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Thursday, May 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Delia A. Apollo, owner of Apollo Farms Ltd. in Palmerton, sits inside her office. Directly behind Apollo are the various awards she's won as a professional USEF rider.

It won't be long before children can experience the magical world of horses at a local farm on the outskirts of Palmerton.

That would be in the form of Apollo Farms Ltd, located at 3070 Summer Mountain Road, which just opened for the season.

As summer approaches, the farm is in search of sponsors for The Ride for Youth Summer 2012 Sponsorship Program.

The program had previously been located at the New Jersey Gloucester County Dream Park, said owner Delia A. Apollo,.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions meeting will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. Lions are encouraged to invite a guest or family member to attend the dinner. Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Benner at (610) 377-3685. Club members will be assisting with registration during the Rabies Clinic being held on May 6.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS As volunteer Pat Bach sits behind them, Trent Young (left) and Blaine Dart read the story "the Bat Boy and His Violin" to therapy dog Kenai during her visit to St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe.

The students of Mrs. Martino's third grade class at St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe had a visit from a canine friend recently.

The visitor was a 6-year-old Alaskan Malamute named Kenai who was accompanied by her handler Pat Bach.

Kenai is a therapy dog that helps students be more at ease practicing their oral reading skills by reading to the dog.

The therapy dogs come to the school once a month and this is the fourth year that they are doing so.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mahoning Township was one of five Central Carbon County communities to spend the last few years creating a comprehensive plan for the area and their work was awarded a Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence recently, Supervisor Frank Ruch shared with fellow supervisors.

"Rod Mann of Franklin Township and I traveled to Harrisburg last Tuesday to accept the award. Franklin Township kept the plaque since they were the main organizers but each of the other communities received one of these certificates," Ruch said displaying it for the supervisors to examine.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In yesterday's Times News, Saturday was listed as the date for an upcoming vendor and craft show benefit for baby Emma Hope Cipko,daughter of Jill Cipko. The actual date is this Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please contact Margaret Schock at (570) 778-4774 or via Facebook for more information.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS St. Luke's Health Network's Community Health Vision Van.

St. Luke's Health Network's Community Health Vision Van will be visiting students at the Tamaqua Area School District on May 14.

The criteria for a student to be seen on the van consists of: the student must attend the Tamaqua Area School District, student must have failed the school vision screening, and the student's family does not have vision insurance or is covered by PA Medical Assistance.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Serfass was appointed on Tuesday to be the new business manager of the Palmerton Area School District.

Palmerton Area School District has appointed a Salisbury Township administrator as its new business manager.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, agreed to hire Diane Serfass at a salary of $76,000, effective June 18. Director Sherry Haas was absent.

Serfass, who has served as assistant business administrator in the Salisbury School District for the past three years, was hired to a three-year contract.

A resident of Jonas, Serfass thanked all those who were involved in the interview process.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Motorists in Ryan Township can now enjoy a trouble free ride on Tuscarora Mountain Drive/Catawissa Street due to the completion of a project to replace the structurally deficient Tuscarora Mountain Drive Bridge over Locust Creek. The project, which was scheduled to be completed in September, included a full replacement of the bridge, drainage work, new guiderail, new roadway approaches and other miscellaneous construction. During construction Tuscarora Mountain Drive was closed and detoured between Foothill Street and SR209. Clearwater Construction Inc.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Tamaqua man entered a guilty plea in Schuylkill County court to using his company's credit card for personal use and received a jail sentence.

Thomas Michael Drum, 38, of 38A Hunter St., was sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller on a charge of access device fraud to serve three to 23 months in the county prison, pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, a $50 monthly supervision fee, and make restitution of $2,564.84 to American Express.