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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants currently on supervision for violating the terms of their release.

Rodney Green, 42, of Lehighton, had his probation revoked on a charge of criminal trespass on petition filed by probation officer Jillian C. McGinley for violating conditions of failing to report for twice-a-month urine screens which violated the zero-tolerance provision.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Second from left, Charla Mendes of Palmerton was named Blue Mountain Health Systems' Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Award recipient. It was presented to her by, from left, Nancy Matyas, chairwoman of the Caring Employee Committee; Sylvia Goral, director of human resources; and Andrew Harris, BMHS president and CEO.

Blue Mountain Health System honored employees that demonstrate their dedication and work ethics.

Joe Guardiani, vice president of fund development and government affairs, gave the invocation and he said that, "Our staff and employees are always busy giving the best they can to the people they care for that it's nice to take a breath, to take time to thank our staff for all they do."

Employees of both the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital and the Palmerton Hospital locations, 124 people, received that recognition.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Madison Teno of Lehighton prepares for her tanning session at Island Breeze Tanning in Lehighton.

In Pennsylvania, a 16-year-old has a number of privileges often associated with those who are older, including the right to drive a car and to get married (with parental consent). But less than 60 days from now, using a commercial tanning facility will no longer be one of them.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Numerous Tamaqua area churches and civic organizations are getting ready for Hunger Weekend, an event aimed at raising awareness of the local hunger issue in providing food to two community food banks.

According to Hunger Weekend organizer Paul Dodson, food banks at the Tamaqua Salvation Army and at Trinity UCC will benefit from the event.

Tamaqua churches and community and school organizations have been invited to participate by making cash donations, gathering food items and by participating in the Hunger Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday through the streets of the community.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A former Palmerton man was sentenced to state prison Thursday on theft charges.

Alexander Ramirez, 40, formerly of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was immediately sentenced to a state prison.

Ramirez admitted breaking into a residence along Coal St., in Lehighton, on Sept. 26, 2013, and removing various electronic items.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maureen Donovan of Tamaqua, right, has been honored with the Marie Murphy Memorial Award by the Schuylkill County Women's Athletic Association. The award was presented to Donovan by Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal at Marian High School, during the association's annual scholar-athlete banquet. Donovan is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School and is employed as the assistant director of the Center for Leadership and Workforce Development at Lehigh Carbon Community College. The award was given to Donovan for her "outstanding commitment to community service."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ron Boltz of Pine Grove and Carolyn Bonkoski of Orwigsburg are running for two of the three seats available for Republican State Committee.

Boltz is currently a county committee person and a Pine Grove School Board member, while Carolyn is a county committee person and district leader in the Schuylkill County Republican Committee.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Several more parking spaces in downtown Lehighton are going to be eliminated in the near future. Mayor Wilbur Bauchspies said the borough must comply with an agreement it has with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation which requires a change from angle parking around the borough park to parallel parking.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A flash flood warning remains in effect for the area through late tonight.

Widespread rain will continue to fall with 1 to 2 inches possible.

The good news is that Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 69.

Sunday will  be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and a slight chance of showers later in the day.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A free Maximizing Your Social Security workshop will take place at 7 p.m. June 10, at Ss. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Registration is at 6:30 p.m.

The program, sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club, is open to anyone who wants to learn what will affect their Social Security benefits.

The program will be presented by Joe Henry, a member of the Beltzville Lions Club, who will share information prepared by Allianz InsuranceCo.

The seminar will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Free refreshments will be served.