committee as a form of revenge.

At the start of the meeting, council President Jesse Walck said there would be no comments from council on the plow incidents because "it is a police matter and a personnel matter."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will present its production of "Aladdin" at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Directed by Jonathan Rodgers, performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The script has been adapted by Jack Perry and Robert Neil Porter.

The show is being produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc. of Inglewood, Colorado.

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. For further information, or to purchase advance tickets, call 570-668-1192.