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Saturday, April 19, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gretchen Laviolette, Jill Kuzo and Kelli Costenbader, members of the Raising The House group for the Blaine R. House scholarship fund, display a $10,000 donation given to the Palmerton Area School District at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Palmerton Area School District has received a donation in memory of a beloved Towamensing Elementary teacher.

The school board on Tuesday accepted $10,000 from the Raising The House group for the Blaine R. House scholarship fund.

Kelli Costenbader, Jill Kuzo and Gretchen Laviolette of the Blaine R. House Memorial Fund committee, presented the board with the donation.

The donation is the result of various fundraisers the group held in honor of House, a popular fifth-grade teacher at Towamensing Elementary who passed away suddenly on May 7, 2013.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A project to improve a section of roadway in Northampton County is set to begin Monday.

At that time, work will begin to rehabilitate Route 946/Community Drive between Ranger Drive and Cherry Hill Road in Moore Township.

The project includes roadway patching, milling and paving, drainage improvements and new pavement markings.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Board of Directorsof Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corporation has released earnings results for the corporation for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2014, was $972,000, $230,000 more than the same period in 2013. On a per-share basis, net income was 32 cents this year versus 24 cents last year.

Higher net income in 2014 is attributable to an increase in net realized gains on the sales of securities, offset, in part, by a decrease in net interest income and increases in income tax and other expenses.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pennsylvania AMVETS Post One, McAdoo, took the lead in supporting a Marywood University program designed to provide companion dogs to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The program, called Tails for Troops, initially rescues dogs, then provides the dogs with professional training to be companions to veterans with PTSD.

AMVETS Post One has donated $2,500 to the program. In addition, another $900 has been donated by the post in memory of Past Commander Richard Jacobs of Lake Hauto.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope, left, pastor of St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown, took some of the church's youth to see the movie "Son of God." They are: Tonya and Brooke Sheckler, Nick Snyder, Abby Huber and Katelyn Heffelfinger.

Bible stories aren't just for the Sunday school room. Hollywood has been cashing in this Easter season with religious-themed movies.

Some follow the Bible more closely than others, but they certainly are a hit with moviegoers.

The film "Son of God" made $1.2 million in North America on its first day of release, Feb. 28. As of April 17, it has made $59 million. It is a biblical drama of the life of Jesus based on the Gospels.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe has announced the honor roll list for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

Distinguished

honors

Grade 4: Ashlyn Klitsch, Lauren Reaman, David Richards and Elizabeth Snerr

Grade 5: Owen Brady and Sophia Samoleski

Grade 6: Emily Reaman

Grade 7: Natalia Richards

Grade 8: Regan Carroll

First honors

Grade 4: Taylor Saba and Autumn Slater

Grade 5: Jessica Craft, Mason Fristick, Madison Moore and Isabella Stianche

Grade 6: Nicholas Goff

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Divine Liturgy be held at 10 a.m., Sunday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 113 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. There will be no 8 a.m. service.

The Very Rev. Paul Herbert will officiate.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gene Duffy, left, author of "As The Matzo Ball Turns," sits with Dr. Danny Robinson, professor of English at Bloomsburg University, after the 12th Annual Author's Dinner at Bloomsburg University on April 4.

An area writer was recently honored by the Friends of Bloomsburg University Library Association for his achievement in writing.

Gene Duffy, a Jim Thorpe native, was recognized for his book "As The Matzo Ball Turns," during the 12th Annual Author's Dinner, held at Bloomsburg University's Alumni House on April 4.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A historic Victorian vault, which sits in the corner of the Lansford borough hall is no longer being considered for sale.

Earlier this month some council members indicated that the combination safe, built in 1884, should be sold because of it potentially rusting and failing to find a place to keep it.

At last week's meeting of Lansford Borough Council, the board voted unanimously to keep the safe after hearing appeals by two members of the Lansford Historical Society.

The discussion began when someone in the audience asked, "What do you want for the safe?"

Saturday, April 19, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEW Attorney Jeff Bowe of Tamaqua, third from left, was honored Thursday for his pro bono work in Schuylkill County, helping the poor in matters such as family law and estate planning. Participating in the presentation were Trisha Shilling and Lynn Breidegam, paralegals with MidPenn Legal Services; David Keller Trevaskis, pro bono coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Susan Kast, Schuylkill County Bar Association director; and Anthony J. Urban, president of the Schuylkill County Bar Association.

When you're poor and in need of legal help, you can count on the public defender's office in criminal matters.

When it comes to family and civil cases, the poor are woefully underrepresented, according to Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille.

According to his estimates, "only one out of every 10 persons who qualifies for legal aid actually receives any help."