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Thursday, July 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Graduation ceremonies were held May 30 for the St. Jerome's Regional School Class of 2012. Participants included: (front) Molly Carnish, Abby Pilla, Mychaella Lucas, Heather Getten and Rose Reid; (rear) Mrs. Leslie Confer (8th grade teacher), Micah Young, Jason Zaprazny, Aaron Bailey, Tyler Wackley and Principal Mrs. Mary Ann Mansell. Missing from the photo is graduate Tyler Hutta.

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua paid tribute to 10 members of its Class of 2012 during graduation ceremonies held on May 30. Graduates include Aaron Bailey, Molly Carnish, Heather Getten, Tyler Hutta, Mychaellah Lucas, Abby Pilla, Rose Reid, Tyler Wackley, Micah Young and Jason Zaprazny.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Weatherly man admitted to driving under the influence (DUI) and several drug-related charges on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass presided and also accepted pleas from 12 other defendants in pending criminal cases.

Drug counts

Matthew Charles Brown, 31, pleaded to six counts of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and one count each of DUI, false reports, and driving under suspension.

The drug charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 21 in the area of 318 Plane St., Weatherly.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hearings were held on seven summary appeals in Schuylkill County court from decisions rendered by magisterial district judges (DJ) with Judge Charles M. Miller upholding two appeals and denying five others who entered guilty pleas..

Greg Stanalonis, 21, of 435 W. Washington St., Frackville, won his appeal because the arresting officer, Patrolman Anthony Gallo, Butler Township police, failed to appear for the hearing.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thousands of tourists wait in line at the gate to the Beltzville State Park Lake early Wednesday morning. Rangers reported the line started at 5 a.m. and by gates opening at 8 a.m. traffic was backed up for miles.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Andrea Rodgers, 19, of Coaldale glows in the light of a 4th of July sparkler. Rodgers spent time at her home with friends and family enjoying food, games, swimming and fireworks.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Double your pleasure, double your fun. The 66th Annual Courthouse Square Art Show, the premier outdoor art exhibition of the Pocono Mountain region and a major element in the revitalization of downtown Stroudsburg, makes its colorful and triumphant return, in its original1930's two-day format, on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 (with rain dates of July 13 and July 14 in case of inclement weather), with show hours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Police in Schuylkill County are continuing their investigation of the death of a man who they have now identified as Kevin Lucas, 33, of Gordon.

Lucas was declared legally deceased this week by the Schuylkill County Coroner's Office, after studies of a human tibia bone discovered back in November revealed the bone was that of Lucas.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds of guests visited the Holistic and Metaphyscial expo event held over the weekend at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. The day-long event consisted of multi-modality activities, such as holistic wellness, psychic readings, sacred sounds, crystals, food and more. The event also consisted of free workshops, such as Herbal Healing for Animals, Journeying, Making Drums, Sacred Sounds with percussion and so on. For more information about Stonehedge Gardens, a non-profit organization, visit http://www.stonehedgegardens.org/ Jody Weber shows visitors how to play music with bowls.

Hundreds of guests visited the Holistic and Metaphysical expo event held over the weekend at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua. The day-long event consisted of multi-modality activities, such as holistic wellness, psychic readings, sacred sounds, crystals, food and more. The event also consisted of free workshops, such as Herbal Healing for Animals, Journeying, Making Drums, Sacred Sounds with percussion and so on. For more information about Stonehedge Gardens, a non-profit organization, visit http://www.stonehedgegardens.org/

Thursday, July 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters and rescuers were called to SR54 in Hometown, near Church Road, for a vehicle accident involving an entrapped man. Rush Township Police reported that William Brown, 82, of Hometown was traveling west on SR54, Pine Creek Drive, in his red 2010 Buick, when his vehicle went off the roadway and struck a stump, coming to a rest in a drainage ditch. After being extricated, a PennStar helicopter landed at the parking lot of the Sovereign Bank in Hometown to fly the man to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Join Feed the People in their community cafe which provides a free, hot lunch for any community member who enters its doors regardless of where you live.

No registration is required. On Wednesday, July 11, Feed the People will be serving at Trinity Lutheran Church at 104 East Abbott Street, Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to noon.

A welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes. Volunteers are welcomed.