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Friday, March 1, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a former supervisor in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, pleaded guilty yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt to the charge of making false statements in connection with health care benefits.

Robert Spano, 63, admitted to violating a federal statute prohibiting the making of false statements in connection with a health care matter.

Spano was previously indicted by a grand jury in November 2011.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The privatization of the new Carbon County Economic Development Corporation is almost complete.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to an agreement with the CCEDC to have the group provide economic development assistance services to the county. The agreement shall take effect April 1 and run through April 1, 2016. Commissioner William O'Gurek was absent from the meeting.

County solicitor Daniel Miscavige noted prior to the vote that the CCEDC will begin operating as its own entity on April 1.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Land owners are invited to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference on Saturday, March 16 at Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required by March 8 and there is a fee to attend. The fee covers the cost of the morning break, lunch and educational materials.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Vonz Restaurant will open in Tamaqua this spring, offering American-type fare prepared by Yvonne Linton Sidella, a native of Georgia.

When Tamaqua's newest restaurant opens in the spring, the menu will feature homespun, all-American favorites with regional specialties as a bonus.

"We'll have something for everyone" says owner Yvonne Linton Sidella, a native of Georgia.

Sidella will bring Southern hospitality and a flare for good cooking when she and husband Richard, a native of Auburn, open the doors at what will be called Vonz Restaurant, located in the 1874 Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Station.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) has announced that forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for tax year 2012 are now available.Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS An artist's rendering of what Blue Mountain Ski Area's Summit Splash water park in Lower Towamensing Township will look like once its completed. Groundbreaking for the $20 million park will take place April 1. The park is scheduled to be open in May of 2015.

Construction of Blue Mountain Ski Area's outdoor recreational water park is one month away.

Groundbreaking for the Summit Splash water park in Lower Towamensing Township will take place April 1.

Serfass Construction, of Allentown, was awarded the construction contract earlier this month.

The $20 million water park will be located in a Resort and Recreation Zoning District, adjacent to the ski area on about 20 acres of the 58-acre parcel at 1660 Blue Mountain Drive.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Towamensing Elementary School is celebrating Read Across America all week. On Monday the students could dress up as their favorite storybook characters as a fundraiser to benefit the Palmerton Area Library. Ashley Hummer's Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Life Skills class, K-4th grades, dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying time with family and friends, cub and boy scouts with Tamaqua Pack 777 spent time Tuesday evening showing off their skills on the lanes in Hometown. To join the scouts or for more information, call Boy/Cub Scout Master Scott Winterburn at (570) 527-2006 or visit the pack on Facebook. Steven Richardson, 4, pushes the bowling ball down a training ramp as mother Jackie and Terry cheer him on.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Some of Lori Smith's second grade class at Towamensing Elementary School dressed up as their favorite storybook characters as part of the celebration of Read Across America week. They are, from left, front, Samantha Peroleri, Sandra Costenbader; back, Ian Everett, Montanna Costenbader, Kevin Bassista, Paige Burnett and Mrs. Stacey Olewine, reading specialist teacher.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Tamaqua residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Roccia Schuima III, 34, of 248 Brown St., possession of drug paraphernalia, placed on probation 12 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 10 hours community service. He was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig, after responding to the residence for a drug overdose.