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Friday, May 13, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley JROTC instructor Ken Markovich awaits the school board's decision on whether or not the JROTC program will be part of the curriculum during the 2011-12 school year.

What does a proposed cut of $1.3 million dollars to a school district's budget look like?

At Panther Valley, it looks like the high school swimming pool will close, the girls and boys swim teams, cross country teams, and golf teams will be benched and a host of other activities will also face the chopping block.

Last night, the school board passed a $22,984,872 preliminary budget, which reflects a loss of $1.3 million in funding from the state and includes massive cuts to programming.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Montgomery County veterinarian, accused of killing a former Lehighton woman who police said was pregnant with his child, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday on all pending charges.

David A. Rapoport, 30, of Upper Gwynedd Township, was scheduled to have a hearing on the homicide and related charges but instead waived all counts to Lehigh County court.

Friday, May 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police officers Dwayne Hacker and Michael Hobbs lead a survival class held recently for Tamaqua High School seniors.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Relay for Life Team "Friends in the Fight" will host the 8th Annual Sunday in the Park, from 9 a.m. Until 3 p.m., May 15, at Palmerton park.Sunday in the Park will feature a community yard sale, vendors and more. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Augustine sisters of Palmerton won first place in their respective categories in the Pennsylvania Make It With Wool competition which qualified them to enter the national competition to be held January 2011 in Reno, Nevada.

Stephanie, 14, placed 10th in the Junior division for ages 13-16. She is a freshman at Cedar Crest College in the honors program, majoring in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.

Gabrielle, 18, placed 5th in the Senior division, ages 17-24.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Four days of fun-packed activities are on tap next week in Palmerton.

The sixth annual Crusaders For A Cause Carnival will be held May 19-22 in the borough park.

The carnival will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 19; 6-11 May 20, 4-11 May 21 and 2-7 May 22.

May 19 and May 22 are Kids Day, and will feature a ride discount. Entertainment will be provided by Shake Rattle and Soul, which will perform from 7-10 p.m. May 20; and Shakey Ground, which will hit the stage from 7-10 p.m. May 21. There will be food, games and crafts each day of the carnival.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency will host emergency services training sessions over the next few months. They are:

Ÿ Hazmat Awareness: June 6, with a Certification Test on June 7, at the Carbon County EMA.

Ÿ Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA.

Seats are still available for both classes. To register, contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Plans were finalized by the Last of the Panther Valley Deep Coal Miners Club to construct a monument dedicated to the coal mining industry, past and present, near the tunnel mouth entrance of the old Lanscoal No. 9 mine, the last of the deep mines to operatin gin the valley. The monument is being made possible in part by the Bethlehem Mines. In June, 1972 when Lanscoal was finally sealed, it was the oldest operating deep anthracite mine in the world.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School will be holding a concert and art exhibition on Wednesday, May 18. The 17th annual Spring Art Exhibition will begin at 6 p.m., while the Spring Choral Concert will begin at 7.

Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Micheletti will exhibit outstanding student art work from their fifth through eighth grade art classes. Projects that were created this year include 3-D construction, printing, acrylic, tempera and watercolor paintings, drawings, and mixed media works.

Friday, May 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Floyd Cooper, a talented children and young adult book illustrator and author, shows fourth graders at Polk Elementary School how he can make art out of a scribble.

Using only an eraser, Floyd Cooper "draws" a face on an illustration board. His captive audience of fourth graders at a Polk Elementary School assembly, watch in awe.

"How did he do that?" one young boy asks his neighbor.

Cooper, a published author and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books, shows the children his favorite utensil when drawing--his eraser.

He takes it and pulls it out in a long string.