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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Geisinger Hospital's Children's Miracle Network will be hosting "Angling for Miracles," a family fun fishing day, on April 24 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include fishing lessons, nature walks, a scavenger hunt, face painting, fish themed games and more. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School board welcomed a new, yet familiar member Monday night at its April meeting at the Penn Kidder campus, and also saw the adoption of a new plan for the district moving forward.

The board introduced its newest member, Robert Schaninger, who takes a seat left empty by the resigned board president, Dr. Clement McGinley. Schaninger is no stranger to the school board, having been voted in during a special election in 2012, then resigning in August of last year.

Schaninger was voted in 7-1 and took his seat after his swearing in.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A New Hampshire native has been hired as Tamaqua's new borough manager, borough solicitor Sparks Reese announced at a news conference this morning in the Tamaqua Municipal Building.

The new manager, Gardner R. Benson, who will leave a position as town manager of Goffstown, N.H., will succeed Marvin Milam and will start his new duties on April 21.

Benson made his second trip to Tamaqua to be present for a meeting of the Tamaqua Borough Council last night when his selection to the post at a salary of $11,000 a year was made final.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Berks County man admitted on Monday in the county court to attempting to rob a Carbon County bank almost two years ago.

Michael Todd Trumbore, 46, of Reading, entered a plea to criminal attempt-robbery but mentally ill. He was charged by Franklin Township police for an incident on July 5, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Bank along Interchange Road.

Trumbore entered his plea after defense attorney George T. Dydynsky presented a psychiatric report that stated Trumbore suffered from mental health issues at the time of the incident and still does.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Magisterial District Judge William J. Kissner was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The man suspected of causing an arson at the Hometown Commons Wal-Mart on Feb. 18 was in the court of District Judge Steven Bayer last Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Jonathan L. Maldonado, 20, of 545 Garibaldi Court, Hazleton, waived all of the charges filed against him to the next criminal session in Schuylkill County Court.

Maldonado allegedly used a can of "silly string" to cause a fire in an area near the garden center at the superstore in Hometown. The 2:25 a.m. incident sent shoppers and store personnel fleeing into a snowstorm and freezing temperatures.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A protest was held on Thursday, March 27, by the Carbon County Democrats for Change against proposed legislation that would eliminate automatic union dues for government employees' unions. HB 1507, which has been introduced into the Pennsylvania House, would eliminate the ability of unions to negotiate provisions in collective bargaining agreements that require the state or municipalities to collect any form of union dues for representative unions. Incorrect information was provided in an article March 28.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wittig

After a preliminary budget hearing last week, the president of the Tamaqua School Board said that steady increases in pension costs could bankrupt Tamaqua and about 500 other districts in the state.

"It's very simple," said Tamaqua School Board President Larry Wittig. "The pension costs are increasing to the point where it's just not sustainable.

"There's not enough money in Pennsylvania to fund the systems," he added. "By 2018, there will be 500 bankrupt districts in the state."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Casey Reifsnyder, 4, sits next to the bin in which he collected clothing for Family Promise.

Casey Reifsnyder is a little boy with a big heart.

When Casey, 4, learned about William, a little boy who needed a coat, Casey immediately pitched in to help. His small efforts reaped a windfall of much-needed clothing for children whose families were struggling.

For Casey, it's no big deal.

"He had nothing. Then we collected some clothes for him. Because he had no clothes," he patiently explains to a reporter as he sits on his grandparents' sofa one recent afternoon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. in Jim Thorpe will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The menu includes baked chicken.

For more information, call 570-325-2241.