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Friday, May 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Our Lady of the Angels Academy student Lauren Nietz, Nick Barron, Andre Velez, First Catholic Slovak Ladies' Society local president Veronica Bazik, vice-president Mary E. Ciganek and financial secretary/treasurer Louise Dunstan with the boxes of snacks and grooming items ready to be sent to Afghanistan.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy students in Lansford have collected 11 boxes of snacks, comics, toothpaste, dental floss, soaps and other items to send to troops in Afghanistan. Each grade made a card to tuck into the boxes, and posters.

The project was prompted by Patti Gerber, whose son, eighth-grade student Nick Barron, makes sure kindergarten student Andre Velez stays safe at the bus stop when Velez' maternal grandmother, Louise McLaughlin, cannot be there due to her work schedule.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Members of the Lansford AMVETS Post will meet on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the post home. Commander Michael Frey will be in charge of the session.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The March Students of the Month have been awarded a certificate and gift card for their outstanding performance at Panther valley Middle School. They are, left to right, Samantha Valderrama, sixth grade; Anthony Vavra, seventh grade; and Kimberly Pimble, eighth grade.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

As his wife, Mary, looks on, Andrew Swider Jr. hands Lansford borough council president Adam Webber photos of the area behind the couple's East Ridge Street home. The photos show the damage done by a neighbor who the Swider's say deliberately drives across the area, which they mow and maintain. The parcel, called a "paper road," is owned by the borough. a paper road is one that the borough does not maintain; it exists as a road only on maps. The area is not needed for access, as East Snyder Avenue runs parallel to it on the opposite side of the tree line.

Friday, May 20, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Thomas Norton,(left) president of Turtle Plastics in Ohio, presents a trophy of honor to Nate Schock, KME Environmental manager; (center) and Philip Gerace, KME director of sales and marketing as the 2010 Best Fire Truck Manufacturing Recycler. The check of $1,080 plus a second check of $771 was presented to Kovatch.

Turtle Plastics has awarded Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp the first of its new annual award for Recycling Champion of the Year.

KME, the nation's largest privately-owned manufacturer of custom fire apparatus and speciality mobile equipment, has long had an aggressive recycling program aimed at reducing the amount and cost of landfill waste from its plants, while ensuring that the strategy is efficient, unobtrusive, and cost effective.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The USS Carbon County Ship 260 Navy Club auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the VFW in Nesquehoning. New members of the club and its auxiliary are welcome.

Friday, May 20, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Jackie Ludka, Philomena Reduzzi and Patty McLain received the Crystal Award at the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20's 2011 Excellence in Education Awards and Merit Scholars Ceremony for their education project with English honor students at Pleasant Valley High School.

Three Pleasant Valley High School teachers received the Crystal Award at the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20s 2011 Excellence in Education Awards and Merit Scholars Ceremony.

Philomena Reduzzi, Patty McLain and Jackie Ludka received the award for their education project "Digital Documentaries to Highlight Contemporary Social Injustice" because it took a creative approach toward providing highly effective teaching and learning opportunities for their English honors classes.

Friday, May 20, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS)

The Schuylkill County Commissioners teamed with the Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) in a stand against elderly abuse. Shown accepting a proclamation announcing the partnership at a commissioners' meeting held in Rush Township earlier in this month are, from left: Kim Noel, SEAPA member; Georgene Fedoriska, SEAPA vice-chair; Eileen Barlow, SEAPA member and chairwoman of the Silver Ribbon Campaign; Carolyn Tenaglia SEAPA chair; and Frank Staudenmeier and Mantura Gallagher, Schuylkill County commissioners. Also on hand but not pictured was Commissioner Francis J.

Friday, May 20, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS For anyone curious as to what is hidden beneath the blue tarp at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on the east side of the town, the answer will be revealed Saturday morning at 10 a.m. during ceremonies honoring Jim Thorpe's 123rd birthday.

Anyone passing by the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on the east side of the town in recent weeks may be a little curious about a tall tarp-covered object standing near the highway.

While many people already know what stands there, for the curious, the mystery will end tomorrow, as the tarp is removed.

What will be unveiled is a second bronze statue of Jim Thorpe sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame. But in what athletic pose will the greatest athlete of the 20th century be portrayed?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Four persons charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and related counts entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court and were sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic as follows:

Brian Joseph Balliet, 34, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on Oct. 30, 2010, along SR903 in Penn Forest Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.