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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Service personnel in the Tamaqua Area School District have a new contract to enter the new year.

The district's board of education on Tuesday night approved a three-year pact with the Tamaqua Area Education Service Personnel Association, covering the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal school years.

The previous contract had expired at the end of the 2009-2010 year. School Board President Larry A. Wittig, who chairs the district's negotiating committee, said the contract is retroactive to July 1.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Larry G. Darrohn Jr.

A Jim Thorpe man who died while trying to rescue a neighbor from her burning apartment is being honored posthumously for his heroic actions.

Larry G. Darrohn Jr., who was 46 when he died, has been named a "Carnegie Medal Awardee."

Darrohn died on Dec. 12, 2009, while attemptiing to rescue Sharon Joseph, 63, who lived on the second floor of the same apartment as Darrohn.

Darrohn lived on the first floor of the two-unit apartment building at 119 North Avenue.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Gauging" - stretching pierced ears by using progressively larger pieces of jewelry - may soon be a thing of the past in the Panther Valley School District.

School Board vice-president Bill Hunsicker at a public meeting Tuesday suggested amending the district's dress code to prohibit gauging. Hunsicker said the practice, which eventually results in large holes in one's earlobes, is distracting.

The board expects to further discuss the recommendation.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

After 10 years of service, Tamaqua fire chief Tom "Oakie" Schlorf will be stepping down.

Tamaqua Borough Council acknowledged Schlorf's contributions with a special presentation at last night's council meeting. Thomas Hartz, Jr, the current assistant fire chief, will be stepping up to the helm, effective January 1, 2011. Council also appointed James Connely as first assistant fire chief, Mark Boyle as second assistant fire chief, and Mark Bower, as third assistant fire chief, also effective January 1.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Palmerton Bloodmobile will celebrate its 60th anniversary celebration, and is in search of donations to continue the sponsorships of blood mobile drives.

Donations may be sent to Louise Calvin, Treasurer, 617 Franklin Avenue, Palmerton, PA 18071, with checks made payable to the Palmerton Bloodmobile. Also, indicate if the bloodmobile may use your name as a sponsor on its posters and newspaper announcements.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Raider Band Majorettes and Silks Flag Squad volunteered their time to teach 2nd to 5th grade Tamaqua Girls Scouts better ways to perform during the Girl Scouts' Majorette and Flag Camp held recently at the Flipz 4 Fun Tumble Studio in McAdoo. Lessons taught by band members included their roles on the field, the responsibility they hold, the dedication it takes, and all the fun it can be. After their lessons, parents watched as the girls performed choreographed routines for them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Carbon County Court Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday accepted guilty pleas from eight people.

John William McDonnell, 43, of Lake Harmony, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and without an inspection sticker. He was charged by Kidder Township police as he drove on Route 534 on March 27. Testing showed McDonnell's blood alcohol content to be 0.11 percent. Sentencing was deferred to Feb. 24.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Seventh grade students at Tamaqua Area Midle School prepare to present their cases before District Judge Stepehn Bayer, Tamaqua. The mock trials are held at the conclusion of a Keepin It REAL course presented by Tamaqua DARE officers Cpl. Dwayne Hacker and Patrolman Michael Hobbs.

Who would have thought that Santa Claus was one of the bad guys? The truth came to light last week as seventh grade students in the Tamaqua Area Middle School and St. Jerome's Regional School held mock trials to herald the conclusion of their DARE-REAL classes. The Honorable Judge Stephen Bayer, District Magistrate, presided over the sessions as student prosecuters and defense attorneys made their individual cases. Students also served as the defendents, victims and witnesses as five crime scenarios were presented for Judge Bayer's consideration.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

Residents, seniors, and staff at the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hometown were recently treated to holiday caroling, music and motivational dancing by parishioners from the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua. Volunteers and parishioners from left are Melanie Siebel, Donna Gimbi, Marilyn Govendor, Fay Montgomery, guitarist Beth Wormar, Dorie Moll, and Sashka Petersen. The church group visits care centers through the area.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The building code official in Lower Towamensing Township has filed an action in Carbon County Court against Ronald F. Gilbert and Carol A. Withers, 4300 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown, contending the defendants have not met building code requirements relating to the Covered Bridge Inn, a restaurant at the same address.

Duane Dellecker, the plaintiff, in an action filed by Attorney James R. Nanovic, is asking the court to impose a fine of up to $1,000 for each day the alleged violations continue.