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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Kevin T. Gray

A Tamaqua man had charges related to sexual abuse bound over for court trial following a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Kevin T. Gray, 53, of 142 Penn St., elected to have his preliminary hearing, which meant his five year old alleged victim was required to testify. Her testimony, as well as testimony provided by her grandmother and arresting officer Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods, was enough evidence to have all but one of the charges bound over for trial in Schuylkill County court.

Thursday, February 10, 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 10, 2011

Police in Berks County on Wednesday arrested the former pastor of St. Joseph and St. Stanislaus Catholic churches, Summit Hill, with embezzling more than $400,000 from a church in Reading.

Richard Nachajski, 64, who pastored the Carbon County churches in the mid-1980s and who has since left the priesthood, was arraigned before District Judge Stuart D. Kennedy on the theft charges and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Carbon County Republican Club is hosting the 2011 Lehighton Area Presidents Day essay and drawing contests.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This weekend's weather is expected to be sunny and mild, perfect days for softening those rock-hard mountains of ice-packed snow along streets and sidewalks.

In anticipation of homeowners taking the opportunity to shovel out, Lansford councilman Lenny Kovach on Wednesday reminded residents to not throw the snow into the streets.

The thrown snow hardens into icy piles on the streets, Kovach said. Borough work crews must be called out to clear it, and they must be paid for at least four hours of work if they are called out, he said.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community summer from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. The menu is meatloaf and macaroni and cheese. For additional information, call (570) 325-2241.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Volunteer firefighters throughout the area routinely train with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), sometimes referred to as a Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA), air pack, or simply Breathing Apparatus (BA). The term "self-contained" means that the breathing apparatus is not dependent on a remote supply, like a long hose. If designed for use under water, it is called SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus). Pictured is Tamaqua American Hose Company assistant engineer Jay Stidham Jr.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gabriella Gerald watches dad, Lance Gollon, as he uses an ice auger to drill a hole in the 14-inch thick ice crust of Mauch Chunk Lake.

"Ice fishing is a great way for families to spend a winter's day together," said Andy Fedor, regional educational specialist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, "especially people who aren't as active in the winter."

To introduce people to the sport of ice fishing, Fedor led a class on Sunday, beginning with a talk at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, following with two hours of ice fishing at Boat Launch "B" at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Fedor began with a dress-for-success discussion of what to wear when ice fishing.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Distinguished Honors/ Honor Roll for the Second Marking Period in the Panther Valley Middle School are as follows:

6th Grade

Distinguished Honors

Alan Brown, Andrew Frable, Catlan Guinn, Abigail Haas, Danielle Hudicka, Brenna Karnish, Jenny Lin, Chloe Markovich, Brendan Morgans, Delana Nalesnik, Brianna Raabe, Aaron Rohlfing, Christopher Santore, Jocilyn Steigerwalt, Samantha Valderrama

Honor Roll

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Slatington Public Library has Pennsylvania tax forms, but does not have any federal forms. Federal forms can be ordered by calling 1-800-829-3676. The 2010 rent rebate forms should be out shortly. The library has computers available if you wish to file online.

If you're getting cabin fever, stop at the library and take out some books. The library has a selection of large print books which include authors such as Clive Cussler, Danielle Steel, Sandra Brown, Stuart Woods and Nora Roberts.

Preschool story hour is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. All are welcome.