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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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Schuylkill County man charged with setting a vacant barn on fire earlier this year is in the Carbon County prison after failing to post bail. State police at Hazleton also said that Todd Alan Deem II, 19, of 105 Doreset Rd., New Ringgold, has admitted to setting a second barn fire.

Deem was charged with setting a barn on fire on the night of March 20-21, along German's Road in East Penn Township. The second fire he has admitted to occurred on April 10 along West Lizard Creek Road, also in East Penn Township.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Pictured doing the "Easter Locomotion" during the Tamaqua American Legion's annual children's Easter party are, from left, Collin Simmons, 3, Shaina Ristila, 5, Ariel Frederickson, 8, Courtney Postupack, 9, and Shelby Frederickson, 8. In addition to Easter eggs, candy, dancing, children were also visited by the Easter Bunny.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Carbon County 4-H Shooting Sports club is forming this summer. They will be following the 4-H workbook for rifle education and shooting, which will cover ammunition, parts of the rifle and shooting safety.

The club will meet on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at a place to be announced later. Those interested from ages 8 to 18 are welcome to join. Members from the age of 8 to 10 are required to have a parent or guardian attend the meetings.

Contact Joan or John Kennedy at (570) 645-5709 to register for the program. Please respond by Tuesday, April 26.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Monroe County Garden Club will install its new Executive Board officers on Wednesday, May 11 at the Annual Luncheon at Shawnee Inn, Shawnee-On-Delaware.

The new board will be Arlene Deskus, President; Carol Akum, First Vice President; Denise Huggard, Second Vice President; Recording Secretary, Daisy Perez; Treasurer, Tricia Wingerter; Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Neubert; Financial Secretary/Membership Chair, Ellen Meli; Parliamentarian, Maxine Mason.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Special to the times news

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently had a McDonald's luncheon where they were able to celebrate with a special friend such as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or neighbor. The students enjoyed spending time with loved ones during school and were treated to tricks and jokes by Ronald McDonald himself. Pictured is the real Ronald McDonald and his friend Andre Velez, a kindergarten student.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Justin Klotz, 24, center, was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year by the Foreign Wars Post 256, Lehighton. The award was presented by Harry Wynn III, left; and Fred Schaffer.

A Lehighton firefighter was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 256, Lehighton.

The award was presented this week to Justin Klotz, 24, who was selected by his peers for the honor. Harry Wynn III. Wynn and Fred Schaffer, represented the VFW Post.

The award was inscribed with the following message: "In special recognition and highest praise for alertness, personal courage and ever vigilant guardianship of life and property."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Lehighton man, charged as an internet sexual predator, was one of nine persons facing criminal counts to enter guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Joshua D. Baer, 32, pleaded to one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication device.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the Pre-K Counts students paused from their pirate adventures on Friday to pose for a photo. They are, seated from left, Brinn Harwood, Cameron Keeler, Madeline Millard and Nekya Strohl. Standing, Anastasia Susko, Jack Edwards, Christina Hydro, Stephen Yuhas, Allesandra Marciante, and Rene Bubar.

Pre-K Counts and kindergarten students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, last week, celebrated the Week of The Young Child, which recognizes the importance of caring for young children and honors the men and women in the education system. During the week, the students in Kate Harleman's Pre-K Counts class learned through various activities and got to dress up as pirates.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Several residents that live on Bonser Drive attended the March 15 Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting to report serious flooding issues on their properties and asked the supervisors if there were grants available to install piping to alleviate the problem. Township engineer Chris McDermott said that piping would have to be installed for at least 1/2 mile and it would be very costly. The supervisors asked David Albright, township manager, to research to see if there were any grants available.