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Saturday, March 26, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Angler volunteers guide trout-laden, wire-frame floating basket along section of Lizard Creek, stocking the trout into the more remote areas as they walk to the next bridge crossing.

Trout like cold water, so early spring is a perfect time for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to stock Carbon County's waterways, in particular the Mahoning and Lizard Creeks, which being in the southern part of the county, warm up a bit sooner.

Because they warm up earlier in the season, the PA F&B Commission has made these border creeks part of the Regional Opening Day – they open to fishing at 8 a.m. on April 2. The balance of Carbon County and most northern streams open for fishing on April 16.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Parryville's Zoning Hearing Board denied all but one variance request made by Mark Stemler, owner of Riverwalck Saloon, during a hearing Friday at the borough office.

Scott Snyder, chairman, noted that the only variance granted was for the business to be allowed to do loading and unloading outside of business hours.

Snyder noted that between 2008 and 2010, it was apparent that the property had undergone obvious changes. He also noted that the testimony given during the past hearings "was inconsistent to say the least."

Saturday, March 26, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rev. Joseph Kean of Cherryville, retired priest and former pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Lehighton, looks over buildings which will be part of a huge model train display in Allentown.

Rev. Joseph Kean can't wait to blow his own horn – literally.

The retired priest has model trains galore and he's working on a display at a small Allentown mall where the public can enjoy them as much as he does.

In fact, the reason he retired as a priest was to devote full-time to putting the exhibit together.

The display will have such things as a miniature amusement park, a large lake with thunder and lightning over it, several gauges of trains – with working horns, and many, many other additions you'll have to see to believe.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Tamaqua woman is facing charges following a one-vehicle accident on Wednesday.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thirteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Those pleading included:

Carl Nelson Gustafson, 39, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) and a summary motor vehicle code violation. He was arrested on Nov. 27, 2010, along Pohopoco Drive, in Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Marian High School staged the annual King of Hearts 'beauty' contest for boys. This year's King is Mike Sofranko. His escort was Maura Hydro. Richard Galloway impressed the judges with his form and grace and walked away with the award for tux and gym short modeling. His escort was Michele Ciglar. Joseph Hanosek won the talent competition with a magic show. He was escorted by Grace Perilli.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the Times news Rescue teams work at the accident scene, which left a car pinned beneath a tractor trailer.

Two persons, believed to be elderly, were seriously injured late Friday morning in an accident involving a car and tractor trailer at the intersection of SR100 and Kernsville Road in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.

The car the couple occupied was pinned beneath the trailer portion of the Wal-Mart rig which ended up on Kernsville Road.

Three Lehigh county fire departments spent two hours in freeing the injured from the wreckage.

Both were flown via MedEvac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, on Thursday morning, after police responded to a domestic situation at 266 W. Cottage Ave.

Taken into custody was John Tiedeman for allegedly choking and punching Patricia Hill.

Tiedeman was charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. He was video arraigned before duty District Judge Charles Reilly, who set bail at $10,000. Unable to post bail, Tiedeman was incarcerated in the county jail.

Friday, March 25, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the meeting at Weatherly American Legion Post 360 are, left to right : Tom Keener, Post Commander; American Legion Essay Contest winner Sarah Peiser; Auxiliary's 2011 Americanism Essay Contest winners Karlee Ursta; Kathleen Graham; Lynn M. Gunderman; Laila Panckeri; Andrew Solonoski; Olivia Winheld; Jaquiline Watkins; and Joan Drasher, Co-Chairman. Missing from photo were Krista Lutzick and Corey Furmanchin.

The winners of two separate essay contests were honored at the meeting at Weatherly American Legion Post 360 this week.

There were eight winners of the Auxiliary's 2011 Americanism Essay Contest on the subject "How can I encourage my friends to show pride in being an American ?"