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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second or third-year student. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

In addition to completing an application, candidates must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; and an essay describing the applicant's vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A helicopter lands in background at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

St. Luke's Miners Campus in Coaldale has achieved top eight national ranking by Beckers Hospital Review for the Highest Value-Based Purchasing Scores.

The hospital earned a national ranking of eight out of 2,728 United States hospitals and was ranked first in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Donna and Bill Gerhard

The hearts of many local people will be with Weatherly native Chad Gerhard as he participates in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The 2004 Weatherly High School grad is the strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Snowboard Half-pipe and U.S. Aerials team. Gerhard lives in Park City, Utah, where he's the High Performance laboratory manager at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, overseeing the testing of more than 200 athletes.

"I'm pretty excited, packing up and going over checklist after checklist," Gerhard said by phone this week.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect more than 250,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland who lost power in an ice storm, and utility companies warned some will have to wait several more days.

The lion's share of the outages remained in the Philadelphia suburbs, where many schools were closed for a third day, and a PECO spokesman said work was continuing around the clock. PECO accounted for about 220,000 outages Friday night.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
President of SRN

Linda L. Marchalk, Vice President of Northeast Pennsylvania Abstract, LLC has been elected President of Schuylkill Referral Network and has also been elected as a Board Member of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. Marchalk has long been active in business and community affairs.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Hazleton woman was cited by McAdoo Police following a Dec. 27, 2013 incident.

Patrolman William Curilla was on patrol at 2:38 a.m. when he observed a silver Ford Taurus with a non-working brake light. He conducted a traffic stop on North Kennedy Drive and identified the driver as Milinda Kessler of Hazleton. When Kessler opened the car window, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. A records check determined Kessler's driver's license had expired as of Oct. 24, 2013.

She failed several field sobriety tests, then refused to submit to any further testing.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Northampton Community College held a commencement ceremony Jan. 25 for more than 700 students who completed associate degrees, specialized diplomas and certificates in August and December.

Graduates in the TIMES NEWS area include:

Albrightsville

Jenna Burge, Associate in Applied Science; Ashley Gannon, Associate in Applied Science; David James, Associate in Arts; Kacper Waskiewicz, Associate in Applied Science

Blakeslee

Michelle Bentham, Associate in Applied Science; Jessica Fitzgerald, Associate in Science; Brandon Gushlaw, Associate in Arts

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Vince Gill

Back in the '60s and '70s, Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli brought in many major performers; stars like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Ontelaunee Park has long been closed.

Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe has certainly picked up the slack.

The schedule for the forthcoming year looks as ambitious as ever. While the calendar is far from complete, the venue has already signed such acts as Heart, country greats Gary Allen and Vince Gill, Dr. Hook, REO Speedwagon, and Queensryche.

Penn's Peak doesn't take a winter break.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

During winter's coldest, darkest days without passengers or cargo, a train is comprised simply of an engine and a caboose, seen here Monday in Tamaqua.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

McAdoo Police have cited a Bath man in connection with a Dec. 21, 2013 traffic stop.

An officer on patrol at 12:20 a.m. observed two vehicles traveling south on Kennedy Drive. The second vehicle, a black Nissan, appeared to be tailgating the first. As the officer got closer, he estimated there was less than one car length between the two vehicles and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as Jeremy Ruiz of Bath. Ruiz said he was following so closely because the other drive had "jammed on his brakes earlier."