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Friday, March 11, 2011
Gary D. Marchalk

Gary D. Marchalk has announced his candidacy for a Common Pleas Judge seat.

Marchalk, 53, is a cum laude graduate of Widener School of Law, a magna cum laude graduate of New York Institute of Technology, a graduate of McCann School of Business and Tamaqua Area High School.

He operates a general practice of law based in Tamaqua while also operating an affiliated title insurance agency and affiliated accounting and tax firm.

Marchalk has had a wide range of experiences throughout his life.

Friday, March 11, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On March 3, Denise Koons (right), CEO Mystic Ryder Productions, a non-profit corporation, presented Amber Rossochacy with the funds raised from the New Philadelphia fire benefit held on Jan. 30 at the Clamtown Tavern. Amber is a single mother of two young children. Mystic Ryder also thanks everyone for making the event a success.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Twelfth-grade Panther Valley honors student Jeremy Thomas serves as S2 Security in the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. He's active in his church and is a candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout, and is considering a career in the military. He was looking forward to playing on his school's golf team, working on the yearbook, joining the Recycling Club and going to the prom.

But Thomas, 18, was forced off the golf team in September, and won't be allowed to participate in the other activities.

Friday, March 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A One Service workers, of Shenandoah, have been spending time over the past week investigating wildcat sewers throughout Tamaqua. An estimated 27,000 homes in Southwestern Pennsylvania have no sewage treatment system at all. Instead, they rely on "wildcat sewers" in which their sewage is piped directly into nearby ditches and streams. Wildcat sewers are illegal but hard to eliminate, especially in view of high retrofitting costs, the relatively low incomes of many affected families, and the lack of access to nearby public sewer systems.

Friday, March 11, 2011

An elderly Schuylkill County man died Thursday when his vehicle was swept off a county road by floodwaters. He died in submerged water.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as David H. Sallada, 74, of 29 E. Laurel St., Tremont.

Troopers said the incident occurred about 8:55 p.m. along SR645 (Geary Wolfe Road), 300 feet south of SR443, in Pine Grove Township. Troopers said Sallada, driving a Dodge Stratus, drove through a flooded portion of the road. The section of road was previously barricaded due to the flood water covering both lanes.

Friday, March 11, 2011
Matthew "Chili the Kid" Binder is a colorful "Mexican" who got a lot of attention. His sombrero came from Mexico and the serape was made for a Halloween costume.

A second annual Chili Challenge was held March 5 at Jerusalem United Church of Christ in Trachsville.

Everyone was invited to a chili dinner after which they could vote for their favorite.

The fun-raiser is held in winter when there is not much doing and people are ready for some fun, said Terry Goodhile, project chairman.

Last year there were nine pots of chili and this year it has doubled to 18. It's just a fun event but donations are accepted, not requested.

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's official. Carbon County is growing.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.

He said that overall population in the county has increased over the last decade, from 58,802 residents to 65,249.

This represents an 11 percent increase and makes the county the 11th fastest growing county in Pennsylvania, which has a total of 12,702,379 people living in the state.

Friday, March 11, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt, left, and Public Works Director Rob Jones open bids Thursday for the Tamaqua Community Park Pool Project, aimed at diverting chlorinated water to a sewer instead of a waterway.

Tamaqua will redirect swimming pool water discharge after a state regulatory agency advised the borough about the issue last June and requested remediation.

On Thursday sealed bids were opened at Tamaqua Borough Hall from contractors interested in helping the borough "take backwash water from the filter pump to a 5,100-gallon holding tank and discharge it into a sewer, and at a slower rate," explained Rob Jones, Tamaqua public works director.

Friday, March 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Equipment of the Walsh construction company who are erecting the new turnpike bridges in Carbon County are in the flooded waters of the Lehigh River.

Friday, March 11, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Linda Oatman

"Writing to the Beat of a Different Drummer" was the program offered by Linda Oatman when she visited Towamensing Elementary School on March 4.

Reading specialist Stacey Olewine introduced her to the students in the gym and said she will "tell us about being an author."

It takes practice said Oatman, and that was the theme of much of her talk. "It takes practice just as a sport or musical instrument does."

How many of you like to read, she asked, and many hands shot up.