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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A new method to measure teacher effectiveness will be implemented in the Palmerton Area School District in the fall of 2013-14.

The school board on Tuesday was apprised of the Teacher Effectiveness System Act 82 of 2012 by Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary.

Both Fenner and Steigerwalt attended the Standards Aligned System conference Dec. 2-5, of which they suggested between two to four representatives be required to attend any future SAS conferences.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Several months after it was exhumed, the contents from inside Palmerton's Centennial Time Capsule have been revealed.

Members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce were clued in on Tuesday as to what exactly was found within the 12-by-14 foot capsule.

But, as chamber President Peter Kern previously noted, many of the items "were found to be in various stages of mildewing and damage."

"It really didn't have that much inside," Kern said. "Our disappointment was that there were very few artifacts."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Schuylkill County Prison Board held its final quarterly meeting of the year in the library at the county prison, located across the street from the county courthouse in Pottsville, on Wednesday.

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody questioned why does the board have to meet in the prison and not at the courthouse where it holds most of its monthly meetings. President Judge William E. Baldwin, who chairs the meeting, answered, "It is the law." The law requires four meetings a year in the prison confines.

Warden Eugene Berdanier gave his monthly report on the physical plant.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Those who don't want to be alone on Christmas or cook for just one or two people, are invited to Emmanuel U.C.C., 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, for Christmas dinner.

Dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

No reservations are needed and all are welcome.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or by email at eucc4all@ptd.net.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tamaqua Area School Board member Larry Neff blasted the PIAA for what he termed charging excessive game rights for the state championship games. Neff said there has been a lot of comment as to why the Marian game was not available on all local television. He said the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton stations rejected telecasting the games because of the cost, which he said have gone up 700 percent in one year. According to Neff, the live televising of the Class A state championship football game in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market was $8,400.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The contract to build the Mahoning Township's equipment garage is halfway through and due to expire in early January, but Penn State Construction of Lewistown only began digging post holes in the last day or two sparking serious concerns with supervisors with regard to their ability to meet the contract deadline. Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt who has been overseeing the building process told supervisors that the project is severely behind schedule and the contractor is violating terms of the agreement in his opinion.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Senior citizens who reside in Lower Towamensing Township will see a discount in their garbage rates in 2013.

By a unanimous vote, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to adopt a garbage resolution that calls for a $30 reduction for senior citizens ages 65-and-older who are on Medicare and have their current garbage bill paid up to date.

That will lower their amount from $230 to $200 per year. The new garbage rate for those who meet the criteria will take effect with the next billing cycle in the spring, said township secretary Christine Wentz.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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IsaacJohnson, 6, learns how to register families for Toys For Tots via Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League members Ed Glassic, left, and Leon Frohnheiser.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Right, Griz Gannon, president of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co., accepts donations from the first annual Monroe-Carbon County Autumn Art Show from artist Andy Collazo, who also donated the painting on the right, "Movin' In" to the fire company.

The first annual Monroe-Carbon County Autumn Art Show was a huge success.

The gala inaugural cultural event drew large crowds to the Jackson Township Volunteer Firehouse in Reeders, and spectators at the event were unanimous in their laudatory remarks about the quality of the artwork on display.

This year's participating Carbon County Art League-Pocono Mountains Art Group (CCAL-PMAG) artists were juried by Thomas Augusta, a noted regional art juror, who presented award ribbons, as follows:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A lease agreement with Tamaqua Borough for office space for Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer was renewed by the Schuylkill County Commissioners in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The lease is for five years commencing Jan. 1, 2013, and expiring Dec. 31, 2018, at a rental fee for 2013 at $1,875.87 per month or $10.75 per square foot. The office space for the magisterial court is approximately 2,094 square feet within a building to the rear of the borough hall located at 320 E. Broad St.

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