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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Township and borough workers throughout are area worked throughout the night laying salt and clearing roads. Pictured is a Tamaqua borough truck clearing stadium hill.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Larry Padora

New Ringgold small businessman and council president Larry Padora has declared his candidacy for the Schuylkill County Board of Commissioners.

Padora, 37, and his family own and operate the Italian Bakery in Tamaqua, which produces over 100,000 loaves of bread a year for area grocers and caterers.

He is the president of New Ringgold Borough Council, on which he's served for seven years, which has the lowest tax millage of any municipality in the County.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The board members of the Nesquehoning Borough Water Authority passed a permanent budget at its January meeting with an increase in the water rates.

Chairman David Hawk announced that the revenue dropped from $699,500 to $673,500.

It was decided to elect officers next month since the reappointment of board member Denny Creitz was not yet confirmed by the borough council.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Monroe County man is facing multiple charges, including attempted homicide, for a crime spree that occurred in the county.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said Jacob Thompson, 30, of Long Pond, has been arrested for a series of criminal incidents in the area including assaults, break-ins, robberies and arson fires occurring in the county.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Shane Monk, 11, left, Edward Moore, 14, center, and Joseph Kalbarczyk, 13, sled down a hill on Washington Street in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New "Nature and Learning Workshops" for children and families will be hosted by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, every Thursday evening, January through April, from 6 to 8 p.m. Programs are presented by Rebecca Cunfer, and are part of a yearlong celebration as CCEEC marks 25 years of programming.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center are offering a Winter Wildlife slide program in the Lehigh Gap Visitor Center on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

The program, presented by Bud Cole, naturalist, outdoor-travel writer and photographer, will focus on the necessary essentials that all living creatures need in order to survive.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

With the impending announcement of a major snowstorm, the Palmerton Borough Police Department asks that residents adhere to the odd/even parking schedule between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. this evening.

As of tonight, residents should park on the south side/even number of the street. In the event of significant snow, the schedule will be followed for a 24-hour period after the snow stops falling in order for the borough to plow the north side of the street.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karen Nicholas (right), assistant to the superintendent, presents Keystone Awards to Peters Elementary Principal Paul Rearden and Slatington Elementary Principal Linda Marcincin at Monday's Northern Lehigh School Board meeting. The schools received the Keystones because they met Adequate Yearly Progress in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

Elementary students in the Northern Lehigh School District continue to make the grade.

Karen Nicholas, assistant to the superintendent, presented Keystone Awards to the principals of both Slatington Elementary and Peters Elementary on Monday.

Principal Linda Marcincin accepted the accolade on behalf of Slatington Elementary, while Principal Paul Rearden accepted on behalf of Peters.

Nicholas said the Keystones were presented to the elementary schools because they met Adequate Yearly Progress two consecutive years in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A snowstorm is supposed to arrive tonight, and if you live in Summit Hill you better not toss the snow from your sidewalks or parking space into the street.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said a borough ordinance prohibits this and the police department will be enforcing it by issuing fines.

He said the last storm had 2.5 inches of snow and people tossed snow into the street. One warning was issued.

The police have now been instructed to give citations to violators of the ordinance.