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Monday, March 14, 2011
Andrew Leibenguth/special to the times news

Gayle Heath, director of the Tamaqua Public Library, announced the availability of Wi-Fi at the library. Wi-Fi, also known as a hotspot, enables devices such as laptops, personal computers, and smart phones to connect to the Internet. There is no cost for the service. Heath also pointed out the future addition of a wireless printer for library patrons to use. This project has been partially funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Pictured is Tony Carlino of Tamaqua.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Panther Valley school Board took a number of personnel and other actions Thursday.

The board accepted the retirements of longtime educators Barbara Teno and Lynn Sharpe. Teno and Sharpe, who will retire at the end of this school year, are elementary school teachers. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo praised the women, thanking them for their years of service and for the profound and life-long impact they have made in the lives of the children they taught.

Monday, March 14, 2011

An American Cancer Society Pre-Event Party and Power of Purple event was held recently at the Hometown Fire Company to promote upcoming fundraising efforts of local Relay For Life teams of Tamaqua and surrounding communities as well as recognize the Power of Purple. Some events include March 21st Lehighton Pizza Hut fundraiser, March 26 Vendor and food sale at the Tamaqua St John's Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and April 3rd relay breakfast at the Masonic Lodge Temple in Hometown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2011

One teen was killed and five other persons were injured, two seriously, in a one vehicle early Sunday morning crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 3:27 a.m. in the area of 50 Hickory Road, in Washington Township.

Troopers said a 17-year-old teen from Pine Grove was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer westbound when it began to slide as he attempted to negotiate a sharp right hand turn. The vehicle slid in a clockwise direction traveling across both lanes of travel.

Monday, March 14, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Indianland Garden Club, Cherryville, invited Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, to attend the March 8 meeting to accept a donation. The check was for $250. In return, he presented a program focusing on the native plant gardens at the center and the much larger revegetation project which he termed a huge garden. The check was presented by garden club President Cindi Christman, right, to Kunkle, second from right. Watching were Connie Mazy, Marybeth Roscoe, Pat Stametz and Ericka Figura.
Monday, March 14, 2011

Three criminal trials got underway this morning in Schuylkill County Court and juries returned verdicts in five trials held last week.

New trials started were as follows:

Kevin Lee Kahler, 58, of Richland, Pa., went on trial before Judge Charles M. Miller facing charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failing to carry or exhibit a driver's license on demand and exceeding the maximum speed limit as filed by Butler Township Lt. Daniel Holderman, when stopped last May 20 on Fairground Road.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A four-alarm fire burned a garment factory in Palmerton R. 1 to the ground early this morning, knocking out electric and telephone services in the area and leaving over 130 men and women without jobs. Fernbrook Sportswear was demolished by the fire despite efforts of firemen from several communities. Firemen arrived on the scene shortly after 1:50 a.m., but the roof of the large, wood-frame building had already caved in.The cause of the fire was not determined.

Monday, March 14, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Charlie Hinkel bought an evaporator that cooks 25 gallons of sap in an hour.

When Charlie Hinkel gets help in the sugarbush, payment is in sweet maple syrup.

When he moved to his present home in Washington Township he began cutting some trees and cut a maple at the right time of year. The sap flowed. Although they are red maples, he thought he should try to make maple syrup.

None of the old timers living in the area had ever tried it and he would like to see more people making maple syrup. His father told him it couldn't be done.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS William Taylor Reil, who has extensively studied the Pa. Constitution, held a constitution workshop sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project Saturday at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Introducing him is Sandy Dellicker, left, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, while looking on is Judith Orth, a Lehighton 9/12 board member.

What is the primary function of government?

"To secure our God-given unalienable rights," said William Taylor Reil.

Reil, a retired electrical engineer, was the instructor of a workshop on "The Constitution of Pennsylvania" held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on Saturday.

The three-hour event was hosted by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

The workshop highlighted "truths" and individual rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution.

Monday, March 14, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Thousands of spectators were present along Broadway during the 14th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Jim Thorpe on Sunday.

Once against the streets of downtown Jim Thorpe rang out with the distinctive sound of bagpipes and the loud reports of Civil War-era rifles as the 14th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade made its way down Broadway Sunday afternoon.

The parade was sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian Molly Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County.

While the crowd of spectators downtown was near overflow capacity, spectators were out in large numbers all along the entire length of the parade.