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Thursday, June 2, 2011
The American Legion led the marchers in the parade followed by the 12th Philippine Division re-enactors.

The steady, slow rhythm of a drum announced the nearness of the Memorial Day parade in Slatington. After visiting cemeteries in the early morning, the Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion formed a parade at the post home and led it to the Fairview Cemetery for the memorial program.

Among the marchers were members of the Legion, police, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Northern Lehigh High School band, a NOVA ambulance and re-enactors of the 12th Philippine Division of World War II dressed in the uniform of 1941. It was Todd Leibenguth of the re-enactors who beat the drum.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Doctors sued

Christopher and Michelle Johnson, 1235 Spruce St., Johnstown, has filed a civil complaint against John Manzella, D.O., the Manzella Family Healthcare, Edward D. Manzella, M.D., Victor Manzella, M.D., all of 1353 SR903, Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest Township.

The filing states that the action is a professional liability claim for treatment of Mrs. Johnson. All the defendants are brothers, the suit notes.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of the four vehicles involved in a fatal accident in Tamaqua Wednesday.

A Lehighton woman was killed and her husband airlifted as a result of a violent crash that occurred at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday in Tamaqua that closed SR309 near the Hess Express gas station for about five hours.

Traffic was backed up in all directions while Tamaqua firefighters and Tamaqua Rescue volunteers used the hydraulic extrication equipment to remove the doors and panels off the couple's SUV.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Alan Thompson of Roccograndi Construction Co. displays a tile from the front facade of the 1916 Scheid's Department Store building, 24-26 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, where a large-scale facade restoration project has begun. According to documentation in the Tamaqua National Historic District inventory of resources, the building's white glazed terra cotta tiles may be the work of noted Pottsville architect F.X. Reilly. The historic, four-story building, currently occupied by Tire Pros, also includes a baked enamel storefront and granite cornices.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A former municipal police chief accused of hindering an FBI investigation into the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison after a federal judge rejected calls for more time as "overly harsh."

The sentence given to former Shenandoah Police Chief Matthew Nestor was well below the 57 to 71 months recommended by federal probation officials.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Schuylkill Township employees will have something to look forward to in their next paychecks. Supervisors voted to approve raises for all of the township employees, including the road crew, secretary, police chief, and code enforcement officer.

"We have to thank all the employees," said chairman Linda DeCindio. "They were due for these raises in January, but they agreed to a freeze until we could wait and see what we had come in taxes."

Thursday, June 2, 2011
@$:ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS

Mauch Chunk Trust celebrated the 2011 Community Heroes on Friday, May 27. Pictured, from left, are branch manager Sharon Cimino; and heroes Geraldine "Geri" Haas, Wayne W. Wentz, George H. Duell Jr., and Otto Barbush.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Controller Melinda Kantner was escorted by deputy sheriffs from the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville after a verbal confrontation with the Schuylkill County Commissioners.

"I will file a complaint with the state attorney general and you will hear from my solicitor" were her parting words as she left under escort.

"What happened to the other complaints you filed?" shot back Commissioner Chairperson Mantura Gallagher.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Becky Freeman proudly displays her second place ribbon at the Special Olympics held at Pleasant Valley High School stadium. "This is a great family event and a great idea that brings people in the area together," says Becky's proud grandmother, Marian Mullen of Lake Sherwood, California.

Becky Freidman jumps. She lands triumphantly. For her efforts, she earns a second place in the Standing Long Jump at the Special Olympics held at Pleasant Valley High School's stadium. Her smile is mile-wide. Her pride is reflected in her family's faces as they congratulate her and shower her with praise.

But Becky is already eager to move on to her next event and takes off with her PV "buddy."

Her mother, Fidelia Freeman of Saylorsburg, is somewhat emotional.

"She went from not walking to this," she says of her 16-year-old PVHS ninth grade daughter.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center will be hosting family game night on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. for families looking for a night of fellowship and fun. Bring a board game or play one of theirs or learn something new. The fellowship evening will be held at the Center on 1 W. Hazard Street in Summit Hill.

For more information, please contact David at (570) 657-0792.