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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its sixth annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m., in the elementary/middle school cafeteria. Topics will be PSSAs, Book Fair, Power Walk, Family Nights and more.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Kyle Minnick, co-organizer of the Weatherly Neighborhood Watch.

The Power Walk Committee will hold a brief meeting following the regularly scheduled PTA meeting.

Monday, March 5, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters direct traffic around an accident scene in Washington Township Sunday. A motorcyclist was killed after his bike struck a utility pole.

A Lehigh County motorcyclist was killed in a crash near the intersection of SR873 and Mountain Road in Washington Township.

The victim was identified as Gerald Boyer, 69, of Salisbury Township.

The crash was discovered at 1:30 p.m. Sunday after Boyer and his bike were found lying in the brush along the west berm. State police said the bike struck a utility pole.

County Coroner Scott Grim said Boyer was wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:10 p.m. He died of severe head injuries, Grim said.

Both roadways were closed for several hours.

Monday, March 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a parking meter that was also damaged.

In addition to driving over a parking meter, a man crashed into the memorial wall in front of the Tamaqua American Legion early Sunday morning. As of press time today, Tamaqua Police didn't have any information available.

Monday, March 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Vocal comedian Mike Fortino keeps the audience laughing during the benefit.

Family and friends came together Saturday at the West Penn Rod & Gun Club in Clamtown during a spaghetti dinner and comedy show benefit to help Gary Zehner and his family with medical bills following a brain stem stroke he suffered last year. Family said that doctors told him that his quality of life would not improve and that he would remain on a ventilator, feeding tube and would never walk again. Zehner is still fighting to recover from the injury. Family was by his side during his recovery.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Chamber of Commerce held its mixer at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Sponsors were Heritage Hills Senior Community and Castle Grill Restaurant, Lehighton. From left are, David Althouse, president; Denise Langman, executive director of HHSC; Lisa Marie Halecky, marketing/admissions director; and Frank Potoczak, owner of the Castle Grill.

Those attending the recent Carbon County Chamber Mixer at the Mahoning Valley Country Club heard about upcoming chamber events and learned some interesting information about Heritage Hill Senior Community from Lisa Marie Halecky, marketing, admissions director. Heritage Hill sponsored the mixer.

Monday, March 5, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Phoebe Ruch cuddles up to The Lorax on Friday at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Wearing tall red-and-white striped hats, the eight children in Mrs. Sarah Boyle's first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy sit on the floor, listening as Lansford police Officer Chris Ondrus – also wearing a tall red-and-white striped hat – reads aloud from The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.

It's Friday, March 2, Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday (and Ondrus' 33rd). The officer is one of several well-known people who have come to the Lansford school to celebrate Read Across America week by sharing the popular children's book with students.

Monday, March 5, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Jason Ahner is shown before entering the courtroom of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Friday before his preliminary hearing.

Charges against a Lehighton man accused of raping a young girl – who was age 6 at the time – have been bound over for court.

Jason Ahner, 43, chose to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Ahner faces charges on two counts each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

The victim was the first to testify at the hearing.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Coaldale's Neighborhood Watch meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Borough Hall at 223 Third Street.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Five new members of the Schuylkill County Bar Association were admitted to practice law before the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County at ceremonies held Friday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The new attorneys are as follows:

Attorney Ryan Bates, 25, of 4302 Brockside Court Orwigsburg, who received his law degree at Duquesne University Law School. He was presented to court by his uncle, attorney B. J. Evans.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Village at Palmerton residents Naomi Smith and Erma Gregory knot a handmade quilt.

Some people really know how to stave off the winter blues.

That's certainly been the case at the Village at Palmerton, according to Norma Kunkel, director of marketing and admissions.

"To break up the monotony, directors of all departments cooked lunch table side dishes for the residents," Kunkel said. "After much good natured teasing, they all tucked in to a tasty meal."

Kunkel said two residents helped knot a handmade quilt, which when finished, will be displayed in the community to commemorate all the hard work.