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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program recently earned recertification by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Rehab staff are, from left: Linda Rehus, assistant physical therapist; Mary Fulton, physical therapist; Lisa Pompa, supervisor; and Karen Alboucq, assistant physical therapist.

Blue Mountain Health System is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The programs were recognized for their commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Crop Walk for the Lehighton / Weissport area will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport. Participants can walk four (4) miles or one (1) mile.

Each walker needs a sponsor form and seeks donations. To receive a sponsor form please contact Shirley Radler at 610 - 377-4278.

CROP WALKS are a Community Hunger Appeal of Church World Services which not only provides emergency relief but also self help and development types of services. There are 34 denominations that participate in this effort.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury returned a six count superseding indictment charging two Berks County men with participating in an oxycontin (oxycodone) trafficking conspiracy that allegedly operated in the Schuylkill County area and elsewhere since July 2010.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Firefighter Tom Nelson shows students what happens when you try to extinguish a stove fire with water.

Fire departments throughout our area will be visiting elementary schools every day this week to teach students the importance of fire safety and prevention as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 16.

Members of the Tamaqua Fire Department gathered at the Tamaqua Elementary School on Monday.

This year's program centers around the importance of checking smoke detector batteries, explained Chris Hadesty, program organizer.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School will host a car show at the Eagle Rock Resort Oktoberfest from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The show is open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles, especially those that are antique, classic, or special interest. Proceeds will benefit the school's scholarship fund for needy students. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 registered vehicles and trophies will be awarded in various categories. In addition, vehicle owners participating in the show will be eligible for free door prizes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

PennDOT work crew removes concrete box beam from west side of Harrity Road Bridge on Monday night. The bridge that crosses the Pohopoco Creek near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange and Rt. 209 in Franklin Township is being removed and replaced. Harrity Road is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Wednesday night.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weissport Council met in a brief session on Monday night, during whic h the board approved the purchase of a new computer for council secretary Dana Brubaker.

Brubaker said that the current computer is a refurbished computer that has already crashed twice and needs replacing.

Council voted to allow her to spend $1,200 from the liquid fuels fund.

The board also approved sending $3,154.84 to the Lehighton Fire Department.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Lehigh County con man, who bilked an elderly man out of more than $100,000, was sentenced to a state prison term in Carbon County court.

Edwin Kistler, 62, of Whitehall, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic to serve 18 to 36 months in prison and make restitution of $122,456.

Kistler had entered a guilty plea to the charge but failed to show for his sentencing in June 2008. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest but he was able to remain free until two years later when he was arrested after a traffic stop in Lehigh County.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Palmerton Area School District announces that students will not attend school on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, due to a teaching in-service day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Two highly esteemed local authors will visit the Palmerton Area Library later this month

On Friday Oct. 21 at 11 a.m., Paul Sheckler will present a book talk about his newly released book "The Hawk Knows".

Sheckler's new book is about a Navajo couple who strive to live the American dream as they cope with promise and tragedy. There is beauty and the lingering pain from war in Iraq, which both climax on the Reservation.

Copies of the book signed by Sheckler will be available.