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Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dalton Miller, Abigail Skrapits, Ryan Hippensteel, Jonatahn Blaine, Mallory Sanders, and Noah Seng-DeLong.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its annual Reflections Award Ceremonies on Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m. in the Weatherly Middle School Gymnasium. All students who particpated in the Reflections Contest will receive a certificate.

Weatherly Area School District had several regional winners as well as state winners.

For more information, call Cheryl Hirko, Reflection Chairperson, at (570) 579-8250.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wildlands Conservancy recently secured 172 acres of land in East Penn Township for the purpose of protecting the habitat and scenic beauty of the Blue Mountain (Kittatinny Ridge).

Noted for its unique grassland and woodland habitat, the property is home to several insect species of statewide concern as well as recovering stands of oak, birch and chestnut trees.

Monday, April 18, 2011
DOUGLAS GRAVES/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Madison Burns, who won a state swimming championship, received a commendation from School Board Vice President Sally Schoffstall.

Weisenburg Elementary School Principal Renee Cartier resigned in the middle of an investigation into irregularities in the conduct of PSSA math tests for third graders.

The Northwestern Lehigh School District school board approved her resignation after agreeing to add it to the already printed agenda at its April 14 meeting in New Tripoli.

The resignation was approved unanimously with no comment by the administrators or board members. When staff members resign under favorable conditions, there are usually expressions of appreciation for service and best wishes.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will be closed on Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25, for Spring break.

Monday, April 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lizard Creek in East Penn Township left its banks this weekend sending its waters cascading into adjoining fields.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Michael Pavlocak Jr., 20, was killed while serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pavlocak Sr. of Edison, N.J. The youth was graduated from St. Michael's Parochial School, Lansford, and left the community when his parents moved to New Jersey about six years ago. His mother is the former Theresa Geusic, Lansford.

Monday, April 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS A Weatherly man was killed when his car left SR93 in Packer Township Saturday evening, and rolled over several times ejecting him. A female teenage passenger was injured in the crash.

A Weatherly man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Saturday evening and his female teenage passenger was injured.

State police at Hazleton identified the victim as George M. Galada, 51, of Jefferson Street. Troopers said Galada was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Monday, April 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The recent and almost daily-occurring torrential rains have transformed farm fields into lakes, making it impossible for local farmers to get their equipment into the fields to start their yearly planting. Many of the fields, such as this one at the intersection of Lauchnor Road and SR895 in East Penn Township, have well over a foot of water atop the soil, some playing host to flocks of geese. These fields, which would have been plowed and tilled, are nowhere ready for the farmer's tractors and equipment.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Monica Shimko, David Lucas, George Hegedus, Dedira Reesler, Cailyn Joseph, and Jake Weiksner.