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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Tamaqua firm was one of five bidders to rehabilitate a county bridge.

Bids were opened by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Bidders were received from the following: Heim Construction Company Inc., Pottsville, $367,984.75; Barletta Materials and Construction Inc., Tamaqua, $421,495.30; Descco, Fleetwood, $427,233.60; Bill Anskis Company, Elysburg, $528,012; and Grace Industries, Lehigh Valley, $591,495l

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Frank Cordeiro, riding a 1982 Yamaha, makes a turn at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua.

Sunshine and warm weather have drawn many motorcyclists to area roadways, leading riders and clubs throughout our area to stress the need for motorists to be aware of motorcycle riders.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website, data from police reports indicate there were 124,062 crashes on Pennsylvania roadways in 2012 a decrease from 125,322 in 2011 and fewer than the 144,542 crashes in the state 15 years ago. A 2011 tally states that of the 3,641 motorcycle crashes, 200 were fatal and 3,247 involved injury.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Pennsylvania CareerLink of Carbon County and the Carbon County Economic Development Corp., will host a job and career fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rayne, 3, and her father, Adam Middleton of Tamaqua, enjoy an activity as part of the center's family fun day.

Staff, student volunteers and family members with PathStone Child and Family Development Services in Coaldale held their bi-annual family fun Wednesday at the center.

The event involved family members interacting with their children during a number of activities encouraging family engagement through spring activities and healthy living. Some activities included planting seeds, making bird feeders, clothes pin crafts and a presentation and display about healthy and safety.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters from Walker Township and West Penn Township work to extinguish a  fast-moving brush fire over the Easter  weekend in the Lewistown Valley.

On recommendation of District Forester Mark Deibler of Weiser Forest District, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Schuylkill County commissioners enacted a temporary outdoor burn ban throughout the county beginning at noon on Friday and will remain in place until noon on Sunday, May 5, in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

People who have an unlicensed cat roaming the streets of Palmerton could be cited for violating an ordinance passed in November and could be fined, according to Palmerton Chief of Police John Rupell. Rupell said, "Our biggest concern is that they carry disease, mess up yards and porches." Owners of cats had from Jan. 1, 1987 until yesterday to have their felines licensed at the borough hall. Licenses still can be purchased to avoid a fine of $5 for the first offense, $10 for the second offense, and $25 for the third. The cost of a license is $1.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Emma Procita gives the egg pinata an eggs-tra hard whack at St. Matthew's UCC's egg hunt as the other children egg her on. They anxiously await to see if it was successful because it was filled with candy. Each child got a chance to hit the pinata until it burst. Pastor Suzanne Brooks-Cope, standing closest to the pinata, had the children go according to their ages, youngest to oldest, and in order of their birthdays.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Joseph Greco, 2nd Assistant Chief of American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, offers these tips on preventing brush fires:

Ÿ Be sure that smoking materials are disposed of properly, such as in a fire-resistant containers. Do not throw them on the ground or into vegetation.

Ÿ If you have a campfire or bonfire, it should be attended at all times, and be sure it is completely out.

Ÿ Avoid burning on windy, dry days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is too easy for open burning to spread out of control.

Ÿ Leave fireworks to the professionals.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Employees of Washington Township who call off sick there can't then use that sick day to work at another job.

During a meeting Tuesday, supervisors passed a resolution (2013-03) which makes that amendment to the township's personnel policy.

In other business, supervisor's opened four bids on the township's used dump truck. The bid was awarded to the high bidder, Randi Bult, who purchased the 2004 truck for $6,100.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club members Cindy Kern, secretary, left; and Linda Schumack, second from left; presents Shaun DiCostanzo, center, with a Student of the Month certificate for the month of March at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were his parents Bonnie and Michael DiCostanzo of Albrightsville. Shaun is an eighth grade student in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.