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Monday, November 19, 2012

In the afternoon of Oct. 29, Dr. Wojeck Skrzypiec sent his wife and the family's two German Shepard dogs off to upstate New York to wait out hurricane Sandy. But instead of leaving with his wife, Skrzypiec called into New Jersey from his Staten Island home to a fellow doctor and offered to take his shift in the intensive care unit at Staten Island University Hospital that evening.

"I was staying behind anyway and one of us has to be on the unit at all times, so I figured it might as well be me" explains Skrzypiec.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John Kovatch III, CEO and president of the KME (Kovatch Mobile Equipment) company of Nesquehoning, chats with Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry, during Hearthway's tour of the plant, Friday.

Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry, paid a visit to the KME (Kovatch Mobile Equipment) complex in Nesquehoning, yesterday.

She as well as other state and local officials took a two-hour tour of the sprawling manufacturing facility and said she had the opportunity to converse with company officials and employees of the firm.

Hearthway said she visited at the invitation of Kovatch officials, stating she was glad to have the opportunity to view the operations at America's second-large firetruck manufacturing facility.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and members of the Tamaqua Lions Club spent time judging Peace Posters on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The posters were drawn by students from both the St. Jerome's and Tamaqua elementary schools. Each year, Lions clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 were eligible to participate. Winners will be awarded at a later date. Judges pictured from left are Leona Rega, center director, Tamaqua Community Arts Center; Tamaqua Lions Club President Brian Keich, Tamaqua LEO Club advisor Sue Dolan, Lion Wendy Gerber and Lion Steve Bayer.
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold an Adoption Day onSunday,December 16from 11-3at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville.

Safe Haven will have many beautiful young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a Pre Adoption Application with references and a home visit prior to adoption.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Cressley family would like to reopen a century old trout hatchery on Sawmill Run near Kriss Pines Lake. Sawmill Run has been rated as a wild trout fishery which would allow operation of a fish hatchery, but the Fish and Boat Commission is considering rerating the stream to Class A which may make it costly to reopen the hatchery.

For a century, the Kriss Pines Fish Hatchery, once reputed to be the largest on the East coast, stocked the Sawmill Run, and sold fish commercially.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Older & Bolder held their annual early Thanksgiving and Christmas party Wednesday. The party is held early due to the approaching holiday season. To inquire about programs and activities at the Salvation Army, call program's director Dina Depos at (570) 668-0410. She pointed out that they are also looking for bell ringers.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will offer a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Advent services will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m., including Dec. 19.

For parents' convenience, a kids Advent Club will be offered during Advent services for kids ages 6 to 10. which will include lessons, crafts and snacks. For more information, call (610) 852-2805.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Kiley Boswell shows off the medal she received when she was chosen as an All American in August by the Universal Cheerleading Association.

In one smooth, perfectly choreographed and seemingly effortless move, Panther Valley varsity cheerleaders Sarah-Mary Tucker, Sarah Marouchoc and Rylie Krapf swoop Kiley Boswell into the air, lifting her above their heads, so high that she touches the ceiling. Kiley lifts her left knee and stretches her arms up and out. The girls hold the pose, called the "Liberty stunt," standing tall and absolutely still.

Then, just as smoothly and swiftly, Kiley is lowered to the ground.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade, begun in 1920, is the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. This year, it kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at 20th and Market Streets. It travels east on JFK Boulevard to 16th Street, then will turn left onto 16th Street until reaching the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parade then bears right, going northwest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for three blocks until reaching Logan Circle. It will loop around the southern part of Logan Circle before continuing down the benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weatherly High School Principal Stuart Tripler has released the Honor Roll for the first marking period.

DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

FRESHMEN: Shelby Berger, Dillon Bizarre, Julya Generoso, Jacquelyn Gillott, Kimberly Harrisson, Alexis Hartz, Allyson Isom, Meghan Moon, Joshua Naegele, Ashley Nunez, Katlyn Sernak, Frank Shor, Andrew Solonoski, Cyrick Thomas, Olivia Winheld