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Thursday, February 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jill Rehrig of New Beginnings, a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release, gave a gift of a loving touch to several residents at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown on Valentine's Day, like Betty Darocha.

Soothing music floats throughout the room as Jill Rehrig's fingers and hands massage the shoulders of Ruth Stauffer, a resident at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown. Ruth closes her eyes and sighs.

"This is so nice," she says.

That's just what Rehrig wants to hear.

Rehrig is a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release who lives in Kresgeville. The name of her facility is New Beginnings.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

State College, Pa. - AccuWeather reports while the weather has finally calmed down across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country this week, a look at the longer range suggests that many residents may be in for a wild spring.

Wintry events that last into April across the northern tier of the nation and an above-normal severe weather season farther south are some of the main highlights in AccuWeather.com Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi's outlook for the next few months.

To sum it up, Bastardi said, "This spring should be a wilder one than last year."

Thursday, February 17, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Drawing crowds of curious visitors to Jim Thorpe's WinterFest last year, ice sculptor Neil Trimper of Sculpted Ice Works carved large blocks of crystal clear ice into works of art, such as this Patriotic Eagle.

The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce will host its 17th annual WinterFest Weekend Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20 on Presidents Day Weekend.

A mix of family activities, special shopping and dining promotions and performances at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, mark a weekend of winter fun in Jim Thorpe.

Ice and wood carvers ply their trades in the downtown Josiah White Park next to the Jersey Central train station, and also give demonstrations two blocks up the street at the opera house Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
DOUGLAS GRAVES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Don't take away the bus drivers that we have gotten to know over the years," pleaded 13-year-old Lizzie Young.

Northwestern Lehigh School directors quickly approved a resolution Wednesday to keep the beleaguered transportation department as part of the school system, but strip health care from the 16 drivers who are receiving the benefit.

The vote was 8–1 in favor of the resolution prepared by the administration. The single dissenting vote came from Todd Hernandez who told the crowd of more than 55 observers and his fellow school board members that he supports keeping the transportation department in-house but would, "rather see us have done more in-house cost cutting."

Thursday, February 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two New York comedians took part in the American Hose Company, of Tamaqua, comedy night benefit held recently at their firehouse. Pictured are comedians Keith Purnell, left, and Marc Juretus.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors received a letter from Frank Tatusko, a driver education instructor at Pleasant Valley High School. In the letter he states that he believes there is a serious hazard at the intersection of State Rd. Rt. 209 and Old State Rd. Rt. 115 (Chestnuthill Diner intersection), a site of many serious and some fatal accidents. He has observed drivers running the red light and offered three possible solutions to help decrease the hazard.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

George Schreiber of Brodheadsville addressed the Pleasant Valley School Board Thursday night with a few questions and statements concerning the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

He asked if the proposed budget showed a nine percent increase from last year and Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent did confirm that saying it was only the preliminary budget, not the final number.

"At this time of year, it's never the final budget. We have never come in close to that number," he said

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Permission was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners to the engineering department to seek sealed bids for repairs to a county bridge which carries Greenwood Street over Panther Creek in Tamaqua; Rest Haven Home for laundry services and to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a rahab project at the Gordon Borough Municipal Building, in action taken at a work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. All bids must be in the controller's office by April 4.

Bids opened

Thursday, February 17, 2011
WILLIAM GADDES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Coaldale Lions Club president Robert Ames, left, and Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer.

Lions International has awarded the Coaldale Lions Club the Club Excellence Award. Past District Governor Bob Neumoyer of West Penn Lions Club presented the award to Coaldale club president Bob Ames on Feb. 8.

The award, for 2009-2010, is given to those Lions Clubs that excel in community service, support to those who require extensive vision care, and support to Lions International objectives and world-wide vision programs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A resolution was adopted by Nesquehoning Borough Council that will have the borough become the owner of the New Columbus Park, and have it named in memory of John F. Cerchairo, one of the leaders of the community. The 120-by-270 foot plot was donated by Mrs. Cerchairo to the borough, providing the park is renamed John F. Cerchairo Memorial Park and a plaque erected in honor of her late husband. The park was at one time the site of the New Columbus School.