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Thursday, April 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Employees of UNIMOVE LLC located along Little Gap Road in Palmerton are (l-r) Milton Ahner, Travis Nenscel, Walt Simons, Alan Zimmerman, Bob Shannon (managing director), and Ken Kasick. Not pictured is Charlie Kistler.

Its name means field-proven standard.

Complete with its custom designed attachments, UNIMOVE LLC has the highest quality and broadest capability of vacuum tube lifters, according to Bob Shannon, managing director.

Located at 1145-C Little Gap Highway in Palmerton, the business was formed by a group of individuals this past November to purchase the assets of UniTech Industries of Palmerton, Shannon said.

"We moved here Feb. 1," Shannon said. "It's perfect for the manufacturing that we do."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Leanna M. Altemose, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person. She was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011, by Palmerton police when they went to the residence along Delaware Avenue where they suspected illegal drug activity.

Police said they found drugs in the home and drug paraphernalia. Also found in the home were Altemose's two children, ages one and four.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton police are investigating the armed robbery of the Convenient Food Mart at 643 Delaware Avenue early Thursday morning. Two men approached the business at 2:20 a.m. One stood in the parking lot as the second suspect, a white male, about 6-foot to 6-foot-2, 200-220 pounds, skinny build, wearing a black sweat shirt over a white hoodie with Adidas on the shirt in white or gray lettering, blue jeans, white sneakers, with a dark blue or black bandanna over his face, entered the store and brandished a black folding knife with a black handle and black blade.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Palmerton Area Library went to the dogs recently when four greyhounds visited, much to the delight of the children. Left to right, Kelso, Tina Stout, Shawn Green, Wiki, Comet, Clipper and Nina Green.

The Palmerton Area Library had some four-legged page-turners visit. Long, tall and sleek, Comet, Clipper, Wiki and Kelso charmed everyone in the library when they arrived. Patient and affectionate, they appeared to enjoy all the petting by children and adults.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Joseph's Regional Academy fifth grade class, and graduates of the D.A.R.E. program are, first row, from left, Edward Baus, Macayla Almeida, Grace Crouthamel, Kevin Kabitzke, Hunter Fristick, and Justin Patire. Second row, Katie Spillman, Kelsey Carroll, Seth Paluck, Carter Wolfe, and Rhiannon Malarkey. Third row, Madeline Ruff, Natalia Richards, Caroline Snerr, Sydney Vincent, and Joseph Stager.

This week was a week to celebrate as 16 students from St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe pledged to remain drug and violence free.

During the annual D.A.R.E. graduation on Wednesday, the fifth grade students listened as their D.A.R.E. instructor, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, as well as the Honorable Steven R. Serfass, judge for the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas; and Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, congratulated them on a job well done.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Women's Club members, left, Carolyn Andrews and right, Chris Reeder, welcome Pastor Amy Banko, a board member of Family Promise, second from left, and Karin Falcone, case manager for Family Promise of Monroe County, second from right.

A family is considered to be made up of people who live in the same house; a unit of parents and children.

A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization, Family Promise, does what its name suggests ... it makes a promise to a family.

It says it will help homeless families in transition find shelter, meals and support services through a network of local congregations and it keeps that promise.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Students from Carbon County high schools will deliver speeches at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Penn's Peak for the annual Carbon County Oratory Competition.

Each high school will be represented by one male orator and one female orator. Competitors write their own 5-8 minute speech and deliver it to a live audience. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and the top female orators. All of the speeches will be between five to eight minutes long but could be about any subject and be in any style.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sealcoating some roads and paving others are on the upcoming Polk Township calendar as the supervisors agreed 3-0 to advertise for bids.The bids are to be received by 3 p.m., May 21, and then opened at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. They will then be reviewed and awarded at a special meeting.

It was announced that new rules are in place for bidding by townships for expenses. The bidding threshold has been raised from $10,000 to $18,500 and telephone quotes from $4,000 to $10,000.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, Call 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning, call 570-669-9201.

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 71 Blakeslee Blvd, Lehighton. Call 610-377-6017.

Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon, Zion United Church of Christ, 226 Iron Street, Lehighton. Call 570-455-2018

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifteen defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.