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Thursday, February 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two New York comedians took part in the American Hose Company, of Tamaqua, comedy night benefit held recently at their firehouse. Pictured are comedians Keith Purnell, left, and Marc Juretus.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors received a letter from Frank Tatusko, a driver education instructor at Pleasant Valley High School. In the letter he states that he believes there is a serious hazard at the intersection of State Rd. Rt. 209 and Old State Rd. Rt. 115 (Chestnuthill Diner intersection), a site of many serious and some fatal accidents. He has observed drivers running the red light and offered three possible solutions to help decrease the hazard.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

George Schreiber of Brodheadsville addressed the Pleasant Valley School Board Thursday night with a few questions and statements concerning the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

He asked if the proposed budget showed a nine percent increase from last year and Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent did confirm that saying it was only the preliminary budget, not the final number.

"At this time of year, it's never the final budget. We have never come in close to that number," he said

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Permission was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners to the engineering department to seek sealed bids for repairs to a county bridge which carries Greenwood Street over Panther Creek in Tamaqua; Rest Haven Home for laundry services and to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a rahab project at the Gordon Borough Municipal Building, in action taken at a work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. All bids must be in the controller's office by April 4.

Bids opened

Thursday, February 17, 2011
WILLIAM GADDES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Coaldale Lions Club president Robert Ames, left, and Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer.

Lions International has awarded the Coaldale Lions Club the Club Excellence Award. Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer of West Penn Lions Club presented the award to Coaldale club president Bob Ames on Feb. 8.

The award, for 2009-2010, is given to those Lions Clubs that excel in community service, support to those who require extensive vision care, and support to Lions International objectives and world-wide vision programs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A resolution was adopted by Nesquehoning Borough Council that will have the borough become the owner of the New Columbus Park, and have it named in memory of John F. Cerchairo, one of the leaders of the community. The 120-by-270 foot plot was donated by Mrs. Cerchairo to the borough, providing the park is renamed John F. Cerchairo Memorial Park and a plaque erected in honor of her late husband. The park was at one time the site of the New Columbus School.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available at State Rep. Doyle Heffley's website at RepHeffley.com. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent orproperty taxes paid in 2010. The program benefitseligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council approved the retirement of long-time borough worker and director of public works, Bill Willing, effective Feb. 10.

Council president Micah Gursky thanked Willing for his years of service and wished him well on his retirement. Although Willing was not at the meeting he will be presented with certificates of appreciation at a later date. The borough also hired Rob Jones to fill Willing's role.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Carbon County prison officials were split when it came to allowing work release-eligible inmates to go out and search for employment.