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Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA member's Kellyann Higgins (Palmerton) and Bree-Anne D'Esposito (Jim Thorpe) presented an $800 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Representative Courtney Angle, the fund raising coordinator of the MDA office in Allentown, proudly accepted the donation. Last year, Kellyann and Bree-Anne started their own non-profit business called Kandi for a Cause for their DECA competitive project. At the state competition this past February, Kellyann and Bree-Anne won third place in the Learn and Earn Event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Anthony Stanell and Tom Rodgers prepare to transport alleged drug dealer Gilberto Luis Rodriguez to his arraignment last night. Rodriguez came under the scrutiny of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force following a tip from Lansford Police.

An alleged drug dealer was arrested in Tamaqua last night as borough police, acting in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, executed a warrant for 34 year old Gilberto Luis "Cheese" Rodriguez. In addition to the alleged drug dealer, officers collected dozens of $50 and $20 "rocks" of crack cocaine.

Rodriguez, whose last known address was in York, was picked up in Freddy's Pub, Mauch Chunk Street, shortly after 11 p.m. on a warrant issued for a drug sale made on March 7.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street in Lehighton. There is no charge for this event. Food and drinks will be served. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost. Please RSVP to Lehighton Area Council at (610) 377-2191 or e mail to lacc@ptd.net they know how much food to prepare.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club honored Julia Tonelis as the April "Student of the Month" certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Julia is an eighth grade student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. From left are, Manual DaCosta, club president; Julia Tonelis, the recipient; Stacey Tonelis, her mother; and Nicholas Trovarello, her brother.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Employees of UNIMOVE LLC located along Little Gap Road in Palmerton are (l-r) Milton Ahner, Travis Nenscel, Walt Simons, Alan Zimmerman, Bob Shannon (managing director), and Ken Kasick. Not pictured is Charlie Kistler.

Its name means field-proven standard.

Complete with its custom designed attachments, UNIMOVE LLC has the highest quality and broadest capability of vacuum tube lifters, according to Bob Shannon, managing director.

Located at 1145-C Little Gap Highway in Palmerton, the business was formed by a group of individuals this past November to purchase the assets of UniTech Industries of Palmerton, Shannon said.

"We moved here Feb. 1," Shannon said. "It's perfect for the manufacturing that we do."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Leanna M. Altemose, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. She was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011, by Palmerton police when they went to the residence along Delaware Avenue where they suspected illegal drug activity.

Police said they found drugs in the home and drug paraphernalia. Also found in the home were Altemose's two children, ages one and four.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton police are investigating the armed robbery of the Convenient Food Mart at 643 Delaware Avenue early Thursday morning. Two men approached the business at 2:20 a.m. One stood in the parking lot as the second suspect, a white male, about 6-foot to 6-foot-2, 200-220 pounds, skinny build, wearing a black sweat shirt over a white hoodie with Adidas on the shirt in white or gray lettering, blue jeans, white sneakers, with a dark blue or black bandanna over his face, entered the store and brandished a black folding knife with a black handle and black blade.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.

The Palmerton Area Library had some four-legged page-turners visit. Long, tall and sleek, Comet, Clipper, Wiki and Kelso charmed everyone in the library when they arrived. Patient and affectionate, they appeared to enjoy all the petting by children and adults.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Joseph's Regional Academy fifth grade class, and graduates of the D.A.R.E. program are, first row, from left, Edward Baus, Macayla Almeida, Grace Crouthamel, Kevin Kabitzke, Hunter Fristick, and Justin Patire. Second row, Katie Spillman, Kelsey Carroll, Seth Paluck, Carter Wolfe, and Rhiannon Malarkey. Third row, Madeline Ruff, Natalia Richards, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent, and Joseph Stager.

This week was a week to celebrate as 16 students from St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe pledged to remain drug and violence free.

During the annual D.A.R.E. graduation on Wednesday, the fifth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as the Honorable Steven R. Serfass, judge for the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas; and Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, congratulated them on a job well done.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Women's Club members, left, Carolyn Andrews and right, Chris Reeder, welcome Pastor Amy Banko, a board member of Family Promise, second from left, and Karin Falcone, case manager for Family Promise of Monroe County, second from right.

A family is considered to be made up of people who live in the same house; a unit of parents and children.

A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization, Family Promise, does what its name suggests ... it makes a promise to a family.

It says it will help homeless families in transition find shelter, meals and support services through a network of local congregations and it keeps that promise.