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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Our Lady of the Angels Academy March 2014 Students of the Month are, front from left: Serrenity Serrano, Madison Miller, Samuel Homyak, Ryli McGorry. Back row: Alexa Sandefer, Julia Hoben, Corey Rehnert, Anthony Soberick, Bryan Smith.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were selected as the Students of the Month for the month of March for their efforts in displaying the virtue of honesty.

Each student who was honored with receiving the title of Student of the Month has reflected on their actions to help them achieve the award.

Kindergarten, Serrenity Serrano: "I try to be honest in school."

First grade, Samuel Homyak: "I am honest. The truth is always best no matter what."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A scene from last year's Bike Night.

A delay in the construction of its lower park could signify the return of Lehighton's crowd-pleasing Bike Night event to its original location.

Borough manager Nicole Beckett informed council on Monday that the borough has received notification from the state Department of Transportation that it will need to reapply for a grant for the lower park project.

Beckett said the borough must now apply under the new MAP program, and noted that federal funds have been removed from the budget for a handful of projects.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats have elected officers for 2014, including, from left, secretary Mary Ann Baddick, President Joseph Stanek and Vice President Joe Hnat. Tracy Perry was elected treasurer. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Hang Loose, 300 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Seven defendants entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence and other counts on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas.

Jonathan Todd Creveling, 42, of Lehighton, also pleaded to a count of driving under suspension-DUI related, and summary offenses of illegal use of a registration plate and financial responsibility (no insurance).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thirty-six boys were inducted in the newly formed squadron of Sons of the American Legion in the home of C.H. Berry post last night in Tamaqua.

Fifty-six boys attended. The ceremonies were in charge of Russell Davies, chairman of the organization committee, which also includes Harold Williams, Berry post adjutant, and Sam Douglas.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There will be a patient switch from two-legged to four-legged.

Dr. Lori Milot, a veterinarian, plans to set up her business in what's now known as The Medical Arts Building, which fronts Lafayette Avenue in Rush Township.

The township's zoning hearing board approved the venture during a meeting Tuesday.

The building is presently used as a medical office for a pediatrician and general medical practitioner.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to time served term on drug and theft charges.

She was one of four defendants in pending cases to appear before Carbon President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II on Tuesday during a daylong court session.

Jewelry taken

Stacey Stafiniak, 22, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, as a felony three, with a theft charge dropped.

She admitted taking jewelry from the home of Markel Reinheimer in Mahoning Township on Dec. 21, 2012. She then took the jewelry to a pawnshop in Lehighton and sold some of it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A member of Summit Hill Borough Council came under attack by one of his peers for missing monthly council meetings.

Michael Kokinda, who is the council's vice president, attended just one meeting so far this year, even though the meeting dates have been changed to accommodate his work schedule.

The meeting dates were changed from the second Monday of each month to the fourth Monday.

Former Vice President John O'Gurek was vocal in his criticism of Kokinda, who was not present at the meeting.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The public is invited to an evening of prayer, song and silence at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at All Saints Church, 21 N. Cleveland St. in McAdoo, in the spirit of a Taize Prayer Service.

The Taize community developed a unique style of singing prayer with short, simple melodies and short, classic phrases repeated over and over. The repetition of one verse, often taken from the Bible, allows one to absorb the message deeply. The song becomes kind of a singing meditation, helping one to become aware of the loving presence of God within.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Pocono Arts Council has announced an expansion of one additional hour to its new art workshop class entitled "Mixed Media Approach to Creative Painting."

It will be taught by Will Daskal and run from12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays from April 3 to April 24, at the Pocono Arts Council's ARTSPACE Gallery classroom, 18 North 7th Street, Stroudsburg.

This month-long three-hour workshop will concentrate on increasing fundamental painting skills using a variety of aqua-painting media (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, water-based oils, colored pencil, water soluble pencils, etc.).