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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District Music Department summer band rehearsal will be held today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for new members and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for all members. Their band camp begins Aug. 8th.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Borough Council meeting planned for today is canceled. Their next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 300 West Broad St. Public is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tim Shelly was the first of several East Penn residents to bring subjects before the supervisors at their Aug. 1 meeting.

His wife Lorrie attended the July meeting to ask what can be done about a neighbor who is building without permits and without meeting setbacks.

Tim said there are a lot of structures without the setbacks. The original written complaint was turned in last year but it is a problem that was four years in the making.

"Everything is right along my driveway and is impervious (can't soak up water). It washes out the drive," said Tim.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A municipal waste system in the West Penn Township areas of Andreas, Clamtown, Reynolds, Snyders and South Tamaqua, is one step closer to reality as the West Penn Board of Supervisors approved a public review of the installation plan. The action was taken at last night's board meeting. The project is estimated to cost West Penn and Walker Township $11.5 million.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Paula Hromyak, Tamaqua, was appointed principal of Maple Avenue Campus of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit School District by the IU board at its monthly meeting, which took place Monday evening at the school in Norwegian Township. She replaces James Monaghan, who has accepted employment elsewhere.

Hromyak's salary was set at $75,000 per year effective Aug. 8.

The board also accepted a number of resignations as follows:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Lee Haas, president of Groundhog Lodge No. 6 in Monroe County, told of Pennsylvania customs and dialects at the Lehigh Township open house.

Lee Haas of Slatedale was invited to speak at the Lehigh Township Historical Society's ice cream social and open house at St. Paul's Indianland one-room school. The event was held July 30.

It was not considered a fundraiser even though there were some historical society items and books for sale and there was a small basket raffle. All food was free.

It is just a social event, said Beverly Putt. The society was formed in 2001 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It is the official society for Lehigh Township.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, released the following statement after voting for the historic debt limit deal Monday evening:

"This is not a perfect plan, by any stretch. But I cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This deal not only averts financial disaster, but it also cuts trillions of dollars in federal overspending. It includes serious spending controls, and it includes guaranteed votes on a balanced-budget amendment. These are things that would never have happened without the massive wave that we saw in the midterm election.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Tamaqua American Legion will hold their regular member meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Home Assocation located at 206 W. Broad Street, Tamaqua. New members are welcome. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winning tribute artist Johnny M entertains crowds during his "Elvis and Friends" benefit concert at the Summit Hill Community Center last Saturday. He was joined by tribute artists Donna Maxon as Bette Midler and Daniel Rebecca as Roy Orbison and Louie Armstrong in the two hour event.

Nearly a hundred people traveled back in time through music at the Summit Hill Community Center for a few hours last Saturday night in the company of a trio of tribute artists who brought to life Roy Orbison, Satchmo and Elvis Presley and an artist portraying Bette Midler in a concert to benefit the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A pawn shop owner who purchased items stolen by a drug ring that used the money to purchase illlegal drugs for sale entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Monday.

Waheeb Girgis, 56, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, a felony three, before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.