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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Mary Croll Walnutport Yes. Kids should be eating healthy in school and less junk food in general.

Schools have been mandated by the federal government to serve healthier lunches. Do you agree with this mandate?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Lansford Borough Council meeting originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the borough hall has been changed to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, following the 6:30 p.m. Zoning Hearing Board meeting.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

(MCT) The types of elevators a community has used in its history can tell you something about its fascination with upward mobility.

In the 19th century in Schuylkill County, the industrial revolution brought water locks to the Schuylkill Canal and pulley systems to anthracite mines, Dr. Peter Yasenchak, executive director of the Schuylkill County Historical Society, said Tuesday.

"In 1846, the first shaft was dug in Saint Clair. The workers were lowered down on a pulley system. It was an elevator referred to as a cage," Yasenchak said.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Friday that two former New Jersey residents were sentenced Wednesday by Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Conaboy for their participation in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties between December 2011 and February 2012.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Motorists will have to ease up on the gas pedal the next time they traverse a portion of Mauch Chunk Road in Palmerton.

By a narrow 4-3 measure that passed only after Mayor Chris Olivia cast the deciding vote, borough council on Thursday agreed to adopt an ordinance that will reduce the speed limit 10 miles per hour along a portion of the road.

The ordinance lowers the stretch of road from Walnut Street east to Delaware Avenue from 35 to 25 miles per hour.

Friday, December 6, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced this week that four projects in Carbon and Luzerne counties will receive $704,300 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.

The grants, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are part of a $38 million investment in the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects by DCNR.

Yudichak said. "Locally, these four projects continue the development of important economic and environmental community assets."

Friday, December 6, 2013

For the fifth year running, Palmerton residents will see no increase in their property tax rate.

That's after borough council, on a 6-0 vote, agreed Thursday to adopt the 2014 budget without an increase in the property tax rate. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Next year's $5,359,227 budget will leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, they will again pay $413.50 to the borough next year.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday elected Jeff Markovich for another four-year term as president.

School director John Williams was elected vice president, and Tony Demarco was elected the president pro tem.

School director Roy Angst had nominated Williams for president, but he refused. Angst then nominated Irene Genther for the office, but she received only two votes.

DeMarco swore in the four school board members, all Democrats, who were elected to four-year terms in the November general election.

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)

Friday, December 6, 2013
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.