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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

All officers of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board were re-elected at the reorganization meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Campus, Norwegian Township.

Robin A. Hetherington, who represents North Schuylkill School District, was re-elected president; Fred Cicero,Saint Clair Area, vice president; Robert W. Betz, Tamaqua Area, secretary; and Scott Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven Area, treasurer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The summer day camp of the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Girls Choir will be held July 15-21, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Luke United Church of Christ, Belfast.

It is led by the choir's artistic director, Dr. K. Bernard Schade, with assistance by David Vinsky, choreographer from Park Point College, Pittsburgh, and an assistant instructor with the Tamburitzans of Duquesne University.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, welcomed five new members through the Rite of Confirmation in a recent service performed by the Rev. Dr. David W. Grant. New members include Abby Fiorilla, Betty Dolinsky (instructor), Dylan Nelson, Joshua Derrick, Nikolas Knepper, Grant, and Kaitlyn Bender. The students began their instructions in October 2012.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
A PennDOT worker places a barricade on Route 209 in Tamaqua, as work begins on rehabilitating the Route 209 bridge. The construction project is expected to take 18 months.

Drivers and pedestrians traveling between Pine and Greenwood streets on US209 in Tamaqua have to find alternative routes as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and its contractors have started work to rehabilitate the structurally deficient East Broad Street (US209) bridge.

The work was originally scheduled to begin last Tuesday, May 28, but was delayed due to weather and other issues.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

During a meeting Monday, West Penn Township supervisors awarded two contracts for seal coating and paving work.

AMS Paving, Emmaus, got the nod for seal coating with the low bid of $80,855.30. The other bidders were Midland Asphalt Materials, Bloomsburg, at $101,474 and Martin Paving, Ephrata, at $83,937.

AMS will seal coat Dairy Road, Atlas Road, Fair Street, South Hilltop Road, Archery Club Road, Waterwheel Road, Meadow Road, Poplar Drive, Glory Road, Retreat Road and Whitetail Circle.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Presentation of the funds raised at the benefit baseball game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and the Franklin Township Old-timers was made by Jim Zurn, JT; and Wayne Wentz, FT. From left are, Nakea Beers, Dwain Gable, Cameron Gable, Tracey Beers, Wentz; Jayden Gable, Zurn, Smokey Bear and Darryl Brewster.

A benefit baseball game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and the Franklin Township Old-timers on Sunday raised nearly $4,000 for two people who have serious health concerns.

The game was the 28th annual benefit game between the two teams. Over the years, the names of the players have changed, but the mission has remained the same.

Coordinating the Franklin Township donations was Wayne Wentz and on the Jim Thorpe side it was Jim Zurn.

This year they split the proceeds between Dwain Gable of Mahoning Township and Sabrina Steigerwalt of Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This stray cat stares through a glass door of the Primitive Methodist Church in Tamaqua during the Tamaqua Fire Department's uniformed memorial service held over the weekend. Firefighters stated the cat walked with firefighters during the procession and even tried to follow them inside the church.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Minersville man pleaded guilty to possession of illegal drugs and received a jail sentence while four other defendants who entered guilty pleas to various criminal charges received probation sentences from judges in Schuylkill County court.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Tamaqua woman injured in incident involving SUV

A woman in a wheelchair was injured after coming into contact with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the intersection of West Broad (US209) and North Lehigh streets in Tamaqua just before 9:15 a.m. yesterday.

The woman was identified as Debra Althouse, 57, of Laurel Run Commons, Pitt Street, in Tamaqua.

The driver of the SUV, a gray 2003 Dodge Durango, was Rae Ann Moyer, 45, of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

An unknown man was taken into custody after police departmentsfrom Nesquehoning and surrounding communities converged at the first block of West Columbus Street around 12:30 p.m. yesterday. Carbon and Schuylkill dispatchcommunications traffic mentioned a hostage

situation. CarbonEmergency Management Agency also responded. Officials were on scene just over an hour.No information was

available from police

or EMA as of press time today.