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Friday, November 5, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Chinese performers break into a grand finale during Thursday's ethnic extravaganza, a performance that prompted two standing ovations and brought down the house before a crowd of 500 at the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.

A performance Thursday by 51 Chinese nationals showcased the 5,000-year-old ethnic culture of the world's most populous nation and left a Tamaqua audience in awe.

'Colorful China,' now debuting in the United States, captured the imagination, bringing a crowd of 500 to their feet in two standing ovations.

The Tamaqua Area Auditorium hosted the free-to-the public sight and sound extravaganza which was heralded as a world-class performance and lived up to its billing according to those who witnessed it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership will hold its Annual Meeting/Cocktail Party on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Scheller Center of Lehigh Carbon Community College's Morgan Center, Tamaqua.

This year's meeting will include a facilitated discussion with the theme, "Looking Ahead: Priorities for 2011."

The chairpersons of the Partnerships' Steering Committee will present an overview of activities from this year as well as projects that will carry forward into the coming year.

Friday, November 5, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation received a donation of $1,000 from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation in support of projects that benefit the Tamaqua Area School District. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Attorney Jeffrey Bowe and Walter Kruczek, Raider Foundation treasurer and vice president; Joe Wozniski, Wachovia Wells Fargo personal banker; Peter Sherry, Wachovia Wells Fargo district manager; Robert C. Miller, Raider Foundation president; and Dr. Peter Uhlig, Raider Foundation board member.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation has announced it will award scholarship funding to deserving faculty members of the Tamaqua Area School District.

The non-profit foundation was formed in November, 2009 to work independently to assist Tamaqua Area with projects outside of the district's budget.

"Acting autonomously, the foundation will enlist individuals, corporations and foundations in charitable resource raising activities to assist our students in achieving our maximum potential," reads its mission statement.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nesquehoning Borough Council held a brief meeting on Thursday evening, since they could not hold a meeting on Oct. 27 due to lack of a quorum.

Missing from the meeting this time were Frank DiMiceli and Michael Sniscak.

Representatives from Aflac were present to discuss their proposal. Greg Guldin, district sales coordinator and Carolyn Verba, an associate, explained their features to council members present. A motion was made to have a meeting for their employees to see if there is an interest since there is no cost to the borough.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nine bids were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Thursday for a water line replacement project on Wood Street in Cumbola in Blythe Township.

The bidders were:

Dallago's Backhoe Service, Marlin, Norwegian Township, $59,518 base bid, $5,632 first alternative and $15,774 second alternative.

Wexcon Inc., Mohrsville, $62,627 base bid, $4,527 first alternative and $15,877.50 second alternative.

Donohue Excavating and Paving Company, Schuylkill Haven, $68,940 base bid, $12,400, first alternativive and $19,899.96 second alternative.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Carbon County Superintendent of Schools Stuart E. Prutzman said he was advised that 200 youths of Amish belief were allowed to quit school after the age of 14 in Lancaster County. An Act of Assembly of recent origin, he said, permits youths to leave school at the age of 14 years for religious reason or family need, providing they complete the elementary course. He said any application received must be approved by the school board, and the county and state superintendents of schools.

Friday, November 5, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eight members of this year's chapter of Marian High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the State Leadership Workshop Oct. 24-25, at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel in State College. Each member and their adviser, Trish Patton, attended general sessions and workshops on various topics dealing with leadership, speaking skills, technology, professionalism, college and career, and competition. They listened to the teachings of Patrick T. Grady, the keynote speaker, use his theme of childhood memories to motivate members to do their best to in all they attempt.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton native Col. Eric Hesse (left) and his son, Dylan Hessse (right) shown after they completed the Army Ten-Miler Race held recently in Washington, D.C.

Like father, like son.

Much like his father, Col. Eric J. Hesse, there's a competitive fire that burns inside Dylan Hesse.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Dylan challenged his elder to run in the annual Army ten-Miler Race held recently in Washington, D.C.

But, what Dylan likely didn't anticipate was that his father would not only run the race with him, but finish it in as well of a time as he did.

Dylan, a senior who plays soccer and runs track at Indian River High School near Fort Drum, N.Y., completed the run in a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Friday, November 5, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Stan Stewart of InterPlay, left, and Pleasant Valley Intermediate 7th grade students Destynee Mellano and Lauren Newton and InterPlay's Anita Bondi, right, are following the directions of another student during a improvisation "playshop."

Anita Bondi asked Susan Featro's Pleasant Valley Intermediate School's seventh grade German class, "What is improvisation?"

"Expressing feelings," one said.

"Making up some stuff," said another.

"Why is it important to make up stuff?" Bondi asked.

"So the story will go on," replied one student.

"To make it fun," said another.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board held a hearing Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville on whether they have jurisdiction to rule on the application of a Pittsburgh Company seeking to build a cargo airport located partly in East UnionTownship and partly in Kline Township. At the conclusion the board decided to take under advisement the arguments presented and will make a decision at a next board meeting on Nov. 18. Regardless of the decision the losing party will probably file an appeal to the county court.