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Thursday, April 12, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Pat Freeh-Stefanek, volunteer chairman of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership for the past 12 years, has decided to step down to spend more time with family.

The volunteer chairman serving at the helm of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership for the past 12 years has decided to step down.

Pat Freeh-Stefanek will retire from the position later this month after serving four, three-year terms.

Freeh-Stefanek said she'd like to spend more time with family and make room for others to step foward.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lawmakers are encouraging Sunoco to revise or delay the closing of its oil distribution center, located on Tuscarora Park Road, just off Taggartsville Road in Tamaqua.

State Sen. David Argall, R-29, and Reps. Doyle Heffley R-122; Jerry Knowles R-124; Mike Tobash, R-125; and Neal Goodman D-123, met with officials recently to contend the situation. They also sent a letter to Sunoco asking it to reconsider.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Crochet and Loom Knit Club at Pleasant Valley Middle School learns more than needlework and enjoy the comradery of their group. Some of the members are, sitting left to right: Mrs. Jennifer Dean, Connor Smith, Meaghan Doerbecker, Sabrina Meli, Samantha Catania, Vanessa Meroro, Katrina Stenger. Advisers are, standing, left to right: Diane Dudak, Amelia Meixsell and Catherine Barrett.

Many of us had grandmothers who sat in a favorite chair, hands busy with needles or hooks, with a ball of colorful yarn at their feet, knitting or crocheting baby sweaters or afghans for some lucky recipients.

Sometimes they passed on this needlework skill to their daughters and granddaughters.

But what if you are in middle school and aren't lucky enough to have someone close to you who could teach knitting or crocheting?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thefts, fires, destruction of property doesn't sound like small town occurrences.

Unfortunately it happens more than many Bowmanstown residents realize, and some are fed up with it.

Councilwoman Kara Scott of Ore Street is ready to spearhead the currently forming neighborhood crime watch. The increase in crime was the main topic of discussion at this month's borough council meeting.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A preliminary hearing for a Lehighton man who allegedly threatened to kill a borough police officer and spat all over the inside of a police cruiser ended minutes after it started Wednesday when his attorney requested a competency evaluation.

Todd Allen George, 34, of 470 N. Second St., Lehighton, faces charges of terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct/obscene language, and public drunkenness.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Peter Kern, president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses the importance of zinc to the industrial development of the region to members of the chamber earlier this week. Kern is a former vice president of Horsehead Industries.

Zinc: The hidden metal that went on to become the lifeblood of Palmerton.

Peter Kern, chamber president, discussed with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday the importance of zinc to the industrial development of the region.

Kern, a former vice president of Horsehead Industries, told the chamber he gave several presentations in recent months at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum attended by over 130 guests.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Summit Hill GAR will be holding a cleanup on Saturday morning, April 14 at 9 a.m. if the weather is nice.

Anyone wishing to volunteer some of their time would be welcome to pick up debris in the cemetery and get it ready for the upcoming season. Please bring garbage bags and wear gloves if you have them.

Contact David at (570) 657-0792 for more information.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wendi Rigler of Tamaqua with her dog Maggie, a Chihuahua. She credits her family, friends, and Maggie with forming a strong support system when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Wendi Rigler believes she is very lucky.

While she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she was lucky enough to find the cancer early. A doctor's hunch led to a prompt diagnosis and treatment. She has suffered few side effects from treatments.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Keith G. Billig, mayor of Bowmanstown, has issued a burn ban in the borough of Bowmanstown until further notice.