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Friday, June 24, 2011

A Tamaqua resident has been named acting superintendent of schools by the Weatherly Area School Board.

Thomas McLaughlin, who currently serves as principal of Weatherly High School, was named by the board to take over the position being vacated by Frank Victor. The action came at last night's meeting of the school board.

The board sought to reappoint Victor, whose three year term expires on June 30, but could not when the superintendent announced he was not going to renew his certificate with the state to be a superintendent.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summit Hill Water Authority Chairperson Louis Alexander notified the board during the discussion of paying bills for the month that the office received the renewal for the emergency calling service that was contracted last year in case of a water main break that required emergency contact of the system's customers.

"I'm not going to be throwing money away. We have a procedure in place if there is an emergency and I don't see the need to pay this company instead," said Alexander to the board.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the Nesquehoning VFW. New members are welcome. The club's auxiliary is taking the summer off until Sept. 8. Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary is asked to call (570) 645-3643.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Three area men had their probations revoked by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine following a hearing in Schuylkill County court and all three were re-sentenced with two committed to prison.

James Owens II, 34, formerly of 115 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua, was re-sentenced to serve three to 18 months in the county prison receiving credit for serving 85 days and must undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and must find a place of residence before being released on probation.

Friday, June 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011 Towamensing Elementary School sixth grade graduates.

Towamensing Elementary School held its Sixth Grade Graduation and awards ceremony on Thursday, June 9.

The graduates and future Class of 2017 wore gray and white Blue Bomber t-shirts.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adventures to the Ancients offers free open space hikes led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and longtime DCNR naturalist with Jacobsburg E.E. Center and Don Miller, an open space advocate, longtime teacher, botanist and naturalist with Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

The next hike is to Godfrey Ridge and Brodhead Creek / Delaware Water Gap, Sunday, June 26, 1-5 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Kintz of Marshalls Creek donated a kidney in Lauren Davis's name through the Matched Pair Program, allowing Lauren to receive a kidney transplant. This picture was taken just before Lauren received her kidney and Jim followed a couple of hours later to donate one of his. Both are hoping that through Kinsley's ShopRite's Annual Donor Awareness Day, they can help make more people aware of the lives that can be saved through organ donations.

In March 2010, Jim and Judy Kintz of Marshalls Creek went to Crocodile Rock with some friends from their church as a show of support for a fellow church member, Lauren Davis, a Christian Rock singer.

The Kintzes knew of Lauren, but had never spoken with her. After her appearance that Saturday night, Lauren's father met up with the church group to thank them for their support.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Summer for most high school and college students serves as time off from studies and time to enjoy the better things. Pictured playing music on West Broad Street in Tamaqua are brothers Mike,19, left, playing accordion, and Shane Mulligan, 16, playing Latin percussion shakers. Keep your eyes open for this talented musical duo as they perform at random locations in downtown Tamaqua over the next few weeks to raise funds for Mike's college.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Reading programs begin this week at the Panther Valley Public Library for children ages 3-5 and for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade.

Please call the library at (570) 645-3780 for more details.

Also, area churches have been asked to sponsor snacks and drinks for the reading program.

Churches that would like to join the effort are asked to call the library for details.

The library is in need of volunteers during the summer. Anyone age 14 and over may apply to volunteer and take a brief training to become a library volunteer.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

All four lanes of SR209 along with Harrity Road were closed for hours last night and early this morning when work crews attempted to deliver three large concrete beams to a work site in Franklin Township. The beams are being used to construct a new bridge which will carry Harrity Road over Pohopoco Creek. Southbound traffic along SR209 was unable to enter the turnpike. Harrity Road is widely used as a main corridor to the Pocono Mountains and Beltzville State Park.