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Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Wednesday's announcement are, from left, Sen. David Argall, Rep. Doyle Heffley, Bill Moyer, president of St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus; and Traci Graver, operating room manager for the Miners campus.

St. Luke's Hospital staff, Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122) recently announced a $750,000 matching grant award through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the creation of a state-of-the-art surgical suite at St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus. Argall and Heffley pointed out that the grant will provide new jobs and increasing quality healthcare for local patients.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Management of Domino's Pizza in Tamaqua is offering a family pizza party for the return of one of their lighted vehicle signs. The sign was taken from one of their driver's cars while on a delivery from Tamaqua to Summit Hill. Tamaqua Crime Watch is also offering an additional $50 reward for the return of the sign. Management stated this was the first time they had this problem.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Penn Forest Township has a new solicitor.

The township board of supervisors held a special meeting Thursday afternoon for the purpose of discussing personnel issues.

Supervisor Alan Katz's first motion called for the termination of township solicitor, Thomas S. Nanovic. The motion carried despite Supervisor Christine Fazio's no vote. Supervisor Warren "Butch" Reiner was not present at the meeting.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rep. Doyle Heffley talks with Access Services cliients, from left, Joann Oakes, Daniel Kline and Melissa Boyko.

Clients and staff of Access Services stopped by State Rep. Doyle Heffley's (R-122) office recently to inquire about restoring state funding to mental health and developmental disability programs. Access Services, a non-profit organization since 1978, currently provides support services to over 2,800 clients of all ages in Schuylkill/Carbon/Berks, Lehigh Valley and Delaware Valley regions.

Shiela Davison, Regional Vice President, Access Services, stated, "All the services we provide to these consumers would be seriously hindered if the proposed 20% budget cut was passed."

Thursday, March 22, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Jr. High is this year's ACE winner. The team members are, left to right: Cowan Unger, Brock Moyer, Sal Melo, Advisor Patti Jo Boyd, Captain Gavin Scott, Brynn Boehler and Tyler King.

Each year eight school districts gather for the annual Academic Challenge Eighth (ACE) competition. The ACE teams are comprised of 8th grade students from Catasauqua, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton and Panther Valley. This year, Palmerton Jr. High walked away with the first place trophy.

Each match consists of three rounds of questions. The entire competition is based on knowledge of American history, world history, geography, physical science, earth science, biology, literature, grammar, math and general questions in art, music, and health.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School. A representative from Carbon County Communications Center will be the guest speaker.

The purpose of this newly-formed organization is to bring citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend and become involved.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The go-ahead was given by the Zoning Hearing Board of Adjustments in Lehighton for the construction of the first subsidized family apartment complex in Carbon County. The six-building complex will be built in the vicinity of Gypsy Hill Road and Mahoning Street. The complex will consist of a dozen one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom apartments. There will also be four two-bedroom apartments included for handicapped persons. It was noted that the apartments will be available for anyone, but priority will be given to low-income families.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Owner/instructor Tony Oriolo stands outside his Fret Prodigy Studios business at 415 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

Music wonders can revel in a new studio that has set up shop in Palmerton.

Fret Prodigy Studios, at 415 Delaware Avenue, had the unique look and feel to pique anyone's interest.

And, that's just the start, according to owner/instructor Tony Oriolo, who has set his sights high for his music business.

Oriolo said the music store offers guitar, bass, bass guitar, drum, piano, and vocal lessons. It also buys and sells used musical instruments and equipment, and sells new musical supplies like drumheads, drumsticks, and guitar straps, he said.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Schuylkill County Prison Board, at its quarterly meeting held Wednesday in the county prison in Pottsville, voted to recommend the commissioners add two more to the security staff and proposed Jillian Datchko, of Delano, be hired as a correctional officer, and James Bruce, Shamokin, as a correctional officer, with rank of lieutenant.

Warden Eugene Berdanier announced the population peak for February was 288 inmates, including 49 females. As of Wednesday there are 244 males and 43 females housed.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Ukulele Institute of Jim Thorpe will present its spring concern at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Lehighton Boys & Girls Band Hall, 197 N. Sixth St., Lehighton.

In celebration of Earth Day, students and friends of the institute will be playing a program of "groovy classics from the 1960s."

Proceeds will be donated to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

For information, visit www.ukuleleinstitute.com or call Nick Roberti at (610) 597-7159.