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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  A Roaring '20s nickelodeon from one of Tamaqua's early hotels has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by residents Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

A Roaring '20s player piano from one of Tamaqua's well-known and popular hotels of the past has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by owners Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

The 1920 coin-operated nickelodeon, produced by 1920 Forrest Cunningham Piano Company, entertained patrons of Kellers Hotel, Tamaqua, for many years.

The hotel at West Broad and South Railroad streets opened on Aug. 4, 1897, as the Hotel Moyer. In its long history, it also was known by other names, such as the Plaza Hotel and Valesak's Hotel.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Carbon County man was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Scranton on charges of producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleges that Todd Kowar, 24, Kidder Township, persuaded and induced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of such conduct. The indictment says Kowar committed the crimes between 2008 and December 2012. The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police and Kidder Township Police.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Flanked by her parents, Pam and Dave Shay, Pius X junior Lyndsey Shay shared her leadership training experience with members of the West End Rotary Club recently. The club sponsored Lyndsey's attendance at RYLA, Rotary International's leadership program for young adults. After hearing from cancer survivors and an NFL player, students worked in groups to overcome limitations and grow their skills. Some 80 young adults participated in the annual weeklong program at Keystone College in La Plume. At Pius X,Lyndsey participates in student government, SADD, peer tutoring and basketball.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doe licenses are sold out for the upcoming hunting season in one wildlife management unit that spans portions of Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Carbon County Treasurer Ronald Sheehan said Tuesday that WMU 4C, which had 25,000 licenses for sale when the application season opened on July 14, has been completely exhausted.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 414,710 of the 779,500 licenses have been sold across the state.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, licenses in 3D in Carbon and Monroe counties and 4E in Schuylkill are still available.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County Commissioners say the county nursing home, Rest Haven, has a dismal financial outlook.

Schuylkill County's nursing home, Rest Haven, is bleeding so much red ink commissioners believe selling it may be the only option.

"It's just no longer sustainable," Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier said. "We need to make a decision very soon. We need to stop the bleeding."

The immediate cause of hemorrhaging is due to a buildup of bill payments $853,176 as of June 30 owed to Rest Haven that are over 120 days past due, and about $1 million in unpaid bills owed by the facility, said county finance director Paul Buber.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Six first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Monday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed on driving under the influence charges, and all were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Social Ministry members of Lehighton's Trinity Lutheran Church held its 14th annual Christmas in July celebration, where Santa Claus attended in bright red shorts.

The celebration included homemade Christmas cookies, brightly wrapped gift packages and a fun-filled sing-along featuring Christmas carols.

The event was held at the Mahoning Valley Nursing, Retirement and Rehabilitation Center and involved 140 residents of the center and nearly 100 friends, family members and ministry volunteers.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

State Sen. David Argall will speak to the Lehighton 9/12 Project on property tax reform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lehighton American Legion Post.

A general meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley will also be present.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the 9/12 Project, said Argall will explain myths and facts of Senate Bill 76.

For example, she said a myth is that SB 76 prevents school districts from raising revenues on their own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jesse Walck, president of Summit Hill Borough Council, apparently wasn't too pleased with a comment made by the Panther Valley School Board president at a recent meeting.

At the school board meeting, Summit Hill resident Joseph Kosalko was speaking against the privatizing of district maintenance workers.

Jeff Markovich, board president, interrupted Kosalko and told him to sit down, that "this isn't Summit Hill Borough Council."

At Monday night's meeting of the borough council, a woman had a complaint about a late charge on a garbage bill she felt she didn't deserve.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The public Blue Shamrock Golf Club will be hosting several events for the next few days beginning with its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton.

The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music by the Steel Creek Band until 9:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will take place between 7-7:30 p.m. There will be a Silent Auction with 50 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Aquashicola Fire Company. A Putting and Closest to the Pin Contest will be played and there will be golf and restaurant giveaways.