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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Robert M. Krajcirik, left, director of quality assurance of KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning, and John Kovatch III, president and CEO of the firm, stand in front of ISO Certified certificates. The certificates indicate that a panel has audited all the operations of KME and found them to meet rigid quality standards.

KME Kovatch (Kovatch Mobile Equipment) in Nesquehoning became the second largest manufacturer of fire trucks in North America in the past year.

John Kovatch III, president and CEO of KME, told his sales staff the news last night during a meeting held in the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem.

He said although the economy might not be good, KME has remained busy and sales have actually increased over the past year.

One reason is that KME has gone international, manufacturing fire apparatus for Chiana, countries in the Middle East, and Canada.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, left, recently toured the SHINE Career Academy at Carbon Career & Technical Institute (CCTI) in Jim Thorpe as part of her Opening Doors education initiative. While touring the classrooms she spoke with Raymond Zobitne, 10, and Josh Folio, 12, both of Lehighton Area Middle School. Both are part of a SHINE team that is designing and building a hovercraft, utilizing math and critical thinking skills.

Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett continued her statewide initiative to improve high school graduation rates during a recent visit to the Carbon County SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) Career Academy.

The SHINE afterschool program was started in Carbon County in 2002 to help area elementary school students excel in school and have a positive impact on the community. Hundreds of students are served each year in the SHINE afterschool program, which takes place in six SHINE centers throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will spend over $10,000 in its search for a new superintendent.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the services of the Pennsylvania School Board Association for the superintenent's search, at an amount not to exceed $10,400.

After the meeting, board President Barry Scherer told the TIMES NEWS the board expects to meet with the PSBA search committee sometime next month "to lay some groundwork."

Scherer added the board would like to have the search narrowed down to several candidates within the first quarter of 2013.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "The goals of the Out of the Darkness Community walk are multiple," explained Dr. Peter Langman of Langman Psychological Associates, an organizer of the walk. "1. to raise money for research and prevention, 2. to raise awareness, 3. to provide support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, 4. to make people aware of local resources, 5. for people struggling with mental health issues, and 6. to try to destigmatize mental health issues so more people get the support they need."

Hundreds from the Greater Lehigh Valley talked the talk and walked the walk for suicide awareness. On Sunday, October 14, a procession of walkers listened to speakers talk about suicide and suicide prevention, walked a five-mile loop around Little Lehigh Park, and raised $25,000 to support the efforts of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Rich Bachert, assistant fire chief of the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Co., had the happy job of taking visitors of the Jerusalem UCC Apple Fest for a ride in the company's 1951 Chevrolet fire truck. The fire company has owned the truck since it was brand new. Everyone enjoyed seeing the vintage truck.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mike Rehatchek polishes a Lansford police cruiser on Sunday morning.

It's early Sunday morning, but instead of sleeping in or relaxing over a second cup of coffee, Mike Rehatchek is hard at work, cleaning and polishing a Lansford police cruiser.

Not only is he making the car shine, he's spiffing up the borough's sense of pride, too.

A clean cruiser reflects well on the community.

"When people see a clean vehicle, that represents our town. And driving a shiny car makes your spirits better. This makes the police officers feel better, too," he says.

Efforts to reach Police Chief John Turcmanovich for comment were unsuccessful.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for September for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of responsibility. Students of the Month are from left, first row: Alfred Collevechio III, Stephen Behun IV, Gabriella Greek, Sadie Trubilla and Logan Fisher. Second row: Keith McCall, Anthony Collevechio, Julia Hoben and Thaddeus Karnish.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for September for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of responsibility. Students of the Month are Alfred Collevechio, III, Stephen Behun IV, Gabriella Greek, Sadie Trubilla, Logan Fisher, Keith McCall, Anthony Collevechio, Julia Hoben and Thaddeus Karnish.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Logan Fisher: "I am polite. I learn from my mistakes. I do my best every day."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Jerusalem UCC held its annual Apple Fest. Besides lots of delicious refreshments like apple sausage sandwiches and homemade soups, they made 300 homemade apple dumplings and 80 apple pies to sell. From left, Sara Bonser and Mary Ann Hughes couldn't wait to try the apple dumplings sold to them by Blanche Strausberger, Evelyn Bartholomew and Mildred Ahner.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The brothers of injured student Khaliq Lynch, Dante (left) and D.J., stand with members of the JTAHS Girl's Volleyball Team at the "Volley for a Cause" fundraiser which was held during the halftime of the JTAHS vs. Blue Mountain girl's Volleyball game.

JTAHS Girl's Volleyball Team and others joined together in a community effort to raise money to help out the family of Khaliq Lynch, a JTAHS football team member who was seriously injured in an automobile accident and remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The Girl's Volleyball Team raised the money through "Volley for a Cause" by collecting a dollar a volley served, plus monetary donations from the JTAHS football and volleyball players, and people from the community.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tamaqua Police were quick to investigate and arrest a suspected armed robber who held a knife to another man's neck during a robbery late Friday night in front of Freddy's Pub in Tamaqua. Roosevelt Warden, 44, of 400 Pine St., Tamaqua, was taken into custody yesterday.

Just after 11 p.m. Friday night, Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Duarte was dispatched to Freddy's Pub, 16 Mauch Chunk St., for a robbery that had just occurred.