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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement Program has released the following information from recent Roving DUI Patrols held in Schuylkill County.

On May 11, 34 vehicles were contacted and detained. Three drivers were tested and one arrested for suspected drunken driving. Officers issued 13 traffic citations and issued 22 warnings. Three police departments, represented by three officers participated in the patrol.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Although the Center Street bridge improvement project has received substantial funding from PennDOT, the borough of Tamaqua is going to be forking $7,700 over to the Reading and Northern Railroad annually as a result of the project.

The matter came to light at last night's council meeting when Councilman John Trudich questioned the item on the monthly bills and motioned not to pay it, calling it "baloney."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Are you looking for great music? Colorful costumes? Witty dialogue? Then you won't want to miss Towamensing Elementary School's spring musical presentation, "Seussical Jr." on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. All your favorite Dr. Seuss characters like Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little girl with a big imaginationJojo. The colorful characters transports you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The story centers around Horton the Elephant.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has been asked to put forth maximum effort as it continues to wrestle with next year's spending plan.

Ron Walbert, a resident of Lower Towamensing Township, expressed concerns to the school board on Tuesday with regard to the 2012-13 budget.

Walbert, who serves as chairman of the township's board of supervisors, told the board it needs to give "due diligence" to next year's proposed spending plan.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Girl Scout Leader of Cadettes Troop 376, Bridget Freeby, presented the Girl Scouts Silver Award and Dean Green of Operation: Touch of Home presented the Presidential Volunteer Award to, left to right, Samantha Bartholomew, Aubrey Freeby, Maliyah Jones and Emily McDermott.

Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It shows the girl is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community. Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Cadette to qualify.

In a special ceremony, 10 Girl Scouts of Troop 376, were recognized and honored for their achievements, under the leadership of Bridget Freeby and Dawn Bartholomew. It was held at Cherry's Sunset Family Restaurant in Kresgeville.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tamaqua Borough Council held its second public hearing regarding the submission of the application for funding for the 2012 community development block grant program. The final project list includes $18,575 for administration, $30,950 for clearance and demolition, $37,678 for street reconstruction, and $16,000 for parking meter upgrades.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Changes to its junior high school schedule has been met with some resistance in the Palmerton Area School District.

Brad Landis, president of the Palmerton Area Education Association, read a statement from the PAEA to the school board on Tuesday.

In his statement, Landis said administration has decided to eliminate homogenous grouping - the grouping of students of similar abilities - and replace it with fully heterogeneous grouping, or random grouping.

He said that "while there may be some merit to this change, two elements of it are puzzling to the PAEA."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
John Busavage

Coaldale will honor its veterans on Sunday, May 27 with ceremonies held at the Memorial Garden on Third Street and at the Seek memorial.

The Seek ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., with the Memorial Garden observance at 2:30 p.m. The services are sponsored by the Coaldale United Veterans Organization.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, is hosting the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the World War I monument.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dina Depos/ Special to the Times News Instructor Phillip Krivenko, on right, teaches oil painting brush techniques to the class.

In addition to learning various forms of oil pointing, residents were provided a chance to paint their own works of art recently in the arts room of the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The session, hosted by the Salvation Army, was called Diakon's Living and Learning Oil Painting. For more information about future events at the Salvation Army, contact Programs Director Dina Depos at (570) 668-0410.