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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel stands and shows copies of his email communications with the Tamaqua Area School District at Tuesday's board meeting, which he said proves that he followed protocol in creating a RAIDERS sign.

Lines of communication will be clarified and safety reinforcements will be engineered into seven existing wooden placards.

When those measures are accomplished, possibly today, there is a good chance that a temporary RAIDERS sign on Stadium Hill will survive and help to instill pride for the fall sports programs of the Tamaqua Area School District.

More than 60 area residents turned out Tuesday night at the TASD board of education meeting in support of resident Justin Startzel and a program of community spirit.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A raptor program will take place at the Locust Lake amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.

Each fall, tens of thousands of hawks, eagles and ospreys migrate southwest along the ridges of Pennsylvania. Paul Zeph, the director of conservation for the Audubon Society in Pennsylvania, will share information about these birds, why they migrate along the ridges, and conservation work to protect them.

Shine only.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a hike on the Christman and Cove Ridge trails, Beltzville State Park, on Aug. 29. Shine only.

The hike is six miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails transverse through an evergreen forest and run parallel to the Beltzville State Park Lake.

Hikers will meet in the Christman Trail parking lot on Pohopoco Drive at 10 a.m. Bring a lunch or snacks.

Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeffrey Bonacci of Nesquehoning recently was recognized as a forest steward.

Jeffrey Bonacci of Nesquehoning and Philip W. Brown Jr. of Pine Grove were each recognized recently for being a forest steward.

Forest Stewardship is the wise management and use of forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come.

Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the Bureau of Forestry, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, presented the award to Bonacci and Brown at their respective homes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Weissport Council is backtracking on having Benesch Engineers of Pottsville take care of borough property maintenance issues.

Council was advised by its solicitor Mike Greek to form a maintenance committee and only forward the more complicated cases to Benesch to save on fees.

Gene Kershner, council president, asked Vice President Sue Pywar and council member Arlie Moyer to serve on the committee with him. Two other council members, Tim Rehrig and Paulette Watson, were absent from Monday's meeting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seven defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Search warrant

Richard Earl George Jr., 40, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance methamphetamine.

George was arrested on Feb. 6 when agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force served a search warrant on his residence at 428 W. Iron St. Found in the home were bags of methamphetamine and other drug items.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Parryville U.M.C., located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, is hosting a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Due to the rainy, cool weather this past Sunday, Palmerton Memorial Pool's annual Carnival Day has been postponed until this Thursday.

The event will include free pony rides from 2-4 p.m., free moon bounce, and for a small fee, a dunk tank, where you can take a chance to dunk some of the pool staff.

Hot dogs will be available for a small fee. There will also be various refreshment stand deals available through the day.

The board of directors of the pool are providing a decreased daily admission to the pool for the remainder of the season.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Cutting a ribbon at the recent re-opening of Tamaqua's Owl Creek dams are, front row from left, volunteer Robert Reed, Tamaqua Councilman John Trudich, state Sen. Dave Argall, state Rep. Jerry Knowles, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Tamaqua Councilman Tom Cara and Tamaqua Borough Council President Micah Gursky. Back, project manager Jennifer Kowalonek with Alfred Benesch & Company, OCRC President Tom Banditelli, Benesch Senior Vice President Eli Peleschak and Tamaqua Councilmen Dan Evans and Dave Mace. The story and photos appeared in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friends, co-workers and family of Lori (Strohl) Zerbe, Lehighton, will be hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Emmanuel UCC Church. 819, Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

There will be homemade food, baked goods, a 50/50 raffle, 31 calendars, and a Chinese auction featuring gift certificates and theme baskets. Food will be available to eat in or take out.