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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has put the brakes on a motion to further along revisions to its Use of Facilities Policy.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, agreed to table acceptance of the second reading and approval of Policy #707, Use of Facilities, and #707R, Use of Facilities Regulations. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

Director Clarence Myers suggested the board table the motion because "the incoming board members should have a say on it."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Community Health Centers proposed in Schuylkill County's VISION will host a series of community meetings to provide information and gain support for the development of a Community Health Center (CHC) that will provide primary care to disadvantaged and low income individuals and families.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Shelley DePaul gave a presentation about the Lenape Nation.

Shelley DePaul, a Lenape Indian, provided the program at the Oct. 19 meeting of the Chestnuthill Historical Society.

She said the Lenape have many descendants in the area, but a person has to be able to prove the line. Ten years ago there were 50 people enrolled in the Nation and today there are 150 proven members. In order to validate a family history a lot of research is necessary. She has collected genealogical histories mostly from this area.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Rotary Club of Lehighton visited Towamensing Elementary School and to the delight of the students, distributed dictionaries to all 44 of the school's third graders in Mrs. Hard and Mrs. Calpas classes. It is their book to keep. After Rotary members, Becky Wanamaker, coordinator of the dictionary project, and Leon Morgan, the club's vice president, passed the books out to the students, they had fun looking up words like "autumn" and "wonderful" and the longest word.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Dennis Razze, Director of Theatre at DeSales University and Associate Artistic Director of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, recently spoke to English classes at Lehighton Area High School. He addressed the seniors on the literary and theatrical elements of horror. Standing in front of a billboard that was designed by these students in his honor are Razze, Jewel Kravetz, Amber Frey, Carrie Bossert, Caroline Leiby, and Zach Hartman.

Dr. Dennis Razze, Director of Theatre at DeSales University, recently spoke to English classes at Lehighton Area High School. He addressed the seniors on the literary and theatrical elements of horror.

The presentation was coordinated by substitute Librarian Jo Lynn Gazo and English teacher Sharon Leitzel. A 1999 graduate of DeSales, Gazo said, "I think it's important for students to realize the importance of literature and how it relates to theatre, dance, etc."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Volunteers are urgently needed for the AARP Tax-Aide Program in Carbon County. Volunteers receive tax preparation training before assisting seniors and low to moderate income clients with their tax returns.

For more information, call Allan Hild at (670) 643-4140.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sam Roher, known for his outspoken suport for constitutional principles, will be the guest speaker during a meeting tonight of the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

Rohrer, who has spent nine terms in the Pa. House of Representatives, seems poised to run for a U.S. Senate seat.

The meeting, to be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In his ongoing effort to reform state government, Roher served on the Speaker's Commission on Government Reform, which brought new levels of transparency and accountability to the state legislature.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jason Breidinger was the first speaker at the Slatington Council Meeting on Monday night. He opened by saying there were a number of visitors in attendance who are members of the Venture Group. "They are here tonight to thank the Council for its support of the Trailhead Project," Breidinger said. Each member stood up, gave his name and the name of the organization they represent.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/FILE PHOTO Paddlers enjoy the Lehigh River during the Lehigh Sojourn. A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed, although the Lehigh River watershed itself is not expected to have sufficient gas deposits to immediately attract exploration.

A moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, a 13,000 square mile drainage area encompassing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, is planned to end next week. The Lehigh River is part of the Delaware River Watershed.

On Nov. 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission will be voting on lifting a three-year moratorium on natural gas development, which includes the hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale deposits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Tuesday evening, the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee discussed current projects, including organizing flow charts for application processes. The flow charts are to aid in the application process for such things as zoning hearings and land usage.

The committee has been working with Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson, on organizing the application process.

An updated application has been drafted along with filing deadlines. The list of filing deadlines will help residents know when things are due for the application process.