Monday, May 30, 2016

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jeff Rimm, a Tamaqua native, stands next to some of his art work on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is currently featuring a broad media array of artworks by Jeff Rimm.

"I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil," said Rimm, a Tamaqua native, who stated his interest with art stayed with him all his life.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PA Department Commander Joe Cocco talks to members of the Tamaqua American Legion and their family members. Also pictured are Mary Zelonis, Commander, 13th District; Larry Kabana, Commander, Tamaqua American Legion Post 173; and Ed Smith, Deputy Commander, 13th District.

PA Department Commander Joe Cocco spent time talking to legion officers, members and family members of the Tamaqua American Legion on Sunday.

Commander Cocco enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1962 and completed basic training in San Diego. He served aboard the USS Galveston CLG-3 for three years.

After receiving an honorable discharge in June 1965, Cocco continued to serve as he joined the Naval Reserve in 1974 and retired in 1997 as the Battalion Command Master Chief of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21 (NMCB-21), Lakehurst N.J., known as "The Fighting Seabees."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue are holding their 6th Annual Dog Walk this Saturday along the Pottsville Stretch.

Pets and their caregivers are asked to meet at the entrance to the Newkirk Tunnel along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail (west of Tamaqua along Route 209). Registration starts at 11 a.m. Walk starts at 12 p.m. Raindate is Sunday, same times. All registrants will receive a free pet bandanna.

For more information, visit the group or event on Facebook, contact any member or call Rebecca Schafer (570) 527-6808 or Jackie Motz at (570) 778-0059.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Irene Genther is a candidate for re-election to the Panther Valley School Board.

She was born and raised at 117 W. Ridge St., Lansford, daughter of Dr. John and Anna Dubosky Breslin.

She is a resident of Nesquehoning for the past 33 years.

She attended St. Ann's Elementary School, Lansford Junior and Senior High schools. She received a B.S. in chemistry and biology at Moravian College and received a Graduate School certification for teaching, education from Rowan University, N.J.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Palmerton Area School District's 2013-14 budget picture is coming into focus as the number-crunching ensues.

Business Manager Diane Serfass presented several millage scenarios to the school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday relative to next year's spending plan.

Serfass said those scenarios call for either a zero-mill, half-mill, three-quarter-mill, one-mill, 1.18-mill (to the index), or 1.74-mill (index plus exceptions) increase.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Veteran band director Paul Smith directs the Lehighton Band during concert Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium. The concert kicked off the Lehighton Band's 2013 season.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith, kicked off its 2013 season with a free concert held in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

Selections included marches, Broadway tunes, folk songs, and even hits from Frank Sinatra.

Featured soloists were Laurel Seamiller, a Palmerton Area High School senior, and Jo deForest, a Lehighton Area High School senior.

Both students play the French horn and were impressive during their duet. Their selection was "The Mermaids."

Several medleys were included in the concert.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"Mahanoy Area Revisited" encompasses 1913 to 1963.

A 128-page-visit to the history of Mahanoy City, 12 miles northwest of Tamaqua, will be available in two weeks.

The work, "Mahanoy Area Revisited," is authored by the Mahanoy Area Historical Society and made available by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.

The book showcases more than 200 vintage images from 1913 to 1963, including many of Lakeside and Lakewood parks in Barnesville.

The pictures depict culture, faith, music, schools, beauty and strength of the unique coal region town and its people.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton was named Tree City USA for the 20th year. Accepting the recognition from Frank Snyder, district forester with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) were members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. From left are, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager; Mark Hoffman and Diane Hoffman, members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, Richard Forgay, Executive Director, CSIDC; Chuck Byers, Vice President, ALLA; Mike Pascoe, President, ALLA; Andy Snoha, member, CSIDC; Russ King, Treasurer, CSIDC; Jonathan Byers, 9; Dave Kuchta, Vice President, CSIDC; Daniel Rabayda, member, CSIDC; Dianna Binder, Treasurer, ALLA.

Hearing of the Anthracite Little League Association's (ALLA) need for immediate repairs needed at the Trooper Philip C. Melley Memorial Little League Field in Summit Hill, members of the CSIDC (Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation) provided a donation of $500.

"The field's retaining wall is deteriorating," said Michael Pascoe, President, Anthracite Little League. "It was built in 1977 and showing it's age."