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Thursday, February 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected for the Junior Schuylkill County Band along with a photo. Among those selected were, kneeling from left, Nathan Gerace, Arienne Serniak, Rachael Paisley, Courtney Miller and Julia Shellhamer. Back row, Andrew Delpais, Vanessa Solt, Tim Lehman, Jenny Beck and Amy Gardiner. Also selected were Jamie Mateyak, Madelyn Dolinsky and Kyle Patrick.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
An artist's rendering shows the planned Tamaqua Riverwalk as seen from Willing Park. Construction of the 800-feet walkway could begin in the coming weeks, with an unveiling by early summer.

Ten years ago, a visioning program determined that Tamaqua isn't using its waterways to maximum advantage. To help rectify the situation, the community will build its first pedestrian lane designed specifically to showcase a river and add a recreation venue.

By this summer, area residents will be able to stroll along a scenic, 800-foot-long Tamaqua Riverwalk, connecting Cedar Street to Willing Park and the Tamaqua Community Center.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male driver of a white Mitsubishi drove into a tree yesterday morning around 9:30 a.m. after missing a deer while driving on Lake Drive in Lake Hauto. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had to be towed. Hometown Fire Company, Police and Fire Police responded.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Carbon County teen is facing a long state prison term after pleading guilty on Tuesday in the county court to assaulting police officers.

Jeremy Hirochek, 19, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven R. Serfass to two counts each of aggravated and simple assault and one count each of terroristic threats, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stephen P. Toth, Principal of the Tamaqua Area High School, has announced the students who qualify for the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Highest Honors: average of 95% or above with no grade below 93% in a major subject.

High Honors: average of 90% or above with no grade lower than an 86% in a major subject.

Honors: average of 86% or above with no grade lower than 78% in a major subject.

12th Grade/Highest Honors:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carbon County voters will have plenty of choices to make in the 2011 Municipal Election, starting with the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 17.

A new judge, nine row offices and three magisterial district judge positions are all on the ballot.

The judgeship was created by the untimely death of Judge David W. Addy on Dec. 17, 2009. Since that time, Senior Judge Richard W. Webb has been handling the docket which would have been set aside for Addy, supplementing the work of President Judge Roger Nanovic and Judge Steve Serfass.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eighteen people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court this week and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Matthew Charles Hosler, 24, of 511 Arlington St., Tamaqua, had a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) nol prossed and he entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct for which he was fined $300 and careless driving, fined $25. Hosler was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Robert Minnick.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Engineer Bruce Steigerwalt was recognized during the East Penn Planning Commission meeting. It is National Engineer's Week.

Advanced Racing Operations Consultant Corp. Engineer Mike Brinkash discussed the township engineer's comments and those of the Carbon County Planning Commission with Steigerwalt. Other commission members asked for clarification if they were not sure what was being discussed.

The plan was not an accurate depiction of the deed descriptions, said Steigerwalt. Brinkash said numbers were rounded off, but they are supposed to written out in full.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Photos taken from video at a local convenience store show two men who have been identified as Kevin James Kassak, 25, and Brandon Michael Snyder, 23, both of Lansford. The video reportedly helped with making arrests regarding two burglaries which occurred this week.

Two Lansford men have been arrested regarding burglaries that occurred this week in Summit Hill and Coaldale.

Kevin James Kassak, 25, of 41 Leisenring St., has been charged with committing a burglary at the Switchback Mini Mart in Summit Hill either Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Kassak and Brandon Michael Snyder, 23, of 520 E. Bertsch St., are both being charged with a burglary Monday night at Pappy's Mini Mart, 113 E. Walter St., Coaldale.