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Thursday, June 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Public Library held their Spring Story Time graduation for students who completed a determined amount of story time at the library. Pictured from front left are Taylor Wargo, 4, Amelia Dalkner, 4, Martin Griffin, 5, Julia Meiss, 4, Brock Roberts, 5, and Zane Bynon, 5. Graduates pictured from back left are Nicholas DiBartolo, 5, Kyrsten Derr, 5, Eric Richardson, 5, Zachary Seifer, 4, and Gus DiCarlo, 5. Pictured standing behind the graduates are Gayle Heath, library director, left, and Linda Smarr, childrens' programs director.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Grayson Creitz, 2, son of Amy Creitz of Tamaqua uses his foam water soaker as he aims for the top of the Tamaqua Depot Square Park fountain.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

The Reading Off-Road Riders held their annual Hare Scramble in the coal pockets west of Tamaqua. Despite a wet race course, the two-day race event, consisting of 5 day-time races and 1 night-time race, was attended by hundreds of youth and adult racers. Youth rider Thorn Devlin, Tamaqua, set a 30-minute pace on the 7.5 mile rock garden and took the top spot C Overall. Adult rider Andrew Delong, Tamaqua, set a 29 minute pace on the 9.4 mile course.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Diplomas were presented last week to 16 eighth grade students for completing their prescribed courses at the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua. Graduates also received multiple awards for academic excellence and other achievements. Pictured front row, from left, are Matthew Karnisk, Connor Roberts, Annette Ritzko, Richard Wronski and Ryan Eickhoff. Middle row, from left, are Benjaman Wiessner, James McKinley, Rachel Meier, Emily Pilla, Joseph Damiano and JamesBechtel. Back row, from left, are eight grade teacher Mrs.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Mary Sciandra, third from right, an American Cancer Society volunteer and breast cancer survivor, joins others in the first lap to initiate the 2011 West End Relay For Life. There were 30 teams that participated in the 24-hour fund-raising event to benefit ACS at the Pleasant Valley High School stadium.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Because of recent personnel problems at the Schuylkill County Prison, which led to firing several correctional officers, the county prison board has approved pre-employment testing for county prison correctional officers by licensed psychologists.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Lawrence Neff/special to the times news

A fast moving fire destroyed a dwelling Wednesday afternoon in Birch Hollow Estates in Polk Township, Monroe County. The fire was first reported just after 1 p.m. at 281 Squirrel Hollow Road. It reportedly started in an attached garage but by the time firefighters from Monroe and Carbon counties arrived the home was fully involved in flames. Due to the remote location water had to be tanked into the scene. The home was a total loss. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Notices have been sent to all boroughs and townships in Schuylkill County by the county Planning Commission to get input on what roads and bridges need replacements for compiling a "wish" list to be presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as part of its transportation improvement program.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Storyteller Mary Ann Owens will be on-hand at the Locust Lake Ampitheatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011 to speak to people about the ancient art of storytelling and how it was used in the past. She will also be sharing some Native American stories.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of inclement weather. The program is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Robin Tracey at (570) 467-2404.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The body of T/Sgt. William P. Hoben of Coaldale, who died in North Africa on May 11, 1943, from injuries sustained in a Flying Fortress crash, arrived in Tamaqua at 9:52 a.m. today. A military funeral will be held on Thursday, with a solemn requiem Mass in St. Mary's Church, Coaldae. A military burial will be made in the Soldiers' Plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bloomingdale.