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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.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Fegley mini-mart along SR443 in Lehighton had to turn away its customers Wednesday morning during a large power outage. The incident began at 8 a.m. affecting thousands of motorists when approaching traffic lights which were not working. One very noticeable item of the Fegley mini-mart business were the gas price signs which were dark.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Lansford-Summit Hill Community Partnership is currently seeking a part-time Project Manager to coordinate and manage key community projects and efforts in the Lansford and Summit Hill communities.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two miners in the employ of the Panther Valley Coal Company were injured in Shaft No. 3 at Nesquehoning this morning when a coal car jumped the track. Anthony Logan, 59, New Columbus, and John Paluka, 50, Lansford, were admitted to Coaldale Hospital, where their condition is said to be critical. The men were treated at the colliery by Dr. Marvin Evans, Lansford, before being sent to the hospital.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Summit Hill Water Authority is one member short and has a new chairperson at the helm as board members wait for the Summit Hill Borough Council waits until their February meeting to name a fifth member to the board.

Outgoing President John Michalik is one of two candidates waiting to see whom the council appoints to the board. Past Board Secretary Patrick Kane was named to the top spot as President on a 4-0 vote.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SS. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, announces it's 2011 Catholic Schools' Week activities.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, the school community kicks off Catholic Schools Week with an open house beginning with mass at 11 a.m. and activities continuing until 2:30 p.m. The school's Academic Fair focusing on the History of the School as it celebrates 125 years will also be open to the public at this time. Tours and registrations will be held at this time.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PPHEAA Northeast Region Higher Education Partner speaker Cathy Caffrey goes over the ins and outs of filling out education financial assistance forms.

A financial aid night, hosted by the Tamaqua Area high school guidance department, was held recently in the Tamaqua Area auditorium to provide high school students, their parents and other adults information about benefits of continued education via PHEAA and other means.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The release of the American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control 2010 report http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/, an annual scorecard that tracks key tobacco control policies at the state and federal level, found Pennsylvania offers no protection against tobacco use as it assigns an "F" in both Tobacco Prevention and Control and Cessation Coverage, and a "C" in Smokefree Air and Cigarette Tax. Pennsylvania received a drop in grade in Cessation – going from a "C" in last year's report to an "F" this year.