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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jazell Garber, 5, rides with her mother Sharon Praskac, Hometown, on a trail at Locust Lake in Barnesville.

Jazell Garber, 5, rides with her mother Sharon Praskac, Hometown, on a trail at Locust Lake in Barnesville.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Even though firefighters were in the home for only a short while, they were drenched with sweat as they exited. The home was without power for more than two weeks.

A family of five in Tamaqua is homeless after one of them started a cooking fire in their basement.

The Guatamalen family, none of whom speak English, were in the process of moving to another home in Tamaqua. After the fire they were given temporary housing by the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding their last meeting before the Relay at the Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Teams are asked to attend to pick up their t-shirts and help set up for the Relay, which is set for this Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Citizen's Fire Company firefighter and Tamaqua Police officer Mike Hobbs sells a baked good to Travis Huegel during the benefit.

Friends and firefighters held a Chinese auction and food sale recently at the Citizen's Fire Company to benefit the family of the late Robert "Bob" Smigo, who passed away unexpectedly on May 31. Robert was the son of Ruth (Williams) Smigo of Hometown and the late Robert T. Smigo Sr. Bob, a 1993 graduate of Tamaqua High School, grew up in Hometown, and was also a member of the Tamaqua Raider Band while a student. Robert was a supervisor at the Schuylkill County 911 Center in Pottsville.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Trouble is brewing in Weissport and Weissport Council members are unsure what to do to clear up the problem.

A resident of White Street complained that his neighbor is hoarding garbage, allowing her grass to grow hip high and that weeds are starting to overtake her house. He also noted that he fears snakes and that mice have overtaken his basement, all caused by his neighbor's inaction to clean up.

Michael O'Brien said that the only thing his neighbor has done is to put up a fence to hide her yard.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Robin Tracey and conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy have planned a hike at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, along the fossil bed along Swatara Creek. The hike is four miles long and moderate in difficulty. Those who plan to hike should meet at the parking lot on Swopes Valley Road, Suedberg. Bring a lunch or snacks. Call Robin at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A TIMES NEWS feature story by Donald R. Serfass published on May 6, 2011, won first place in special subject writing at the Philadelphia Press Association.

The Philadelphia Press Association announced Sunday that five works published by the TIMES NEWS in 2011 have won "Best of the Best" awards, recognition of outstanding writing in the Tri-State metropolitan region.

The articles were written by Donald R. Serfass, managing editor, features, and were judged against other nominated work from the newspapers of Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Tamaqua area couple filed a petition in Schuylkill County court claiming 459 items of personal property seized by police were under an unlawful search warrant and ask the court to have them returned.

Frederick A. and Annette B. Postie, 626 Fairview Street, Tamaqua R.D., ask the court to find evidence sufficiently in support of the fact that the search and seizure was conducted unlawfully and violated the Fourth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution and asks the return of any and all property not considered contraband or otherwise unlawful to possess back to the couple.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lieutenant Rick Frey, left, and Fire Chief Mark Ebbert, both of Mahoning Valley Fire Company, examine new 2013 KME pumper that the fire company purchased. The new piece of apparatus probably won't be placed in service until next month after members receive proper training and additional equipment is mounted.

Mahoning Valley Fire Company has purchased a new piece of apparatus.

The 2013 KME pumper arrived at the Mahoning station last Monday.

Fire Chief Mark Ebbert said it might be about a month before the new truck is utilized at fire scenes.

"It will take about a month for mounting equipment and training the members," he said, adding that he considers the proper training to be the most important factor.

The new, lime yellow truck with blue stripes is replacing a 1980 Pierce pumper.