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Thursday, January 29, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Aimee Hull, a junior at Tamaqua Area High School and the daughter of James and Randa Hull of Tamaqua, participated in the 2015 District 10 Chorus Festival. The three-day event showcased students from Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton counties, with guest conductor Linda Tedford, director of choral studies at Messiah College. The festival was held at Muhlenberg Area High School and featured a public performance on Jan. 24. Also pictured is John Buglio, Tamaqua Area High School choral director.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state parks and forests, his office said Wednesday.

Following through on a campaign pledge, Wolf will sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands on Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills Inc. of Hometown has once again been tapped to supply the U.S. Winter Olympic team with base layer wearing apparel.

When the athletes begin competition in Salt Lake City, they will be the second consecutive team kept warm by Morgan's Duofold thermals. The company also provided the garments for U.S. athletes competing in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Olympic athletes began testing the local garments seven years ago.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nesquehoning residents, the borough snow emergency no parking ordinance will now be enforced.

On Wednesday, council adopted the amended ordinance outlining its snow emergency no parking policies on borough streets. Signs are expected to be posted this week and will be enforced by police once all signage is up.

Under the ordinance, no person should park a vehicle on the streets or rights of way following snowstorms that accumulate 3 inches or more between Nov. 1 and April 1.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News  Lehighton Water Authority workers repair a water main break Wednesday morning at Sixth and Iron streets.

A water main break Wednesday in Lehighton is under control.

Members of the borough Water Authority tended to the incident at Sixth and Iron streets.

Arman Galasso, superintendent of the borough Water Authority, said a small 4-inch water main broke.

"It wasn't that big of a leak," Galasso said. "We never shut the water down to fix it, there was no boil advisory."

Galasso said a worker drove by and noticed the break, and work began first thing Wednesday.

The break took about seven hours to fix, Galasso said.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Pini Jr.

A former Pleasant Valley School District custodian's sex-with-minor and corruption-of-minor cases are headed to Monroe County Court.

Robert Pini Jr., 31, of Effort, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Colleen Mancuso of Chestnuthill Township.

But, instead, Pini opted to waive his right to the hearing, and is scheduled to appear at 12:30 p.m. March 18 in the county Court of Common Pleas in Stroudsburg for a pretrial status conference.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A regular meeting of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

The club is busy preparing for Valentine's Day visits to The Summit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, and the Mahoning Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 2 p.m. Feb. 15. In addition, arrangements are being made for the club's annual Bunny Lunch to be held on March 21 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Other properties approved by the school board on the repository sale list are:

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Pawel Heckman. The bidder is Black Diamond Equity LLC and the price is $2,100.

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Fred and Deborah Norton. The bidder is Sarah Herb and Adam Spino and the price is $825.

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Yelen Yuricheck Puskar. The bidder is 2015 Repository Trust c/o David Keller Trustee and the price is $851.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 30-year-old Reading man was sentenced to 66 months in prison this week by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani in Scranton for participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and other drugs in the Monroe-Berks County area.

Luis Linarez previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others between 2010 and 2013 to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, more than 100 grams of heroin, and oxycodone.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney says his disability has become permanent and he wants the borough to pay his disability retirement benefit, which is spelled out in the police pension plan, according to a lawsuit he filed in Schuylkill County Court this week.

The benefit would be 65 percent of his $53,000 annual salary, or about $35,000 per year. He is also seeking costs, interest and attorney's fees.

Borough council President Thomas Keerans contends that Delaney has been asked to report back to duty and has not complied.