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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Six first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

West Penn Township supervisors are hoping to recoup some of the engineering costs involved in the creation of their Act 537 sewage facilities plan. So far, engineering costs are about $400,000.

During a meeting Monday, the supervisors applied for a $74,000 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant. The township's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch & Co., Pottsville, made the application on behalf of the township. The CFA funds come from Act 13, Marcellus Legacy Fund Programs, which are used for various projects that address watershed protection.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners opened bids for eight home rehabilitation program projects, made to help low-income residents fix problems in their homes.

Through Act 137, recipients can receive up to $12,000 in funding. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items such as heating systems, roofing, siding or electrical and plumbing systems.

At the time, there were 200 home rehabilitation projects on a waiting list. The program has rehabilitated over 300 homes since its start in 1994.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Victoriana expert Samantha Gibbons, Tamaqua, discusses the history of bobbin lacemaking on Thursday at the conclusion of a one-month showing of rare examples of the fine art showcased at the Tamaqua Public Library. The collection is now available for loan to other similar venues.

A one-month showing of the exquisite art of bobbin lacemaking and its cultural heritage concluded its run Friday at gallery windows and display cases of the Tamaqua Public Library.

The rare collection included dozens of samples of varied lacemaking handiwork from around the world, spanning the period from 1840 to the 1930s with a few present-day examples included as well.

The collection is owned by genealogist Samantha Gibbons, Tamaqua, an aficionado of Victoriana. A few of the pieces were created by her ancestors.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Artist Vicky Dash and the Tamaqua Community Art Center are joining forces to create a community collage table, which will then become a permanent part of the art center. Residents of all ages are welcome to help.

Two open sessions will be held, from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 10 and July 24. Materials will be provided.

Dash is a member of the Schuylkill County Allied Artists. Her work has been exhibited at the Banana Factory and Icehouse, in Allentown, and the Nazareth Center For Arts.

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Among the winners in the Palmerton Camera Club's recent Spring Salon were, from left, Marc Beerman, best overall; Jim Denicola, most creative; and David Frankenfield, best technical.

It's been said the cream always rises to the top.

That idiom proved true recently for members of the Palmerton Camera Club, which snagged awards during its recent Spring Salon.

In all, there were 16 entries, according to Roger Smith, Palmerton Camera Club publicity. The subject was a 12-photograph entry of what would be used for a calendar, Smith said.

Smith said there were three awards given: Marc Beerman, best overall; Jim Denicola, most creative; and David Frankenfield, best technical.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will hold the first Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park at 9 a.m. Sept. 21. The 3.1-mile race/walk honors the late Dave Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Township supervisor, who was tragically killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building, Saylorsburg.

"Dave was a dedicated public servant and worked diligently for the community," says Bernie Kozen, executive director of the commission.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
FILE PHOTO The site of Lehighton Area School District's proposed multipurpose sports stadium.

Lehighton Area School District could have over a half-million dollars to apply toward its proposed multipurpose sports stadium.

Business administrator Brian Feick told the school board at a finance committee meeting Tuesday that there is $625,478 left over in the district's Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust account.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tamaqua's Historical and Architectural Review Board approved one application and denied two during a meeting Monday night:

Pencor, 200 E. Broad St., requested to remove existing vertical wood siding and replace it with red brick to match the existing appearance of the building. The board denied the application based on lack of additional project information.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Dave Fry

Dave Fry, an award-winning folk performer who has entertained families for decades, will present an interactive Family Fun Folk Concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St. in Tamaqua.

The concert is sponsored by the Stadium Hill Café, 417 Spruce St. and is the first interactive family concert of the summer.

Fry is an arts educator and entrepreneur and is known to feature both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo, as well as wry commentary on American family life.