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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ian Racho, 13, stands proud next to his grandfather Charles Gillott of Lake Hauto. Racho is holding two fish he caught; a 20 " and 19 ".

Members and volunteers with the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held their 46th annual 2-day free fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Both children and adults were encouraged to participate in the event.

In total, just over 2,500 fish were stock in preparation for the derby. Volunteers added that about three dozen of which were 20 inches or larger. 25 prizes were awarded for various categories, as well as 32 prizes given away for top winners.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Palmerton Area High School's deteriorated sidewalks should soon be more accessible.

The district will accept bids for the reconstruction of sidewalks and curb at the school until 11 a.m. Friday, May 17.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the sidewalks to be replaced are along the west side toward the stadium, in front of the high school, and perhaps some other small areas, cost permitting.

Boyce said the sidewalks are in need of repair for "safety since there are broken and very uneven areas, also for handicap accessibility."

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Inez Larichluta, director of nursing at Coaldale State General Hospital, was awarded the "Search for Excellence Award" of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. This is the state association's highest honor. The award was presented during a special program in the multipurpose room of the Coaldale hospital. She said, "I promised myself I wasn't going to cry." Then she did.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Enjoying summer-like weather, Lamonte Schock plays in the water with Bella, his 1-year old Yellow Lab, while at Locust Lake State Parkin Barnesville.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Receiving the "Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Award" was Kelly Auer, center, RN, Emergency Room, Palmerton campus. She received the award from Nancy Matyas, RD, left, the chairperson of the Caring Committee, and Andrew Harris, Blue Mountain Health System CEO.

More than 150 employees of the Blue Mountain Health System were honored recently during the 9th annual BMHS Employee Recognition Awards.

Among the award recipients were the annual employees of the year for both the Lehighton and Palmerton campuses, 25 "nursing excellence" and support staff award recipients, and 128 employees marking a milestone anniversary with the health system.

Andrew Harris, CEO of BMHS, noted that the hospital's employee turnover rate is well below the national average.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two Mahanoy City women, one acting postmistress for two post offices in North Union Township, and the second a treasurer for a wrestling club, both charged with theft, were among six defendants placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County Court.

The program is for first offenders who are charged with committing a non-violent crime and if they complete the program and its conditions their criminal record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Sheppton woman, charged with seeking a hit man to kill two people, was among 87 people who were arraigned Monday in the Schuylkill County courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all entered plead of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Jamielynn Reilly, 36, of 884 Center St., Sheppton, East Union Township, charged by County Detective Dennis Clark with two counts of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide, three counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Green Squad, third grade students at Franklin Elementary School, Lehighton Area School District, took first place with 439 points during the 2013 second and third grade Envirothon (Snoops division), held at Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill on Monday. Members of Green Squad are, from left, front row, Ian Werner, Emily Snyder, Sherry Nametko, and back row, Holly Fasching and Abigail Meckes.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two of six defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges drew state prison sentences imposed by Schuylkill County judges in the courthouse in Pottsville.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Liz Stauffer divides plants and prepares them for planting.

The slate roof was deteriorating on the springhouse at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Liz Stauffer, a gardener and caretaker at the Center, thought it was a good opportunity to try something different. She suggested creating a green roof.

Trusses had to be replaced and the roof strengthened. On top of that was a rubber liner protected by a tarp, and carpet to hold moisture and permit it to percolate.