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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ted Bogosh, West Penn Township Sewage Facilities plan chairman, asks the township engineer on Monday for an update of the project timetable.

Despite making progress, West Penn Township might not meet a state-designated deadline for its updated Act 537 Sewage Facilities plan.

At Monday's board of supervisors meeting, township engineer Ronald B. Madison, P.E., senior project manager with RETTEW of Schuylkill Haven, said there are still some hurdles, such as the 30-day and 60-day review periods for Schuylkill County planning and township planning, plus the fact that "not meeting soil testing deadlines" is throwing a snag into the best made plans.

"I do not think we'll meet our June 30 deadline," said Madison.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting on Monday night was filled with about 50 residents and employees of the township listening to some changes passed affecting its personnel in to the remainder of the year.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A move by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin, designed to streamline caseloads for the county's district judges, has been implemented earlier than expected.

Baldwin asked the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court to adjust the district territories by eliminating one district and revising the coverage area of the remaining seven districts. The state Supreme Court agreed with Baldwin's recommendation and made it effective April 1, a lot earlier than anyone expected.

Monday, April 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Taking part in the Care Net of Tamaqua's first annual Walk For Life are Nathaniel Noftz, 9, left, Michaela Noftz, 11, and Reiley Bauer, 7, pushing Isabella Weber, 13 months.

Care Net of Tamaqua held its first annual Walk For Life Saturday in Tamaqua. The walk started at their Tamaqua office located at the Tamaqua Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church and continued through the streets of Tamaqua.

Purple balloons tied to parking meters also marked their path.

Monday, April 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brother and sister Alexis Franz, 13, and Joe Franz of Tamaqua try their luck with the fish on the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua.

Monday, April 4, 2011

All the candidates for contested Carbon County positions have indicated they will attend a "Tax Day - Candidates Night" on Monday, April 18, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The event, beginning at 7 p.m., is hosted by the Lehighton 9-12 Project.

Sandy Dellicker, president of 9-12 Project, said she has received confirmation from all nine candidates for Carbon County Commissioner, as well as both the candidates who are seeking the office of sheriff.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on April 9 at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hot food and refreshments will be available all day.

Prizes will include a 3 day/2 night stay at Craiger's Resort in 1000 Islands, Canada, as well as Football Hall of Fame tickets, fishing rods, bicycles and more.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Linda Yulanavage, 41, has been elected "Tamaqua's Citizen of the Year" today by a committee of former recipients of the award. She becomes the 27th person to be so honored by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. An outstanding businesswoman and active community leader, she moved to Tamaqua in 1973 when her husband, Carl, was transferred to the Hometown plant of Air Products. She owns and operates Sweet Treats, which deals in supplies for candy-making and other crafts, and Party People, a retail party supply company.

Monday, April 4, 2011

As part of the 2010-2011 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, 32 area volunteer fire companies and emergency medical services (EMS) providers have been awarded grants totaling $316,854, which have been approved to help them with operational expenses, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Tamaqua man was one of three defendants who had their parole and probations revoked by Schuylkill County judges.

Zachory Scott Trevorah, 25, of 326 N. Railroad St., had his parole revoked by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine for violating terms of his probation, chiefly for failing to report weekly to his probation officer and abstain from unlawful possession of controlled substance.