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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Keller Williams Real Estate, at 362 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, held their grand opening recently. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, l-r, Sue Kromer, Jim Christman, associate broker; Usha Patel, Bob Wells, Matthew Kessler, Mary Jo King, and Tiffani Christman.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is inviting senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District to her annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Allen Township Fire Hall in Northampton.

"I encourage all our area senior citizens and their caregivers to attend this fun and informative event," said Harhart. "This is a great opportunity to collect information on programs and services of interest and to have questions answered by the experts."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Lucy Gerace, who has three children in the Tamaqua Area School District, shows board members one of two pairs of shoes that were deemed unacceptable. The current dress code states that shoe laces must be solid and match the primary shoe color. The school board said that the district can provide appropriate color shoe laces to any student at no expense.

Tamaqua's dress code, adopted into policy in July 1995 and revised in April of last year, served as a key topic during last night's school board meeting.

"I'm here this evening because I feel that it's just going a little bit too far with the dress code, specifically with the shoe policy," said Lucy Gerace, who showed school board members two pairs of her daughter's shoes that were considered unacceptable.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beginning Oct. 6, Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets customers can earn money for their local schools when they grocery shop through Giant/Martin's simple school fundraiser, A+ School Rewards.

There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning cash for school programs, technology, scholarships, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cathy Martinelli, Chestnuthill Township office manager, swears in Harry Miller as the new Chestnuthill Township supervisor. Miller will complete the late David Fleetwood's term.

Chuck Gould, chairman of the Chestnuthill Township Board of Supervisors, introduced Harry Miller as the newly appointed supervisor at Tuesday's meeting.

The position became open due to the death of David Fleetwood, supervisor vice chairman, at the tragic shooting on Aug. 5 at Ross Township supervisors' meeting.

Miller will hold the position until a new supervisor can be elected in November 2013.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS First responders socializing during the appreciation event, are, from left, Schuylkill County Red Cross volunteers Pauline Manbeck, Patty Daley, deputy coroner and Shenandoah Mayor Andrew Szczyglak, SSgt. Matt Frey of New Ringgold, and the Rev. Luke Anderson of St. Mary's Monastery in New Ringgold.

In prelude to the 12th year anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, first responders from all over Schuylkill County were treated to an appreciation picnic Sunday on the grounds of the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute in New Philadelphia.

A total of 2,977 people died from the attacks that day.

In addition, over 2,000 first responders were also injured in the attacks.

The event was free to all Schuylkill County firefighters, police officers, paramedics, coroners, priests, fire police and civil servants.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Melody Lindenmoyer has a giant butterfly painted on her face during a 250th anniversary celebration of Chestnuthill Township Saturday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Recently retired teacher Sharon Williams accepts a gift from Northern Lehigh School Board President Edward Hartman on Monday.

Northern Lehigh School District has gained 31 extra special education students this school year.

On the flip side of the coin, Superintendent Michael Michaels informed the school board that the district's third day enrollment numbers were down.

"Our average third day enrollment is really dropping quickly," Michaels said. "However, [the number of] our special ed [students] are growing."

With regard to its third day student enrollment, the total number of students was at 1,677. The total enrollment for the 2012-13 school year was 1,710.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Pocono Health System and Pocono Alliance are offering free flu shot clinics for adults 18 years of age or older.

Community Flu Clinics are a Wellness Initiative for those who are under- or uninsured.

They will be available at several locations but in the West End you can go to Kinsley's ShopRite, 107 Kinsley Dr., Brodheadsville, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. or Brodheadsville Family Medicine, Route 209 and Kevin Lane, Brodheadsville on Friday, Oct. 18 from 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Exactly how much it will cost to sewage Lower Towamensing Township's wastewater treatment plant should soon be known.

By a unanimous vote, the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to advertise to bid the project. Bids for the project will be opened next month.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the township is looking for a "single entity to provide sewage treatment to the township."

"It would not be a township plant," Nanovic said. "It would be a private plant."