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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Tamaqua Citizenship winner named

A Tamaqua businessman who reaches into all corners of his community to offer help will be thanked and honored.

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Thomas Banditelli Sr. will receive the 51st Joseph M. Plasko Citizenship Award. The award will be presented at the 64th Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner on Wednesday, April 23, at the Hometown Fire Company.

Banditelli owns Tom's Auto and Marine, 250 S. Greenwood St. The firm specializes in auto repairs and painting, along with sporting equipment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Mike Kryworuka opens the door of his mother's home in Barnesville to greet a visitor, but stops short of stepping out onto the porch. If he goes past his front door, the ankle monitor he wears will alert the Schuylkill County Adult Probation office, and an officer will immediately be in touch to find out why he left the house and where he was.

The close monitoring Kryworuka also must take breath tests in front of a camera four times a day is one of the requirements he must comply with under the rules of the county's first pre-release program, begun in September.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The 75-foot tall training tower, which has been used for training firefighters for over 40 years, at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton, is going to be demolished.

The tower was inspected by an engineer and deemed to be unsafe.

An inspection was done by Carbon Engineering of Summit Hill, which indicated the condition of the tower is so bad, that even eight or nine firefighters on the same floor might cause it to collapse.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers will get the slightest of breaks on gasoline prices this summer, according to the Energy Department.

The national average price is forecast to fall — by just one cent — to $3.57 per gallon between April and September, the months when Americans do most of their driving.

Still, that would be the lowest average since 2010. For the year, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration expects gasoline to average $3.45 per gallon, down from $3.51 last year and also the lowest since 2010.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lehighton borough police are investigating a robbery which occurred Saturday afternoon at the First National Pharmacy in Lehighton.

Chief of Police Brian Biechy said the incident happened at about 3:10 p.m. The pharmacy is located at 143 N. First St.

Police said the robber, who was alone, was described as wearing over-sized prescription glasses, black hoodie, black cargo pants and black and gray sneakers.

The clerk told police that the bandit displayed a weapon, but isn't sure what the weapon was.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Edelman

Nationally known photographer Joe Edelman will speak to the Carbon County Art League at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center, 1874 State Route 903.

He will be speaking on "The Art of Seeing." His talk will be accompanied by slides of his photographic work.

Interested visitors are welcome.

Edelman is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer, lecturer and model mentor.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Geisinger Hospital's Children's Miracle Network will be hosting "Angling for Miracles," a family fun fishing day, on April 24 at Sweet Arrow Lake in Pine Grove. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include fishing lessons, nature walks, a scavenger hunt, face painting, fish themed games and more. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School board welcomed a new, yet familiar member Monday night at its April meeting at the Penn Kidder campus, and also saw the adoption of a new plan for the district moving forward.

The board introduced its newest member, Robert Schaninger, who takes a seat left empty by the resigned board president, Dr. Clement McGinley. Schaninger is no stranger to the school board, having been voted in during a special election in 2012, then resigning in August of last year.

Schaninger was voted in 7-1 and took his seat after his swearing in.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A New Hampshire native has been hired as Tamaqua's new borough manager, borough solicitor Sparks Reese announced at a news conference this morning in the Tamaqua Municipal Building.

The new manager, Gardner R. Benson, who will leave a position as town manager of Goffstown, N.H., will succeed Marvin Milam and will start his new duties on April 21.

Benson made his second trip to Tamaqua to be present for a meeting of the Tamaqua Borough Council last night when his selection to the post at a salary of $11,000 a year was made final.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Berks County man admitted on Monday in the county court to attempting to rob a Carbon County bank almost two years ago.

Michael Todd Trumbore, 46, of Reading, entered a plea to criminal attempt-robbery but mentally ill. He was charged by Franklin Township police for an incident on July 5, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Bank along Interchange Road.

Trumbore entered his plea after defense attorney George T. Dydynsky presented a psychiatric report that stated Trumbore suffered from mental health issues at the time of the incident and still does.