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Thursday, April 7, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

April is known for soft spring rain showers. Umbrellas are seen everywhere. So Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown decided to celebrate the month of April, spring showers and umbrellas in its Umbrella Art Show. Carrie Shafer, program director, says she read a quote from Pablo Picasso that says, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." It was that inner artist she wanted to tap into with the residents and they came through with bright, colorful imaginative ways and they hung in the social room for all to enjoy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Nancy M. Porambo

Nancy M. Porambo, Jim Thorpe, has reason to celebrate. Last year not only marked the 20th anniversary for her massage therapy business, The Therapy Option, Inc., but it also ended her 16-year battle to bring licensing with educational and ethical standards to the industry.

"It would have never happened without Nancy Porambo," says Peg Moyer, senior partner at The Winter Group, a contract lobbyist based in Harrisburg. "This has been her life. She was strong. She is intelligent. She had to make her point because people were not respecting her profession."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Schuylkill Township has acquired the use of a PBT (preliminary breath test) kit and a Taser.

Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman made the announcement at last night's township meeting. Zimmerman also presented an updated version of the police policy manual for the township and the supervisors voted to make the policy effective as of yesterday.

Zimmerman reported that he responded to a total of 29 calls during the month of March, including parking tickets, traffice enforcement, theft, criminal mischief, and various other complaints.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania teenager who testified against two others convicted of federal charges in the fatal beating of an illegal immigrant will spend 4 1/2 years in prison.

Nineteen-year-old Colin Walsh, of Shenandoah Heights, was ordered Wednesday to report to federal prison on May 6. Outside the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Walsh said he would become "a better person."

Walsh pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation in the 2008 beating death of 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah. He also testified against two other teens at a pair of trials.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Stan Graver Auto Sales and Service, 1380 Interchange Road (Route 209), Lehighton, is celebrating 40 years of business. From left are, Ricky Graver, Dana Ruch, Connie Graver, Kerry Graver, Stan Graver, Allen Graver, Tammy Graver and Durand Williams.

Stan Graver Sales and Service, 1380 Interchange Road (Route 209), Lehighton, is celebrating it 40th year in business.

Kerry Graver, who is in partner with his brothers, Allen and Ricky, believes that the business' 40 years of success centers on their constant training of their staff and constant upgrading of equipment.

"We're still growing," said Graver, proudly.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The PVSD school board approved the following in personnel matters:

*Hiring-Crystal Reph as head custodian effective 3/28/11. Her 2010-2011 school year assignment is PVE; for 2010-2011 school year, Linda Chiesa, custodian at PVI, replacement position for Ernest Phillips; Deborah Wadiak, PVMS/District office, replacement position for George Kresge; David Biever for position of events manager for 2010-2011 school year, replacement position for Tim McCutchan.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A settlement on the tax dispute over properties in Coaldale and Mahanoy City belonging to the Diocese of Allentown was approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville and will now be presented to the county court for final approval.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA is planning for its annual Wrecker Power Walk to be held Thursday, May 26.

The goal of the walk is to raise funds to sponsor assemblies, award programs, field trips as well as to purchase school supplies for students for the Weatherly Area School District's 2011 – 2012 school year.

The PTA would like to offer incentives for the students to encourage them to seek pledges and participate in the Power Walk.

Contributions will help the PTA to defray the costs associated with the walk.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Daughter Angelina and son Manuel stand with their mother Hilda Guedes shortly after her 96th birthday celebration.

Hilda Guedes wanted to spend her 96th birthday with friends and relatives, so she hosted her own birthday party at Bert's Steakhouse, Palmerton, on March 5. Bert's had been a favorite place where she and her husband enjoyed eating.

She lives alone at her Lehigh Street home with help from her children: Angelina, Jose Joao, Manuel, Rosa, Agostinho Jr. and Beny (deceased). A woman comes to the house to help three times a week.

There are 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Robert Marouchoc

Robert "Bob" Marouchoc has announced his candidacy for a four-year term on the Nesquehoning Borouogh Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

He grew up in Nesquehoning, attended the former Nesquehoning High School and East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, and spent over five years in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence.