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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Four area subdivision plans were acted upon by the Carbon County Planning Commission recently.

On Thursday, the board approved three plans and conditionally rejected one. The actions are as follows:

Louis P. and Jane Cervenak received conditional plan rejection for a proposed subdivision at 174/176 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton. The plans call for subdividing a .1462-acre lot into two lots. Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, said that zoning variances may be required from the borough because the proposal does not meet minimum lot size requirements.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh School District Superintendent Michael Michaels on Monday presents a plaque to Director Lori Geronikos for her 12 years of service to the school board.

Could Northern Lehigh School District seek marketing strategies to boost its revenue?

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of Business Affairs/ Human Resources, told the school board on Monday that Advantage 3, Maplewood, N.J., a marketing company has proposed a negotiable contract amount based on student enrollment.

There would be a up front cost, based on students enrollments and areas of concentration within the district that it would wish to market.

Board President Edward Hartman weighed in on the matter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will present a Chrismas Cantata, "In the Fullness of Time," at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Jeff Bonomo, left, from the group "There and Back Again", Leighann Burk from the band "YMI" and Richie Molinaro from "Richie Molinaro & Mr. Lou"

The YMI Band, Ostrich Hat, There and Back again and Richie Molinaro and Mr. Lou will be rock-en and roll-en Wednesday Night Nov. 23rd at Lobitz's Fountain Room Route 940 in Hazleton.

That's when The Thanksgiving Eve Show and Dance Bash ( to fight cancer ) takes place at 8 p.m.. Dance the night away to the greatest rock n roll music from the 60', 70's, 80's and today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Outgoing Palmerton Area School Board directors who were recognized Tuesday with a certificate for their years of service to the board were (front row, l-r) Carol Dwyer, Tina Snyder (back row, l-r), Stuart Henritzy, Carl Bieling and Michael Ballard.

Dress code violations are on the decline in the Palmerton Area School District thanks in large part to a revised dress code policy.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, agreed to accept the second reading of Policy #221 Pupils - Dress and Grooming. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

After the board's vote, high school Principal Kathy Egan said the number of infractions have decreased due in part to the revisions in the policy.

"Yes, it has dropped," Egan said. "I can't give specific figures."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth more than $568,000 from the Nov. 11 drawing was sold at Schuylkill Mall Customer Service, in the Schuylkill Mall, in New Castle Township.

The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 04-12-16-41-42, to win a jackpot of $568,096, less 25 percent federal withholding.

The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS George Sauls (left), the Northern Area Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and host of the meeting listens to Scott Belisle (center) discuss how while fishing, the level of the Lehigh River rapidly rose from 300 cfs to 1,200 cfs, and only by rapidly evacuating was he able to avoid being swept away by the current.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District received comments from the paddling, fishing, environmental and local communities at a public meeting held at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven on Monday evening, Nov. 10.

The meeting began with a focus on the whitewater release events during the 2011 season, and then invited suggestions for improvement for the 2012 season. The 2011 was the seventh season of seasonal whitewater releases.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Ronald S. Kokinda to Walter Zlomsowitch, 2246 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly, Village of Park View parcel No. 130A-4-B22, $12,000.

East Penn Township

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to William Graul III, 1106 E. Lizard Creek Drive, Lehighton, property at 1106 E. Lizard Creek Drive, $109,525.

Vivian C. Walters to Gary S. Sadowski, 208 Twelf Acre Lane, Lehighton, property at 205 Twelf Acre Lane, $216,000.

Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tamaqua Area School Board members may be taking another look at the district's handicapped accessibility as a result of a parent's concern.

At Tuesday's regular meeting, board members heard from Matt Brickler, a parent of an eighth grade band front member, who voiced his dissatisfaction about not being able to see his daughter perform at a recent football game. Brickler, who is in a wheelchair, thanked the district's athletic director Mike Hromyak who allowed him to watch the band's performance from the track surrounding the field.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS SSG Michael Roberds and SPC Nicole Monroe load a supply truck with boxes of shoes that will be going to Sierra Leone.

Approximately 3,500 pairs of gently-used shoes were collected during the recent Blue Ridge Cable TV-13 "Let Them Walk In Our Shoes" campaign.

Event coordinator Marie Johns, TV-13 news anchor, said she was extremely pleased with the amount of shoes that were collected.