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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The man accused of robbing the Mahoning Valley branch of PNC Bank at Carbon Plaza Mall two weeks ago has opted to refuse a preliminary hearing on the charges.

David Dallas Cunard, 46, of Hazleton, appeared before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, yesterday for the hearing. He instead waived all the charges to Carbon County Court.

Charges filed against him include robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

He presently remains lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pocono Heritage Land Trust and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Wind Gap will host the Adventures to the Ancients, an open space hike, on June 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Kurmes Preserve in Paradise Township.

The hike will be led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources naturalist; and Don Miller, an open space advocate, long-time teacher, botanist and naturalist with the Pocono Heritage Land Trust.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news

Workman for PennDOT lay new roadway surface on Rt. 903 in Penn Forest Township.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More distressing news for the Panther Valley came today with the announcement that the Lansford Breaker of the Panther Valley Coal Company has been closed, resulting in the termination of work for from 70 to 85 men. The company also announced the temporary shutdown of its mine operations there, both curtailments having become effective at the end of the work schedule today. The temporary shutdown will put an estimated 1,400 miners out of work for at least four weeks.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Boy Scout Troop 109 paid tribute to all those who have gone on before and to show respect as they retire the colors at the Polk Township Memorial Day service held at the Veterans' Memorial along Rt. 209 in Kresgeville.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The 19th annual Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will kick off next Friday at 2 p.m. at the Panther Valley Football Stadium and end at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

This year's Relay marks a change of venue. In previous years, the event was held at the Hometown Farmers Market.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Director Mike Hromyak explains a new pricing structure for sporting events. Prices will increase, according to the presentation at Tuesday's Tamaqua Area Board of Education workshop.

All sports fans and those local residents who use Tamaqua Area School District tennis courts will have to reach deeper into their pockets next school year.

The Tamaqua Area School District is looking to increase the admission cost of virtually all school sporting events, according to plans outlined Tuesday evening at a school board workshop.

The district is looking to impose a $5 adult ticket for all sports, including football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball and track and field.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS  Tamaqua Summerfest fills the streets with vendors, tents, crafts, food and pedestrians. Thousands are expected for the 22nd annual celebration on Sunday.

The largest summer festival in eastern Schuylkill County will kick off Sunday at 10 a.m. in downtown Tamaqua and is expected to draw thousands.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will present the 22nd Annual Tamaqua Summerfest, featuring free admission and events offered with family fun in mind.

"Summerfest is a great way to kick off the summer season and celebrate Fathers Day with Dad and the entire family," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A request by a Lower Towamensing Township woman to operate a group child care center as a home occupation has been continued.

Heather Pasquariello appeared before the township's zoning hearing board Tuesday in search of a variance/special exception to conduct the occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road.

The property where Pasquariello wants to locate the group child care center is in an R-3 (Residential/Medium Density) Zoning District.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Representatives from Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce who met Tuesday at Neff's Hotel OtherSide Restaurant in Neff's included (front row, l-r) Walter Niedermeyer, mayor, Slatington Borough; Janice Bortz, township administrator, Heidelberg Township; Jeff Bartlett, township manager, N. Whitehall Township; Rodger Danielson, borough manager, Palmerton Borough; (back row, l-r) Peter Kern, president, Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce; Matt Newhard, president, Walnutport Borough Council; Gerald Phillips, supervisor, Washington Township; and Kevin Schmidt, president, Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

The areas in which they live may differ, but many of the circumstances they face are of a similar nature.

A panel of officials from six municipalities came together on Tuesday to give an update on future projects in their respective communities.

The program was part of a joint luncheon between the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce held at Neffs Hotel OtherSide Restaurant in Neffs.