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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Driving through Tamaqua next week will be challenging as two street paving projects will get underway early in the week, weather permitting.

Plans are to do the work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Roadways scheduled for milling and paving are: right turn lane on Center Street, near Burger King, to Cedar Street intersection; Cedar Street, from Center Street to South Pine Street (alley between dinner parking lot and U.S. Towing garage); Mauch Chunk Street, from Greenwood Street to Schuylkill Avenue.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Renee Keiper,Kunkletown "Do it. It would be one less thing the drug dealers can profit off. And people who have the medical need of it will get the relief they need."

What are your thoughts on legalizing marijuana?

Saturday, October 11, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A professional wrestling show featuring Gene Snisky, a formersuperstar with the WWE and a graduate of Panther Valley High School, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coaldale Complex. Jesse Hiles, left, and Wayne Fritzinger are assisting with theprogram. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and will go to the Zoostock 2015 contribution to the ACS. Snisky will oppose Alofa the Polynesian Warrior. Also on the card will be South Philly's Finest. Chad Gerber of Tamaqua is commissionerof wrestling promotion. T-shirts and raffle tickets are availablefor purchase.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Maple and oak trees burst into color, seeming to salute the white marble Civil War monument Monday at Soldiers Circle, Tamaqua. The towering tribute to heroes was built in 1870 by the Doubleday Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and has been standing sentinel for 144 years. The stone is engraved with names of Tamaqua's Civil War dead. The resting place of those men and veterans of later wars encircle the monument.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College is helping students get real-world experience while still in college.

Last month, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Lehigh Carbon Community College, as well as Luzerne County Community College and Northampton Community College will share a four-year $10 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative grant to develop new programs in high-priority career fields. LCCC serves students in Lehigh, Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

School district tuition payments to cyber charter schools in 2012-13, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

Jim Thorpe Area

$737,390.68 for regular education ($9,599 per student).

$234,328.99 ($20,943 per student) for special education.

Total spending was 2.7 percent of the district's budget.

LEHIGHTON AREA

$555,506.95 ($9,460 per student) for regular education.

$309,635.88 ($22,505 per student) for special education.

Total spending was 2.4 percent of the district's budget.

PALMERTON AREA

Saturday, October 11, 2014

ALLENTOWN An executive with significant experience in improving service to customers in the telecommunications industry has been named to lead the Customer Services organization at PPL Electric Utilities.

Christopher Cardenas, currently vice president-Customer Service Operations for Time Warner Cable Business Class, will become Customer Services vice president at PPL Electric Utilities on Oct. 6.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Accepting checks from Junie Karnish, fourth from left, treasurer of the Black Diamond Parrot Head Club, and Tom Tirpak, third from right, president of the club, are from left, Ed Nunemacher, engineer and company president; Ronnie Yuricheck, assistant fire chief; and John Poko, captain, all of Diligence Fire Company No. 1 of Summit Hill; Frank Mase, vice president of Mahoning Valley Fire Company; and Steven Polischak, fire chief of the Coaldale Fire Department, with daughter Mackendra Polischak.

The Black Diamond Parrot Head Club of Summit Hill always likes to give back to the community.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua office of St. Luke's Internal Medicine has moved effective Sept. 29. Dr. Joanne Calabrese and staff have relocated to 120 Pine St., Suite 1, in the plaza formerly knownas Genetti Shopping Center. The building houses other offices, but the Calabrese office has a separate door facing Route 309, Railroad Street. Shown entering on opening day are,from left: Susan Costello, Betteann Kopp, Kacie Haupt and Joanne Calabrese. For more information, call 570-645-1930.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Chris and Jennifer Evans demonstrate the use of a lift chair. The two recently opened Keystone Medical Equipment at 203 Claremont Ave. in Hometown.

When her uncle sustained a traumatic injury, Jennifer Evans and her family were nearly overwhelmed trying to locate the medical equipment needed for his care. When he was released from the hospital, and during his months of rehabilitation, they continued to be challenged by the lack of easy access to home medical equipment.