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Monday, February 17, 2014

Got cabin fever?

How about a case of the winter blues?

If so, don't feel bad. You're far from alone.

As we continue to trudge along through one of the harshest winters on record, it's important to keep our heads up, and hopefully, above the massive piles of snow that have accumulated on our front lawns.

Food deliveries down

This most unkind of winters has interrupted food deliveries to seniors by Meals on Wheels in Palmerton, according to Richard Bowman, coordinator.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch meetings will begin on Feb. 20. They will be held at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of the month, at Memorial Park. Featured guests are:

Ÿ Feb. 20: Janene M. Holter will do a presentation on identity theft.

Ÿ March 20: Justin Markell will do a tour or presentation on the Carbon County Communications Center.

Ÿ April 17: Magistrate Ed Lewis will do a presentation on the criminal justice system.

Ÿ May 15: Janene M. Holter and Helene Katz will do a presentation on child predators and the social networks.

Monday, February 17, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters attempt to access a fire inside the rear of the William J. Murphy Beer Distributor business, housed in a 114-year-old Tamaqua commercial building, which is cantilevered over the Little Schuylkill River, thereby providing no rear access.

No injuries were reported Saturday night after a fire inside a 114-year-old Tamaqua commercial building sent occupants fleeing out onto the street.

Firefighters from the Tamaqua and Coaldale fire departments responded to an 8:33 p.m. structure fire at the William J. Murphy Beer Distributor building, 443 Pine St.

Initial reports from the Schuylkill Communications Center indicated a working structure fire at the rear of building and that all occupants had safely exited the wood-frame commercial unit.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rail and motor traffic was running normally again today as track and highway workers, aided by thawing weather, cleared travel arteries of snow and ice following last week's storm.

All main roads in Schuylkill and Carbon counties were reported clear with the exception of the Mansion House Hill road at Mauch Chunk.

Covered at spots by 35 to 40 feet of snow last Friday, the hill was opened to one lane of traffic yesterday.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Coaldale: Dolores E. Ponzo to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.: 137 Sixth St. for $1.

Craig Stabler to Bank of America, BAC Home Loan Service, and Countryside Home Loans: 232 E. High St. for $1.

Joseph J. Zonca Sr., Joseph J. Zonca Jr., Schuylkill County Register of Wills to Angela M. Blasko: 211 Greenwood St. for $1.

Tamaqua: Douglas Schartel and Melissa Schartel to CN Properties: 114 Market St. for $39,410.

Debra L. Masser to Debra L. Masser and Nicole Ann Paulo: 213 W. Broad St. for $1.

Debra L. Masser to Nicole Ann Paulo: 25 Railroad St. for $1.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School Board meeting originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday has been rescheduled due to availability of the board. The meeting will now be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tamaqua Area Middle School large group instruction room.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in town on Wednesday, Feb. 19. from 1 to 6 p.m. The location has been changed to the Mauch Chunk Rod and Gun Club. It was scheduled to be at Memorial Hall.

If you are a donor or becoming a donor, note the change of location. You must be 17 years of age or older to be a donor.

Class meeting

Members of the 1964 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School, will meet at noon at Trattoria's, Route 903 on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Monday, February 17, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Eric Barron, a former professor and dean at Penn State University and president of Florida State University, was chosen Monday to lead Pennsylvania's largest university as it continues grappling with fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He'll bring with him the experience of managing a major state university known as much for its for storied athletic program as its academic mission, as well as the fallout from a sex-abuse scandal with ties to big-time college football.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Schuylkill County man has been jailed for theft by deception after he purchased a 2005 Hummer and sold it for a profit even though he never legally paid for the vehicle.

Trooper Chad M Smith, of the Schuylkill Haven State Police, said that on Jan. 28, he was contacted by Lehigh Valley Auction, who reported that on July 24, 2013, Robert D. Schappell Jr, 42, of 440 Lake Front Drive, Deer Lake, purchased a 2005 Hummer at the auction for $18,695.50 via check, and removed the Hummer from the auction.

Monday, February 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have identified the body of a man found floating on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River as that of a fashion designer who was reported missing last week.

Police say 55-year-old Michele Savoia's body was discovered off Chelsea Piers on Sunday afternoon not far from where he lived aboard his boat. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

It wasn't clear how Savoia ended up in the river, but police do not suspect foul play. He was last seen alive leaving a nearby nightclub early Thursday morning.