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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrat Club has set its meeting dates for 2015. All meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hang Loose, 300 E. Broad St. in Tamaqua. Meetings will be the fourth Monday of each month.

The next meeting will be Monday.

New members are always welcome.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The free community dinner to be held Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jim Thorpe, has been canceled due to expected bad weather.

Friday, February 20, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Hiles of Summit Hill stands next to his heavy-duty loader which he uses to remove snow from his business, a church and other locations in the borough. The action netted him two citations, which he plans to fight via summary hearings on March 17 in Lansford.

For over 15 years Summit Hill business owner David Hiles has been using his heavy-duty loader and shovel to remove snow at various locations in the borough.

He said he removes the snow from his residence and helps clear the street there; at his business, which is Hiles Brothers Inc.; his church, which also houses a preschool; and has even helped with snow removal at the American Legion Post.

A new snow ordinance has gone into effect in the borough this year prohibiting such equipment from being used on borough streets to remove snow.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Edgemont Lodge, situated on the mountainside overlooking downtown Lansford, is enjoying a rebirth as a personal care facility.

Proprietors Dorothy and Bill Ambrosino are opening the doors of the spacious building to guests who require 24-hour personal, supervised care. Currently, there is one guest in residence, with space available for another three residents at the lodge.

Friday, February 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Allie Gerber, a member of the Tamaqua Area High School "Raider Band," participated in the 2015 Region V Band Festival, held Feb. 11-14 at East Stroudsburg South High School. Participants were selected by competitive auditions. Guest conductor for the festival was Lewis J. Buckley. Allie will also be performing in the Region Orchestra Festival, at the Scranton Cultural Center, in March.

Friday, February 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chris Czapla, Tamaqua Area Middle School principal, has announced the middle school Students of the Month for January 2015. They are: Dylan Miller, eighth grade; Bronson Strouse, seventh grade; Makenna Miller, sixth grade; Nathaniel Kalchick, sixth grade; Rebekah Hromyak, seventh grade; and Emily Amershek, eighth grade.

Friday, February 20, 2015

STATE COLLEGE (AP) More than 700 Penn State students are ready to pull two straight all-nighters, without ever sitting down.

The Penn State Dance Marathon, best known as "Thon," gets underway tonight at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.

It won't end until Sunday afternoon, 46 hours later.

Thon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy.

Since 1977, students have collected more than $100 million in donations to fight pediatric cancer. The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Friday, February 20, 2015

By JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER

TN Correspondent

tneditor@tnonline.com

Kidder Township Police Chief Matt Kuzma has a warning for township residents.

"On Feb. 16, we had a report of a white van with three males in Lake Harmony. Two of the occupants approached the home, knocked on the door and reported that they were there to complete a work order," Kuzma reported Thursday at the board of supervisors' meeting.

The woman sent the men away and immediately contacted the police.

Kuzma said the van is white and has the name "Dauphin Electric" on the side.

Friday, February 20, 2015

During the months of November through early February, Carbon Career and Technical Institute students competed at the districts level for SkillsUSA.

They had the opportunity to show their skills and prowess in both their technical areas and soft skills. Host sites included Susquehanna CTC, Hazleton Area Career Center, Johnson College and Luzerne County Community College.

At Johnson and LCCC, students had the opportunity to tour the campuses, apply, and sample what college life is like.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Slatington Borough Police Department will be getting some upgrades soon. The borough council unanimously voted to procure an emergency backup generator for the department. The generator, costing an estimated $18,850, will be large enough to service the borough offices as well.

One of the police cars will receive a replacement dash camera for a cost of $7400. The dash cam has been broken for a while and it is finally in the borough's budget to replace it.