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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Anticipating Memorial Day services is Kaitlyn Serfass, Miss Poppy 2014-2015 of Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary 314, center,selling the first poppy of 2014 to Lehighton Mayor Tom Mase, right. LaRue Fritz, left, is Poppy chairman of Unit 314 and Four County Council and second vice president of Unit 314. Serfass is home-schooled. She takes part in track and enjoys baseball and archery. She is a member of Salem Bible Fellowship Church. Serfass will be attending Memorial Day services in Lehighton and will take partin the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Linda Ann Digilio, a cafeteria worker at the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, appeals to Jim Thorpe School Board members on Monday to refrain from hiring an outside firm to run its cafeterias. Despite her plea, the board voted 8-1 to hire Nutrition Group of Irwin, Westmoreland County, which will now be in charge of the district's 21 cafeteria employees.

Despite pleas to the contrary from employees and a union representative, Jim Thorpe Area School Board has agreed to hire an outside firm to operate the cafeterias in each of its buildings.

By an 8-1 vote, the board agreed Monday to have Nutrition Group of Irwin, Westmoreland County, run the food services operations in the school district on a one-year contract, with an option to renew the contract for four years.

The opposing vote came from board member Gerald F. Strubinger, who received applause from the cafeteria workers present at the meeting.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A free car seat checkup will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., on May 20 at Palmerton Ambulance, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The event is sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids chapter and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat to the checkup.

A safety specialist will be on hand to make sure the seat has not been recalled, if it is installed correctly in the vehicle and that the child fits properly into the seat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School Board on Monday night approved its final budget without raising taxes.

The budget passed by a 7-2 vote with board member William Allison and board President John Patenio casting the negativevotes.

The budget retains the current tax rate of 45.52 mills.

The agenda for the meeting called for a 1.86-mill increase, which would have put taxes at 47.38 mills.

However, a motion was made that the budget be passed without a tax increase.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, an affiliate of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, is sponsoring "Hunger Weekend" to help provide food for families living in the boundaries of the Tamaqua Area School District that are in need of a helping hand.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Not many of us get a second chance at life, but, thanks to an unknown donor, Bob Krueger has that precious opportunity. The 40-year-old Lake Harmony area carpenter recently underwent human heart transplant surgery at Temple University Hospital at Philadelphia.

Bob's wife, Karen, told the Times News in an exclusive interview, his condition had been upgraded to fair and he is allowed to leave his bed and walk a short distance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Community dinner

St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Race Street will hold this month's community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. This month will be a picnic-style dinner. For more information call the church at 570-325-2241.

Bible study group

The Women's Ecumenical Bible study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church on South Avenue. Joan DeAcetis will be the leader and the group is studying the Gospel of Mark. All women of the community, regardless of their churches, are invited to attend.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students in the Northern Lehigh School District will have to pay slightly more to eat next year.

The school board agreed on an 8-0 vote on Monday to raise the cost of breakfast and lunch in the 2014-15 school year, effective Aug. 25. Director Mathias Green was absent.

In other business, the board:

Ÿ Authorized administration to renew a contract with the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 for the eLearn 21 Virtual Learning Program partnership beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

During a meeting Monday, members of the Tamaqua Planning Commission said they would reject a plan for a subdivision along the Owl Creek Road unless the applicant requested an extension of the review period.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

West Penn Township: Kathy L. Nicholson and Eric A. Nicholson to Doris Lusch: Two properties at the corners of Cold Spring and Winter Mountain roads for $45,000.

Tamaqua: David A. Arocho to Joseph W. Smith and Lorna Young: Property at 27 E. Elm St. for $780.

Johnson DelMarti and Calvin Smith to Larry Frederick: Property at 18 E. Mauch Chunk St. for $27,000.

Ann M. Frehulfer to Robert Craigle and Rosewill Leibenguth: Property at 66 Hunter St. for $15,000.

Edna Huegel and Bryan Kelly to Bryan Kelly: Property at 116 Green St. for $1.