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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District students can expect to get physically fit next year thanks to four grants totaling approximately $40,000 the district has received from Highmark High Five.

The district will be purchasing athletic equipment for the its physical education departments, which will include $10,000 for mountain bikes for the high school, $10,000 for Trickster exercise bikes for the middle school, and $10,000 for Wii gaming systems for West Penn and Tamaqua Elementary Schools.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 East Center St., Nesquehoning.

Scott Reinhart will be in charge. New members are welcome Navy, Marine or Coast Guard.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Lehighton Band will present its second concert of the "Concert Under The Stars" series this Thursday, July 21, in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater beginning at 8 p.m. and again in Eurana Park, Weatherly on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 7 p.m.

Paul R. Smith, director of the band, has selected a varied program featuring Joseph Plechavy as the vocal soloist.

The concert will begin with a march by the Pennsylvania composer, Roland Seitz, entitled "March Pomposo."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Weissport Council needs funding to save the town from potential flooding should the levee breach anytime in the future.

Council was informed about the costs to repair the levee by Arland Moyer, council member, who said that he had spoken with Bob Eckhart, emergency management coordinator with the Army Corps of Engineers, that the cost to repair the levee is $201,200, and that Weissport's share is $38,663.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, PA State Representatives Mario Scavello and Rosemary Brown and PA State Senator Pat Browne met with their constituents Browne's 2011 Bar-B-Q Bash.

Mix a little chicken, potato, corn, cole slaw and conversation with some politicians and their supporters and you've got good ingredients for a summer barbecue.

The 2011 Bar-B-Q Bash was hosted by Pennsylvania State Senator Bat Browne last Saturday. He invited PA Representatives Mario Scavello, Rosemary Brown, Mike Peifer, PA Senators Dave Argall and Lisa Baker, along with constituents of the districts they serve, to attend the Bar-B-Q Bash at the American Legion Post 927 pavilion in Gilbert. Senator Baker and Rep. Peifer were unable to attend.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Police and firefighters in Tamaqua responded to a fuel spill that stretched about a hundred feet on Center Street in Tamaqua

Police and firefighters in Tamaqua responded to a fuel spill around 6 p.m. Tuesday that stretched about 100 feet on Center Street, SR309, in Tamaqua. Reportedly, while pumping gas at the Fegley's gas station on Center Street, an unknown female, driving a blue Crown Victorian, started to leak fuel and formed a large puddle of fuel from her vehicle. She then exited the gas station and parked across the street in front of the diner, where she continued to leak a large amount of fuel.

The driver, still leaking fuel, then drove away, heading north on SR309.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Michael Francis Ortlip is escorted to his preliminary hearing in Tamaqua

A former Tamaqua man was bound over for trial in the next session of Schuylkill County Criminal Court on charges related to an alleged indecent assault. The charges were bound over following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers, Philadelphia District, has announced it will hold whitewater releases Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 from the Francis E. Walter Dam. A rainy season has enabled the Corps to schedule the two water releases in August. The whitewater releases will be approximately 650 cubic feet per second of water. They would bring the total number of whitewater events to 21 for 2011. The Corps will continue to utilize storage for weekday and weekend fisheries enhancement water releases of 100 cubic feet per second through Aug. 5 and 50 cubic feet per second through Sept 11.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails at 9 a.m. July 22.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderately difficult. The trails cross through two creeks and run parallel to the lake. There is a view of the dam from the trail.

Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Shine only.

Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.