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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Coaldale firefighter Tom Polischak, captain, holds Shamus, a 3-year-old male miniature Dalmatian, a mascot of the Coaldale Fire Department. Shamus, who was on scene of a dwelling fire last month in Coaldale, is occasionally brought to fire scenes in hopes of cheering up any victims of a fire.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Children's activities

Preschool story hour takes place at 10:3o a.m. every Friday and is open to the public.

Tail Waggin' Tutors, where children read to dogs, takes place from 11 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of each month, beginning in October. It is free but parents must register for a time slot by calling the library.

Watercolor painting classes are offer on Tuesdays for children (and Saturdays for adults). Call the teacher at (610) 737-9844 for more information.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Donald R. Serfass/times news

The US209 Bridge Project dividing downtown Tamaqua is now four months old with over a year remaining. To date, workers have dismantled the road surface over one-third of the East Broad Street bridge and have dug down to the top of one of three original 1904 stone arches. The $2.5 million replacement of the three-span arch masonry bridge is expected to be finished in November, 2O14.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A team sign up and fundraiser will take place at the Weatherly Heritage Days Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Trainworks Complex in Weatherly.

These Robotics Competition Teams will be for the Weatherly Institute for Robotics and Engineering W.I.R.E. and the Hazleton Institute for Robotics and Engineering, H.I.R.E.

Teams will involve 9-14 year olds for the First Lego league Competition and late middle school through high school aged youths for the First Tech Challenge Competition, to be held at a date to be determined during the 2013-2014 school year.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A branch of the Yuengling family will re-launch its storied ice cream early in 2014, bringing back a cherished Pennsylvania-made product that's been absent from store shelves and scooping stands for nearly three decades.

Though the family name is one and the same, Yuengling's Ice Cream is unaffiliated with the Yuengling brewery.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Julie Wagman, organizer of the 2014 Benefit Baseball Game for Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter, honors Gary D. Andrew, who had organized the event for 16 years. From left are, Wagman, Tori Lear, soloist; and Nick Hawkey, vice president of Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter.

A group of youngsters is making sure the legacy of Gary D. Andrew will never be forgotten. The Walnutport man died on May 26, 2013. He was very active with the Walnutport Playground Association.

For 16 years, he had organized the 11 and 12 year old Bulldog Baseball Team and the 14 and Under Bulldog Girls Softball Team to play a benefit baseball games which raised funds for Dream Come True.

This year's game, held Saturday, Sept. 21, was played in his honor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gregory Schick, a presenter from Drug Free Pennsylvania during last night's Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force meeting in Lehighton, talks with two audience members.

More than 30 people attended last night's Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force meeting, called "Straight Talk for Parents," in the Lehighton Area High School auditorium.

Special guest presenter Gregory Schick, of Drug Free Pennsylvania in Camp Hill, was impressed with the turnout.

"This is probably the biggest group we've had all year," Schick, a police officer in York, remarked.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Schuylkill County judge sentenced a defendant, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges, to spend up to the minute and seconds a sentence imposed which placed her under house arrest with electronic surveillance.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Senior High School students Francesca Gerace and Mikayla Dillman organized this year's See You At The Pole prayer event at Tamaqua Area Senior High School.

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of a movement created by a group of youth ministers in Texas, now a global event known as "See You At the Pole."

More than three million students throughout the world were expected to participate in the annual event.

In Tamaqua, more than 60 people ignored the chilly weather to gather at the flagpole in front of the Tamaqua Area Senior High School, almost two thirds of them students.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The state department of transportation invites people to participate in its first online public meeting to discuss updates to the agency's 12-year plan.

The Webcast will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Those interested in participating can register at www.TalkPATransportation.com.

Questions may be submitted in advance to ra-penndotstc@pa.gov.

In Carbon County, the plan includes the Route 903 Jim Thorpe bridge replacement project; the Packerton Yards bus park - Mahoning Township safety improvement; Bowmanstown Borough bridge preservation activity.