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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Elvin and Helen Gower of Kunkletown brought their 1926 Model T Ford to St. Matthew's UCC's Laymen's Fellowship Strawberry Festival and Car Show. Elvin says he learned how to drive on his grandfather's Model T Ford pick-up so they have a special place in his heart. The car show drew in 136 entries, the largest number they've ever had.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

James Nardozzi, Nesquehoning, was elected president of the Panther Valley Chapter of Unico at a meeting held in Coniglio's Grove, Nesquehoning. His associates on the executive staff are: Michael Cerimele, first vice president; John Polumbo, secretary; Frank Molinari, treasurer; John Ricciardi, wrangler; attorney Joseph Greco, parliamentarian; the Rev. A. J. Angelini, chaplain; and Samuel Damiano, three-year trustee. The retiring president is Frank Arieta.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fourteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon Couny's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Placed by Judge Joseph J. Matika were the following:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eric Baumgardt, Timothy Maradeo and Avery Neipert are Towamensing Elementary School students who earned Principal's List status every marking period in third, fouth, fifth and sixth grades. Their names will be added to the Principal's Plaque.

Mrs. Christine Steigerwalt, Towamensing Elementary School principal wished everyone a "Happy Last Day" at the end of the year assembly. Special recognition was given to "all our outstanding students and our graduating sixth grade class," she said.

Mrs. Stacey Olewine and Mrs. Kocher recognized all the student council members representing all grades. Mrs. Olewine got a little emotional when she called out the sixth grade names. "They are wonderful wonderful kids. We'll miss them very much."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An urgent meeting was called by the Schuylkill Tax Collection Committee to deal with a problem it was having with the firm hired to collect the Occupation Privilege and Earned Income taxes for the 62 municipalities and 13 school districts in the county.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MAHANOY CITY Senator David G. Argall (R-29) will be hosting his annual expo for the region's senior citizens on Wednesday, July 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Schuylkill Mall, right off of Route 61 and Interstate 81, in Frackville.

Argall confirmed that more than 25 exhibitors will be in attendance to provide up-to-date information on programs and services available to Pennsylvania's older residents.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A workforce training initiative aimed at improving employability skills among high school graduates has done so well in schools throughout Schuylkill, Luzerne and Erie counties over the past six years, that two Penn State University campuses will continue to offer scholarships to students who have successfully completed the workforce training program. McCann School of Business and Technology has also stated that they will also include graduates within an existing scholarship they currently offer.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors voted to accept a pair of extensions for land development plans submitted by the Carbon County Commissioners for the Packerton Yards project and the land currently owned by the Lehighton Water Authority which they need to secure a highway occupancy permit for the project. Both plans were unanimously extended until August 31, 2012 on 4-0 vote provided letters were submitted by Project Engineer Mike Tirpak with the corrected date. The original extension date was July 31, 2012 but supervisors were concerned with the timeline.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thorn Devlin, 15, Tamaqua, takes off from the starting line during the morning race. Devlin placed first overall, competing against 102 racers in the morning race.

Over 290 dirt bike racers, ages 5 to 77, took to the woods and rocky hills west of Tamaqua during five races held via the 8th annual RORR (Reading Off Road Riders) ECEA Series Hare Scramble.

"We keep coming back to Tamaqua. We love the rocks and hills," said Dale Sweigert, RORR Vice President. "Tamaqua offers more challenges for racers compared to other southern races."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Carbon Leadership Program is accepting applications for its Class of 2013, noting it is seeking individuals interested in improving their ability to take a positive role in the community and better themselves in the work place.

The Leadership Carbon Program is designed to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented community leaders.

Leadership Carbon brings together participants once a month September 2012 through May 2013.