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Friday, April 20, 2012

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As.

To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The subdivision plan of Cove Village Association for 108 acres located in East Union Township received approval from the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville. The action allows Cove Village to annex the land to Eagle Rock Resorts Company's development in the township.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A petition bearing signatures of over 500 taxable residents of eastern Rush Township was filed in Schuylkill County Court today by attorney Frank Allen.

The petition states that the residents desire to be an independent school district in order to remain affiliated with the Tamaqua Area Joint School District, as opposed to a move to form an independent district in the western part of the township which would be a part of the Mahanoy Area jointure.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Marilyn Frable shares interesting presidential food facts with Eldred Township Historical Society.

President Barack Obama loves Planter's Trail Mix.

Did you know that President James Buchanan served a pyramid of a cake, four feet high and cleverly ornamented with a flag bearing the insignia of every state in the Union at a lavish dinner party held in honor of the Prince of Wales?

Which president's wife started the Easter Egg Roll, held the Monday after Easter? If you said, James Madison, you would be right.

President Jimmy Carter served only pretzels and peanuts at his inaugural celebration.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A free luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Parryville UMC, located at Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Friday, April 20, 2012
Natural gas prices are at a 10-year low, currently at under $2 per million BTUs, down from a January 2006 spike of $15 per million BTUs.

Talk about curiosity! When one area resident read this month's PPL electric bill, he was amazed – it had gone down.

Not only had the bottom line gone down – that was understandable due to the warmer temperatures – but in the fine print, he saw that the portion of his bill that covered the cost of generating electricity went down nearly 20 percent, from March's 8.48 cents to April's 6.89 cents per KWH.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A failed attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislative Reapportionment Commission to gerrymander the state House of Representatives seat in Carbon County has resulted in the 122nd Legislative District remaining the same as the 2012 Primary Election nears.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Again this year, Boy Scouts from Troop 555 in Penn Forest Township joined with other scouts and Girl Scouts as they have for almost a decade to bag Easter candy for children of lower income families in Carbon County. About 40 young people came together at the Troop's primary meeting place, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and spent the evening creating Easter candy bags that were donated at the end of the night to a local food pantry.

Friday, April 20, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Karl H. Nolte, plant manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Tamaqua, presented a check for $12,500 to Rush Township on Thursday, representing support of the back-up generator project recently completed at the municipal building. Also accompanying Nolte were Thomas Gauntner and Randy Kalce.

Rush Township is better prepared for emergencies now that it has a standby generator. And the township is also $12,500 richer after Thursday's meeting of the board of supervisors when a local industry stepped forward with financial support.

Karl H. Nolte, plant manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Tamaqua, presented the township a check, accepted by Chairman Shawn Gilbert on behalf of the township.

"We at Air Products worked hard, hand-in-hand, with the township," said Nolte. "Now I'd like to present a check for $12,500 in support of work for the backup generator."