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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A heating project for Coaldale Fire Company was ordered rebid by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville because the low bidder withdrew his bid.

The program is being funded by the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Gary Bender, who manages the program, informed the commissioners that Rosenberger Plumbing and Heating Inc., of Pottsville, which submitted the lowest bid of $44,000, withdrew.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Getting wet during a water strength test are, from left, Eric Nelson, Nick Hollenbach, Dave Herring Jr. and Ray Swartz. These volunteer firefighters with the Tamaqua American Hose Company didn't let the current heat wave prevent them from their weekly training Tuesday. High temperatures for the area are expected to remain in the 90s today, Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, in vehicle, talks with fire police Captain Bob Schlorf and Patrolman Anthony Stanell about the downed pole that caused 150 PPL customers around Owl Creek in Tamaqua to be without power last evening, as well as the closure of Owl Creek Road. "The pole appeared to have fallen on its own," said Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, who added that there was no evidence related to other causes. Fire police closed the 200 block of Owl Creek Road during the response. PPL restored power within a few hours.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tanya Hosier

Two individuals were charged by Mahoning Township Police with the fraudulent return of a vacuum cleaner and a set of pots and pans at Wal-Mart along Route 443.

Tanya Hosier, 34, and Jeffrey Wentz, 45, both of Mahoning Township, have been charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy retail theft.

Police said Hosier used her driver's license during the return of the merchandise, which assisted police in the identification of the two suspects.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:An Olympic quality dive Tyler Gaffney, 15, does a back flip off the diving board at the Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua.

Many area residents are taking to local pools to escape the hot temperatures. Attempting a large splash, Tom Case jumps off the diving board at the Tamaqua Bungalow Pool.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Fun at movie night in Tamaqua Volunteer Jake Wenzel, 18, hands out glow sticks to Amber Cords, 8, Pamela Miller, 8; and Dina Cords, 12, during a free movie night held by the Tamaqua East End Park Association.

Volunteers with Tamaqua's East End Park Association showed a free movie Monday night at their park. Rachael Betz, 9, on left, and Skyler Clouser, 13, help work the concession stand at the park.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Education State Approved Nurse Aide Program has graduated four individualsfrom the program.Pictured at theMahoning ValleyNursing and Rehabilitation Center, where graduation ceremonies were held, are l-r, Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Kristen Benek; KristinSommers; JehimySantelises; andLorena Ahner.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Patrick H. Reilly

HARRISBURG, PA – Patrick H. Reilly, president and chief executive officer of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company in Jim Thorpe, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Board of Directors as an at-large representative for a three-year term.

The Board of Directors, which includes PBA's officers, meets quarterly to determine the policies and administration of the association. Members of the board are senior level officers of PBA member banks.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hearings were held by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board on three applications seeking changes in the county zoning ordinances for expansions and subdivisions of properties.

Susan A. Gibbons, 68 Brandonville Road, Ringtown, was granted her request to use only one of two buildings located on her property.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male tiger swallowtail butterfly nectars on milkweed flowers in Penn Forest Township.