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Thursday, April 21, 2011

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Coaldale man whose son was charged on April 10 with beating him up is now facing charges of his own.

Borough police have charged Leonard Ruggiero Sr., 53, of 101 First St., with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, a controlled substance (felony), illegally possessing methamphetamine (a misdemeanor) in connection with a drug bust on Tuesday.

In a related matter, Ruggiero Sr. also faces the same set of charges stemming from a Nov. 4, 2010 incident in which Ruggiero allegedly sold an informant one gram of cocaine.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Slatington Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Spring Carnival on Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7 at the fire station on West Church Street, Slatington.

The carnival hours will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Medicare reform Seniors' benefits will not be reduced

Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of talk about how Congress is going to reform Medicare.

Frankly, there's been a lot of misinformation, too.

Let me clear things up right now:

If you're 55 years of age or older, you can stop worrying. You can hang up on the scary phone calls.

If you're 55 years of age or older, your Medicare benefits are not going to be touched.

Period.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Weatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center held their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Members of the community, who so graciously give their time and bring enjoyment to the residents at Weatherwood, were treated to a delicious meal and were presented with candy and pansies as a token of appreciation.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ten defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

The 10 were:

William Maurer, 19, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and underage drinking, the last two summary offenses. He was arrested on March 12 by Jim Thorpe police for an incident in the area of 132 Center St. The assault victim was Officer Leo Clements Jr.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Twelve baby chicks hatched, just in time for Easter, at Panther Valley Elementary School. Students in Autumn Barna's third grade classroom greet some of the one day old little peeps the next day. The project is through the cooperation of the 4-H and Penn State University. Holding the chicks are Barna along with Jeffrey Rothermel, Daniel Craig, and Jose Baez. The class followed the incubation and hatching of the chicks and Barna then took them home for additional loving care.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Many Easter egg hunts were postponed or forced indoors over the past week due to heavy rains. Pictured searching indoor for hidden Easter eggs during the Tamaqua Italian Club's children's Easter party and egg hunt are Cierra Conahan, 8, left, and Norlina Schartel, 10.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ashley Urban, representing Boyer's Market in Lansford, hands out plastic Easter eggs to youngsters during annual Easter festivities staged by Lansford Alive. The event was held inside the Lansford Pool pavillion because of heavy rain.

The annual children's Easter egg hunt and festivities, staged by Lansford Alive in Lansford, went on despite heavy rain, Saturday.

The event was held in the pavillion at the Lansford Pool.

Lenny Kovach, a coordinator, gave parents the option of either having their children hunt for eggs in the downpour or just allocate eggs to the children.

They opted for the latter, with lucky eggs still distributed.

The egg hunt was primarily sponsored by Boyer's Food Market in Lansford. Personnel from Boyer's assisted the Lansford Alive volunteers.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Duane J Lucien Scholarship Foundation will hold it's annual Benefit Festival Saturday, May 21 from 12 to 8 p.m. at the covered bridge along the Slate Heritage Trail just off 7th Street in Slatington.

The fundraiser benefits the community by providing college scholarships to Northern Lehigh High School seniors.