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Friday, November 5, 2010

Boys in grades 1-5, who would like to become Cub Scouts in Carbon County, are invited to sign up on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, 1 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe. Boys who sign up to become a Cub Scout will be given a free train ride on the North Pole Express when accompanied by a paying adult. Information will be available at the event on all the different Cub Packs in the county.

For tickets or more information, call the railroad at (570) 325-8485.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mitch Schaffer, owner of Mobile Edge, 52 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, is collecting gently used coats for needy children. Coats can be dropped off at the store until Dec. 31.

A brainstorm of Mitchell Schaffer, owner of Mobile Edge, 52 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, made winter a little warmer for 250 needy children in Carbon County last year.

Schaffer had been watching the news about a community doing a coat drive for children and decided to organize one for Carbon County children who do not have coats for the winter.

Schaffer said that while growing up he never had to worry about having a decent coat. He said he never realized that there are a lot of children who are cold every day at the bus stop or on their way to and from school.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Edward "Ed" Kleha, of Shenandoah, is expected to announce in the next few days his resignation as chairman of the Democratic Party of Schuylkill County.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The former executive director of the Schuylkill County Rape and Victim Assistance Center has been charged with embezzlement.

Mary Beth Semerod, 55, of Pottsville, has been accused of stealing an estimated $100,000 in grant money, according to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in Scranton. The grant money was to be used to aid the victims of rape or other sexual abuse.

The grant money was for the period of June 2006 to June 2008, according to the justice department.

Friday, November 5, 2010

It may put a dent in recycling contests for school children, and parents may have to resort to pillows to boost their toddlers to the dinner table, but as of Jan. 1, Verizon Communications Inc. will no longer automatically deliver free white pages telephone books to its Pennsylvania customers.

The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday granted the communications giant permission to stop the delivery. However, the company plans to continue distributing books with business and government listings.

Friday, November 5, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Chinese performers break into a grand finale during Thursday's ethnic extravaganza, a performance that prompted two standing ovations and brought down the house before a crowd of 500 at the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.

A performance Thursday by 51 Chinese nationals showcased the 5,000-year-old ethnic culture of the world's most populous nation and left a Tamaqua audience in awe.

'Colorful China,' now debuting in the United States, captured the imagination, bringing a crowd of 500 to their feet in two standing ovations.

The Tamaqua Area Auditorium hosted the free-to-the public sight and sound extravaganza which was heralded as a world-class performance and lived up to its billing according to those who witnessed it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership will hold its Annual Meeting/Cocktail Party on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Scheller Center of Lehigh Carbon Community College's Morgan Center, Tamaqua.

This year's meeting will include a facilitated discussion with the theme, "Looking Ahead: Priorities for 2011."

The chairpersons of the Partnerships' Steering Committee will present an overview of activities from this year as well as projects that will carry forward into the coming year.

Friday, November 5, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation received a donation of $1,000 from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation in support of projects that benefit the Tamaqua Area School District. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Attorney Jeffrey Bowe and Walter Kruczek, Raider Foundation treasurer and vice president; Joe Wozniski, Wachovia Wells Fargo personal banker; Peter Sherry, Wachovia Wells Fargo district manager; Robert C. Miller, Raider Foundation president; and Dr. Peter Uhlig, Raider Foundation board member.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation has announced it will award scholarship funding to deserving faculty members of the Tamaqua Area School District.

The non-profit foundation was formed in November, 2009 to work independently to assist Tamaqua Area with projects outside of the district's budget.

"Acting autonomously, the foundation will enlist individuals, corporations and foundations in charitable resource raising activities to assist our students in achieving our maximum potential," reads its mission statement.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nesquehoning Borough Council held a brief meeting on Thursday evening, since they could not hold a meeting on Oct. 27 due to lack of a quorum.

Missing from the meeting this time were Frank DiMiceli and Michael Sniscak.

Representatives from Aflac were present to discuss their proposal. Greg Guldin, district sales coordinator and Carolyn Verba, an associate, explained their features to council members present. A motion was made to have a meeting for their employees to see if there is an interest since there is no cost to the borough.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nine bids were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Thursday for a water line replacement project on Wood Street in Cumbola in Blythe Township.

The bidders were:

Dallago's Backhoe Service, Marlin, Norwegian Township, $59,518 base bid, $5,632 first alternative and $15,774 second alternative.

Wexcon Inc., Mohrsville, $62,627 base bid, $4,527 first alternative and $15,877.50 second alternative.

Donohue Excavating and Paving Company, Schuylkill Haven, $68,940 base bid, $12,400, first alternativive and $19,899.96 second alternative.