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Saturday, May 17, 2014

With nearly 1.6 million Pennsylvanians living below the poverty line, the House Majority Policy Committee recently announced it will continue its efforts to study the barriers individuals face in reaching self-sufficiency in the Commonwealth. The committee has appointed Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) to co-chair the "Life Skills 101" section of the initiative's next steps.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A committee of Lansford Borough Council will meet with officials of Panther Valley School District to discuss possible bus stop changes.

At a council meeting Monday, it was agreed to meet with the district over the stops at Jones and Patterson streets (Route 209) and on Bertsch Street at the former middle school.

The meeting was the result of a request made by Kenneth Marx, business manager of the district, who urged that the borough and district "look at alternatives to these two stops for the 2014-2015 school year."

Saturday, May 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Seventh-grader Justin Weiksner developed an experiment for the Middle School Science Fair. He dropped clay balls from various heights onto a sidewalk and onto a water surface.

Strange things have been happening in kitchens all around town in the Tamaqua School District.

Eggs have been exploding in microwaves, soda has been spewing from bottles, ice cream has been left to melt on countertops, unpopped popcorn kernels have been counted, gummy worms dissolved, iPods charged with oranges and bread slices left on plates until mold formed.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners have approved a number of personnel moves.

Patricia Valedon, Coaldale, was promoted to clerk 3 from clerk typist for the Children and Youth Services agency. She'll be paid $13.54 an hour.

At the county nursing home at Rest Haven, Amanda Sterner, Cressona, was hired as a per diem nurses' aid at $13 an hour. Deanna Improta, Pottsville, and Holly Boltz, Hamburg, were hired as part-time nurses' aids at $11.72 an hour each.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
RON GOWER/ TIMES NEWS Barber Leighton Brown gives a haircut to Lansford Mayor James Romankow at his Master Barber shop in the Lansford minimall.

Lansford has a new barbershop.

Leighton Brown has opened the Master Barber shop in the Lansford mini-mall on West Ridge Street.

Lansford Alive staged a ribbon-cutting for the shop.

Brown, a native of Queens, New York, moved to Lansford in 2007. He got his barber's license in New York state and transferred it to Pennsylvania through reciprocity.

He said he presently operates the barber shop by himself but soon will have his wife, Megan, joining him to do nails. Megan is a licensed nail technician.

He officially opened for business on March 8.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIMES NEWS file photo Roosevelt Warden at the time of his arrest for armed robbery on Oct. 15, 2012. Tamaqua police officer Brent Getz is behind Warden. Officer Thomas Duarte is to the right.

A Schuylkill County court judge has denied a Tamaqua's man's appeal of his sentence for robbing another man at knifepoint on Oct. 11, 2012.

Roosevelt Warden, 45, of 400 N. Pine St., Tamaqua, had appealed his three- to six-year sentence under the Post Conviction Relief Act on the grounds that his lawyer was ineffective at a pretrial suppression hearing resulting in his plea deal.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Times News editor will be honored by the Philadelphia Press Association for winning three awards in its "Best of the Best" media competition.

Donald R. Serfass, Tamaqua, who serves as the Times News' features and human-interest managing editor, captured three PPA awards, including taking top honors in column writing and business writing.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Kaitlyn Hill, Jim Thorpe "No, people park in the same place anyway."

Are parking meters necessary in local business districts?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The old stone bridge that carries Bridge Street in Lehighton across the creek through Baer Memorial Park was highlighted by the greens of blooming trees this week. The area was serene, with only the sounds of birds and the water swishing over the rocks.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area School District held its 56th Academic Achievement Ceremony on Monday night. Senior Tyler Ruch received the Ernest Scheller Memorial Scholarship. He is flanked by, from left, Ernest and Roberta Scheller and his parents, Kim and Duane.

It was 1945 when Austrian immigrant Ernest Scheller started an aluminum pigment manufacturing plant in Stamford, Connecticut.

In 1963, he moved the plant to Lansford, later expanding to a facility in Hometown. He called it Silberline, after the German word for silver.

First his son and then his grandson joined the family business.