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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Mannello, chairman of the West End Rotary Club's 4th Annual Bear Run Run and Fun Walk says there will be a free t-shirt for the first 150 people who preregister by April 1.

The West End Rotary Club is looking for runners and walkers to participate in its 4th Annual Bear Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, April 16 at the Pleasant Valley High School on Rt. 209, Brodheadsville.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the Run and Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The proceeds will benefit the West End Relay For Life/American Cancer Society and other Rotary projects.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Wyatt Davidson, second place; Elizabeth Stonewall, third; auxiliary President Karen Bandzi; Joelle Perelli, first; Katrina Kern, fifth; and Megan Walter, fourth participated in the Patriot's Pen awards ceremony at R. W. Fritzinger Post 7215 VFW of Walnutport.

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, sponsors the Patriot's Pen essays each year. On March 12 the 2011 awards were presented with winners and their families treated to dinner.

Commander Bruce Jones welcomed everyone to the event, saying "These young people are our future."

Sue Bortz, auxiliary chaplain, asked God to "continue His blessings on our families and to bless the dependents of our departed comrades."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Five persons who were involved in a confrontation at a Carbon County development that resulted in assaults and damages to property, entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Carbon County court. The five appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Pleading guilty to various criminal counts were the following:

Cole Kerschner, 20, of Lehighton, who pleaded to one each each of criminal conspiracy to committ simple assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct and four counts of harassment.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Carbon County man, arrested as part of a ring of 12 people involved in burglaries and drug dealing, was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court.

John Joseph Aleksiejczyk, 41, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 15 to 30 months on a charge of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. The jail term is followed by one year of probation. Aleksiejczyk previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A young Tamaqua man injured in a hit-and-run accident in the borough Sunday night remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He is listed as being in critical, but stable, condition, according to police and hospital sources.

Robert Rehrig, 20, of Washington St., was struck by a vehicle while he was walking along Lafayette Street, hauling a metal dolly containing a beermeister. Rehrig was found in the road by a passerby bleeding from a head wound. He was airlifted to St. Luke's via a PennStar helicopter.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Hunter Wolfe, 12, of Jim Thorpe is one of the "Courage Award" recipients this year of the Carbon-Schuylkill Unit of the American Cancer Society. With him is his mother, Kimberly Sargent.

Every year the Carbon-Schuylkill Unit of the American Cancer Society presents "Courage Awards" to three cancer victims, giving them recognition for their optimism and determination in coping with the illness.

Among the recipients this year is Hunter Kurak Wolfe, a 12-year-old Jim Thorpe lad who has acute lymphocytic leukemia, that's coupled with an incredibly positive attitude which belies his small stature.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Approval of a three-way jointure between the school districts of Mauch Chunk, East Mauch Chunk, and Penn Forest Township was unanimously passed at a meeting of the Mauch Chunk Parent-Teachers' Association, which met in the junior-senior high school. The jointure issue will be decided finally on April 3 when representatives of the three school districts meet in the Second Ward.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

National Guard members led students through a physical workout that included several different stations around the perimeter of the high school gymnasium where students stopped to do a variety of low-impact physical exercises. This was all a part of the "Guard Fit Program" in which Guard members visit schools to train kids in such workouts. One of the goals of the program is to have kids build up gradually in their own spare time with simple exercises to keep them in good physical condition. The students for this day were members of the 9th & 10th grade classes at JTAHS.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their students of the month for February. Left to right are sixth grader Chloe Markovich, seventh grader Alexandra Kennedy, and eighth grader Claudia Smith. Each student received a gift card and certificate to note the occasion.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
MICHEAL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rabbi Melody Davis of Temple Israel of Lehighton reads from the Torah - the Five Books of Moses - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

"Bashert" - a term meaning "ordained by God, meant to be" - is how Rabbi Melody Davis explains her journeyto Temple Israel of Lehighton. After receiving several invitations to attendthe High Holy Days at the Temple,she decided to accept. In a short period of time, the congregation formed a special relationship with Rabbi Melody that can now be labeled "family." According to Treasurer Vickie Semmel, "Rabbi Melody's leadershiphas lifted the congregation to new levels of spirituality."