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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Township and the Quakake Fire Company held their annual community egg hunt free to the community recently at the Quakake Fire Company. Rush and Ryan Township families all enjoyed special gift prize eggs, free food, toys, money and more. Prizes were given out in each age group. Event organizers Donna Hartranft and Matthew Moyer stressed their appreciation to the Quakake American Legion, Stephen Simchak and Robert Pitts who helped sponsor or donate to the event.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Top Awards for Panther Valley cheerleaders are, front row from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Andrea Rodgers, Amber Vachon, Steph Blum and Cara Shubeck. Middle row, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Kaitlyn Matula, Sarah Marouchoc, Amber Strock and Emily Horvath. Back row, Brielle Poeldnurk, Rylie Krapf, Katie Kabana and Storm Hughes.

The Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders enjoyed a championship competition season that was the best in PV history.

The team posted a record of 12-2-1 in their division with additional wins against varsity teams in other divisions (based on the scores that were released and grand championships), bringing their overall known record against all varsity teams to 21-3-1. Based on the girls' basketball enrollment numbers, Panther Valley is class AA, but due to competitions being based on squad size, the team competed against many much larger schools.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The House adopted a condolence resolution sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) on Tuesday, April 12 to honor John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., formerly of Nesquehoning, who passed away on Jan. 29. House Resolution 151 passed the House unanimously. Pictured from left are: John Kovatch III holding John Kovatch V, Ashley Kovatch, Heffley and Knowles.

The late John "Sonny" Kovatch, who built a business in Carbon County that employs over 800 people and is recognized globally, was memorialized in Harrisburg yesterday.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed resolutions honoring Kovatch.

The House resolutions were co-sponsored by Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill).

The Senate resolutions were co-sponsored by Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-14) and Sen. David G. Argall (R-29).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The 14th annual Earth Day weekend celebration will be held in Jim Thorpe on April 16 and 17, beginning at 11 a.m.

The two-day festival will consist of live entertainment, environmental information, arts and craft vendors, children's activities, a community clean-up and traditional and ethnic foods.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The ratification of the contract of the Palmerton Area Educational Support Personnel Association has once again been put on hold.

The school board on an 8-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday agreed to table the contract ratification. Director Carol Dwyer was absent.

Director Michael Ballard made the motion to table the matter "due to language review for both sides."

There was no further discussion on the matter at that time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arsonists are believed to have started a spectacular fire which destroyed the Phillip Ginter School in Summit Hill early this morning. The school served as the junior high school for grades 7 through 9 and housed 495 junior high students and 25 kindergarten students. Panther Valley School Board members said the loss of the school probably will force the district to go on half day sessions to accommodate the students at the high school. Track uniforms burned, forcing the cancellation of the track season.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lehigh Carbon Community College's (LCCC) Carbon Center, located in Nesquehoning, will offer a Nurse Aide Training class starting on May 17. The class will run every Tuesday and Friday evening from 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for nine weeks.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More charges have come forward against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated for purchasing dogs using an alias name and not paying for them.

Patricia E. Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, has been charged with one count each of identity theft, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and two counts of forgery.

Gadaleta was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton this morning.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Black Diamond Writers Network will hold a Writer's Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday April 16, at the Best Western-Genetti Inn, 1341 N. Church St., Hazelton.

New York Times best selling author Maria V. Snyder and five other professional writers and authors will share their expertise with those interested in the craft of writing at the second annual Write it Right conference.

The conference includes workshops, lunch, and an author book fair. Walk-ins are welcome.