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Friday, December 6, 2013

Russ Gould was elected president of the Pleasant Valley School board at the reorganization meeting that night.

Steve Borger elected as vice president. H. Charles Hoffman was elected treasurer.

All terms will be in effect until next December.

The four newly-elected board members, Dan Wunder, Linda Micklos, Len Peeters and Robert Serfass, took their seats at the board table for the first time.

Appointed positions for 2014 are:

Ÿ Susan Kresge, Monroe County Career and Technical Institute representative (three-year term)

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AMY MILLER Student 4, left, applies makeup to a model during the cosmetology portion of the SkillsUSA competition at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe on Thursday. Student competitors were not identified as anything more than a number during the day's competition.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe was transformed into competition central Thursday as more than 400 students from various vo-tech schools converged to compete in the annual SkillsUSA competition.

According to the SkillsUSA website, "SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce."

Lisa Walck, CCTI's SkillsUSA adviser, added that the competition promotes leadership, teamwork and motivational skills in high school students in technical areas.

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Rosemary Porembo

Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo on Thursday announced she will retire when classes end in June.

The school district hired Porembo in 1977 to teach elementary school. She advanced some years later to the office of principal, and then on to superintendent.

In 2004, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officers Association named Porembo Pennsylvania Educator of the Year. Nominated by Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith, a DARE officer, she competed with six others for the honor.

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BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Grace Gilkeson examines a gingerbread house during the judging of the sixth annual Dimmick Memorial Library's gingerbread house contest. See additional photos on page 3.

The house the Luttes built took first place in Dimmick Memorial Library's sixth annual gingerbread house contest, group division.

Not your typical gingerbread house, the Lutte family, from Jim Thorpe, featured a mushroom-shaped house complete with a beach scene, tropical trees and a couple of smurfs playing at the beach in their 12-inch by 18-inch creation.

Second place in the group division went to Jim Thorpe's Cub Pack 138. Their entry recreated a winter camping scene at Mauch Chunk Lake, complete with tents, a campfire and six gingerbread Cub Scouts.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Final registration

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 will be the final days to register for the Toys for Tots campaign of this year. Registration will be held at Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only parents or legal guardians of children are permitted to register them.

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Judy Dolgos-Kramer/special to the times news Junior Class Inductees: Front row, left to right National Honor Society Advisor Robert Podlinski, Erin Kelly, Lindsay Capper, Alyssa Smith Back Row, left to right Nathaniel Fields, Brett Luicana, Jacob Saxon, Jonathan Condly, Josiah Behrens, Matthew Miller.

Thursday evening the Jim Thorpe High School inducted its newest members into the National Honor Society. The eight seniors inducted last year are being joined by nine new seniors and nine members of the junior class.

"In order to be eligible for induction into the National Honor Society students must maintain a 93 percent grade average, exhibit community service, leadership and actively participate in school activities," student advisor Suzanne Milkowich said.

"The students must then submit an application, a resume and write an essay," Milkowich added.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announced the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal's list

Students who attained a 95 or higher composite average with no grade lower a 90.

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During a meeting Thursday, the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce welcomed new board members and set dates for 2014 events.

The new board members are Tom Banditelli, Rich Shupp, Gar Thomas, Major Sharon Whispell, Jack Kulp and Linda Marchalk.

"The Chamber of Commerce is member based and benefits its members," said executive director Linda Yulanavage.

"We need more volunteers, people who will pitch in to help us be successful."

The board set dates for one late 2013 event and several in 2014:

Friday, December 6, 2013

During a meeting Thursday, supervisors approved the 2014 budget for Walker Township, with no tax increase. Revenues and expenditures are equal at $418,753, which will allow the millage rate to remain at 5.04.

Friday, December 6, 2013
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mrs. Claus will hold a story time session from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. The story telling hour is part of the annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival.

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center will be filled with the sounds, scents and sights of Christmas this weekend as the center plays host to a number of Spirit of Christmas Festival activities.