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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Children and teen activities

Preschool story hour is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. during the school year beginning Sept. 6.

Watercolor painting classes are offered on Tuesdays for children. Call the teacher at (610) 824-4962 for more information. New classes for adults and children are now forming.

Homework Helpers meets every Wednesday, at 2:45 p.m. for grades 7-12 and 3:15 p.m. for grades 1-6. Volunteer tutors will help your child with his or her homework and other assignments. This is free but parents must register each child.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday formally charged Dr. John R. Manzella with conspiring to unlawfully prescribe more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills for resale.

Manzella, 49, of Allentown, was preliminarily arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on 48 countsof unlawfully administering/prescribing a controlled substance, 48 counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of identity theft.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Liam Conforti, 9, enjoys a slice of watermelon, a popular summer treat, at the West Penn Community Park.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Marge Peterson, Palmerton, has won a second-place award during the Regional Art Exhibit at Williamsport High School.

She displayed an oil painting entitled "The Other Side of East," for which she won a $300 award.

The event was juried by Thomas N. Armstrong III, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. A total of 220 artists submitted 575 paintings, drawings and graphics into competition, seeking recognition and a portion of the $5,245 total in prize money distributed.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel stands and shows copies of his email communications with the Tamaqua Area School District at Tuesday's board meeting, which he said proves that he followed protocol in creating a RAIDERS sign.

Lines of communication will be clarified and safety reinforcements will be engineered into seven existing wooden placards.

When those measures are accomplished, possibly today, there is a good chance that a temporary RAIDERS sign on Stadium Hill will survive and help to instill pride for the fall sports programs of the Tamaqua Area School District.

More than 60 area residents turned out Tuesday night at the TASD board of education meeting in support of resident Justin Startzel and a program of community spirit.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A raptor program will take place at the Locust Lake amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.

Each fall, tens of thousands of hawks, eagles and ospreys migrate southwest along the ridges of Pennsylvania. Paul Zeph, the director of conservation for the Audubon Society in Pennsylvania, will share information about these birds, why they migrate along the ridges, and conservation work to protect them.

Shine only.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Christman and Cove Ridge trails, Beltzville State Park, on Aug. 29. Shine only.

The hike is six miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails transverse through an evergreen forest and run parallel to the Beltzville State Park Lake.

Hikers will meet in the Christman Trail parking lot on Pohopoco Drive at 10 a.m. Bring a lunch or snacks.

Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeffrey Bonacci of Nesquehoning recently was recognized as a forest steward.

Jeffrey Bonacci of Nesquehoning and Philip W. Brown Jr. of Pine Grove were each recognized recently for being a forest steward.

Forest Stewardship is the wise management and use of forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come.

Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the Bureau of Forestry, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, presented the award to Bonacci and Brown at their respective homes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Weissport Council is backtracking on having Benesch Engineers of Pottsville take care of borough property maintenance issues.

Council was advised by its solicitor Mike Greek to form a maintenance committee and only forward the more complicated cases to Benesch to save on fees.

Gene Kershner, council president, asked Vice President Sue Pywar and council member Arlie Moyer to serve on the committee with him. Two other council members, Tim Rehrig and Paulette Watson, were absent from Monday's meeting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seven defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Search warrant

Richard Earl George Jr., 40, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance methamphetamine.

George was arrested on Feb. 6 when agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force served a search warrant on his residence at 428 W. Iron St. Found in the home were bags of methamphetamine and other drug items.