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Thursday, December 13, 2012


Christmas Program

A special Christmas Program will be presented by the children and youth of First Congregational Church, Coaldale, during the 9 a.m. Morning Worship service on Sunday, Dec. 16. The White Gift ceremony will also be held during the service. Sunday School will follow at 10 a.m.

Kids Klub and Bible Study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, with choir rehearsal at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, Morning Worship will be at 9 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS State Rep. Doyle Heffley speaks during a grant presentation for improvements to be made along the Lehigh Canal, at an event held at the canal in Weissport, Wednesday. Looking on are, from left, state Sen. David Argall, state Sen. John Yudichak, and Elissa Garafalo, executive director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Numerous state officials yesterday visited the Lehigh Canal in Weissport, and praised the historic waterway for its recreational and touristic importance. They also attended to present a significant state grant for making additional improvements along the canal, which is part of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

The grant, in the amount of $208,200, will be used for the "connectivity project" of the local trail, according to Elissa Garafalo, executive director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Kidder EAC held its final meeting of the year on Wednesday evening. Chairman Frank Gilotti produced a copy of "EAC Happenings" from 2006.

The "EAC Happenings" was a year-end summary in the form of a newsletter, which the EAC had distributed in the past.

"It's definitely something we should do again. We need to put together a summary of what we have accomplished this year for the township supervisors. This might be a nice way to do that and get the information out to the residents as well," suggested council member Bob Dobosh.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Eldred Township residents should not see a tax increase in 2013.

During the recent Eldred Township Supervisor meeting, supervisor/secretary Sharon Solt asked the board of supervisors to advertise a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. to approve the adoption of the 2013 budget. It received a 3-0 vote.

The proposed budget is for $659,658 for the General Fund and $137,745.54 for the State Fund.

"The big news is that there will be no tax increase for the residents of Eldred Township," said Solt.

In other business, the board voted, 3-0, to approve:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A new method to measure teacher effectiveness will be implemented in the Palmerton Area School District in the fall of 2013-14.

The school board on Tuesday was apprised of the Teacher Effectiveness System Act 82 of 2012 by Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary.

Both Fenner and Steigerwalt attended the Standards Aligned System conference Dec. 2-5, of which they suggested between two to four representatives be required to attend any future SAS conferences.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Several months after it was exhumed, the contents from inside Palmerton's Centennial Time Capsule have been revealed.

Members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce were clued in on Tuesday as to what exactly was found within the 12-by-14 foot capsule.

But, as chamber President Peter Kern previously noted, many of the items "were found to be in various stages of mildewing and damage."

"It really didn't have that much inside," Kern said. "Our disappointment was that there were very few artifacts."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Schuylkill County Prison Board held its final quarterly meeting of the year in the library at the county prison, located across the street from the county courthouse in Pottsville, on Wednesday.

Sheriff Joseph G. Groody questioned why does the board have to meet in the prison and not at the courthouse where it holds most of its monthly meetings. President Judge William E. Baldwin, who chairs the meeting, answered, "It is the law." The law requires four meetings a year in the prison confines.

Warden Eugene Berdanier gave his monthly report on the physical plant.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Those who don't want to be alone on Christmas or cook for just one or two people, are invited to Emmanuel U.C.C., 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, for Christmas dinner.

Dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

No reservations are needed and all are welcome.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or by email at

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tamaqua Area School Board member Larry Neff blasted the PIAA for what he termed charging excessive game rights for the state championship games. Neff said there has been a lot of comment as to why the Marian game was not available on all local television. He said the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton stations rejected telecasting the games because of the cost, which he said have gone up 700 percent in one year. According to Neff, the live televising of the Class A state championship football game in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market was $8,400.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The contract to build the Mahoning Township's equipment garage is halfway through and due to expire in early January, but Penn State Construction of Lewistown only began digging post holes in the last day or two sparking serious concerns with supervisors with regard to their ability to meet the contract deadline. Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt who has been overseeing the building process told supervisors that the project is severely behind schedule and the contractor is violating terms of the agreement in his opinion.