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Thursday, April 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from Rush Township and Tamaqua and other emergency volunteers responded to a call of a wrecked car along Grove Street (which leads to the Rush Township Elementary School) in Hometown. When the officers arrived they noticed that there was no driver or passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle, a blue Audi, had struck a tree and was hanging over the edge of a grassy incline on the side of the road. After running the plate, officers traced the driver as Joseph Benny of South Street in Hometown. Tamaqua police went to the home and picked up Benny.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tamyra Green, a second grade student at Penn-Kidder Elementary and a SHINE student, performs on an African drum during the SHINE multicultural night at the school recently.

Thirty-five Penn-Kidder Elementary students and their families recently enjoyed family time during a SHINE multicultural night at the school.

During the event, parents got the opportunity to watch the children dance, sing, and play African drums, all of which they learned through the SHINE after-school program.

Jill Klotz, a teacher at Penn-Kidder Elementary, explained that the multicultural night provided families with lessons on a vast array of ethnic backgrounds.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Elementary School held a storytelling competition recently at the Tamaqua Art Gallery. The competition was held to engage children and students in the enjoyable pursuit of literature as well as nurturing the preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling. It also provided an opportunity for intergenerational, multi-cultural interaction through story.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Why do I love Tamaqua? Look around you. It's because people are always smiling here," says Andy Leibenguth on Wednesday after receiving a truckload of awards during the 61st Annual Tamaqua Community Dinner held at the Tamaqua Community Center.

Andy Leibenguth is proud to say he loves his town of Tamaqua.

On Wednesday, his town returned the sentiment.

Ninety community and business leaders, and local residents, gathered for the 61st Annual Tamaqua Area Community Dinner, held at the Tamaqua Community Center, and honored a man they described with many different terms of endearment.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

On Saturday, April 30, the Pocono Mountain Regional police, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will conduct the Second National Take Back initiative at police headquarters located along SR940 in Pocono Summit.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Changes in personnel policies did not sit well with the Summit Hill Water Authority's work crew as they got up and left the meeting on Tuesday night, apparently upset over changes in insurance and the policy for overtime.

"As of April 21st the insurance plan we have with one member will change as it will not be available after that date and the cost is going to $769.35 of which spouses will have to contribute half as of June 1st. That is the policy change we need to make," said Chairman Louis Alexander.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

District Attorney James P. Goodman put on his second key witness the the murder trial of a Reading man that began this week in Schuylkill County court. The witness testified the defendant, Julius C.Enoe, fired the fatal shot which killed Bruce L.Forker, of Shenanodah, on the morning of March 16, 2010, as the Commonwealth winds down.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Fire Truck 512 passes through the arch made by two aerial fire trucks during the funeral procession for Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller Jr. on Wednesday.

Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller Jr. had his last call on Wednesday.

His loss will not be forgotten by his family and friends, which include the devoted firefighters who served the community by his side. Some firefighters openly cried as they took part in the funeral procession.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Driver hits STS bus, car and loses brakes down Hometown hill

Four people escaped serious injury following a three vehicle accident that occurred on the Hometown Hill (SR309), just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions while police and volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, paramedics, and fire police from Hometown, Tamaqua and Quakake responded. A male driver of a tan 2008 Ford Explorer, from St Clair, wound up driving head-on into northbound traffic after overshooting a turn while driving southbound at the top of the hill.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Seen speaking in the Information Technology portion of the Career Day at Panther Valley High School was Thomas Smith, a student. He devotes part of his school time to attending classes at Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe studying IT. The other speakers were left to right, Christian Caputo, a PVHS graduate who studies at Johnson Wales University and works at BLI Messaging in network administration; Bryan Kershner, director of IT at Pencor; and Joe Farkas, electronics instructor at CCTI.

For the first time this year, Bobby-L Paparozzi, teacher at Panther Valley High School, held a Career Day for the freshman students at the school. Now she is planning to create it on a larger scale for next year. She would like to invite all of the students at the school and give them all a chance to search into various careers.

PVHS teachers taking part in the program on the transition team were Cindy Nevenglosky, Jim Hull, Paparozzi, Michele Martin and Tim Grazio, PVHS guidance counselor.