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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Members of the North and Middle Ward Playground Association are holding their first Fit Day event, a.k.a. Wellness Fair and Summber DJ Dance Party, today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North and Middle Ward Playground.

The event, held rain or shine, consists of activities, games, and sports competitions for all, Eclectic Circus hula hoop contest with prizes, informational kiosks, musical entertainment, free health screenings and other events that support a healthy lifestyle. Healthy food and drinks will also be available.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Matthew Jones, 8, and Laughlin Sieger, 9, Cub Scouts with Pack 756, look into one of several clarifiers during tour of the Tamaqua waste water treatment plant. These tanks are used to settle solids and help "create" micoscopic organisms that treat the waste.

Tamaqua and Clamtown Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently toured the Tamaqua waste water treatment plant.

The plant, operating since 1963, receives waste water and sewage from over 51 miles of sewer line in Tamaqua, Hometown and parts of South Tamaqua.

"The plant is mostly gravity fed and treats about 1,000 gallons a minute," said tour guide and superintendent Rick Baddick, who's worked 32 years with the Tamaqua Borough. "That averages about 1.5 million gallons a day."

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Legion Riders, l-r, Wendy Butrie, treasurer, and Roseann Zona, secretary; back l-r, Paul Zona, vice president; Joe Butrie, president; Larry Wagner, road captain; and Charisma Wagner, 8, volunteer stand in front of sign announcing Bike Nite II in Lansford.

Members of the Lansford American Legion Riders Post 123 are making sure troops from Hometown's Charlie Company 109th Infantry return home to a well deserved American dinner.

Legion Riders will use the proceeds from their second annual Lansford Bike Nite, a.k.a. Bike Nite II, to hold a special appreciation dinner for returning troops coming back from Afghanistan.

Bike Nite II, to be held Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., will consist of many events, such as a poker run, bike show competition, bike wash, dunk tank, face painting, variety of foods, band and over a dozen vendors.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
 carol zickler/special to the times news @Caption Stand Alone:PV violin player Molly O'Connell plays violin solo at the annual talent show held at Panther Valley Elementary School.

Jaden Shubeck and Pat Boyle (dressed as ladies) sing and dance to the music of "Single Ladies" during talent show held at Panther Valley Elementary School.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Helping load many donated items are Trinity UCC volunteers, from left, Betty Dolinsky, Mike Trubilla and Charles Mateyak.

Volunteers with the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua have donated many items to the next Tamaqua Community Drop-Off and Giveway event.

All donations can be dropped off between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the storage lockers located next to Schickram's Car Wash, Rose Street.

The free giveaway, which is open to all income levels, starts sharply at 9:15 a.m. In case of rain the event will be held on Sunday, at the same times.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Special to the Times News The staff of Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 News posed for a picture at the conclusion of their 25th anniversary newscast.

Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 News wrapped up a month-long anniversary celebration this week after spending all of May honoring the newscast's 25 years of commitment to local news, local sports and the locals themselves.

With contests, special segments, and, of course, cake, Channel 13 News remembered its very first newscast aired 25 years ago on May 2, 1988.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Attending meeting of West Penn Lions Club, during whch the club made donations totaling $4,100 to various organizations, are, front l-r, Darryl Fritz, treasurer, West Penn Community Park Committee; Darlene Smith, facility director, Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center; and Clint Schock, Chief, West Penn Fire Company; back l-r, Jesse Durning, soldier and board member, Tamaqua Salvation Army; Donnie Hoppes, president, Penn Mahoning Ambulance; Blaine Seip, president, West Penn Community Park Committee; and Gary Kistler, President, West Penn Lions Club.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge on Thursday threw out the governor's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument "a Hail Mary pass" that easily warranted dismissal.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane's decision puts an early end to the anti-trust lawsuit Gov. Tom Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thanks to a recent $5,000 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries can now fund expenses for volunteers to transport at least 74 seniors to needed medical appointments and help shop for groceries to ensure nutritional needs are met.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Three options were reviewed for alleviating the overcrowding at the county prison by the Schuylkill County Prison Board at a special meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The urgency of the action, which must be taken, was reported to the board by its chairman, President Judge William E. Baldwin, because the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has mandated quick action while it reviews a plan submitted by the board to construct a building inside the prison walls, in the recreation yard, which would house about 50 prisoners.