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Thursday, July 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Callen James Walck, nine-months old, and Kaitlyn Marie Strohl, 3, enjoy morning cartoons after a sleepover at Nana and Pap-Pap's house. They are the Grandest Kids of Kim and Robert Walck of Nesquehoning. Callen is the son of Robert and Jamie Walck of Lehighton and is also the Grandest Kids of Sue and Harry Procina and Sue and Kenny Sterling of Lehighton. He is the Great-Grandest Kid of Ronald and Dolores Moulthrop, George Rhoades, Sandra Walck and Lucille Hudock.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
Pictured around 3 a.m. this morning are Rob Jones, Tamaqua Public Works Director, left, and Mark Emerich, General Superintendent with Ankiewicz Enterprise of Tamaqua, looking over one of the tow holes that will house a cemented anchor block for new pipes that will west to the sewer plant water line.

Construction workers with Ankiewicz Enterprise, of Tamaqua, as well as Tamaqua borough workers detoured traffic around the southbound lane of SR309 leaving Tamaqua and spent last night into this morning continuing their Center Street bridge water main relocation in preparation to the temporary relocation, demolition and replacement of a new Center Street Bridge.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Lehigh Navigation Coal Company intimated today that the life of the Lansford Colliery depends upon the men who work there. Describing the district as a "consistently steady loser," the firm asserted the operation has shown financial losses over the years that reflect poorly not only on that district but on Panther Valley as a whole. The company stated that it wants closer cooperation immediately to ensure future job security for more than 2,000 people employed here.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The late Dave Smiley's family and friends gathered at the Towamensing baseball field to honor his memory and in recognition of his love for baseball.

The Towamensing Baseball Association (TBA) honored the late Coach Dave Smiley for his years of dedication to baseball, a game he loved, with a plaque placed on the side of the concession stand at the Towamensing field. It was unveiled by his daughter Sara and son Adam Smiley.

The plaque reads, "In Cherished Memory Of Dave Smiley Who Loved The Game And Loved His League We Thank You."

Dave Smiley passed away on Feb. 4, 2011 at the age of 45 in an automobile accident.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bishop Peggy Johnson, right, and Effort UMC's Pastor Robin Fisher, left, greet members of the congregation and friends after the Sunday morning joint worship service. A luncheon in honor of the Bishop's visit followed that worship service.

"The Bishop is coming," was the buzz at Effort UMC for several weeks.

And so she came, not wearing liturgical robing signifying her position of leadership, but a feminine pink outfit. That outfit grew with a prayer shawl presented to her, the Rev. Peggy A. Johnson, Bishop of both the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conferences, by Effort UMC's Prayer Shawl Ministry. She wore it as she preached and she wore it for the luncheon held in her honor after the joint worship service.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Three new correction officers were hired by the Schuylkill County Prison Board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Christopher Fertig, Ashland; Joseph Kayo, Shenandoah, and Andrew Runkle, Port Carbon, were hired and the board asked the county salary board at its next meeting to fix their salaries.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Flames were seen shooting more than 30 feet in the sky as firefighters from multiple fire companies responded to a two-story house fire at 1340 Laurel Lane in West Penn, New Ringgold, just after 11 p.m. last night.

Flames were seen shooting into the night sky as firefighters from multiple fire companies responded to a two-story house fire at 1340 Laurel Lane in West Penn Township, New Ringgold, just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"Broad flames could be seen shooting over 30 feet in the air out of two propane tanks located on the side of the home. It was something you'd see in the movies," said neighbor Scott Linkhorst, describing the fire's intensity.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club has announced that it will now be managing and coordinating the Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade which this year will be held on Sunday, October 30th at 4 p.m. Among some of the changes that will be made will be a change in the parade route from past years with the parade now going "downhill" starting at Olympian Way to Center; Center to Ninth; Ninth to North; down North to Fifth; over to Center; down Center to Second Street where the parade will disband with participants bussed back to Memorial Park for refreshments and awards.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

An East Penn Township zoning hearing board meeting was held Wednesday in which Duane Schleicher and Cole Pfeffer requested a change of use for property on Lauchnor Road near Northside Heights.

Schleicher wants to build apartments and then Pfeffer is to buy the property. Attached single-family homes are not permitted in the rural residential area. They were asking for a variance based on the fact that no more land is available in the village center where the apartments would be permitted.