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Monday, May 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Work is done to enlarge the grass area around the inside of the Palmerton Memorial Pool.

Upgrades to Palmerton Memorial Pool should be completed in time for opening day.

Larry Arner, pool manager, said eight trees have been planted to ensure more shade, the grass area around the inside of the pool will be enlarged, and a sand volleyball court will replace the macadam volleyball court.

Arner said that while the original plan called for all the work to be finished by now, the weather has backed things up.

"We hope to have it ready for the start," he said. "The weather is starting to cooperate a little."

Monday, May 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lion Ed Dudley, past district governor, right, presents a $1,875 check from the Lions and Lioness Clubs in Region II of District 14-U to Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill. The money is used to pay for this year's Envirothon, a fun learning experience for students from the area, which took place this week.

Monday, May 16, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Passers-by use cell phones to summon help for Heather Lao, center, after her vehicle flipped on its side after striking rocks on the east side of Hometown Hill early Sunday morning. Lao was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

A Tamaqua woman sustained injuries but was able to crawl out of her vehicle after it flipped on its side Sunday while ascending a rain-slickened Hometown Hill in Rush Township.

According to township police, Heather Lao, 31, 110 Hunter Street, was traveling north in a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee when her vehicle struck the sharp mountain rocks on the east side of the roadway and an ungrated storm drain. Police Chief Rich Sinton said the Jeep flipped on its side after the vehicle's tires impacted the open drain.

Monday, May 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Employees with the Tamaqua Waste Water Treatment Plant and C.W. Sales Corporation Pumps and Pump Systems of Norristown spent time recently at the Owl Creek pump station inspecting pumps for replacement and repair. The pump station was damaged after a vehicle plowed through it on Nov. 10. Temporary repairs are in place and will continue until permanent repairs are done in a few months. Pictured are treatment plant employees Joe Bernathy, Gene Brode and a C.W. Sales pump systems inspector.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The memory of Msgr. Agnello Angelini, the little parish priest who for 50 years guided the spiritual lives of the member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, was honored with a ceremony on the church steps dedicating the street that leads to the church as Angelini Avenue. The dedication of the street comes a year after the monsignor's death. Mayor Michael Kravelk spoke for the town government, which renamed the street at the request of the parish.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Bennick plays on the seesaw with Buster the Clown, who entertained the children during the ribbon cutting and made balloon animals.

Children of all ages, Buster the Clown and excited volunteers, family and friends gathered Saturday at the new Weissport Playground to formally dedicate the play space.

The new playground has been open for use since last fall, but the formal ribbon cutting celebration was reserved until the grant funds were received and the playground was inspected and approved by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Along with the ribbon cutting, Mayor Jonathan Troutman unveiled the new signs that thank the volunteers and DCNR.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Eve Palazzolo, 8, of Lehighton, was the first person to catch the limit of five fish at the East Penn Township playground at Ashfield.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the American Legion Riders and organizers of the motorcycle run are, from left, John Farmer, left, Treasurer, ALR; Harry Thomakos, ALR; Thomas W. Franklin, Vice President, ALR; Mark Baylis, Director of the Supplemental Food Resource Center Effort United Methodist Church; Laurie Everett, Organizer; Dawn Schmidt, Lead Organizer; Debbie Shaver, Secretary, ALR; Everett Shaver, Commander of Post 927 and President of American Legion Riders Post 927. Not photographed, Chaplain of Post 927 and American Legion Riders, the Rev. James W. Mills Sr.

It was a day of fellowship, family, music and food on Saturday in the Pavillion at American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert after the Motorcycle Tour of the Poconos commenced there as local businesses in Carbon and Monroe County donated goods for auction and services to help local families in need and to restock provisions that were almost gone.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District faces a budget deficit of about $2.4 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

As a result, numerous spending cuts are being proposed, which are expected to be discussed with the school board meets at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

One spending cut includes altering the schedule, increasing instructional hours, and utilizing Act 80.

The concept is to create a winter schedule utilizing up to 15 Act 80 days. In essence, this amounts to virtually a four-day school week during the winter.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news

The Community Fire Company of New Ringgold was called to a wilderness rescue Friday morning to aid an elderly man who suffering a leg injury along the Cold Run Creek, about a half mile north of the village of Hecla in East Brunswick Township. The man was packaged and carried across the creek to an awaiting New Ringgold ambulance. The Tamaqua area fire company and rescue squad assisted.