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Friday, April 18, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Elementary first grader, Analysia Rodrigus, sports a blazing blue wig and red costume as she portrays Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" at Mahoning Valley Elementary School's"Millionaire" game. Students in Lehighton's Mahoning Valley Elementary played thepopular game Thursday with charactersfrom Dr. Seuss. This was the school's 10th year doing the game with questions basedon Dr. Seuss books. See more photos of the event at www.tnonline.com.

Students in Lehighton's Mahoning ValleyElementary played the popular game Thursday withcharacters from Dr. Seuss. This was the school's 10th year doing the game with questions based on Dr. Seuss books.

Friday, April 18, 2014

In a surprise response to declining enrollment, Pleasant Valley School District has furloughed six full-time positions, one part-time position and reduced another from full time to part time.

In total, the district is eliminating the equivalent of 23 people, Superintendent Carole Geary said.

Geary said a furlough is when a tenured teacher's position is eliminated.

"They have call back rights so if a position opens in an area they are certified in they will be called back to take the position. It is similar to a layoff with no pay. They can be called back," Geary said.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School Board met Thursday, April 10. It approved, 9-0:

Ÿ The transfer of Erica Greer as principal of Polk Elementary to principal of PVE effective July 1, 2014. PVE's current principal, Joshua Krebs, has been promoted to PVSD's Mathematics Supervisor, effective July 1, 2014.

Ÿ The resignations of Rebecca Sobers, substitute teacher as of March 28, 2014; Ethel Oquendo-Acevedo, paraprofessional associate, as of Jan. 31, 2014.

Ÿ The retirement of Raymond Zeliznik, maintenance technician, April 11, 2014.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sister Regina Elinich, principal of Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford, recently announced the third quarter honor roll.

Effort Award

Grade 1: Robert Ellis-Williams, Logan Fisher, Samuel Homyak, Connor Penberth, Connor Rehnert, Caylen Murray, Morgan O'Brien, Haley Rivers, Emily Stawiarski.

Grade 2: Stephen Behun IV, Elijah Feisel, Angelo Greek, Aleck Jewells, Dylan Newton, Albin Petschauer, Elsie Heckman, Riley McArdle, Madison Miller.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District has a plan in place to provide students with the best math education according to state standards.

With that thought in mind, math consultant Bryan Geist gave a presentation to the school board on Monday on a math proposal for the 2014-15 school year.

Geist specifically focused on the School Performance Profile, which takes into account student achievement levels, growth and other indicators.

Friday, April 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) joined with supporters of the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center to announce her legislation has been signed into law to create a dedicated funding stream for state grants to support the centers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Carbon County officials are continuing to investigate if home electronic monitoring will help alleviate overcrowding in the prison.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, who is also the president of the county prison board, provided an update about the possibility of utilizing the home monitoring system more for level three and four DUI offenders.

Currently, the prison, which has 192 beds, operates near or at capacity every month.

Friday, April 18, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Even though the day was a bit overcast and muddy, members of Cub Scout Pack 756 pitched in to help get the West Penn Township Community Park in shape for springtime activities, which will be starting soon. In the bottom photo, Will Behun, Alex Porambo, Jonathan Krall and Jake Yenser work toward completing the Citizenship Belt Loop requirements. In the top picture, Kali Hill, Pierce Ahner, Zac Yenser, Brody Boyce, Logan Betz, Stephen Behun and Michael Ahner did some heavy lifting while clearing debris from a tree that had fallen.

Friday, April 18, 2014

It must be spring, as evidenced by the return of the Tamaqua street sweeper.

Several streets in the downtown area are permanently posted for Thursday and Friday street cleaning operations. These streets include Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Nescopec and Swatara, which will be cleaned on April 24 and April 25. There has been a change in the start time this year, as the sweeper will begin its rounds at 5 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Additional streets will be posted, advertised and cleaned periodically.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph G. Groody and the Office of Drug Enforcement Administration, along with Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol program, local law enforcement and community partners, have announced the eighth nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

County law enforcement agencies have agreed to take part in this initiative and will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.