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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.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

AccuWeather reportsthis winter is on track to become the coldest for the nation as a whole since the 1980s or possibly even the late 1910s.

According to AccuWeather.com Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi, three or four out of the next five winters could be just as cold, if not colder.

He is worried that next winter, for example, will be colder than this one.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

So, you think you make the best Chili, do you?

You can find out on Saturday.

The Sports Zoo in Lansford will be hosting its annual chili and boilo competition to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society beginning at 2 p.m.

Denise Drum, coordinator, said the event has been growing each year. Anyone interested in participating should have chili or boilo at the Sports Zoo by 1 o'clock.

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

Recent ice and sleet made many area roads and hills impassible. Pictured is the steep South Swatara Street hill in Tamaqua layered with a dangerous coating of ice.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman driver was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday night around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Seneca Road and SR443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred as a New England Motor Freight tractor trailer was traveling south on Seneca Road and attempted to make a right turn onto Route 443 west. In doing so the trailer broke free from the truck tractor, causing it to cross the roadway into the eastbound lane where it struck a late model Chevrolet pick-up truck. The woman was trapped in the wreckage for about an hour.

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

One local contractor shows off his cheer for the season by placing a Cheer Bear (Care Bear character) on his truck, which also happened to be covered with snow and ice on the Family Dollar parking lot in Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Enough, already.

Today and tomorrow are expected to be gorgeous, with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 31 degrees, perfect weather to finish chopping the ice off your sidewalk and driveway and sprinkle the steps with rock salt in anticipation of yet another round of snow, and in some areas, snow, sleet and rain.

Forecasters are expecting another storm to roll in this weekend, this one bringing 3-5 inches of precipitation.