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Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Coaldale man facing charges that he impersonated a police officer in Nesquehoning, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Matthew Giambona, 21, of West Water Street, was charged by Nesquehoning Borough Police as a result of an incident on Route 54 on Feb. 22, during which he allegedly identified himself as "an undercover Nesquehoning police officer."

The hearing had been scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Outer areas of the Ninth Street Bridge in Lehighton are closed because some rotational movement of the two wing walls on the southern abutment (Route 443 side) was discovered by a PennDOT inspection. Repairs are planned for sometime this year.

Motorists who travel on the Ninth Street Bridge in Lehighton, which intersects with SR443, have experienced traffic flow restrictions for some time.

There had been a right-turn lane for travel coming from the bridge and turning right onto westbound Route 443.

Barriers were installed several feet from the railings on both sides of the bridge, making two traffic flow lanes.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Erin Raymond, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, recently received the 2012 Schuylkill County Choral Director's Vocal Scholarship. The award was presented at the annual Schuylkill County Choral Festival Concert held in February at Minersville High School. The award is presented annually to an outstanding senior vocalist from Schuylkill County who will be pursuing a career in music education. Raymond is a member of the Tri-M Music National Honor Society at Tamaqua High School where she is a member of the Jazz & Concert Chorale and the Concert Choir.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The new board of Schuylkill County commissioners held its first public meeting outside the confines of its board room at the courthouse in Pottsville by journeying to the Minersville Area School District Wednesday where they presented the annual Schuylkill County Scholar Athlete award to one of the students.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Western Pocono Community Library (WPCL) is hoping to get mobbed sometime in August. But they're going to need your help. They are looking for at least 50 people to become part of the mob.

A Flash Mob, that is.

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place to perform a song or choreographed dance for a brief time, then disperse, for the purpose of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

During the Arbor Day service, Summit Hill historian Maxine Vermillion shared some background on the three persons chosen by members of the Society to be honored with trees in the parks this spring as part of the Historical Society's Memorial Tree Program.

"Each year we pick three deceased persons who embodies the best of our town," said Vermillion.

She added to qualify for this honorarium the person has to be deceased for a year and have contributed to the town over the course of their lives as a resident or was a native who went on to do something noteworthy in the world.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Installation of officers for the Concourse Club, Palmerton, took place at the 97th anniversary dinner held at Blue Ridge Country Club on May 3. Officers' terms are for two years. Named were Debbie Lutz, recording secretary; Joann Kerschmar, president; Marge Porambo, treasurer and Lisa Snell Kern, vice president. Not available for the picture was Carol Costenbader, corresponding secretary. The Concourse Club has been extremely successful, and all money raised goes back to the community. Its major fundraiser is a "Basket Spectacular." Every other year a Christmas tour is sponsored.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Preparations have been made for the 4th Annual Connell McCall Memorial Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 12, at the Nesquehoning Creek, sponsored by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. Helping to make the event successful are members of the Friends of Connell McCall and the Emmett McCall Family, Lansford, as well as area businesses.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Four IBEW Local 375 members including Summit Hill residents John Kupec III and Tony O'Gorman as well as Penn Ridge resident Eric Keck and Weatherly resident Tom Brisniski spent last Saturday mulching and edging the young trees in Ludlow Park while Kupec's father John cleared the beds around the gazebo and planted hosta for decoration.

Four members, including two Summit Hill, residents of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 spent a day performing community service for their local chapter by mulching and maintaining the younger trees in Ludlow Park last Saturday in preparation for the annual Arbor Day planting in Summit Hill.

"As we go through our apprenticeship with the union, we need to perform six hours of community service," said John Kupec III of Summit Hill. "We usually help with projects in Allentown so it was nice to be able to do something to help out our own town."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library is looking for volunteers in a number of areas at the library.