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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Duane J Lucien Scholarship Foundation will hold it's annual Benefit Festival Saturday, May 21 from 12 to 8 p.m. at the covered bridge along the Slate Heritage Trail just off 7th Street in Slatington.

The fundraiser benefits the community by providing college scholarships to Northern Lehigh High School seniors.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The county prison received a great deal of attention from the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A new five year contract with PrimeCare Medical Inc., Harrisburg, who provides health care for inmates, was approved.

The first year of the new contract will cost taxpayers $626,104.58 for care of 240 inmates and for each additional prisoner the cost increases $4.83 per month.The remaining four years cost will be based upon the U.S. Department of Labor's cost-of-living index capped at three percent.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township), will hold an Easter program at the 10:30 a.m. April 24 service. The theme will be "Oh Glorious Day." The Dr. Rev. Kenneth Schira will officiate. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Nine-year-old Justin Juracka holds up photo he colored, which own coloring contest staged by Boyer's Market in Lansford. Standing with him is Kara Werley, representing Boyer's. Girl in the background is not identified.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gary Fedorcha, right, accepts "The 17th Annual Spirit Award" from Jason Breidinger, left, president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, at a dinner Monday at the Terrace Restaurant in Walnutport.

For as long as anyone can remember, he's always been a mover and a shaker.

A community activist with a vision toward the future, Gary Fedorcha has earned another accolade to add to his mantle.

That's because the Washington Township resident is the proud recipient of the 17th annual Community Spirit Award.

Fedorcha was presented with the award on behalf of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce at a dinner Monday at the Terrace Restaurant.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Schuylkill County man charged with setting a vacant barn on fire earlier this year is in the Carbon County prison after failing to post bail. State police at Hazleton also said that Todd Alan Deem II, 19, of 105 Doreset Rd., New Ringgold, has admitted to setting a second barn fire.

Deem was charged with setting a barn on fire on the night of March 20-21, along German's Road in East Penn Township. The second fire he has admitted to occurred on April 10 along West Lizard Creek Road, also in East Penn Township.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured doing the "Easter Locomotion" during the Tamaqua American Legion's annual children's Easter party are, from left, Collin Simmons, 3, Shaina Ristila, 5, Ariel Frederickson, 8, Courtney Postupack, 9, and Shelby Frederickson, 8. In addition to Easter eggs, candy, dancing, children were also visited by the Easter Bunny.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Carbon County 4-H Shooting Sports club is forming this summer. They will be following the 4-H workbook for rifle education and shooting, which will cover ammunition, parts of the rifle and shooting safety.

The club will meet on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at a place to be announced later. Those interested from ages 8 to 18 are welcome to join. Members from the age of 8 to 10 are required to have a parent or guardian attend the meetings.

Contact Joan or John Kennedy at (570) 645-5709 to register for the program. Please respond by Tuesday, April 26.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Monroe County Garden Club will install its new Executive Board officers on Wednesday, May 11 at the Annual Luncheon at Shawnee Inn, Shawnee-On-Delaware.

The new board will be Arlene Deskus, President; Carol Akum, First Vice President; Denise Huggard, Second Vice President; Recording Secretary, Daisy Perez; Treasurer, Tricia Wingerter; Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Neubert; Financial Secretary/Membership Chair, Ellen Meli; Parliamentarian, Maxine Mason.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Special to the times news

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently had a McDonald's luncheon where they were able to celebrate with a special friend such as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or neighbor. The students enjoyed spending time with loved ones during school and were treated to tricks and jokes by Ronald McDonald himself. Pictured is the real Ronald McDonald and his friend Andre Velez, a kindergarten student.