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Monday, May 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Employees with the Tamaqua Waste Water Treatment Plant and C.W. Sales Corporation Pumps and Pump Systems of Norristown spent time recently at the Owl Creek pump station inspecting pumps for replacement and repair. The pump station was damaged after a vehicle plowed through it on Nov. 10. Temporary repairs are in place and will continue until permanent repairs are done in a few months. Pictured are treatment plant employees Joe Bernathy, Gene Brode and a C.W. Sales pump systems inspector.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The memory of Msgr. Agnello Angelini, the little parish priest who for 50 years guided the spiritual lives of the member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, was honored with a ceremony on the church steps dedicating the street that leads to the church as Angelini Avenue. The dedication of the street comes a year after the monsignor's death. Mayor Michael Kravelk spoke for the town government, which renamed the street at the request of the parish.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Jonathan Bennick plays on the seesaw with Buster the Clown, who entertained the children during the ribbon cutting and made balloon animals.

Children of all ages, Buster the Clown and excited volunteers, family and friends gathered Saturday at the new Weissport Playground to formally dedicate the play space.

The new playground has been open for use since last fall, but the formal ribbon cutting celebration was reserved until the grant funds were received and the playground was inspected and approved by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Along with the ribbon cutting, Mayor Jonathan Troutman unveiled the new signs that thank the volunteers and DCNR.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Eve Palazzolo, 8, of Lehighton, was the first person to catch the limit of five fish at the East Penn Township playground at Ashfield.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the American Legion Riders and organizers of the motorcycle run are, from left, John Farmer, left, Treasurer, ALR; Harry Thomakos, ALR; Thomas W. Franklin, Vice President, ALR; Mark Baylis, Director of the Supplemental Food Resource Center Effort United Methodist Church; Laurie Everett, Organizer; Dawn Schmidt, Lead Organizer; Debbie Shaver, Secretary, ALR; Everett Shaver, Commander of Post 927 and President of American Legion Riders Post 927. Not photographed, Chaplain of Post 927 and American Legion Riders, the Rev. James W. Mills Sr.

It was a day of fellowship, family, music and food on Saturday in the Pavillion at American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert after the Motorcycle Tour of the Poconos commenced there as local businesses in Carbon and Monroe County donated goods for auction and services to help local families in need and to restock provisions that were almost gone.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District faces a budget deficit of about $2.4 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

As a result, numerous spending cuts are being proposed, which are expected to be discussed with the school board meets at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

One spending cut includes altering the schedule, increasing instructional hours, and utilizing Act 80.

The concept is to create a winter schedule utilizing up to 15 Act 80 days. In essence, this amounts to virtually a four-day school week during the winter.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news

The Community Fire Company of New Ringgold was called to a wilderness rescue Friday morning to aid an elderly man who suffering a leg injury along the Cold Run Creek, about a half mile north of the village of Hecla in East Brunswick Township. The man was packaged and carried across the creek to an awaiting New Ringgold ambulance. The Tamaqua area fire company and rescue squad assisted.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua will be completely drained of water so contractors can do necessary repairs to the dam required by PADEP guidlines.

After more than 30 years of inspections and 10 years of talks between the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and Tamaqua officials, a full drainage and drawdown of the Upper Owl Creek Reservoir started Thursday morning and will take weeks or even months to completely empty into the Little Schuylkill River.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In the May 11, TIMES NEWS it was reported that the Slatington borough replaced laterals in the driveway of Chad Trego. This is incorrect. Ronca laid new macadam on the entranceway to Trego's driveway to resolve hiswater problems. The borough is not responsible for private laterals.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

More than 1,000 Carbon County residents were removed from the official voter registration list when the county's election board certified the voting totals during a recent meeting.

Officially, there are 37,362 registered voters in the county, which is 1,059 less than there were for the General Election of 2010. The decrease in registrations is primarly due to the county's policy of purging voters who have been inactive in the election process.