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Friday, June 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Top students at Lehighton Area High School were presented awards. Among the recipients were, from left, Noah Tkach, Sean Maloney, Sarah Nanovic, Kirk Arner, Marcus Kunkle, Kenzie Teno, Samantha Cerimele.

Top academic students at Lehighton Area High School were awarded awards and scholarships at a recent Academic Awards Assembly program.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blood clots, a low platelet count, and damaged red blood cells cause the signs and symptoms of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

The signs and symptoms include:

Ÿ Purplish bruises on the skin or mucous membranes (such as on the mouth) due to bleeding under the skin. These bruises are called purpura.

Ÿ Pinpoint-sized red or purple dots on the skin that often are found in groups and may look like a rash. The spots, called petechiae, are due to bleeding under the skin.

Ÿ Paleness or jaundice (a yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes).

Friday, June 3, 2011

The American Association of Retired Persons offers refresher courses for drivers ages 50 and older. The AARP course is the nation's first and largest classroom refresher course and is taken by more than 600,000 people annually. All classes are taught by trained, unpaid volunteer instructors.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Northampton County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after entering guilty pleas to retail theft and simple assault. He wa one of 14 persons in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Mahoning incident

George Alan Pietrass, 33, of Bangor, was arrested on Jan. 25 at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township after attempting to remove $1,463 worth of electronic equipment from the store. When confronted by a store employee, he struck the emplyee in the face with a closed fist.

Friday, June 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The PVHS students that received music awards from band director, James DeVivo, right, are left to right: Madalyn Owermohle, Kaitlyn Siegfried, Chelsea Cummings, Danielle Strunk, Eric Galante.

"This is one of the best nights at Pleasant Valley when we recognize some of our finest students. They make us PV Proud," said Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District at the school's 30th Annual Academic Awards program.

Friday, June 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Pleasant Valley School District is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, there will be a special band concert Saturday, June 4 in the new high school auditorium at 3 p.m. The band will be composed of about 114 returning alumni representing each decade of the District's existence. Each of the three conductors that lead PV bands over the past 50 years will be present and take part in directing this special band. They are Floyd Frisbie, Bob Riday and James DeVivo.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

From January through April, the Northern Lehigh Middle School North Team participated in a homeroom "Coin Wars" to benefit the Slatington Public Library. Large jars were kept by homeroom teachers for daily collections of student pocket change. In all, $205 was collected, with students from Homeroom 14 winning the collection competition. Drake Pristash, HR 14, and Parker Smith, HR 23, were two of the largest contributors to this community service project. Pictured (l-r) are Rosanne Pugh, Library Director, Smith, Pristash, and Louise Bechtel, Librarian

Friday, June 3, 2011

Split Rock Lodge and Cottages, one of the Pocono Mountains' best known resort and vacation communities, has been purchased by a group of regional residents - most of them Split Rock property owners - from Restaurant Associates Industries Inc., New York. The new owner took over today as Pocono Recreation Inc. The purchase price was $840,000. The purchasing group is headed by John Bari, president of Forest Glen, a vacation home community near Blakeslee.

Friday, June 3, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Craig Zurn, right, president and CEO of Jim Thorpe National Bank hands over a donation of $1,000 from the bank to Richard Nothstein, Joe Uhnak and Robert Solt, members of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization, for the building of the Palmerton Veterans Memorial. They are standing next to the actual bronze sculpture that will grace the site of the memorial, currently located in the foyer of Country Harvest on Delaware Avenue.

Craig Zurn, president and CEO of Jim Thorpe National Bank, presented a check for $1,000 to Richard Nothstein, Joe Uhnak and Robert Solt, members of Palmerton United Veteran's Organization (PUVO). PUVO's mission to support the Palmerton Veterans Memorial in Palmerton Borough Park.

"We're a community bank and try to stay in touch with our community. We give back to those who give to us. One of our priorities of our giving is to our veterans," said Zurn.

The bank's $1,000 brings the total donations to date to $48,700 toward the $123,000 goal needed to build the memorial.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Christopher Santizo of Jim Thorpe was an active, healthy young man of 25 when his encounter in January with a rare blood disease called TTP left him comatose for 26 days. Santizo will likely never regain his former stamina, coordination and abilities.