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Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured with a layer of snow and ice is the Family Dollar parking lot in Tamaqua. Workers arrived and spent a good time removing tons of the icy mixture. Pictured in the background is the Salem United Methodist Church.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS SHINE students in the Lehighton Area School District raised $100 to help the homeless through the Family Promise program. Here, Ryan Weiss presents the check to Family Promise director Larissa Kimmel. Behind them, left to right, are Matthew Dawson, SHINE teacher Kali Andrew, Desiree Brown and Cameron Berger.

Nothing says "home" like cookies and Christmas ornaments, and Lehighton Area School District students who participate in the SHINE afterschool program have parlayed those comforts into a boost for a local program to help the homeless.

The students sold homemade cookies and ornaments at a December middle school basketball game to raise $100 for the Family Promise program in Carbon County.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Employees and customers were evacuated from Hometown McDonald's on Wednesday at 10 p.m. when smoke filled the fast food eatery located at 9 Lincoln Drive. The Hometown Fire Co. responded and pinpointed the problem to the building's rooftop which houses an HVAC unit. The Tamaqua Fire Department aerial ladder was summoned to facilitate access to the roof. Employees were allowed back into the building about 20 minutes later, although firefighters continued their investigation into the cause of the smoke and odor.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Trying out the new kickboxing tower are siblings Derek, 6, and Ashley DeAngelo, 10.

In addition to new cardio programs, such as Zumba, sports programs, and it's new-age gym equipment, the Tamaqua YMCA recently added new equipment to its floor space.

Some of the new equipment includes a shuffleboard table, electronic kickboxing tower, 15 foot mini-bowling game, carpet ball, basketball shoot, Xbox Connect, large inflatable gym, and other items geared for all ages.

For more information about the services offered at the Tamaqua YMCA, contact Tamaqua YMCA branch executive Nick Zigmant at (570) 668-2903.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a worker removing snow and ice from the Tamaqua Area Middle School.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A runaway, three-quarter ton truck, owned by the Somerset Valley Construction Company in New Jersey, the firm engaged in the sewer project on the west side of the community, crashed into the rear of the Court House at 2:15 p.m. today after going through a railing and over a 25 foot drop from Packer Hill, not far from the Soldiers Monument. Michael SanFelice, 49, of Norristown, N.J., operator of the vehicle, said he parked the truck and was talking William Bargart, project engineer, when the truck suddenly started to move.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Honor roll

The second quarter honor roll for the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District has been announced as follows:

Grade 3: Carter Bressi, Joshua Buell, Alexandra Carino, Michelle Ciobano, Ashley Cole, Kaili Enslin, Nicholas Fayocavitz, Christian Forbes, Alexandra Gretzinger, Dino Grindle, Lauren Gaudio, Amelia Hricak, Thor Huth, Ernesto Irizarry, Chrysten Kresge-Righetti, Jaelen Kushner, Scott Matthews, Devin Megna, Danni Mergel, Shanise Nicholas, Josiline Nieves, Kaitlyn O'Neil, Autumn Procanyn, Dalton Watts, Ryan Werrbach

Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Borough workers haven't slept much over the past few weeks due to almost-daily snowfalls that keep impacting our region. Pictured is a Tamaqua plow truck removing ice, snow and slush as it turns east onto Van Gelder Street in front of the South Ward Fire Company.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners was canceled Wednesday because the courthouse did not open for business until noon due to the snow and sleet storm which struck the county late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, creating a doubleheader for the commissioners next week.

A make up work session will be held at 9 a.m on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Hoffman Room, which adjoins the commissioners' board room at the courthouse in Pottsville and at 10 a.m. the commissioners will move next door to their boardroom to hold the scheduled public meeting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Magisterial District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton has announced his intention to retire from the office of District Court Judge in Magisterial District 56-3-02, effective Dec. 31, 2011. Appleton served in the position for 25 years.

Fair, firm justice.

That best sums up how Magisterial District Judge Bruce F. Appleton would assess his time in office.

A quarter century after he took the oath of office, Appleton recently announced his intention to retire from the office of District Court Judge in Magisterial District 56-3-02, effective Dec. 31, 2011.

Included in that district are Palmerton, Bowmanstown and Parryville boroughs, as well as East Penn, Franklin, Lower Towamensing and Towamensing townships.