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Friday, December 10, 2010

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville is holding a Christmas Dinner and Show for neighbors in need in the West End, Kunkletown, Kresgeville and Blakeslee area.

The dinner and show will be held in McCawley Hall on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. For reservations, please call the church office at 610-681-6137.

The Community Sunday Supper team would like to thank DiMarco's Bakery, Kenro Nursery, Stroehman's Bakery for their donations and donations from those who wish to remain anonymous.

Friday, December 10, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Former Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher, Dickie Noles, gave a presentation to the Marian High School student body of over 300 students, administration and faculty on Monday, Dec. 6. Noles is a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict. He is employed by the Phillies as a drug and alcohol counselor. Noles spoke to the students about the dangers of alcohol and prescription drugs. Following the presentation, Noles was available to everyone for autographs.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Three Tamaqua Area School District Elementary Centers were among 14 elementary schools who participated in this year's collection of old telephone books for recycling. The total collected was 19,278 books and awards were presented to the top three collectors at Wednesday's public meeting of the Schuylkill County Commissioners held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, December 10, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Daniel Sclafani, a Pleasant Valley High School senior and Cody Zahoroiko, junior are the drum majors of the PVHS marching band and proudly display the 1st place trophy and banner that the band won in their Division 4A at the Oct. 23 United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) state championship held at the Hershey Park Stadium. Twenty-five bands participated. "We were up against some heavy competition," says Sclafani and Zahoroiko says it is "Really awesome" that they won first place to be State Champions. The last time PVHS won State Championship was in 2005.

Friday, December 10, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors honored Charles S. Snyder, Inc., South Tamaqua, for its 70 years in business in the township. C. Chester Snyder (left) of Charles S. Snyder accepted the plaque of appreciation from West Penn Supervisors (from second left) James Akins, Alfonso Martinez and David Zeigler.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The "coal company town" of Lansford could qualify for grants, tax breaks for restoring old buildings, revitalize existing business and draw new ones if it succeeds in being designated a National Historic District, a local historian told council on Wednesday.

Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the Lansford Historical Society on Wednesday told borough council the borough has been deemed eligible to apply for the designation by the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Barbara "Stemler" Wiemann, now a resident of East Penn Township, received an award from the Allentown Hiking Club for the many hours she spent working for the club. She is chair of the Appalachian corridor monitoring clubs which make sure there are no encroachments on the land to either side of the trail which is designated park land. Once a year she walks the borders following the monuments that outline the corridor. She reports to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Eight area residents were among 19 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Christine Cathleen Ritter, 24, of 12 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was sentenced on a number of criminal charges.

On a charge of corruption of minors placed on probation 12 months and on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit theft from a motor vehicle was given a concurrent 11 months probation sentence. Ritter was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Houser.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Coaldale Borough has released its parking rules for winter:

Between Nov. 1 and April 1, nonmotorized vehicles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, all-terrain vehicles, boats, campers and trailers may not be parked on borough streets.

The following streets will have no parking in effect from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. during or following any snowfall of three inches or greater:

Ÿ Moser Avenue between Fisher Avenue and Sixth Street;

Ÿ Howard Avenue between Second Street and Seventh Street;

Ÿ Fisher Avenue between High Street and Ridge Street;

Friday, December 10, 2010

Carbon County residents who utilize Mauch Chunk Lake Park will have to pay a little more to swim at the lake in 2011.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve rate adjustments for the park on the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained the daily admission rates will increase for county residents only. The new rates for daily admission will be $3 for adults and $2 for children. This represents a $1 increase.