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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eight area residents were among 67 who were arraigned Monday morning in the office of Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman at the courthouse in Pottsville on criminal charges filed against them and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Jack Koenig (center) of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton, presents a check in the amount of $750 to Richard Bowman (left), coordinator, Meals on Wheels of Palmerton, as Irene Shinsec, president of the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, looks on. The money represents half the proceeds the church made at their stand at this year's Palmerton Community Festival in September.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, has established the Bishop's Commission on Catholic Schools, a 13-member body charged with helping to strengthen parochial schools in the diocese that educates about 12,500 students.

In establishing the commission, the Bishop said, "Our schools are a critical part of the teaching mission of the church. This diocese is blessed to have a great school system with an outstanding record of academic success, which has led to dramatically better results in high school and college graduation rates."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Military sculptor and naval historian Andrew Chernak, left, with the Battlefield Cross he presented to the Coaldale Veterans and Women's Memorial. At right is memorial designer William Gaddes of Lake Hauto.

Renowned military sculptor and naval historian Andrew Chernak recently visited the Coaldale Veterans and Women's Memorial.

Chernak's sculptures are located at many military installations and military cemeteries, including Gettysburg. Chernak, of Philadelphia, is the holder of the Purple Heart, Air Medal, and other combat decorations earned during service in Vietnam. He recently finished a very large bronze mural for a new Veterans Affairs Hospital in Miami, Florida. The mural, honoring a U.S. Army corpsman who won the Medal of Honor, is in the main lobby of the hospital.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rebekah McFadden, a nurse in the Weatherly Area School District, right, and Sherry Armbruster, a secretary at Lehighton Area School District, look over some of the paperwork that volunteers would have to help determine what medication is best for a resident attending an actual POD.

Representatives from area schools and county agencies gathered at Lehighton Area High School Monday morning to prepare themselves for any public health emergency that may arise in the future.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
FILE PHOTO Artist Morris Katz at a Palmerton Hospital Telethon.

Morris Katz of New York, considered the "world's fastest artist," died Friday after reportedly suffering a stroke. He was 78.

Katz had appeared on many local telethons in past years, especially those which were held for the Palmerton Hospital.

On the telethons, he would do his paintings usually taking him just minutes which were then auctioned or sold with the proceeds benefiting the hospital.

He appeared at such fundraisers throughout the country, doing paintings and donating them.

Monday, November 15, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fairway Chevrolet of Hazleton will donate $50 to the United Way of Great Hazleton for every new Chevrolet sold or leased from Fairway from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30. From left are, Pat Ward, United Way President/CEO; Richie Molinaro, Fairway Chevrolet director of marketing and advertising; Chris Stamatopoulos, United Way Campaign co-chair and Rich Saullo, United Way director of resource development.

Monday, November 15, 2010
Immediate Past District Governor, Lion Bob Neumoyer, left, presented certificates of recognition to Lion Adele Argot, center, and Lion Larry Williams for serving as co-chairs for their respective region for the "Lions, Feeding the Hungry" project. A total of $3,600 was given to 32 tax-dollar supported food pantries in the 4-county Lions 14U District.

"We need to think of the service we do," Lions Past International Director Dr. Harold R. Ott of Boalsburg, told Lions of District 14U over 100 strong from the four-county area-Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties- as they met in Kresgeville for the annual District Rally.

Monday, November 15, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, fire companies from New Philadelphia, Tuscarora, Middleport, Mount Carbon, Cumbola, Kaska and Tamaqua were called to a stubborn tire and garbage fire located at the Tucker Hill stripping pit. The pit is located deep in the woods via the Old Kaska Road in New Philadelphia. The only way to get to the fire was by brush trucks, which are equipped to drive through heavy brush and over challenging terrain. The volunteers were quick to slow and eventually stop the fire before it traveled up the hill.

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Lost and Found" (Men's Gospel Quartet) and the Ben Salem UCC Handbell Choir will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Ben Salem UCC, 1265 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, (East Penn Township near Andreas). The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the concert. For more information, call (570) 386-2557.