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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This large section of a tree was found lying in front of this home along Mantzville Road Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A New York state resident was sentenced to a state prison term this week in Carbon County court.

Postell Raheem Goggans, 45, of 868 Park Avenue 4E, Brooklyn, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 30 to 60 months in prison. Goggans was sentenced immediately after he entered a guilty plea to one count of criminal conspiracy-possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-crack cocaine.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On April 28 the Panther Valley High School will host the first annual PVHS Library Literacy Night.

Literacy Night will showcase new books and equipment purchased through the Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant.

Panther Valley was one of only 50 recipients from the 470 applications submitted nationwide for this competitive grant. It received $313,562 for its K-12 libraries.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The aluminum roof of a porch at a home along SR443 in the village of Mantzville was torn from its posts and was found laid back onto the roof of the home.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tamaqua borough worker Jack Steele works with the Tamaqua Police, American Hose and East End fire companies to remove a tree that had fallen into the back yard of 500 Arlington St. in Tamaqua.

Despite only lasting a few minutes, Tuesday night's quick thunderstorm and high winds still managed to cause minor havoc throughout the area.

Firefighters, police and borough workers were called to numerous reports of trees and large branches down and other wind-related concerns.

There were two fallen trees on Schuylkill Avenue in Tamaqua; one of which broke the rear window of a parked vehicle.

Responders had the task of removing a large 60-foot-tall tree that had fallen near the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Mountain Avenue.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Among the campaign signs along local roads you may have noticed some unfamiliar names. No, these are not leftovers from previous elections although some of the names are familiar. On May 17 Democrats and Republicans also will be choosing their party's candidates for one vacancy on each court.

The Democrats have only one candidate for Superior Court, David N. Wecht. He has been a Common Pleas judge in Allegheny Court since 2003 and received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University.

The Republicans must choose between two, Victor P. Stabile or Paula A. Patrick:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS North and Middle Ward Playground officers, from left, president Kim Snyder, Jody Kellner and Deedee Bonetsky pause for a quick photo with the Easter Bunny.

More than 290 youngsters took part in the North and Middle Ward Playground Association's annual community Easter egg hunt held on Saturday at the playground. The hunt, consisting over 1,200 plastic eggs and a large amount of candy and prizes, was still held despite a minor drizzling.

Children were also treated to a visit and free online photos with the Easter Bunny.

Association president Kim Snyder stated her appreciation of fellow volunteers and officers Jody Kellner, Deedee Bonetsky, and Bill Vacula for making this hunt a success.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longtime egg hunt organizer George Waidell, holding megaphone, laughs as children rush past him to gather their hard-boiled Easter eggs.

Hundreds of anxious youth waited patiently outside the South Ward fire truck bays to gather more than 370 hard-boiled Easter eggs during the Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company's 35th annual community Easter egg hunt held on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Last winter's Christmas trees are on their way to becoming this spring's mulch, thanks to a chipping operation at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center staffed by members of the CCEEC, Mauch Chunk Lake Park staff, and members of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.