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Friday, July 5, 2013

Although not formally charged, a local doctor is accused by the state Office of the Attorney General of obtaining over $400,000 worth of prescription pills at three area pharmacies with the intent of reselling them.

Dr. John "Jack" Manzella, who is part of Manzella Family Healthcare with offices in Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, and Tamaqua, is named as a conspirator to Robert James Kosch, 56, of Newark, N.J.

Nobody else affiliated with Manzella Family Healthcare is mentioned as being involved in the incidents.

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Greg Rentschler (first from left), manager, and John Kleintop (right), general manager, of Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Slatington, present a check in the amount of $2,720 to Jim Nemeth, president of the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, that was raised at the Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show held recently in Palmerton.

It's the time of year when summer basketball camps are all the rage.

Participation in the summertime activity is all but a sure thing for Palmerton High School boys and girls basketball teams, which have Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, to thank for it.

The dealership recently presented a check to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club in the amount of $2,720, which was raised during a Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show held in May at Leon George Bus Company in Palmerton.

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LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Kim Gear, left, the Youth Market director at the American Heart Association of Northeast PA, presented the Fit-Friendly Gold Achievement Award for 2013 to Pleasant Valley School District as a Fit-Friendly worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition program is an award given by the AHA's "My Heart. My Life. My Initiative." It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. It recognizes worksites for making the health and wellness of the employee a priority. Accepting the award is, center, Bonnie Grammes, PVSD's food services director. Right, Dr.

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, has donated $1,020 to St. John Neumann Regional School that was raised during the school's annual Art Show and Drive For the Kids program. Pictured are, front l-r, St. John Neumann students Jonathan Hillanbrand (eighth grade), Layne Brunner (first grade), Delia Winas (first grade) Timothy Hillanbrand (sixth grade); and back l-r, Greg Rentschler, manager, Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal, and John Kleintop, general manager.

St. John Neumann Regional School's scholarship fund has just been accelerated.

That's thanks in no small part to Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, which presented the school with a check in the amount of $1,020 recently.

The money was raised during the school's annual Art Show held in May at its Palmerton campus, which was also the sight where representatives from the Chrysler brand and the dealership joined with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser.

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BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A one-vehicle accident occurred Tuesday on interchange road in Franklin Township. Reportedly this SUV rolled over. Injuries reportedly were not serious. No other details were available.

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AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO) and Diligence Fire Company No. 1 display one of the 20 new air packs purchased for the fire company. On the left side of the table is a new air pack, which uses a smaller composite cylinder; and on the right is one of the fire company's former air packs. Shawn Hoben, fire chief, second from right; and Ed Nunemacher, president of the fire company, right; thank SHCIO President Harry Miller, second from left; and Karen Ruzicka, SHCIO vice president/secretary, for the group's help in raising enough money for the purchase.

The Summit Hill volunteer firefighters can breathe a little easier now.

Recently, with the help of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO), Diligence Fire Company No. 1 purchased 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus for use during fire calls. The cost of the project was just over $106,000.

"We were looking to replace our current air packs with new ones," said Shawn Hoben, Summit Hill fire chief. "Some of the ones we were using are still from 1997."

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McAdoo firefighters and ambulance crews lead the escort.

Motorcycle riders and members of the McAdoo Fire Company provided a motorized escort for the procession of family and friends who attended the funeral service for 7-year-old Madison "Maddie" Arner. Arner passed away following a fast-moving fire that destroyed her family's McAdoo home June 24th. The longprocession started

in McAdoo and then traveled to a cemetery in Summit Hill.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left, are Arrianna Daniels as Queen of Hearts, Lily McDonald as Alice and Stone Valentine as King of Hearts.

Performers at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora are presenting three performances of Alice in Wonderland this weekend at the playhouse. Over 30 characters will be represented during the 13-act show.

"I enjoyed every piece of this project," said director Stephanie Mau. "It was full of hard work and dedication; but it was all worth it when I watched how the children blossomed and performed on stage."

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Woods around Tamaqua provide the setting for a zombie movie currently in production, featuring, among others, performer Gabriella Harry, Allentown, seen here.

What happens when the people of your home area are turned into vicious creatures and you find yourself fleeing into the woods for safety?

The answer is revealed in shocking detail in "Within the Woods of Undead County," an independent film currently in production in the Tamaqua area and other locations eastern Pennsylvania.

The original story and characters of the horror/zombie film were created by Tamaqua's Justin Stephens.

"Seeing this come to fruition is a dream come true, it truly is," says Stephens.

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William O'Gurek, treasurer of the Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Foundation, accepts check for $1,000 that was raised during Nurses' Week at the St. Luke's University Health Network, Miners Campus, Coaldale. Making the presentation are Deb Holmberg, left, nursing home administrator, and Kathy Matika, R.N., nurse manager-infection control.

Employees of the St. Luke's University Health Network, Miners Campus, Coaldale, raised $1,000 for the Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Foundation during the annual "Nurses' Week 2013" held in May.

The foundation, named after former Northern Lehigh High School student-athlete Travis "Bo" Tkach, was established in 2008 to "create an awareness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues while providing essential funding for youth athletic programs, scholarships and otherwise inaccessible individual mental health screening and treatment."