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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The state House voted this week in favor of state Rep. Jerry Knowles' (R-Berks/Schuylkill) legislation to provide access to written and audio records of unemployment compensation appeal hearings.

House Bill 393 creates transparency and provides fairness to all parties involved by requiring that testimony at unemployment compensation appeal hearings be taken with a digital recording device, and by a court reporter in certain circumstances. Knowles' bill also requires both written transcripts and audio recordings to be provided to participating parties upon written request.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tamaqua's J. J. Newberry Store, 45 Broad St., will close its doors March 31 and many have expressed displeasure with the decision. The Newberry Store had been in operation for more than 50 years in the same location in Tamaqua and employed six people. Plans include transferring the employees to other stores in the area. An official of the company said the store lost its Tamaqua lease and has until the end of the month to vacate the premises.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Bucks County woman with Coaldale connections has been charged with stealing $642,000 from the ambulance association for which she worked.

Danette Marie Lewchick, 56, of Jamison, was arrested Monday by Warrington Township police on charges of stealing the money over four years from Warrington Community Ambulance. Lewchick was the nonprofit organization's financial secretary.

She remains in Bucks County Prison under $250,000 percentage bail, set by District Judge Jean Seaman. Lewchick would have to post $25,000 to be released from jail.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Carole Geary, Pleasant Valley School District's associate superintendent, presented Keystone Awards to three schools. Accepting on their behalf are, Chris Fisher, PVSD assistant to the superintendent/principal of Chestnuthill Elementary; Joshua Krebs, PVE principal; Erica Walters, Polk Elementary principal; and Todd VanNortwick, PVI principal.

Thomas Murphy Sr., president of the Pleasant Valley School District, began the last meeting of the school board directors, by reading a statement of apology in reference to an incident that took place at the Feb. 28 board meeting with comments made by a resident.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The lead characters in Pleasant Valley High School's musical production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" are left to right, Josh Weidenbaum (Schroeder), Katina Foley (Sally), T'mera Burger (Lucy), Anthony Zarczyki (Linus), Devin Cetnar (Charlie Brown) and Doug Stangl (Snoopy.)

Pleasant Valley High School will present the musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," March 15-17, in the PVHS auditorium. Show times for Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A total of 18 members of the Tamaqua Area High School "Raider" Band have been selected to perform at the 2013 Schuylkill County Band Festival. Female band members selected after the competitive audition process include: front row from left, Rachael Paisley, Julia Shellhamer, Kelsey Zamudio, Courtney Miller, Makayla Boyle, Cailee Bittner; and back row, Lauren Christ, Molly Betz, Sam Postupack, Lizzy Lehman, Vanessa Solt and Amanda Solt. The county band festival will be held March 15 at Shenandoah Valley High School. Guest conductor will be F. David Romines of Marywood University.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Pope Francis is rarely talked about without mention of his humility, his reluctance to talk about himself. The self-effacement, admirers say, is why he has hardly ever denied one of the harshest allegations against him: That he was among church leaders who actively supported Argentina's murderous dictatorship.

It's without dispute that Jose Mario Bergoglio, like most other Argentines, failed to openly confront the 1976-1983 military junta while it was kidnapping and killing thousands of people in a "dirty war" to eliminate leftist opponents.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
AP FILE PHOTO In this Jan. 13, 2007 file picture, Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio during their meeting at the Vatican. On Wednesday, Bergoglio was elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who has become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour.

Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for the commute to work. They sometimes talked about church affairs. Other times it could be about what he planned to cook for dinner in the simple downtown apartment he chose over an opulent church estate.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sue Anthony, chairman of the Lehighton Area Lioness Club Reading program, reads to children at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library. The club has a goal of impacting 1,000 people to increase literacy this year.

As part of this year's "In A World of Service" theme, International Lions President Wayne Madden is challenging Lions everywhere to participate in the Reading Action Program to focus on increasing literacy and access to learning resources through their service.

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club members have accepted the challenge.

Sue Anthony, LALLC club secretary, said that her club has a goal of reaching out to 1,000 people this year and initiated a reading program for children attending Lehighton Area School District.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a "Results from a Study of Drinking Water Quality for Dairy Herds in Pennsylvania" free webinar will be held on March 27, from noon to 1 p.m.. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To view the webinar, visit

Recorded versions of each webinar are posted at for those who cannot log on for the live version.

To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit