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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kadence Dietrick, 8, left, and Nicholas Barron, 6, hold "The Sheep in My Sheperd" projects on display in the gymnasium recently.

St Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua is holding open house events all week as part of Catholic Schools Week.

Wednesday's events consist of a mass at 9 a.m., morning prayer for our nation and students will show American pride by dressing in red/white/blue. Registration that day will be from 1 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, events will consist of a morning rosary for vocations, Bingo with grandparents (grades K-4: 9:30, grades 5-8: 11 a.m.), career speaker presentations and report card distribution.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Robert J. Frederick, 8, son of Robert W. and Missy Frederick, places his patriotic car on the track.

For the third time in four years, the Tamaqua Girl Scouts took first place during the combined Tamaqua Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts Pinewood Derby Race Off held Saturday at the St John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

The atmosphere during the event was both competitive and fun, as both parents and scouts worked together to get their derby cars to simply go faster.

Monday, January 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured this morning behind a home on Race Street is a pit bull huddled up in his dog house. Neighbors and members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue said that the owner left the dog outside during last week's extreme temperatures.

"If people want to have pets, then they should be treated as part of the family," said Diane Buhl, incoming cruelty officer with the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR). "They should not be left outside in below freezing temperatures or in inadequate shelters."

"The laws regarding animal crueltly aren't good enough," said Crissy Wertz, board member, Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue. "Pet owners should not be allowed to keep a dog outside 24/7 no matter what temperature it is outside."

Monday, January 28, 2013
Jacob Bumberger of Tamaqua walks Jinx, his 3-year old pit bull-lab mix, down Schuylkill Avenue.
Monday, January 28, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly couple from East Penn Township escaped injury Sunday morning when involved in a crash along Semmel's Hill in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. as the pair were traveling south and lost control of the unit while rounding a curve. The vehicle slid across the roadway rolling onto its roof. The Mahoning Valley Fire Company responded with fire police maintaining traffic control at the scene. Township police OIC Audie Mertz is investigating the incident.

Monday, January 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Classes were canceled for many school districts today in our area in expectation of snow and possible sleet accumulation. Pictured this morning is an empty Willing Park Playground in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 28, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the closing of Lehighton Bakery on Saturday, December 29, Lehighton's famous Persian doughnut is soon to be a thing of the past. A "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party" is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-order of the doughnuts for pick-up on that day is recommended by calling Gerry at Gothard Realty at (610) 377-2700.

Lehighton's famous Persian doughnut will soon be a thing of the past.

A "Persian Doughnut Retirement Party" is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lehighton Bakery – located at 158 South First St. in the borough.

"In order to guarantee that they will get the doughnuts, we recommend that people pre-order the Persians for that day," said Pam Gothard. "When the doughnuts are gone, they're gone. We won't be baking any more of them."

Only Persian doughnuts will be available for purchase.

Monday, January 28, 2013

West Penn Township's petition seeking a temporary preliminary injunction to bar Stephen C. Dunn, of 59 Peach Drive, New Ringgold, from re-opening his seasonal commercial road stand at the intersection of state routes 309 and 443 in the village of South Tamaqua in the Spring of 2013, was denied by Judge Jacqueline Russell in a ruling handed down in Schuylkill County court.

Monday, January 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Today's snowfall was expected to turn into sleet or freezing rain later in the day. Pictured is North Railroad Street in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 28, 2013

In an effort to gain public input in the development and improvement of the boroughs within its circle, the Pantehr Valley Chamber of Commerce has formed a Community Promotion Committee. The chairman, Bud Neavil of Hauto, Nesquehoning R. 1, will attempt to develop a program to increase individual citizen interest and suggestions for programs and promotions to create public interest and involvement in area development. Also during the meeting, election of officers was held. Ronald Tirpak was named president.