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Friday, February 4, 2011

Bereavement group

The bereavement support group of St. Joseph's parish will meet on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in the rectory. The group is open to anyone. If you have questions you may call the parish office, (570) 325-3731. The sessions will run until March 5.

Fire company meeting

Members of the Phoenix Fire Company will hold their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the company headquarters.

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Friday, February 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The quick change in temperature combined with recent heavy snow and sleet created this winter night scene. Showing an untouched coat of shiny ice is the Tamaqua Area School District Sports Stadium and Field with the middle school in the background.

Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Residents and parents of the Jim Thorpe Area School District (JTASD) have voiced their concerns regarding the possibility of losing monitors on the district buses.

The issue was brought up at this week's school board meeting by area resident Joe Partenio.

"Due to budget constraints monitor positions have been reduced," Partenio said.

A petition with 450 signatures was presented by Partenio.

"We present this petition to the board to fervently consider the voice of the people and keep the monitors on our school buses," he said.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Walker Township has a new secretary/treasurer. Supervisors introduced Dana Brubaker at last night's regular meeting. Brubaker is taking over for Suzanne Borzak who retired last month.

Chairman Craig Wagner said that Brubaker will be working to convert the township's accounts to Quickbooks, which will make handling the township's records easier.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Despite complaints from several township residents regarding large piles of snow, Schuylkill Township supervisors remained firm that they are not going to be removing the snow right now.

"We have to watch because of the fuel prices. We're trying to watch our money," said chairman of the board Linda DeCindio.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Borough of Tamaqua has announced its snow removal schedule for Friday and Monday.

Friday, Feb. 4,

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – south side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.

Berwick Street – both sides from Broad Street to Hegarty Avenue.

Nescopec Street – both sides from Cottage Avenue to Hegarty Avenue.

Monday, Feb. 7

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – north side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Liberty Tax Service, 111 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua, will host a roadside benefit party for Harold "H.T." Fryer on Saturday. Feb. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. in the M&T Bank parking lot at the Five Points Intersection of state routes 209 and 309.

Fryer is a 2009 Tamaqua Area High School graduate who was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia while in boot camp with the U.S. Navy.

The public is invited to stop by the benefit party for free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee and other refreshments. A drawing and bake sale will also be held.

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.