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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McKayla Wall of Tamaqua attended the Reading Phillies play off game recently and had the opportunity to revisit pitchers Justin Friend and Mike Cisco prior to the game's start. McKayla became acquainted with the team members when she attended the Reading Phillies Spring baseball camp at First Energy Stadium.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A senior judge from Monroe County has issued an order in the tax dispute case between Carbon County and the Panther Valley School District which favors the county.

In a four-page order, Judge Jerome P. Cheslock has ruled that the district must turn over all tax records, dating back to 2001, to the county and pay a 5 percent commission and other fees. The judge also ordered that the county is entitled to be reimbursed for costs incurred in the suit, plus all legal fees incurred by the county must be paid by the school district.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Carbon County woman scheduled to pick a jury on Monday in the county court on two pending criminal matters, instead entered a guilty plea.

Suzanne Marga Reinhardt, 46, who has no permanent address, pleaded guilty to one count each of persistent disoroderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested for the conduct charge on April 26 in the area fo the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10 store on Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Borough police responded to the area to a report of a woman with a sword and knife causing a disturbance.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are, the Rev. Alan Miller, Penn Northeast Conference minister; Christine Miller, Joint Board, St. Peter's Union Church; wife Breanna Rarick; the Rev. Gary Rarick; his parents Glenn and Sarah Rarick; and Ken Landon, member and moderator, Plainville Christian Church UCC in New York.

A full congregation was onhand Sunday afternoon to witness the ordination of Gary A. Rarick, of Tamaqua, at St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.

Rarick, a 2003 Tamaqua graduate, is the son of Glenn and Sarah Rarick, who both presented him his stole during the ordination.

Located in Plainville, N.Y., Rarick's new church will be the Plainville Christian Church United Church of Christ.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program recently earned recertification by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Rehab staff are, from left: Linda Rehus, assistant physical therapist; Mary Fulton, physical therapist; Lisa Pompa, supervisor; and Karen Alboucq, assistant physical therapist.

Blue Mountain Health System is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The programs were recognized for their commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Crop Walk for the Lehighton / Weissport area will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport. Participants can walk four (4) miles or one (1) mile.

Each walker needs a sponsor form and seeks donations. To receive a sponsor form please contact Shirley Radler at 610 - 377-4278.

CROP WALKS are a Community Hunger Appeal of Church World Services which not only provides emergency relief but also self help and development types of services. There are 34 denominations that participate in this effort.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury returned a six count superseding indictment charging two Berks County men with participating in an oxycontin (oxycodone) trafficking conspiracy that allegedly operated in the Schuylkill County area and elsewhere since July 2010.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Firefighter Tom Nelson shows students what happens when you try to extinguish a stove fire with water.

Fire departments throughout our area will be visiting elementary schools every day this week to teach students the importance of fire safety and prevention as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 16.

Members of the Tamaqua Fire Department gathered at the Tamaqua Elementary School on Monday.

This year's program centers around the importance of checking smoke detector batteries, explained Chris Hadesty, program organizer.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School will host a car show at the Eagle Rock Resort Oktoberfest from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The show is open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles, especially those that are antique, classic, or special interest. Proceeds will benefit the school's scholarship fund for needy students. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 registered vehicles and trophies will be awarded in various categories. In addition, vehicle owners participating in the show will be eligible for free door prizes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

PennDOT work crew removes concrete box beam from west side of Harrity Road Bridge on Monday night. The bridge that crosses the Pohopoco Creek near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange and Rt. 209 in Franklin Township is being removed and replaced. Harrity Road is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Wednesday night.