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Thursday, February 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Friends and family pictured socializing with Frederick are, from left, Shelby Weikel, Ashley Frederick, Mimi Teter, Kendall Devaney, Dave Bittner and Scott Houser.

Hundreds family members and friends attended a benefit held recently at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville for Ashley Frederick, 18, a former Coaldale teen who is suffering from a severe stomach disease.

The benefit included a "corn hole" beanbag tournament, basket auction, live music from Steve Ney the DJ Guy, as well as other food and fundraising activities. The event organizers, called The Gutsy Gang, stressed their appreciation to all who supported the event.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Join "Adventures to the Ancients" to hike the Clear Run/Lynchwood Lake on the Pocono Plateau on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1-5 p.m.

These "Adventures to the Ancients" hikes are in the Pocono area old growth forest and open space areas and are led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and long-time DCNR naturalist with Jacobsburg E. E. Center, and Don Miller, an open space advocate, long-time teacher, botanist and naturalist with Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fifteen students from Tamaqua Area High School participated in the 2011 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival, held at Pottsville High School Feb. 17-19. The festival is a three-day event featuring students selected from 13 schools throughout Schuylkill County. The festival culminated with a concert for the public on Saturday, Feb. 19. The guest conductor for the event was Dr. Anthony Leach, Director of Choral Studies at Penn State University Main Campus.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Roger Metzger, state constable, clarified a comment he made at the Weissport Council in regard to Constable James Osborne that was discussed at the Weissport Council meeting on Tuesday.

"Although the constable is separate from the council, I want emphasis that the constable has authority to enforce the ordinances of the borough and the criminal code of Pennsylvania in the borough. He will continue to enforce the law in the borough and without compensation and acknowledgment from the borough."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Parents are encouraged to check out the large selection of kids' books at the Palmerton Area Library. Since the Palmerton Area School District has set new requirements for student reading, the library has purchased new books to help the students complete their reading assignments. The library has a large selection of biographies suitable for children grades 1-6 as well as lots of other nonfiction books. The library has also started a selection of easy books that come with a CD and audio books for students in the upper elementary grades.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council took place on Wednesday evening with the absence of councilman Frank DiMiceli.

Council went into an hour long executive session on personnel matters. With no visitors present to air their opinions, Louis Paul, borough superintendent gave his report on 11 projects in the past month with pothole repairs coming up soon.

The borough contacted Frank Shubeck from the work release program at the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the second marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

THIRD GRADE: Grace Costenbader, Blake Eitner, Shawn Gardner, Trent Geist, Kelly Heinick, Mitchell Hourt, Logan Kresge, Colby Kunkle, John McCabe, Aidan Melber, Joshua Mooney, Margaret Morgan, Chloe Oldt, Nicholas Reimer, Conner Russo, Andrew Sabo, Nicholas Singleton, Kayleigh Snyder, Faith Szena, Ja-Neil Wehr, Aiden Wisler and Bryce Yacone.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A fast moving fire destroyed a row of five homes in the Schuylkill County community of Girardville on Wednesday evening.

The blaze was discovered about 6 p.m. at 112 W. Main St., and quickly spread to adjoining structures.

Fire officials said the fire was started by a spark from a Duraflame log in a wood burner in the basement at 112 W. Main.

Other properties affected by the blaze included 116, 114, 110 and 108 W. Main, all destroyed with the property at 116 collapsing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Proclamations were adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners in commemoration of Rush Township's Bicentennial in 2011 and declaring March as Red Cross Month in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Supervisors Steven W. Simchak and Robert Leibensperger were present to accept the proclamation on behalf of the township.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected for the Junior Schuylkill County Band along with a photo. Among those selected were, kneeling from left, Nathan Gerace, Arienne Serniak, Rachael Paisley, Courtney Miller and Julia Shellhamer. Back row, Andrew Delpais, Vanessa Solt, Tim Lehman, Jenny Beck and Amy Gardiner. Also selected were Jamie Mateyak, Madelyn Dolinsky and Kyle Patrick.