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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FMI: (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Area High School mascot "Herc" makes his appearance at a morning assembly at Penn Kidder Elementary School for the celebration of BAMMM week.

The students at Penn Kidder Elementary School were all thrilled by visits this week from three area sports mascots as a part of their celebration of BAMMM week.

BAMMM stands for "Books are Magical, Magnificent, and Marvelous," a theme that was followed all week at the school.

The students were delighted by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' mascot "Tux," the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball team's mascot "Champ," and Jim Thorpe Area High School's own mascot, "Herc."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Fifth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 15, at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments offered by Jim Thorpe girls and boys soccer teams. Proceeds from a basket event will be donated to purchase a bench in Hunter's name at the Lehighton pool. Also Mountain Karate will be doing demonstrations during the tournament.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feed the People provides a free, hot meal for any community member who wants one, regardless of residency. On Tuesday, March 6, Feed the People will be serving at The Heritage Center at 1 West Hazard St.t, Summit Hill from 10:30 to noon. This is a community cafe, with a welcoming atmosphere. Meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in your community. Volunteers are welcomed. For further information about other days and locations of service call Rita Trucios (570) 657-1480.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Tamaqua Family and Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., will be holding their kickoff this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Events consist of a grand opening show featuring Kathy Rimm, The Fat Cats, Sterling Koch and a collective encore jam. There will also be an art exhibit on the first floor, with live musical entertainment on the second floor. Organizers state that donations are always appreciated.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tractor-trailer traffic on Palmerton's Delaware Avenue will be cut significantly by early fall following a new $250,000 access route project to be constructed by the Zinc Corporation of America. ZCI announced that it will begin construction of a new truck entrance to the East Plant facility. An estimated 123 trucks per day enter the ZCA East Plant via Delaware Avenue and the new plant entrance will essentially remove nearly all heavy truck traffic from Palmerton's main street.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Six area residents were among 32 who were qualified by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program because they were first offenders to non violent crimes.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted them into the program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court and imposed conditions to be completed. If they successfully carry out the sentences they can clear their name. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Tamaqua Volunteers group is looking for volunteers to help paint over recent graffiti vandalism at the Tamaqua YMCA and other establishments at the Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua. Volunteers are also needed to tidy up the grounds. Supplies are provided. The group will meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. in front of the Tamaqua YMCA.

For more information, call Tamaqua Volunteers president Andrew Leibenguth at (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seventeen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following defendants.

DUI cases

The following entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses.

Jason M. Derr, 34, of Freeland, was arrested on Oct. 21, 2010, in Weatherly.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Christian Lenway, left, and Barry Borger, right, take their oath of office to serve as fire company Chief and township Emergency Management Coordinator, respectively. Both were also sworn in as fire police.

Citing the increased cost for fuel and tipping fees to run the Polk Township Recycling and Solid Waste Program, the Polk Township Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to have an annual use permit cost $90. That use is for township residents only, with proof of residency required.

That cost comes to only $1.73 per week as is pointed out on the informative brochure created by township staff for interested residents.

The yearly sign-up and payment is due from March 1 through April 15. Notices will not be sent in the mail.