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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Randall Perry stands after playing two songs on the piano.

The Rev. Paul Schoffstall opened a program of concert music as Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Palmerton, celebrates its centennial anniversary. He said he attended a Moravian award program and the person receiving the award said "I stand on the shoulders of many people. … I accept this award for them."

Schoffstall said Holy Trinity also built upon the past and "here we are in this fun service."

The program was divided into three parts - the past, the future and the present.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jukebox Cruisers will hold a car cruise from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park in Franklin Township.

Just say, "car club" and you'll think of shiny, chrome-laden motor vehicles of days gone by on display and cruising the highways. This is your opportunity to see the real "metal" cars in all their glory.

Jukebox Cruisers devote a lot of time and effort to helping out others in need. The club has motto of "turning our passion for cars into compassion for others," by helping financially donate to a variety of local and national charities.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tamaqua's Spring Band Concert will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA member's Kellyann Higgins (Palmerton) and Bree-Anne D'Esposito (Jim Thorpe) presented an $800 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Representative Courtney Angle, the fund raising coordinator of the MDA office in Allentown, proudly accepted the donation. Last year, Kellyann and Bree-Anne started their own non-profit business called Kandi for a Cause for their DECA competitive project. At the state competition this past February, Kellyann and Bree-Anne won third place in the Learn and Earn Event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Officer Anthony Stanell and Tom Rodgers prepare to transport alleged drug dealer Gilberto Luis Rodriguez to his arraignment last night. Rodriguez came under the scrutiny of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force following a tip from Lansford Police.

An alleged drug dealer was arrested in Tamaqua last night as borough police, acting in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, executed a warrant for 34 year old Gilberto Luis "Cheese" Rodriguez. In addition to the alleged drug dealer, officers collected dozens of $50 and $20 "rocks" of crack cocaine.

Rodriguez, whose last known address was in York, was picked up in Freddy's Pub, Mauch Chunk Street, shortly after 11 p.m. on a warrant issued for a drug sale made on March 7.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street in Lehighton. There is no charge for this event. Food and drinks will be served. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost. Please RSVP to Lehighton Area Council at (610) 377-2191 or e mail to lacc@ptd.net they know how much food to prepare.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club honored Julia Tonelis as the April "Student of the Month" certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Julia is an eighth grade student at the Penn-Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. From left are, Manual DaCosta, club president; Julia Tonelis, the recipient; Stacey Tonelis, her mother; and Nicholas Trovarello, her brother.

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.