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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Are you looking for a primary care physician or having trouble finding a doctor that schedules evening appointments?

Weissport Medical Services, the newest addition to Behavioral Health Associates growing family of medical and educational services, opens on Tuesday, March 13 in the offices of the former Penn Medical Group, P.C. at 413 Bridge Street in Weissport, next to the Weissport Bridge.

Current resident of Pen Argyl, Thomas H. Neill, D.O. will be treating patients by appointment.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Help is available to TIMES NEWS area residents who own a pet and need to have it spayed or neutered.

Susie Yaich, who is part owner of Jim Thorpe Pet Center and co-founder of Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe, said that there are many options for pet owners who can't afford to take their pet to a veterinarian to get it spayed or neutered.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Workers with Bruce & Merrilees Electric Company, a PennDOT contractor, take down the remnants of the old traffic light at the intersection of Mauch Chunk and Pine Street (SR309) in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Council is not happy with the current traffic situation in their town and they made sure PennDOT knew about it. Council spent over two hours grilling Dennis Toomey, the PennDOT District 5-0 traffic and operations engineer, at Tuesday night's regular council meeting.

Prior to the meeting, Toomey presented council members with a five-page memo and accompanying drawings that he hoped would begin to address some of the ongoing issues stemming from the recent traffic improvement project in town, and outlining some of the possible solutions.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS The owners of Fegley's Mini Mart in Tamaqua are hoping to create a four-way intersection at Center and Cedar streets. The move would mean significant changes for the traffic flow, which is already a source of contention for Tamaqua Borough Council.

Tamaqua's traffic changes may not be over yet.

Michael Tirpak, of Carbon Engineering, presented Tamaqua Borough Council with some preliminary suggestions for changes to the intersection of Center and Cedar streets, on behalf of his client, Don Fegley, who owns Fegley's Minimart near the intersection.

Tirpak explained that his client acquired the lot to the south of the minimart last year, with the particular intent of improving access to the existing lot for the regular fueling and delivery trucks that frequent the business.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS These awkwardly shaped cardboard box derby's proved to be a big hit recently at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

What contraption is made out of cardboard, and held together with duct tape, glue or string?

The answer is a Cardboard Box Derby, as was presented by the Northern Valley District Cub Scout Sunday at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Over 100 Scouts and family members from Minsi Trails Council participated in the event, whereby Cub Scouts were transported in the device down a snow-covered hill.

The device could be a car, boat, flying saucer, or anything that could be built that utilized the aforementioned materials.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It could cost Palmerton Area School District over $100,000 to upgrade its high school restrooms.

The district received eight bids on Wednesday, which saw CMG of Easton Inc., turn in the apparent low proposal of $103,000.

That bid was $4,000 less than the next lowest proposal of $107,000, turned in by JBM Mechanical, of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Local photographer Tom Storm will speak at the March meeting of the Palmerton Camera Club on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 5th & Lafayette, Palmerton.

Actually, 'local' photographer is a misnomer. Tom has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, taking photographs wherever he goes. He is well-known for his photography workshops, especially his Jim Thorpe walkabouts teaching his students how to find excellent photos as well as how to take them.

His work has been displayed in Jim Thorpe art galleries.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was killed and a four-year-old child riding with him was injured when the all terrain vehicle (ATV) he was riding crash in a wooded area of the county.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday off of Acorn Lane, quarter-mile east of SR183, in Wayne Township.

Troopers said Dennis Reichert, 57, of Minersville, was operating the ATV with the child passenger on a dirt road when he lost control when he apparently attempted to avoid a collison with an animal.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two days after a major snowstorm, Summit Hill remains marooned. The snow drifted so high in the streets that traffic was completely tied up. Snow shovels are engaged in opening the streets. Traffic to Lansford was kep up from the outskirts of Summit Hill. The snow drifts are reported four feet high. Traffic via Lentz Trail is reported in good shape except at Carl Gehring's farm, where there is only one-way traffic through a snow drift.