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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Three Carbon County bridges and two in the Tamaqua area are among 85 on a list of aging state-owned spans in the region scheduled for weight restrictions by the state Department of Transportation.

They are among 1,000 bridges in the state to be subjected to the limits.

The bridges, in Packer, Kidder and Lower Towamensing townships, Tamaqua and Rush Township, are structurally deficient but "not unsafe," PennDOT secretary Barry Shoch said Thursday at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bob Ciavaglia of Lehigh Anthracite volunteers his time to clear drains following a water main break in Tamaqua on Monday.

Residents in the east end of Tamaqua are under a water boil advisory after a large water main break yesterday afternoon sent water, dirt and rocks shooting into the parking lot of the Tamaqua Plaza, formerly Jamesway Plaza.

Since the burst, borough crews have been working non-stop to replace the broken section of pipe.

Rob Jones, Tamaqua's Public Works director, estimated the affected pipes were built when the plaza was built, in the early '70s.

The incident and repairs have caused a discoloration of water for many Tamaqua residents, not just the east end of town.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A reunion in Tamaqua on Sunday recalled a trip to Rome last year in which a discovery was made about a Tamaqua church. From left: Bill Savage, Elaine Millet, Donna Soley, Vatican priest the Rev. Gary Ziuraitis, the Rev. William J. Linkchorst, and Diane Derr.

The Rev. Gary Ziuraitis, a priest assigned to the Vatican, said he felt something very familiar when he visited the Dutch Hill section of Tamaqua on Sunday.

"Like so many other long-standing Lithuanian settlements, it's like coming home," said the Michigan native.

Ziuraitis was in the Schuylkill County community to see four Tamaqua friends Diane Derr, Bill Savage, Donna Soley and Elaine Millet.

The four first met Ziuraitis in 2002 while on a trip to Lithuania sponsored by the Knights of Lithuania, and again last year.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The combination of excellent weather, a great country singer, and the popular demolition derby attracted a large crowd for the opening day of the West End Fair in Gilbert.

Fair officials said the weather probably was the most deciding factor for attendance.

From music to madness motor madness, that is the demolition derby provided the usual excitement of crunch and crash, smoke and fire.

Tim George of Kresgeville was the feature winner, while Dave Frantz of Kunkletown finished runner-up.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS These were just a few of the classic vehicles displayed at the United Way of Carbon County's 6th Annual Cruise to the Music Festival & Car Show.

United Way of Carbon County's 6th Annual Cruise to the Music Festival & Car Show was held at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

According to the UWCC co-chairs of the event Donna Lennon, president of the UWCC and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, board member, there was a nice turnout for the festival.

UWCC board member Angela Nardini, vice president of marketing and campaigns, coordinated the entertainment and was the MC.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Weatherly Institute for Robotics and Engineering (W.I.R.E.), a nonprofit organization that provides robotics and engineering technology education to children and young adults, has announced the formation of Robotics Competition Teams for W.I.R.E. and its affiliate chapter, the Hazleton Institute for Robotics and Engineering, H.I.R.E.

These teams will involve 9-14 year olds for the FIRST Lego league Competition and late middle school through high school aged youths for the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition, to be held at a date to be determined during the 2013-2014 school year.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Attorneys Matthew Rapa, left, and Jason Rapa, both of Rapa Law Office in Lehighton, were recently named "Rising Stars" by the national Super Lawyer program.

Two local lawyers have been named "Rising Stars" by the national Super Lawyer program.

This is the third year that Jason Rapa of Rapa Law Office in Lehighton has been named a Rising Star. Matthew Rapa, also of Rapa Law Office and Jason's brother, was named a Rising Star for the first time.

"It was nice to see my brother recognized, and to see myself recognized for what we do," said Jason. "It's a real compliment that other attorneys would recognize and nominate you."

Matthew's law practice focuses on criminal defense, and also works in family and civil law.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A mistrial was declared in the case of Frederick Anthony Postie, 42, of 626 Fairview St., Tamaqua (Rush Township), after several hours of testimony was heard by a jury in Schuylkill County court on Monday.

Postie received another break when the district attorney chose to prosecute him on only four of the seven burglary charges he had been cited by Rush Sgt. Duane Frederick.

The mistrial was caused by a statement made on the witness stand by Postie's former girlfriend, Stepheny Kech, who was called by the Commonwealth to testify against him.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) has declared August "Tree Check Month." It's the right time to get out into the woods and watch for signs of diseased and dying trees.