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Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce vice president Susan Fegley, Rush Township secretary Terri Conville, Guy's Flowers & More designer Cathy Miller and employee Sharon Kruczek. Pictured from back left are mayoral representative and employee Gene Morrison, employee Helen Miller, owner Debbie Donnon and Tamaqua Chamber board member Gar Thomas.

Guy's Flowers & More held its official grand opening recently at the Hometown Village Square, formerly Agosti's IGA, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, in Hometown. The shop is owned by Debbie "Deb" Donnon of Nesquehoning, a design professional since 1969.

Taking part in the grand opening and ribbon

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Benjamin and Blake Rider expect to get a lot of eggs if the size of their bag means anything.

The Hungarian Club Auxiliary of Palmerton held its first Easter egg hunt on April 9 at the Little League field.

Plastic eggs were used for the hunt, but each child received a basket with a real egg, a chocolate bunny and other candy, said Nancy Rios, president of the auxiliary.

A hot dog, juice box and cupcake decorated like an Easter basket were given to each attendee.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Chloe, 1, daughter of Joseph J. and Kayla Hartranft of Tamaqua enjoys a spring hot dog while attending the Quakake Fire Company Easter egg hunt held recently.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Coaldale man whose son was charged on April 10 with beating him up is now facing charges of his own.

Borough police have charged Leonard Ruggiero Sr., 53, of 101 First St., with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, a controlled substance (felony), illegally possessing methamphetamine (a misdemeanor) in connection with a drug bust on Tuesday.

In a related matter, Ruggiero Sr. also faces the same set of charges stemming from a Nov. 4, 2010 incident in which Ruggiero allegedly sold an informant one gram of cocaine.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Slatington Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Spring Carnival on Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7 at the fire station on West Church Street, Slatington.

The carnival hours will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Medicare reform Seniors' benefits will not be reduced

Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of talk about how Congress is going to reform Medicare.

Frankly, there's been a lot of misinformation, too.

Let me clear things up right now:

If you're 55 years of age or older, you can stop worrying. You can hang up on the scary phone calls.

If you're 55 years of age or older, your Medicare benefits are not going to be touched.

Period.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Weatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center held their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Members of the community, who so graciously give their time and bring enjoyment to the residents at Weatherwood, were treated to a delicious meal and were presented with candy and pansies as a token of appreciation.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ten defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

The 10 were:

William Maurer, 19, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and underage drinking, the last two summary offenses. He was arrested on March 12 by Jim Thorpe police for an incident in the area of 132 Center St. The assault victim was Officer Leo Clements Jr.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Twelve baby chicks hatched, just in time for Easter, at Panther Valley Elementary School. Students in Autumn Barna's third grade classroom greet some of the one day old little peeps the next day. The project is through the cooperation of the 4-H and Penn State University. Holding the chicks are Barna along with Jeffrey Rothermel, Daniel Craig, and Jose Baez. The class followed the incubation and hatching of the chicks and Barna then took them home for additional loving care.