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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Members and volunteers of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 will meet today at 7:30 p.m. at the Lehighton American Legion, 381 Bridge Street. Any new members are encouraged to attend. For more information about the league and upcoming events, goto www.mcldet626.org or call (570) 386-2129.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) A man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with rioting on the streets of State College following the dismissal of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

The Centre Daily Times says 45-year-old Patrick McLaughlin of Albrightsville pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of failure to disperse and disorderly conduct Tuesday as he was scheduled to stand trial in Centre County.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) held a free showing of the movie 'Courageous' on Sunday in the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium. The movie was about four men, their work and fatherhood. The movie also stressed the connection between fatherhood and community. Members of the TAFFN spoke extensively with community leaders, law enforcement personnel, educators, and members of the community about how to make the area a safe and enjoyable community in which to live and raise a family.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This Sunday, Aug. 5, from 1-3 p.m. is Fun Day at the Lansford community swimming pool. Holistic Therapeutic Outreach Services will have a group doing gymnastics, there will be juggling, a clown, face painting, and DJ, Chris O'Presko will be spinning the tunes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Michael Pyrdsa, Hometown artist and muralist recently completed work on an approximately 1,600 sq. ft. mural project outside of Wilkes-Barre. In collaboration with the Commonwealth Equipment Corporation, the hand painted mural by Pyrdsa is visible from Interstate 81 South and features the large-scale replication of the mechanical line drawing of an industrial stone crusher, a frequent site and symbol of the regional mining, construction, and energy industries in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Work crew of Dirt Solutions digs into the dirt on Mermon Avenue in Nesquehoning to ready the street for new storm drain lines. Traffic will be diverted until the job is finished.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m. for all team members. Committee members are asked to arrive for a meeting at 6 p.m. Relay organizers are asking all teams to attend, as to discuss important decisions regarding next year's Relay.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A New Philadelphia man drew a state prison sentence on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge and was one of 16 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court. Those entering pleas were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

James Steven Smith, 47, of 19 Main St., New Philadelphia, on the DUI charge was sentenced to serve 14 months to five years in a state correctional facility with credit serving 22 days in the county prison.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The first annual Sisters of Gaia Gathering was held over the weekend at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. Organizers pointed out that the event was held to honor the deep connection between our beloved Earth Mother Gaia and the awakening divine feminine energies emerging within and without. The event included a large array of holistic practioners, teachers, crafters and artists. The event benefited the Stonehedge Gardens, which supports their mission to provide a healing, sacred, inclusive environment for the cultivation of personal and community transformation and wellness through the gardens and nature, the arts and holistic education. For more infromation about Stonehedge Gardens, a non-profit organization, goto www.stonehedgegardens.org/ or call (570) 386-4276. Visitors and performers took to the stage to add their talents to the day-long event.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tamaqua High School tennis coach Dan Watts recently held a one day camp for Tamaqua Brownie Troop 333. Attending the camp were, front row, from left, Molly Murphy, Natalie Hydro, Leah Mateyak and Sadie Mateyak. Second row, Hailey Toth, Cierra Conahan, Olivia Jones, Ella McLaughlin and Ashley Jones. Top row, instructor Chelsea Jones, a former Tamaqua player and current Gywnedd-Mercy College tennis captain, coach Watts, and instructors Joey Binder, Vicky Krause, Carly Fenstermacher and Morgan Miller, who are all current Blue Raider tennis players.