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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Preschool Story Hour is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Friday through the school year. The programs are free and there is no preregistration. Last regular story hour will be June 10 and will resume on Sept. 2.

The Knitting Club has been organized for all area residents interested in knitting, crocheting and other crafts. Ideas will be discussed about knitting for various charities. The Knitting Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the library from 6-8 p.m. The club is free. New members are always welcome.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Right, Helen Snyder, an avid crocheter and seamstress, has been crocheting American flags for local Palmerton businesses to display in their windows. Now she has given crocheted American flags to the S.S. Palmer Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School. Left, Ms. Mary Brunbach, principal of the two schools, and a few S.S. Palmer students, Alexis Merkel, Nicholas Papay, Maddison Beahm and Seth Young, graciously accepted them on the schools' behalf. Ms. Brunbach said the flags were beautiful. "I think they're incredible and a great legacy to Palmerton.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pleasant Valley Intermediate School

On Thursday, May 12, PVI's 6th grade band will perform.

On Monday, May 17, PVI's 7th grade band will perform. All are welcome to attend.

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

PV Intermediate PTO News

The PVI PTO meeting will be on Wednesday ,May 18 at 4:15 p.m in the school library. All are welcome to attend.

PV Elementary School PTO

Thursday, May 12, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ron's Auto Sales & Service employee Jeff Bachinski shows off one of the company's vehicles.

Ron's Auto Sales & Service, housed in a small brick building behind rows of shiny cars, has commanded the corner of 748 E Patterson Street, Lansford, since March of 2006.

On Saturday, the business will celebrate its fifth anniversary with hot dogs, drinks, a race car to examine, giveaway, service coupons "just plain good old fun" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers who mention seeing Ron's Auto Sales & Service in the TIMES NEWS will get up to $500 off their next purchase, said salesman Jeff Bachinski.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its last general membership meeting for the 2010-2011 school year on Wed., May 18, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be Field Day, Power Walk, by-laws amendment, nomination of officers and more. Homeroom Parent attendance at this meeting is recommended since Field Day will be held Wed., June 8.

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS All Faith Tabernacle Singers were among the performers at the Family Promise of Carbon County Variety Show. From left are, John Drury, David Holmes, Connie Cunningham, Vince Smith, Sandy Spier, Bob Lippi, Dorie Perdie and Helen Torek. Also members are Ed Moran, Kathy Ruff and Janet Drury.

They tapped, sang and played instruments, all for others to finally have a home.

The variety show held in Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday night was well attended, with many in the audience there to cheer on fellow performers, who all came to together to raise funds for Family Promise, a new non profit organization that plans to help homeless families in Carbon County.

Many of the performers sang faith-based songs and the ages varied from youngsters in Sunday School classes to senior citizens who tapped their way across the stage.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A milestone in funding was announced Wednesday during a meeting of the Schuylkill County Retirement Board held in the Rush Township Municipal Building.

"For the first time in the history of the county, the fund surpassed the hundred million dollar mark," said Mantura Gallagher, chairman, board of commissioners.

Controller Melinda Kantner provided the report for the month of April which showed a total market account value of $101,049,071.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A helicopter is used to install fencing above SR248 at the Lehigh Gap Slope Stabilization Project.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
George Pinkey

Rush Township intends to create a safe connection between Rush Elementary School and other areas in the village of Hometown. A former chairman of the board of supervisors, however, said he disagrees with the idea.

On Wednesday, the board of supervisors announced details of the Hometown Area Safe Roads to Schools project at the Schuylkill County commissioners meeting held at the Rush Township Municipal Building.