Friday, June 24, 2016
Crews work on a new secure entrance to Lehighton Area Middle School that will route all visitors through the office. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

School’s out for summer and construction projects in Lehighton Area School District are kicking into high gear.

A nearly $26 million renovation project to the middle and high schools is just over 25 percent complete, Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver said at a workshop this month.

The second phase of classroom renovations is underway at the middle school and ceiling grid installation has started.

Existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment was removed to make room for a four-pipe central heat pump system from the McClure Company.

A conversation that occurred a long time ago still stays in my head.

At a banquet for one of my professional groups, I sat with a woman I had gotten to know over the years. She usually came with her husband and they appeared to be a great couple.

But Judy’s news was that she had divorced her husband. That happens. She had her 12-year-old son with her, and as we talked it became evident she also wanted her son to divorce his dad.

A sesquicentennial observance refers to the 150th anniversary of a “significant event.”

Such an event occurred in 1866 when the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decreed that Lehighton shall be a borough.

As befits all significant events, Lehighton’s past, present and vision for a promising future will be celebrated through week-long events starting with opening ceremonies at noon on Saturday,and culminating with the sesquicentennial parade at noon, the closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. onJuly 2.

Art has no boundaries, a concept even easier to understand thanks to the Internet.

In 2006, four friends living in the Los Angeles area decided the far reaches of the Internet made it unnecessary to deal with media moguls to share their art, poetry, music and films with the public. They left Los Angeles on a 4,000-mile trek by foot, to promote peace, love and self-expression through their various art interests. One of those four, Kevin Smith II, is now living in Tamaqua.

Deeds recorded


Monica R. Newhard to Gary E. Newhard, 737 Lehigh St., Palmerton, property at 737 Lehigh St., $1.

East Side Borough

Steven A. Lefkoski to Wendy C. Hattersley, 1159 State St., Route 940, White Haven, property at 1159 State St., $149,000.

Jim Thorpe

Paul J. Melicharek Jr. to Michael T. Rostkowski, 414 South St., Jim Thorpe, property at 414 South St., $115,000.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Jessica M. Tibbatts, 225 High St., Jim Thorpe, property at 83 E. Third St., $25,000.

Kidder Township