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Thursday, May 22, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Cindy Rhoades of Tamaqua has found a way to keep the neighborhood children off the streets as they wait for the school bus morning treats. Her "Take A Treat, Stay Off the Street" program has also created an opportunity to bridge the generation gap.

Cindy Rhoades spent the last two months worrying about the possibility of "smushed" students at a busy school bus stop in Tamaqua.

She was so worried she tried every official avenue that came to mind police, the elementary school principal, the director of transportation for the school district and other parents.

But while all agreed the situation could be dangerous, no one had any answers.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Clare Frank, front, left, 9, a third-grade student at S.S. Palmer Elementary, will serve as Miss Poppy, while third-grader Gage Zuberka, 9, will serve as Legion mascot for the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton. In the back, from left, are Chris Olivia, borough mayor; Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, Palmerton American Legion; and Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton.

Patriotism will reign supreme at the annual Memorial Day Parade in Palmerton on Monday.

The event is sponsored by the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization, which comprises American Legion Post 269, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.

It will form at 9:30 a.m. at Dynamite Woodworking, at Second Street and Delaware Avenue. The parade will then start at 10 a.m.

From there, it will continue on Delaware to Fifth Street, where it will turn left on Fifth Street to Franklin Avenue, and then back to the borough park, where it will disband.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Megan and Mike O'Brian of Weissport look over their flood insurance policy, noting that the policy wouldn't help much in the event of a flood.

On Jan. 15, 2012, Tammy and Dennis Moyer moved to Weissport when they saw an opportunity to buy a home.

The home at the end of White Street was for sale, and the owner was offering the family a great deal with a rent-to-own option.

The house needed some work, but they thought that through an investment of money, time and love, it could make a fine home for the their family of five.

But they weren't prepared for the huge flood insurance rates.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The Lehighton United Veterans Organization presented a color guard for the dedicationprogram of the East Penn Township Memorial to Veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The following programs are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. If your program is not listed, please send information to tneditor@tnonline.com.

Carbon County

Summit Hill

American Legion Post 316 memorial service at St. Joseph's Cemetery, White Bear section of Summit Hill, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Summit Hill Memorial Day program at Ludlow Park will take place at 10 a.m. Monday.

The annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Monday.

Lansford

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has approved a minimal increase in the cost to eat breakfast and lunch next school year.

By a unanimous measure, the school board on Tuesday approved the breakfast and lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year, as mandated by Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The cost for elementary breakfast will be $1.15; elementary lunch, $2.10; secondary breakfast, $1.25; secondary lunch, $2.20; adult breakfast, $2.10; and adult lunch, $3.40.

Each of those prices represents a 10-cent increase over this year's rates.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nathan Cunfer was first in Class III of the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. Caitlene Santos won in Class II and Sydney Stein was first in Class I. Ruth Porter was on the essay committee.

On Thursday, May 15, three students at St. John Neumann School, Palmerton received the Americanism Essay Award given by Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 899, in Walnutport.

The auxiliary sponsored the Americanism Essay Contest for students from grades three through 12.

One award in each of the classes was presented.

This year the theme was "How Can I Show Pride in Being an American?"

Class I comprises grades three and four; Class II is for grades five and six and Class III is for grades seven and eight.

Winners this year are:

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Megan Zurn, center, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, was one of two Palmerton Area School District employees to be honored with the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards on Tuesday. Pictured next to Zurn are Gloria Bowman, left, Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, and Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman.

Two Palmerton Area School District employees have been lauded for their work.

Megan Zurn, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, and Tracy Smith, attendance secretary at Palmerton Area High School, received the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards during Tuesday's school board meeting.

The awards were presented on behalf of the Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, by Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman, and Gloria Bowman.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehighton Area School District plans to make improvements to its high school cafeteria.

On a unanimous vote on Monday, the school board agreed to advertise for the high school administration and maintenance director to begin getting quotes and planning for upgrades to the high school cafeteria.

The upgrades include, but are not limited to, existing pizza stations, expanding the salad station and equipment adjustments to allow for improved serving lines.

In other business, the board:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you are looking for something to do outside, you may want to rethink your options today, or bring rain gear.

Storms, some severe, are possible throughout the day.

According to the National Weather Service, which issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area through tonight, thunderstorms are possible, with a risk of severe storms this afternoon into early this evening. Temperatures will reach into the mid-70s.

Damaging winds and small hail are also possible if a severe storm develops.