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Thursday, October 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Participating in the announcement of St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus as achieving trauma center status are, l-r, emergency nurse Mary Horvath; Kristie Leshko, Trauma Program Coordinator; Joni Gestl, administrative coordinator, Lehighton Ambulance Association; Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's - Miners Campus; Dr. Melanie Turock, Trauma Program Medical Director, St Luke's Miners Campus; Dr. William S. Hoff, Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network; and Maureen Donovan, Board of Directors, St. Luke's Miners Campus.

Special designation was received by St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in Coaldale.

It has been named the first accredited Level IV Trauma Center in Pennsylvania.

Announcement of this prestigious status was made during a news conference yesterday afternoon.

Attending the news conference was a large crowd of visitors, staff and media yesterday morning outside the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus's Emergency Department.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Medal of Honor awardee Major General Patrick Brady, left, is joined by his wife, Nancy Brady, right, and Army Reserve Ambassador George H. Duell Jr., during the public autograph day at the annual Medal of Honor Convention in Gettysburg.

Palmerton native George H. Duell Jr., an Army Reserve Ambassador for Pennsylvania, was invited, with fellow Army Reserve Ambassadors and members of other organizations, to serve as an escort for Medal of Honor awardees during the recent public autograph day at the annual Medal of Honor Convention in Gettysburg.

Duell and others assisted with the flow and direction of the hundreds of visitors that came to the event as the visitors came to the various autograph locations.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Pottsville Senior Community Center will hold a Halloween-themed benefit dance on Oct. 18.

The dance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the center, 201 N. Centre St. Entertainment will be provided by Ed Zelonis, "the Dancing DJ," with participants encouraged to attend in costume.

Proceeds from the event will benefit programs offered by the center to area older adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The center is a program of Diakon Community Services for Seniors under contract with the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 are hosting a free all veterans breakfast next Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Blondie's Restaurant in West Penn Township. The breakfast is open to all combat veterans. Each veteran can also bring one guest. Call (570) 386-3224 for more information.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
DAVID WARGO/TIMES NEWS

St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Summit Hill kicked off its Sunday School year with a special class trip for children and their families and friends to Sight and Sounds in Lancaster to see "Noah" at Good and Plenty Restaurant.The students who attended the show were, l-r, Kelsey McCullough, Cole McLaughlin, Matthew Ferguson, Draeton Ferguson, Zane Smith, Joshua Faenza, Abbey Vermillion, Kathryn Wargo, Stephen Hood, Caydense Smith, Natalie Vermillion, Bradley Hood and Brody Vermillion.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nesquehoning police have charged a Tamaqua area man with a decade-old sexual assault against a child.

Dustin Brian Shields, 24, of 503 Ben Titus Road, Rush Township, with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and terroristic threats.

Shields was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek on Sept. 25, and jailed under $50,000 straight cash bail.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

HARRISBURG - With millions of consumers seeking health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is reminding Pennsylvanians to protect their personal information during the open enrollment period, which could bring with it a rise in financial, medical or insurance identity theft scams.

Open enrollment in Federal Health Insurance Marketplace plans began for people who buy their own health coverage or who are medically uninsured.

Consumers have until December 15 to enroll for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A mural dresses up a construction fence surrounding the Lehigh Coal & Navigation building in downtown Jim Thorpe. The fence was installed to protect pedestrians from falling material while the property owner, Pennrose, is investigating what repairs are required. The old-fashioned streetscape mural was the idea of Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Betsey Ahner and Harry Packer Mansion proprietor Pat Handwerk. It was designed by Jump Spark of Albrightsville, and funded by Pennrose.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Caring Committee of the Blue Mountain Health System recently held a "Stuff the Bus" campaign to collect school supplies for area school children. Items such as backpacks, crayons, pencils, pens, folders, and notebooks were donated by the employees of the health system. The boxes will be distributed to the elementary schools of the Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Palmerton Area school districts. Showing off some of the items donated are, l-r, Katie Garvey, Doreen LaRizzio, Denise Kennedy, Nancy Matyas and Jean Ann Keiser, all members of the BMHS Caring Committee.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A former Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and drew a state prison sentence. He was one of 20 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Damon Lee Cluff, 20, Pottsville, formerly of 245 Cedar St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of police officer and was sentenced to serve 16 to 36 months in a state correctional facility and pay $100 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). He was cited by Pottsville police.