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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

West Penn Township supervisors filed an action in Schuylkill Count court against an operator of a seasonal roadside stand alleging violations of the township's zoning ordinance and seek an injunction temporarily until a hearing is held.

The action is brought against Steven C. Dunn, 59, Peach Drive, New Ringgold, who is owner of the property located at the intersection of state routes 309 and 443, in the village of South Tamaqua. The premises is located within the highway commercial zoning district under the ordinance and commonly referred to a the Leiby's intersection.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area senior Christian Gardiner, right, hangs out with friends while watching the Presidential Inauguration yesterday. Also pictured are Kennedy Parkins, Etiana Coley-Mills, Maima Manuao and Jonathan Manuao.

"The event was very patriotic," said Christian Gardiner, 17, a Tamaqua Senior who attended yesterday's Presidential Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C.

Gardiner was one of a few high school student scholars from our area to take part in the celebration.

As part of the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, student scholars were provided with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and its rich traditions surrounding the Presidential Inauguration.

Monday, January 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured posing after their performance were cast members Cierra Conahan, in front; second row from left were Iris Picone, Anette Retzko and Mitchel Sabol; back row from left were Jake Wenzel, director/producer Sophia Gursky and Jacob Gursky.

An overflowing crowd was in attendance during the first performance of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC) Acting Class.

The theatre show, titled "Musical Snippets. The Sound of Music. Gypsy and Into the Woods" involved comical humor and moments of song. Sophia Gursky, youth director and producer, stated they started practicing in October. She stressed her appreciation to all who participated, helped and got involved.

RoseJean Zucuskie, youth advisor and TCAC volunteer, stated the youth did everything.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Small games of chance

That much-needed fire equipment, money for people whose homes have burned down, help for cancer patients, or oil for the church furnace can depend on a toss of the dice, a ticket dropped into a basket or the luck of the draw. Nonprofit organizations have for decades offered small games of chance, including casino nights, Chinese auctions or football pools to raise money to continue to help their communities.

Monday, January 21, 2013
AP PHOTO President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts, not pictured, in the Blue Room of the White House Sunday, in Washington, as first lady Michelle Obama holds the Robinson Family Bible.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.

"I did it," a smiling president said to his daughter Sasha seconds after following Chief Justice John Roberts in reciting the oath of office. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple's other daughter, Malia, were among relatives who bore witness.

Monday, January 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students from the McAdoo CatholicElementary School make a snowtunnel as they waitfor the bus outside their school.Pictured clockwise are Landon Mayshock, Hailey Watkins, Gabrielle Dagostin, Isabella Maiello,GiannaMaiello and Joshua Michael.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Carbon County's retirement portfolio rose over $6 million in 2012.

During the monthly meeting of the retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the portfolio value as of Dec. 31, was $63,409,980, up $6,631,121 from the beginning of 2012.

Crampsie noted that the increase equates to a year-end performance rate of return of 11.68 percent, beating the annual actuarial assumption of 7.5 percent.

Monday, January 21, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning was the recipient of a $1,000 check from the Palmerton Hungarian Club. The money was put to good use, as two outdoor kennels were purchased with the donation. Standing to the left is the shelter's director Tom Connors of Weatherly, who also serves as Weatherly's mayor. To the right is Steve Vasko, president of the Pamerton Hungarian Club. In the middle is an adoptive dog "Tank" who patiently posed in the new kennel for the picture.

Steve Vasko of Palmerton loves dogs and recently he donated $1,000 on behalf of the Palmerton Hungarian Club for the stray dogs at the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, said it was put to good use immediately to purchase two new outdoor kennels. Vasko noted that the club donates to various non-profit groups and will return with more money in a few months.

Monday, January 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contractors with Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton volunteer their time to perform repairs to a Kline Township family's roof following Tropical Storm Sandy. Palmerton Lumber Company and Quality Roofing Supply also donated materials.

A Kline Township family struggling to perform needed repairs to their home following Tropical Storm Sandy received some unexpected assistance from two Carbon County businesses.

"After reading the article in the TIMES NEWS about a Kline Township family and the damage that Sandy had caused to their home, we knew we needed to do something to help," said Paula Gower of Home Solutions Partners, Inc.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Seventeen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently the county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were: