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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

There was a short Pleasant Valley School District board of directors meeting on Aug. 9 with school directors Harvey Frable and James Spinola absent.

The board approved 7-0 to appoint Dr. Karin-Susan Breitlauch and Mrs. Jacqueline Mock as Western Pocono Community Library board members for three-year terms to expire in October 2015.

It also approved, 7-0 the School Resource Officer Agreement between PVSD and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for 2012-2013 and the Memorandum of Understanding between PSP and PVSD for 2012-2013 year.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The leg work continues for a future water park in Lower Towamensing Township.

By a 2-1 vote on Tuesday, the township's board of supervisors approved a pair of agreements for Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P. Supervisor Brent Green was opposed.

A developers agreement, as well as a stormwater/pipe maintenance agreement, were granted consent by supervisors.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said he, as well as the township engineer, reviewed the agreements and found them to be acceptable. Nanovic said his recommendation was for supervisors to approve the agreements.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on a firearms count.

Kareem D. Sanders, 19, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to 60 months in a state correction institution on a charge of possession of a firearm with manufacturer number altered. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge plus a count of unsworn falsification.

Sanders was arrested on Sept. 15, 2011, by Lansford police.

On the falisfication charge he was sentenced to serve three to 24 months in a state prison concurrent with the firearms count.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to forging a credit card and was sent to state prison by a Schuylkill County judge.

Jason William Miller, 34, last known address, 34 N. Greenwood St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to charges of forgery, access device fraud, theft, and theft by deception and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve 16 to 32 months in a state correctional facility. He also must pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund and make restitution of $124.94 to Discover Card.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The state Labor Relations Board has released a fact-finder's report on the Panther Valley School District teachers' contract negotiations.

The report, created by fact-finder Ralph Colflesh, was accepted last Thursday by the school board, but was rejected by the Panther Valley Education Association. Teachers have been working under the terms of the previous contract, which ended in June 2011.

As of Aug. 10, both sides have between five and 10 days to vote again on the report.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ronald Yuricheck, a lifelong resident of Summit Hill and a 20-year member of the borough's fire department, was hired by Summit Hill Borough Council last night as a full-time maintenance employee.

He was hired by a 5-1 vote, with only Councilman Bill Chapman opposed. Councilman John O'Gurek did not vote on the matter.

Yuricheck will be filling a vacancy created by the retirement effective Sept. 1 of longtime borough work leader John Kosalko.

The new employee is married to the former Tara Barron. They have two children.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Feed the People will serve breakfast tomorrow, Aug. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church,104 East Abbott Street, Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to noon. There are no registrations and no fees. The meal offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in thecommunity.

Also, Feed the People is now serving dinner at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street, Lansford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During dinner, bible study is offered and an evening service follows. Participation is optional.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Kerry Shoenberger, of Lang's Landscaping & Tree Service in Palmerton, digs in the southwest corner of the Palmerton Borough Park Monday morning in preparation for the eventual construction of a Veterans' Memorial to be dedicated later this year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A free luncheon will be hosted at Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following co-curricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

Ÿ Christopher Barnes, Middle School Newspaper Advisor, $462

Ÿ Susan Bowser, Middle School Junior National Honor Society Advisor, $140 (shared $420)

Ÿ David Carroll, Senior High Band Advisor, $4,782; Middle School Band Director, $700

Ÿ Elizabeth Chunko, Junior Class Advisor, $641

Ÿ Scott DeLong, Debate Advisor, $1,400; National Honor Society, $499