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Friday, June 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Sharpe's Deli & Dogs cook Lou Vicorek enjoys some sunshine outside the business, at Ridge and Tunnel streets, Lansford.

In the mood for a hoagie stuffed with fresh salami, ham and cheese? How about a hot roast turkey sandwich, a plate of halupki or a nice beef brisket with stuffing? Or how about a hot dog smothered in melted cheese, bacon and onions?

Sharpe's Deli & Dogs, at 2 East Ridge St., Lansford, is the place to be.

Friday, June 10, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Marianne Bridges Wahrmann will be a featured quilter at the Polk Township Historical Society Quilt Show "Stitches in Tyme" on Sunday, June 12. Her Civil War Soldier Patch quilt will be one of the main displays.

Marianne Bridges Wahrmann, East Stroudsburg, has loved crafting all her life. Her mother was a knitter but "That was too slow for me." She started sewing when she was about 10 years old and did cross-stitching. When she was 13, she went with her sister-in-law's mother to a quilting circle called the Friendly Quilters. She was hooked. They asked her to join them and she's been a quilter ever since.

It was while pregnant with the first of her two sons, Randy (Davin is her second son,) she cross-stitched blocks for her very own first quilt.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Washington Township roads that were planned for repair may have to be dropped, since supervisors found the bids received at their June 7 meeting higher than anticipated.

Super pave bids opened at that meeting ranged from $397,605 to $282,775. The low bid was from Lehigh Asphalt.

Secretary-treasurer JoAnn Ahner said they were well above the $225,000 in liquid fuels money received from the state.

The bids were tabled for supervisors and the engineer to review them.

Friday, June 10, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Boyer and Tamaqua Officer Matthew Houser handcuff a New York male after he was harassing employees of multiple businesses at the Village Center Mall in Snyders.

"Tell my wife if I die first, for her to enjoy everything."

Those were the crazed words given by an unidentified New York man to Debra R. Miller, manager of Pocono Mountain Leather, and other employees of nearby businesses at the Village Center Mall in Snyders, West Penn Township, Thursday afternoon.

The scary scene ended with the man being taken into custody by police.

Miller said the man was sitting by himself on a plastic chair located at the mall when she arrived for work at 10 a.m.

Friday, June 10, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Dustin Gernert of New Ringgold is led from his arraignment on drug related charges by Tamaqua Patrolmen Tom Rodgers and Anthony Stanell. Gernert was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly selling crystal meth to an undercover officer on Feb. 16. The controlled buys were made with the assistance of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. District Judge Stephen Bayer set bail at $25,000 straight bond.

Friday, June 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fourth grade student Ilan Basrawi, 10, shows his solar power mouse house during the Tamaqua Elementary School's science fair and showcase held recently.

Hundreds of science displays, projects and experiments lined the hallways and classrooms at the Tamaqua Elementary School during the school's annual Science Showcase and Fair held recently on both floors of the school.

The event also featured entertainment and education via Mark Tillotson "Lunar Mark" during his Mad Science show held in the auditorium.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Liz Pinky/special to the times news The top 10 ranking students in the Panther Valley Class of 2011 include (left to right) Michael Sloboda, Brittany Erbe, Sarah Branchide, Alyssa Marshall, Christopher Albertini, Scott Nevenglosky, Celene Yelito, Jason Gates, and John Owens. Missing from the photo is Sindle Griffiths.

Dylan Smith, president of the Panther Valley High School class of 2011, encouraged his fellow graduates to "make the most of the time we have on earth and be the best people we can be" during commencement exercises last night.

During his address, he also paid tribute to his friend, Casey Williams, a 2009 Panther Valley graduate who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

"He inadvertently taught me an important life lesson," said Smith. "Do not live with any regrets. If you want something do not sit around and wait for it. Take it."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open on Saturday, June 11 from 9-11 a.m. Please note the change in hours. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Please call (570) 325-2855 for more information or to volunteer.

Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sister Virginia Stephanie, left, kindergarten pupil Connor Steffie, second from left, sixth-grade student Michelle McCawley, center, Greg Rentschler, second from right, and kindergarten pupil Alexander Cornmesser, far right, pose with the $1,000 donation Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge raised recently as part of the Drive For the Kids program.

St. John Neumann Regional School has additional money in its coffers, thanks to a few brief trips around the block.

Recently, Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Slatington presented the school with a $1,000 donation as part of Chrysler's Drive for the Kids program.

Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal of the Palmerton campus, said each participant that took a brief test drive in a Town & Country earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler.

Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The covered bridge, which is located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township and crosses Buckwha Creek, was badly damaged after a truck that exceeded height limits traveled through the bridge, ripping down inside beams along the way.

The last remaining covered bridge in Carbon County utilized by motor vehicles has been the victim of an accident.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Ron and Carol Gilbert, owners of The Covered Bridge Inn in Lower Towamensing Township, approached the board to ask for permission to place two "reward" signs at the bridge, located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township and which crosses Buckwha Creek.

Ron Gilbert outlined the accident, which damaged the bridge last Friday.