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Monday, February 21, 2011

The February meeting of Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe in the Basement Conference Room. Special guest speaker will be state Senator John Yudichak.

CCDC is an action group in Carbon County that supports progressive legislation and candidates at the national, state, and local level. Newcomers are always welcome. For further information, call President Linda Christman at 610-377-0235, email lachris@ptd.net or visit www.carbondems4change.org.

Monday, February 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Some of the "wedding party" are in the water while others prepare to plunge at the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge.

"It's time to swim,"

Those were the words organizer Bob Kasper said as he dove into Henning's Pond, Albrightsville at the start of the of the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday. To celebrate the outlandishness of the event - jumping into an ice covered pond in the middle of February, he was wearing a jester costume.

Kasper has been the organizer of the event from the beginning when seven people cut the ice and jumped into the ice covered pond for the fun of it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Deaths in crashes on Pennsylvania highways climbed to 1,324 in 2010, an increase of 68 from the year before, according to Barry J. Schoch, P.E., acting PennDOT secretary.

"Fatality statistics are not simply numbers, they represent the many families that suffered the loss of loved ones on Pennsylvania roads last year. Although there is nothing we can do or say to ease the pain of losing a loved one due to a crash, we will continue to look for the best ways to keep highway travelers safe," Schoch said.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A tractor-trailer loaded with furniture experienced mechanical difficulties early yesterday morning while descending the Summit Hill-Lansford Hill (Route 902) and smashed through a Lansford home in a spectacular crash that destroyed one home and damaged another. The accident happened at 9:01, where the truck demolished the home of the Kocon family. The home is located at the intersection of Abott and Springgarden Street and is the same one severely damaged by a truck which lost its brakes on the hill several years ago.

Monday, February 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons escaped serious injury Sunday afternoon when the tractor trailer they were operating careened off a bridge along I-80 in Monroe County. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. as the rig was being operated eastbound in Pocono Township. For some unknown reason the driver lost control sending the rig off a bridge which carried I-80 over Sullivan Trail. I-80 and SR611 were all but at a standstill for hours. PennDOT crews at the scene stated the occupants of the rig climbed out of the wreckage unharmed.

Monday, February 21, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Robert A. Miller III, president of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation's Board of Directors, announces plans for the foundation to renovate the Tamaqua Area School District's three elementary libraries during the foundation's annual meeting Saturday night at The Restaurant at The Station.

In its inaugural year the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation has already made contributions to the Tamaqua Area School District in the form of technology and teacher grants.

Now the foundation is prepared to take on a major project.

Robert A. Miller III, president of the foundation's board of directors, has announced plans to renovate the libraries of the district's three elementary schools.

Monday, February 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Ruth of "Masters of the Chainsaw" has wood chips flying as he carves another work of art from logs in front of the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Broadway.

With foot traffic on the sidewalks of downtown Jim Thorpe looking more like a summer weekend than February, the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce's 17th Annual WinterFest Weekend drew many hundreds of visitors to the town over this past President's Day Weekend.

In spite of stiff, biting, winter winds for half of the weekend, the streets, shops, and businesses of the downtown area bustled with activity reminiscent of a Summertime event.

Monday, February 21, 2011
ron gower/times news

Obviously winter is far from over. In Summit Hill, 4 1/2 inches of snow fell overnight, while some areas reported as much as six inches. The snow closed schools and resulted in numerous traffic accidents. Another inch or so of snow is possible tonight.

Monday, February 21, 2011

An Andreas resident pleaded guilty recently to counts of sexual assault. He was one of five area people, who were among a total of 15, who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Christopher Lee Shiner, 27, of 134 Ash Circle, entered guilty pleas to three charges each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault on person under age 16, corruption of minors and indecent assault as cited by Trooper John Powis.

Monday, February 21, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area School District teachers who are the recipients of grants from the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation included, from left, Jolene Barron, Corinne Betz, Susan Featro, Millini Skuba and Kimberly Snyder.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation announced the recipients of five grants to teachers within the school district during its annual meeting Saturday night at The Restaurant at The Station.

Tamaqua Area School District teachers throughout all grades were asked to present grant requests to the foundation, explaining how the funds would be used to enhance the learning experience of their students. The district's administration helped facilitate the process.