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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
AP Photo Sandy Fonzo of Wilkes-Barre, right, confronts former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., outside the federal courthouse in Scranton after he was convicted of racketeering. Fonzo's son was 17 when he landed in Ciavarella's courtroom on a minor drug paraphernalia charge. He committed suicide last June at the age of 23.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Sandy Fonzo hadn't planned on confronting the Pennsylvania judge whom she blames for robbing her late son of his chance at a happy, productive life.

Her emotional, obscenity-laced outburst last week caught on video and spread over the Internet has come to symbolize the anger felt by parents whose children were railroaded by Mark Ciavarella, the former Luzerne County judge convicted Friday of racketeering in a $2.8 million "kids for cash" plot to send youth offenders to for-profit detention centers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the VFW in Nesquehoning. Commander Stanley Jaroszewski will be in charge. Officers will be elected and sworn in at this meeting.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blue Mountain Ski Area is holding "Skiing and Snowboarding Under the Stars" a benefit for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley on Feb. 26.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for January, 2011. The students honored included, front row from left, Abigail Brickler (6th grade), Aimee Hull (7th grade) and Vanessa Solt (8th grade). Back row, Stephen Oravec (6th grade), Owen Bates (7th grade) and Noah Troxell (8th grade).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Nicholas Mantz recently took part in the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense in Washington D.C. He is ranked number one in the 2012 class at Lehighton Area High School.

An outstanding Lehighton Area High School student recently had the opportunity to take part in a unique career development program in the nation's capital.

Nicholas Mantz, 17, son of David and Judy Mantz, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense in Washington D.C. The conference was held from Feb. 15 through Feb. 20. Mantz is currently ranked first in the class of 2012.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A 4-H training day will be held at the Lehigh Carbon Community College: Morgan Campus in Tamaqua, on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. All 4-H youth and leaders in Carbon and Schuylkill County are welcome to attend.

The name of the program is 4-H Learning for Life: Officer Training Day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School senior Logan Thomson will participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region 5 Band Festival for the third straight year.

If being chosen to perform at District Band was the icing on the cake, then being able to play her clarinet at Region Band should no doubt be the cherry on top.

It's no wonder, then, that Northern Lehigh High School senior Logan Thomson can't quite seem to get the sweet, succulent taste of success out of her mouth just yet.

For the third straight year, Thomson will represent Northern Lehigh at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region 5 Band Festival March 24-26 at North Schuylkill High School.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Burdell C. Steigerwalt to Cindy Susan Mack, 521 White St., Bowmanstown, property at 521 White St., $1.

Franklin Township

John Freundt to John C. Freundt, 1385 Main Road, Lehighton, property at 1385 Main Road, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Vantium REO Capital Markets, L.P., Jersey City, N.J., property at 504 Pine St., $1.

Kidder Township

Robert Mason to Lisa Pantalone, Williamstown, N.J., property at 60 Snow Ridge Village, Lake Harmony, $130,000.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Guy Bowe

Most university students spend their breaks unwinding at home or on a relaxing vacation, but this past winter, Guy Bowe of Tamaqua was one of 11 Susquehanna University students who traveled to New Orleans as the Hurricane Relief Team to assist with ongoing recovery efforts.

From Dec. 14-21, the students worked with the organization Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), which is a mission of the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School senior Amanda Walck was recently selected for membership to the National Society of High School Scholars for superior academic achievement.

There are those who have a penchant for being able to problem solve.

Take Amanda Walck, for example, who views the great unknown as a challenge to be deciphered.

That inquisitive nature has catapulted the Palmerton Area High School junior into the stratosphere of academic excellence.

Recently, Walck received a national honor for superior academic achievement after she was selected for membership to the National Society of High School Scholars.

The NSHSS recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.