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Saturday, February 28, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Read Across America Day Panther Valley High School JROTC members Vianet Apanco, left, and Cole Emmert read Dr. Seuss stories to third grade students at the Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning, Friday. A number of JROTC members visited the elementary school and read to the students as part of Read Across America Day activities.

Bill Moyer, president and CEO of St. Lukes Miners Memorial Hospital, talks to fourth gradestudents at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning, asking them about their last summer vacations. Moyer then read to the youngsters as part of Read Across America.Numerous employees of the hospital visited schools throughout the area and read to students.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
BOB FORD/Times News The sign in front of Terry and Sharlene Engle's home indicating a reserved parking space for handicapped drivers.

Terry Engle, 62, suffers from nerve damage in his right foot and leg that makes walking extremely difficult.

"I can't walk flat on my foot. I walk on my heel," he said.

Because he can't drive, his wife Sharlene takes the wheel when they go out.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Marian and North Schuylkill girls basketball players are reflected in the polished gym floor of Pottsville.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
A permanent handicap parking placard

From the blue and white plastic rectangular cards that dangle from rearview mirrors to the license plates stamped with the universal symbol of disability, signifiers that a driver is entitled to special parking accommodations span a range of types.

There are permanent parking placards, which are good for five years. There are also placards for severely disabled veterans, also good for five years. Temporary disability placards are good for up to six months, and there are decals for motorcycles driven by severely disabled veterans, which are good for the bike's registration period.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler, left, accepts a check for $11,135 from Andrew Cordell of the Pace-Makers Association of Palmerton on Thursday. The check will be used to purchase a new tot lot play structure for the borough park.

Palmerton's downtown park will be refurbished with new playground equipment courtesy of a borough recreation group.

Members of the Pace-Makers Association of Palmerton presented a check in the amount of $11,135 to borough council this week for a new tot lot play structure.

Councilman Jason Behler, who accepted the donation from the organization, told the group, which had about 20 members in attendance, that the borough was extremely thankful for the donation.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Gerald D. Jones Jr., a current deputy coroner for almost 23 years, is announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Carbon County Coroner.

Jerry, 46, started in the Carbon County Coroner's Office in 1992 under the direction and guidance of Phil Jefferies and is serving under the current Coroner Bruce Nalesnik.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Josh Onia, St. Luke's University Health Network Director of Simulation, is responsible for managing the simulation labs for hands-on clinical education for allied health, nursing and medical students as well as residents and fellows training at St. Luke's. Onia recently earned certification as a Healthcare Simulation Operation Specialist by the Society for Simulationin Healthcare and is among the first 21 recipients worldwide to earn this certification.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Tamaqua native's idea for saving lives in combat earned him $5,000 from the Marine Corps Beneficial Suggestion Program.

USMC Sgt. Stephen Trubilla, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, suggested the Corps replace or cover the black painted brass snaps on Kevlar flak jackets after noticing the snaps cause a reflection in certain conditions. Trubilla, who enlisted in the Marines in 1971, noted the reflection could possibly give away troop positions in combat.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Blue Mountain Health System's diabetes education program has been awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its quality diabetes self-management education program.

The health system's program was originally recognized in September 2011. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment and has awarded this certificate to the health system's program for four years.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Professionals interested in advancing their careers by earning an MBA degree but who haven't yet found a program that is flexible enough for their busy work and family schedules will have a new option starting this fall.

Flexibility is the word that best defines the new masters in business administration program being launched this fall at Cedar Crest College.

Four 10-week sessions will be offered each year in the fall, winter, spring and summer. Since students are not cohorted like they are at some colleges, they are able to progress more freely.