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Friday, January 21, 2011

Carbon County's retirement funds are doing well, county Controller Robert Crampsie reported Thursday.

The total disbursements for December came to $320,985.76, he said.

The county's portfolio value as of Dec. 31 was $62,724,999. "December ended up a very good month," Crampsie said. "We did see an increase of about $1.8 million."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Three persons were arrested on Wednesday in Monroe County on drug charges and other counts. Two of the three were jailed.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said after several months of investigation a male fugitive and alleged drug dealer named Adrian Hendricks, also known as "Smalls," was apprehended after being observed leaving the Wal-Mart store in Mt. Pocono. Hendricks, police said, was wanted by authorities in Patterson, N.J. since September of 2009, for a robbery involving a firearm.

Friday, January 21, 2011

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The bloodmobile will be held from 1-6 p.m., in the social hall of St. John United Church of Christ, Pine and Biddle Streets. Double red cell donations will be accepted at this drive.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in generally good health is eligible to donate. To ensure a good donation experience, the Red Cross advises donors to get a good night's sleep the night before, as well as eating well and drinking plenty of liquids (non-alcoholic) prior to giving blood.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Allen Heist, right, project manager and consultant with Stell Environmental Enterprises, goes over information about local land use with Att. William Schwab, East Penn Township's representation on the Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan committee.

Members of the Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan moved forward in the planning process during a meeting held Thursday at the office of Att. William Schwab. The meeting was facilitated by Allen Heist, project manager and consultant with Stell Environmental Enterprises.

Representatives attending the meeting were Bruce Steigerwalt, Mahoning Township; Rod Mann and Paul Kocher, Franklin Township; Att. Schwab, East Penn Township.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Senator David G. Argall (R-29), Representatives Neal Goodman (D-123), Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) have announced three grants for Cass Township, Schuylkill Township and Pottsville for improvements for water quality and safety.

"In good times and bad, our prime duty as elected officials is to ensure the safety of our constituents. The grants for these three communities will go a long way to help clean up and improve local water quality, helping to finally complete projects started years ago," stated Argall.

The following grants are being awarded:

Friday, January 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is a large six-foot icicle hanging on the back of the third floor of the Tamaqua Salvation Army building. A volunteer, who carefully removed the icicle from the gutter, said it probably weighed more than 70 pounds.

Small icicles are usually just an after effect of warming and refreezing snow and ice from the winter sun.

Excessive or hefty icicles on your gutters and eaves are usually an indication of attic air leaks and inadequate attic insulation. This can lead to ice dams or blockages, which cause minor to major destruction to the roof deck or shingles and ultimately damage to the inside of your home.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The next Navy Club auxiliary meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Nesquehoning VFW.

Any family member, age 12 and older, of a Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard veteran may join the auxiliary.

All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mike Trubilla tries to clear drains and relieve pockets of accumulating water by shoveling ice, snow and wet slush built-up in front of a home on West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Fire Co #1 hosted a four-hour Hazardous Materials and First Responder Awareness training class recently at the fire house. Local volunteer firefighters and personnel from West Penn Fire, along with Tamaqua's American Hose, Citizens, East End and South Ward fire companies attended. Other fire companies attending also consisted of Mount Carbon, Coaldale, East Penn, and West End Hose. Penn Mahoning and Mahoning Valley Ambulance were also among those who attended. The class was taught by Guy Arndt and Bob Lipsky from Bucks County Community College.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A feature story in Pennsylvania Heritage magazine's winter edition, just released, showcases the rejuvenation of Tamaqua by telling the story of the adaptive reuse of the historic, circa 1875 Tamaqua Boot and Shoe Factory. The four-page account was written by Bonnie Wilkinson Mark, former historical architect for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

A four-page, full-color spread in the newly released issue of the state's official history publication showcases Tamaqua's renaissance by examining the restoration of an 1875 industrial complex.

The story, 'Giving a New Shine to an Old Boot and Shoe Factory,' is featured in the winter issue of Pennsylvania Heritage magazine, the 37th volume of the quarterly publication.

The article appears in the magazine's 'Investing in our past' section.