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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Carbon County is dedicated to providing help where help is needed in the community.

People over the age of 55 can make a difference in the services provided by non-profit agencies, and in the lives of people they serve.

Help throughout Carbon County is needed to transport the elderly to medical appointments and to help with shopping for food. Mileage reimbursement is provided for this program.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua hit-and-run victim Robert Rehrig reunited with his heroes at his home during a late night surprise visit recently. Pictured surrounded by many "get well" cards are, from left, firefighter Justin McCarroll, friend John Heffelfinger, Robert and Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Bynon.

Only days after returning home from the hospital, Robert Rehrig, 20, a recent Tamaqua hit-and-run victim who is well-known for the roadside treasures he collects for friends and family, was already in search of new items.

On Clay Street he recently recovered a clock radio thrown out for trash.

Robert, a Tamaqua senior who participates in the Special Olympics and is diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and other mental conditions, suffered multiple injuries two weeks ago after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Lafayette Street.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A mountain of debris, illegally dumped, exists at the east end of White Street in Summit Hill. The garbage pile is next to a cluster of cemeteries, which in contrast are well maintained.

At the end of East White Street in Summit Hill are a cluster of well-manicured cemeteries; befitting final resting places for loved ones.

Also at the end of White Street, where the macadem stops and the woodlands of Mount Jefferson Plane begin, and next to the cemeteries, is a wildcat dump; a site piled with tires, wire fencing, litter, concrete pieces, and tree branches.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic on the 400 block of South Street in Jim Thorpe was briefly shutdown after a truck snagged and pulled down a power line feeding into a residence Tuesday. Personnel from both the Jim Thorpe police and fire department responded to the scene and managed the situation until PPL arrived to make repairs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Instructional aides, departmental cuts, and a portion of high school athletics are among the potential areas Palmerton Area School Board may slash from next year's spending plan.

A four-hour budget workshop on Tuesday yielded $454,105 worth of possible cuts, or about one-third of the $1.5 million the district needs to shave in its quest to approve the 2011-12 budget with a 3-mill increase.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Township and the Quakake Fire Company held their annual community egg hunt free to the community recently at the Quakake Fire Company. Rush and Ryan Township families all enjoyed special gift prize eggs, free food, toys, money and more. Prizes were given out in each age group. Event organizers Donna Hartranft and Matthew Moyer stressed their appreciation to the Quakake American Legion, Stephen Simchak and Robert Pitts who helped sponsor or donate to the event.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Top Awards for Panther Valley cheerleaders are, front row from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Andrea Rodgers, Amber Vachon, Steph Blum and Cara Shubeck. Middle row, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Kaitlyn Matula, Sarah Marouchoc, Amber Strock and Emily Horvath. Back row, Brielle Poeldnurk, Rylie Krapf, Katie Kabana and Storm Hughes.

The Panther Valley Varsity Cheerleaders enjoyed a championship competition season that was the best in PV history.

The team posted a record of 12-2-1 in their division with additional wins against varsity teams in other divisions (based on the scores that were released and grand championships), bringing their overall known record against all varsity teams to 21-3-1. Based on the girls' basketball enrollment numbers, Panther Valley is class AA, but due to competitions being based on squad size, the team competed against many much larger schools.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The House adopted a condolence resolution sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) on Tuesday, April 12 to honor John J. "Sonny" Kovatch Jr., formerly of Nesquehoning, who passed away on Jan. 29. House Resolution 151 passed the House unanimously. Pictured from left are: John Kovatch III holding John Kovatch V, Ashley Kovatch, Heffley and Knowles.

The late John "Sonny" Kovatch, who built a business in Carbon County that employs over 800 people and is recognized globally, was memorialized in Harrisburg yesterday.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed resolutions honoring Kovatch.

The House resolutions were co-sponsored by Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill).

The Senate resolutions were co-sponsored by Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-14) and Sen. David G. Argall (R-29).