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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Hour of Honor will be held on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg.

It is open for the public on the 11th of every month and held in remembrance of our Troops killed in the current war against terror.

Hour of Honor: 11th of every month at 7 p.m.

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Mason William Fisher made his grand entrance March 22. He is the Grandest Kid of Judy Fisher of Palmerton and Armonde and Nancy Casagrande of Exeter, PA. He is the first child of Lisa and Jed Fisher. Lisa is a U.S. Army Captain in the Nurse Corps - serving as a Labor and Delivery RN at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Ft. Bliss, TX. They live in El Paso, TX. Jed is a U.S. Army Captain in the Field Artillery, serving as a battery commander in the First Armored Division, Ft. Bliss, TX. Jed recently shared articles with TIMES NEWS readers about his experiences while serving in Iraq.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Coaldale Lion Club named Dr. Joseph J. Dougherty as its first "Citizen of the Year" during ceremonies held at the Viennese Villa, Coaldale. Dr. Dougherty, a Summit Hill native, has practiced family medicine in Coaldale for more than 35 years. He was presented with the award by Lions President Harold Kinn. He is married to the former Lorraine Dever of Jim Thorpe. In 1973, Dr. Dougherty was the recipient of the Shamrock Award by the Pantehr Valley Irish-American Association.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to join in a statewide effort to clean up communities and the environment.

The Great American Cleanup of PA is an annual event that urges Pennsylvanians to voluntarily clean up trash and litter from roadways, streams, parks, forests and neighborhoods. This year's event began March 1 and ends May 31.

In carbon County, cleanup events are planned on April 23 in Lausanne Township and on April 30 in Lake Harmony.

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Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua police officer Matt Bynon holds up T-shirt made for one of the benefits held on his behalf. Bynon, who is a cancer victim, will be saluted by the American Cancer Society with a "Courage Award" this weekend.

Tamaqua police officer Matt Bynon had an agonizing pain that had him suffering for three days. It started in his back, then went to his side, and eventually migrated to the front area of his stomach.

That was in March 2010. On March 31, he went to the emergency room at Schuylkill Medical Center South in Pottsville and was told his appendix had to come out, so he had an emergency appendectomy. On April 19, he had a follow-up visit to the hospital, thinking he was going to get clearance to return to work.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District and the Tamaqua Education Association have ratified a four-year contract.

The school board gave its approval during a special meeting Thursday evening. The vote was 8-0, with Dr. Thomas Rottet absent.

"This process has taken a long time, however, the main focus has always been what is best for the taxpayers and the children whom we serve," said officials in an issued press release.

The contract is valid from Aug. 1, 2010, until July 30, 2014. Details of the contract were not revealed.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Lansford man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to sexually assaulting two young girls in separate incidents.

Jeffrey David Cope, 22, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven R. Serfass to one count each of rape, rape of a child, corruption of a minor and criminal conspiracy-harassment, and four counts of indecent assault.

Cope admitted having sexual relations with a then eight-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. He was also accused of having inappropriate contact with a seven or eight-year-old girl.

Friday, April 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eileen Bahler, clinical and community coordinator for Eastcentral PA Area Health Education Center, helps employees of Pencor Services, Inc. understand the importance of being screened for colorectal cancer.

Often times people are reluctant to talk about certain parts of their anatomy and the problems that arise. Colorectal cancer is one of those subjects. But thanks to Pencor Services, Inc., it provided its employees an opportunity to learn more about this disease at its free Lunch and Learn program, a program offered to its employees on various health and nutritional subjects.

Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or the rectum and is actually one cancer than can be prevented.

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KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Steven Kupetz, 18, (wearing sport coat and tie) leaves the court of District Judge Steven Bayer, Tamaqua, after being arraigned on charges related to a hit-and-run accident that severely injured 20-year-old Robert Rehrig of Tamaqua. The judge set bail at $25,000 unsecured bond.

An 18-year-old Tamaqua man was formally charged in connection with a March 28 hit-and-run accident that severely injured a pedestrian.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is an apartment building located at 231 Fisher Ave. where Coaldale Police found marijuana plants and a hydroponics system that Matthew Edmonds, 21, of apartment 2A, is accused of growing them.

In addition to Tuesday's methamphetamine and heroin drug bust at 101 East High St. in Coaldale, police also performed another separate drug bust the day before, which resulted in the arrest of Matthew Edmonds, 21, of 231 Fisher Ave., apartment 2A.