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Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Tamaqua man who was almost shot by police on April 15, after brandishing a realistic looking BB gun at Boyer's Food Mart in Tamaqua, elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on May 3. The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer.

Gino Cicioni, 44, faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. The charges were file by Tamaqua Patrolman Peter Wysochansky.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The second consecutive public meeting of the Schuylkill County Commissioners will be on the road again as they will journey to Hometown, Rush Township, to hold their business meeting at the township's municipal building next Wednesday at 10 a.m.

At the meeting the commissioners will present the township supervisors with a check for $204,000 for use in the project entitled, "Hometown Area Safe Routes To School." Last week the board met at North Schuylkill High School.

Friday, May 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 100 members of the Middle School Chorus and Senior High School Jazz Chorale and Concert Choir came together Thursday night in the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium to present their Tamaqua Area Music Department's Spring Choral Concert. The choir also contained chosen members of the District 10 Chorus, Schuylkill County Chorus and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Choir director was John Buglio. Accompanists were Julian Gerace, Erin Raymond, Steven Moyer and Emily Zancofsky.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lehighton American Legion Post is hosting a visit from the Mobile Veterans Van from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. State Rep. Doyle Heffley arranged for the van to visit Carbon County to assist veterans with a variety of issues.

There are 6,300 veterans in Carbon County and that approximately 3,000 of them currently are not using the V.A. health system.

Some of the services provided through the Mobile Veteran Center are:

* Individual and group counseling

* Marital and family counseling

* Bereavement counseling

* Medical referrals

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cheryl Stanitis, food service manager at the State Correctional Insitution at Mahanoy, was honored for her outstanding performance at the Department of Corrections' annual employee recognition ceremony on May 4.

"Cheryl routinely goes above and beyond in the performance of her duties as food service manager," Superintendent John Kerestes said. "She is fair and consistent in her management of staff and inmates and is the 'go-to' person in the department."

Friday, May 6, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging, center; accepts the proclamation declaring May as Older American Month in Carbon County, from county solicitor Michael Ozalas, left; and county administrator Randall Smith.

Carbon County has over 14,000 older citizens.

On Thursday, the county commissioners recognized those individuals. During the board's weekly meeting, the commissioners adopted a proclamation proclaiming May as Older American Month.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Parent booster clubs in the Palmerton Area School District remain bound and determined to raise enough money to save several athletic programs from the chopping block.

With that thought in mind, the Save Our Sports kick-off fundraiser will be held today at 4 o'clock in the borough park to collect donations as part of a continued effort to negate a potential 25-percent cut to various sports programs in the district's 2011-12 budget.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Police filed charges against three Jim Thorpe High School students allegedly involved in a fight with baseball coaches in the high school locker room. The students, ages 17 and 18, were charged with fighting with head baseball coach Mike Lewis and assistant coach Dan Rossino. The incident followed a baseball game. The three entered the locker room to use the toilet, and refused to leave. The students were suspended from school for three days. Rossino received a bloody lip. One of the students suffered a swollen jaw.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Commonwealth Finance Authority met Thursday to approve $47,972 for the Eldred Township Historical Society. The funding is generated by five percent of casino revenues from Mt. Airy Casino to help with local projects throughout Monroe County.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Due to the operational use of a helicopter for the Lehigh Gap Slope Stabilization Project, the Appalachian Trail parking lot located off Route 248 will be temporarily closed on May 11, 12, 14, and possibly the 15.

FAA safety rules require that a landing zone be available in the vicinity of the flight operations and the Appalachian Trail parking lot will be designated as the landing zone, therefore the parking lot must be cleared of vehicles.