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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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The county prison received a great deal of attention from the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A new five year contract with PrimeCare Medical Inc., Harrisburg, who provides health care for inmates, was approved.

The first year of the new contract will cost taxpayers $626,104.58 for care of 240 inmates and for each additional prisoner the cost increases $4.83 per month.The remaining four years cost will be based upon the U.S. Department of Labor's cost-of-living index capped at three percent.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township), will hold an Easter program at the 10:30 a.m. April 24 service. The theme will be "Oh Glorious Day." The Dr. Rev. Kenneth Schira will officiate. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Nine-year-old Justin Juracka holds up photo he colored, which own coloring contest staged by Boyer's Market in Lansford. Standing with him is Kara Werley, representing Boyer's. Girl in the background is not identified.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gary Fedorcha, right, accepts "The 17th Annual Spirit Award" from Jason Breidinger, left, president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, at a dinner Monday at the Terrace Restaurant in Walnutport.

For as long as anyone can remember, he's always been a mover and a shaker.

A community activist with a vision toward the future, Gary Fedorcha has earned another accolade to add to his mantle.

That's because the Washington Township resident is the proud recipient of the 17th annual Community Spirit Award.

Fedorcha was presented with the award on behalf of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce at a dinner Monday at the Terrace Restaurant.