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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kid's Party Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township). Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in crafts, games and songs. Refreshments are also served. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Summit Hill family may soon have a resolution to a problem with the house next to theirs.

Marlene Mattrazzo, who lives at 32 W. White St., has been dealing with bricks falling from the house next door, ever since the first bricks collapsed last Labor Day.

During the monthly meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday evening, Mattrazzo asked if there was any progress on resolving the problem, which is a safety hazard for her family, as well as children playing along the sidewalks of that area.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, 360 W. Ruddle Street, Coaldale, will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The blood drive is being held in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center. While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome at this blood drive. For more information or to preregister for donation, call (570) 645-8271.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Lacey of Close the Loop, has been named Home-based Business Champion of the Year. She is standing on a recycled product Close the Loop promotes-tumbled glass gravel- and next to another of her products she promotes, fencing made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

Rita Lacey of Kunkletown added another notch to her belt of bringing awareness to the world about the power of small businesses and recycling.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Philadelphia District Office announced the District's 2012 Small Business Award winners and Rita Lacey was named Home-based Business Champion of the Year. The Philadelphia District and Region 3 includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring 2012 brings about a new and exciting change for Naturalist and Outdoor Programmer Becky Cunfer.

This May, Cunfer is excited to be bringing new outdoor educational and recreational opportunities to our local community.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Ferocious winds downed this power line at the area of Third Street in Palmerton Monday afternoon.

Ferocious winds downed this power line at the area of Third Street in Palmerton Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Seven defendants whose criminal cases were scheduled to be brought to trial, waived a jury trial and changed their pleas to guilty before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in the Schuylkill County Court.

Danielle Betty Wildermuth, 29, Pottsville, on a charge of theft from Martin's Farm Market, Wayne Township, was sentenced to serve 12 months on probation, and pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). On a charge of receiving a stolen bike received a concurrent 12 months probation sentence.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Paramedics, police, firefighters, fire police and a good Samaritan rush to the aid of Rush Township Fire Police volunteer Clarence Biehl after he collapsed while directing traffic in Barnesville.

While on scene of an overturned tractor trailer in Barnesville yesterday, police and emergency personnel raced to the aid of Rush Township Fire Police volunteer Clarence Biehn, 62, of Hometown, who collapsed while directing traffic.

Biehn received immediate care from police, firefighters, fire police and paramedics, who were still on scene after helping the injured driver of the tractor trailer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Six area residents were among 29 qualified by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime.

At hearings held in Schuylkill County court, Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program and imposed conditions and if they don't violate the terms of the conditions their records will be cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offered two Rape Prevention Workshops at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27; and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the church. The program will be led by Paul Lanchantin (Tai Chi instructor). It is recommended that participants attend both sessions as different material is covered during each program.