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Monday, June 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the presentation of the Medical Staff Scholarships were, from front left, Samantha O'Donnell, Nicole Myrtle and Kim Sargent, Vice President of Patient Care Service, St Luke's, Coaldale. Back row, from left, are Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale, recipients Courtney Lazar; Douglas A. Wells Jr.; Chelsea Smela; and J. David Bohri MD, President, Medical Staff, St. Lukes Hospital, Coaldale.

Bill Moyer, President of St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus; Craig A. Zurn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; and radiologist James D. Bohri, MD, President of the Medical Staff, recently awarded the recipients of the St. Luke's Miners Hospital Board of Trustees Scholarship and the St. Luke's Miners Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship.

Monday, June 4, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion Sandy Gallagher of Jim Thorpe received the International President's Leadership Award from International Lions President Tam, right, at the state Lions convention. Assisting him in the presentation was International Director James A. Cavallaro,left.

Two area Lions from District 14U, comprised of Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties were among those honored at the Multiple District 14 Pennsylvania Lions annual convention held in Gettysburg and deemed the "best ever" by many attendees.

The educational seminars, the Pennsylvania State Lions Band, the necrology service, the food, the fellowship-all drew accolades, as did the banquet's principal speaker, Lions International President, Wing-Kun Tam from Hong Kong.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Lansford woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Thursday after pleading guilty in Carbon County court to a drug dealing charge. She was one of 16 defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Undercover buy

Carissa Sandefer, 20, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin. She was arrested after she sold four bags of heroin to a confidential informant (CI) working for the state Attorney General's office. The sale was made on April 6, 2011, in the 100 block of W. Patterson St., Lansford.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Northern Lehigh High School graduation Class of 2012 celebrate after commencement exercises Friday.

The pen is now in their hands.

Exactly what tales their stories will tell will depend on how they apply the life lessons they were taught.

Indeed, the time for the 143 members of the Northern Lehigh High School graduation Class of 2012 to turn the page has arrived.

Amid heavy rains, the 122nd annual commencement exercises were held inside the high school gymnasium Friday evening.

The Northern Lehigh Concert Band, led by band director David Carroll, performed the processional march, followed by a rendition of the national anthem by senior choir members.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mark Silvers and Sean Gobi, both United States Marine Corps captains and lifetime VFW members, are hiking all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail to aid wounded veterans.

They will be stopping at the Walnutport VFW Post 7215 at 5 p.m. Sunday to talk about the Warrior Hike mission.

Since the start of the hike on March 15, they have stopped at eight VFW Posts and raised over $9,000 for veterans. Posts have hosted bingo nights, potlucks, and other types of meet and greet events to raise awareness and economic donations for their cause.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ruth Porter (right), of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 899 in Walnutport, presents an award to St. John Neumann Regional School eighth-grade student Riley Zelienka (left). The award is presented to an eighth-grade girl who represents what the Auxiliary stands for, love of country, unselfishness, and high regard for truth and honor.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Through their "Coins for a Cause" program, Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 recently collected $350 in change and donated it to Carbon County Special Olympics. Pictured front row left to right are Jessica Van Fossen; Grace Fitzsimmons; Shain Hrusovsky; Maria Burits; Robin Davison; Delina Rodrigues; and Jenna Kroboth. Second row left to right are Elaina Moretz; Tatiana Gonzalez; Bryanna Berger; Natalie Smith; and Geralyn Scarpati. Back row left to right are Audrey Kroboth; Pam Berger; Christy Kroboth; Christine Rodrigues; and George Bird.

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 realize that a little bit of change can go a long way.

The troop recently collected coins to donate to Carbon County Special Olympics through the "Coins for a Cause" program.

By placing cans throughout the Lehighton area, the girls collected $350 for the county-wide program. Troop Leader Pam Berger said, "Some of the girls would even tell guests to their homes to 'empty your pockets' and they would place the money in a can for the fundraiser."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The beach at Beltzville State Park was allowed to reopen Friday as the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources determined water levels to be acceptable.

The beach was closed Wednesday afternoon due to high bacterial counts in the water, which were revealed from testing that occurred on Tuesday, May 29.

Officials said swimming is again permitted.

Meanwhile, the beach at Tuscarora State Park remains closed.

The beach closed Sunday, May 27, because of last week's flooding, which caused debris and muddy water in the beach area.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold its 12th annual open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

There will be light refreshments and lesson demonstrations.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer with the program, a required volunteer training session will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the center.

For more information and directions, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 or wintsprg@ptd.net; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or elshhtlc@ptd.net.