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Friday, April 1, 2011

Senior citizens on limited incomes may want to circle April 6 on their calendars.

That's when BenefitsCheckUp will be on hand at the Village at Palmerton starting at 2:30 p.m. Interested parties must RSVP to save a place by April 5.

Fast, free and completely confidential, BenefitsCheckUP searches for programs that help pay for prescription drugs, heating bills, housing/rent, meal programs, legal services, medical costs, in-home services, tax relief, veteran's benefits, employment, volunteer opportunities and helpful information and resources.

Friday, April 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Motorists are being permitted to travel a rain-damaged East Penn Township Road, but with a caveat. Hollow Road was closed last week after recent heavy rains washed out drainage pipes, causing sink holes to appear. The road has since been temporarily repaired and re-opened, but bright yellow signs warn drivers that they travel at their own risk. The damaged area is about two-tenths of a mile from Route 895. A township official said Thursday that the municipality was waiting for permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection in order to repair the road so it can be opened.

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Congregational Church, Coaldale is offering the following services and activities for next week: Sunday, April 3, at 9 a.m., there will be Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School and at 12:30 p.m., will be a Confirmation class. On Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m., there will be a Church Board meeting. On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., there will be a Women's Class. On Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. Nursing home services at St. Luke's-Miners; and at 1:30 p.m. at Maple Shade; a Lenten Service at 7 p.m. will be followed by choir practice.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Six area residents were among 43 who were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program, a program reserved for first offenders to allow them to work off the criminal charges.

They were approved for the program by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin. who placed them all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Northern Senior High School honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2010-2011 school year has been announced by Mrs. Aileen Yadush, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School honor roll for the first marking period of the second semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS

(3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

SENIORS: Blake Campbell, Weizhou Chen, Jillian Farkas, Cynthia George, Brent Green, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Megan Mummey, Rachael Reichenbach, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Joseph Tyahla

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Jim Thorpe bank official, and his real estate firm, have been named defendants in a civil lawsuit that alleges he took large sums of money from an elderly resident as loans, and never repaid them, with interest.

Named defendant in the suit is Dennis Gallagher, individually, and doing business as Cedar Creek Real Estate with a residential address of 1570 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. The plaintiff in the action is Ivo Bricoli, of 422 South St., Jim Thorpe. Gallagher is chairman of the board of directors of the Jim Thorpe National Bank.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Should maintaining the Lehigh Canal as an historical entity be more important than providing a fresh water supply to three communities?

While that question was never asked or answered, it hung in the air during the monthly meeting of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission (LCRC) on Thursday night. The meeting was held at attorney William Schwab's office in Mahoning Township.

Attending the meeting were LCRC members; members of Ebenezer Church, Weissport; members of the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor (DLHC); and volunteers.

Friday, April 1, 2011

State troopers from the Hazleton barracks and Deputy Sheriff Stephen Angelovic of Mauch chunk were called to Audenreid this morning to break up a disorder that developed after 11 o'clock at the Lehigh Valley Coal Company's property when a fleet of bootleg trucks pulled up at the stripping and their crew deliberately and methodically filled their vehicles with coal, despite protests of those in charge. The trucks, said to be owned by Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, and Tamaqua "bootleggers" were loaded from an open vein.