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Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 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, November 17, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Pleasant Valley students of Mark Tramontina, Kayla Martins, junior, Katilyn Perrotta, junior, Lauren Mundy, junior, Marcus Lamar, junior, Ardian Komoni, junior, Erin Strand, junior, Frank Viscardi, senior and Ashley Flugel, junior, greeted the service men and women as they entered the school and then escorted them to the Veterans Day program being held in the gym throughout the day. They also encouraged students to stop at the table and create a Christmas card to be sent to those serving overseas. Standing, PFC Larissa Lopez, a PVHS 2010 graduate, is currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and is ready to talk to the kids. Her advice to them was to go to college and join R.O.T.C.

For 15 years, Pleasant Valley High School social studies teacher, Mark Tramontina, has been coordinating a Veterans Day program to thank veterans for serving and to help the students understand the importance of doing so.

With the help of his wife, Monica, a PVHS paraprofessional, and his social studies students, they coordinate area veterans to come speak and organizations are invited to display military memorabilia and information in the PVHS gym.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Grace Community Church of Lansford, 15 W. Ridge St., Lansford, will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. All are welcome.

Visit www.gcclansford.org for more information.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Some Summit Hill residents told the borough council this week they are living in fear from a pit bull.

Ruth Gardiner said her mother lives in the unit block of East White Street. She said the mother is afraid of the dog, a neighbor is afraid, and she and her two children are scared.

The mother, Diane Templer, alleged the dog got into her yard three times, and twice grabbed her pet terrier by the throat. She said she got the larger dog to release its grip one time by hitting it with a can, while the owner called it the other time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ruling that the initial stop of a vehicle was the exit ramp on private property of Wal-Mart Store, Tide Road, on Rush Township, Judge John E. Domalakes dismissed criminal charges filed against Nikki Bertolette, 20, of White Haven.

A hearing was held in Schuylkill County court on the petition brought by Bertollette to suppress the charges filed against her by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton, who charged her with driving under the influence (DUI), possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking and failing to drive on right side of road.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tamaqua's Historic Architectural Review Commission's recommendations to issue certificates of appropriateness met with some opposition from Tamaqua Borough council.

One request was from a resident who wished to install an aluminum carport at a residence on Arlington Street. Council heard from Antonio Rodrigue, who is a member of the borough's planning commission. "I believe that type of a structure in our historic district is incongruent with the theme and the structures that we have," he said, calling the carport "totally inappropriate."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two area men received jail sentences from judges in the Schuylkill County court.

George J. Bonetsky, 33, of 214 Brown St., Tamaqua, who had been found guilty last Sept. 12 of drug charges, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve six to 12 months in the county prison begining on Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m on the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The prison term will be followed by an additional 12 months on probation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will serve a community Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 19. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome. There will not be any take outs available, but there will be meals available for priority homebound people. To arrange for transportation or homebound meals, call (610) 377-1471, (610) 852-2716 or (570) 386-5586.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The West End Rotary Club will hold a meet and greet event from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 at Antonio's Grille, Route 209 and Weir lake Road, Brodheadsville. The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the fellowship and service projects of Rotary in their community. The club will provide light snacks. A cash bar is available.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fire companies from Lansford, Coaldale and Tamaqua responded to a fire call just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning at 10-12 E. Abbott St. in Lansford. Arriving first on the scene was Lansford Chief of Police John Turcmanovich who informed responding fire units of a smoke condition in the residence. Firefighters soon discovered the smoke to be from a motor of a washing machine located in the rear of the dwelling. Lansford fire police maintained traffic control at the scene. The house belongs to Arthur R. Williams.