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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An address listed as part of Tamaqua's demolition program, 67 Hunter St., is the property of Karen Williams, not Joseph and Lillian Betz as previously reported.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Knowing how to save someone who is drowning is important if you are around water. Chase Donnelly, 12, of Gilbert learns the correct way to toss a float to a possible drowning victim. Teaching him are Palmerton Memorial Park lifeguards and swimming instructor Richard Getz, standing, and Luke Gerhard, in the water. Donnelly is in his second year of lessons and is just one of approximately 175 individuals signed up for the four-week course. Courses are held for 45 minutes Monday through Friday for beginners all the way to advanced swimmers.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a program on Tattoo Removal and Treatment of Pigmented Lesions and Age-related Skin Issues at 6 p.m., July 30, in the Blue Mountain Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Speaker Michael Martinez, MD, will talk about the PicoSure FDA-cleared laser technology and how it differs from traditional lasers, and the benefits it offers in terms of treatments, precision and effectiveness.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The winter? Long. The turmoil over whether or not to restore the borough's police force? Over. The budget? Stretched to the limit.

What Coaldale residents need most now is an event to anticipate, something to unite them in its planning and hosting, Mayor Richard Kellner said during a council meeting Tuesday.

"I think we should make plans to have a Coaldale Community Festival in 2015," Kellner said. "We can have games, a band, possibly over Memorial Day next year."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A former Carbon County employee, charged with burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Tuesday.

James Martino, 48, formerly of Lake Harmony, now residing in Jim Thorpe, was placed in the program on a motion by the district attorney's office.

Judge Joseph J. Matika approved the placement after noting that the two victims in the incident had "signed off" on the placement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Six first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

West Penn Township supervisors are hoping to recoup some of the engineering costs involved in the creation of their Act 537 sewage facilities plan. So far, engineering costs are about $400,000.

During a meeting Monday, the supervisors applied for a $74,000 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant. The township's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch & Co., Pottsville, made the application on behalf of the township. The CFA funds come from Act 13, Marcellus Legacy Fund Programs, which are used for various projects that address watershed protection.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners opened bids for eight home rehabilitation program projects, made to help low-income residents fix problems in their homes.

Through Act 137, recipients can receive up to $12,000 in funding. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items such as heating systems, roofing, siding or electrical and plumbing systems.

At the time, there were 200 home rehabilitation projects on a waiting list. The program has rehabilitated over 300 homes since its start in 1994.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Victoriana expert Samantha Gibbons, Tamaqua, discusses the history of bobbin lacemaking on Thursday at the conclusion of a one-month showing of rare examples of the fine art showcased at the Tamaqua Public Library. The collection is now available for loan to other similar venues.

A one-month showing of the exquisite art of bobbin lacemaking and its cultural heritage concluded its run Friday at gallery windows and display cases of the Tamaqua Public Library.

The rare collection included dozens of samples of varied lacemaking handiwork from around the world, spanning the period from 1840 to the 1930s with a few present-day examples included as well.

The collection is owned by genealogist Samantha Gibbons, Tamaqua, an aficionado of Victoriana. A few of the pieces were created by her ancestors.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Artist Vicky Dash and the Tamaqua Community Art Center are joining forces to create a community collage table, which will then become a permanent part of the art center. Residents of all ages are welcome to help.

Two open sessions will be held, from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 10 and July 24. Materials will be provided.

Dash is a member of the Schuylkill County Allied Artists. Her work has been exhibited at the Banana Factory and Icehouse, in Allentown, and the Nazareth Center For Arts.

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.