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Monday, August 19, 2013

Having completed the initial phase of its expansion program by hiring 100 employees, Berkeley Bags Company, West Broadway, is now seeking 200 additional workers to implement the second phase of their project.

Eventually it is expected that 500 people will be employed, making this firm the largest employer of its kind throughout the valley.

Additional machinery and facilities are being sought to expedite this objective.

Experienced sewers are in special demand.

Monday, August 19, 2013
 CARol ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flapping its wings 80 times per second, the hummingbird gets ready to land for a few licks of water and sugar mixture in our feeder.

Hummingibrds are very prevalent and many fans of hummingbirds are doing what they can to keep them in their backyards by provding them with a friendly place.

Hummingbird feeders are stocked with four parts water and one part sugar or nectar to feed the tiny creatures.

Their long tapered bill is used to obtain nectar from the outer area of long, tubular flowers.

The bird has a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second.

Monday, August 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police are investigating a number of hit and runs that occurred between 7 and 9 p.m. Friday. The alleged vehicle is described as an older model Mercedes-Benz with possible New Jersey license plates. Police added that witnesses described the culprit as a young male with curly hair. The witnesses added that the culprit was driving around Tamaqua with no lights on. If anyone has any information concerning this incident, call police at (570) 668-5000. Pictured investigating a hit and run site along Pine Street are Peter Wysochansky, left, and Joseph Krebs.

Monday, August 19, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An excavator, operated by Dick Oswald of Tamaqua for NIMARIS Construction, is used to clear rubble following the demolition of 103 North St. in Jim Thorpe.

Nine houses are in various stages of demolition in preparation for a new bridge to be built across the Lehigh River linking SR209 on the west side of Jim Thorpe to SR903 in East Jim Thorpe.

On Tuesday, August 13, 26 W. Front St., the beige two and a half story double former residence of Barry Frohnheiser, that once served as a VFW building, was razed.

On Thursday, August 15, a white two-story single family home, the former residence of John Bilsak, was taken down.

These demolitions were performed by NIMARIS construction of Bath. The cost of the demolition is $89,093.

Monday, August 19, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company President/CEO Patrick H. Reilly, left, presents a $2,500 donation to Blue Mountain Health System's Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids mobile dental van dentist Sheila Smith as Joseph Guardiani, director of Fund Development for Blue Mountain Health System, looks on.

The Mauch Chunk Trust Company on Friday donated $2,500 to Blue Mountain Health System's Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids mobile dental provider. The dental van provides preventive and restorative care to under and uninsured children in Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

The van is staffed by a board certified dentist, a hygienist and a dental assistant/driver, and has become the "dental home" for more than 2,000 children since it rolled out seven years ago.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Jacobs Brothers will appear at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, 614 Valley Road, Tamaqua, on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

For directions or additional information, call (570) 617-2702.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Two Carbon County residents were among 34 who were arraigned Monday morning on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Anthony Hannibal Pudvah, 23, of 2472 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, charged by West Penn Sgt. Jason L. Lorah, with possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to drive at a safe speed after his vehicle struck a tree off the Blue Mountain Road last April 5.

Monday, August 19, 2013

One person was killed in a collision of a car and motorcycle on Sunday night in which both drivers are under investigation for drunk driving.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 10:33 p.m. along SR903, near the Jim Thorpe borough line in Penn Forest Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Debra L. VanPattern, of 8 Cedar Ave., Jim Thorpe. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a passenger on a 1986 Kawasaki Eliminator bike driven by Paul G. Herman, of the same address.

Monday, August 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun day in Tamaqua Helping the scouts prepare a game at the Tamaqua Boy and Cub Scouts Pack 777 fun day is Tamaqua Girl Scout Ashley DeAngelo, 12, of Tamaqua.

Both Tamaqua Boy and Cub Scouts with Pack 777 held their annual Fun Day Saturday at the West Penn Community Park. The event consisted of games, activities, inflatables, food and so on. Enjoying a game of colorful bottle ring toss are, l-r, scouts Bradley McAloose, 15; Zaidyn Walker, 6; Taevein Walker, 6; Ahn Griffin, 9; and Timmy Berg, 7.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Several defendants had their parole or probations revoked by county judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

Hearings on those petitions were recently held in the county court.

Ian Brader, 22, of Allentown, had his probation revoked on a charge of simple assault. He violated a condition of his probation by admitting using marijuana. He violated the zero tolerance provision.

Brader did not contest the petition and President Judge Roger N. Nanovic resentenced him to serve one to 11 months in the county prison effective July 19.