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Friday, November 15, 2013

Panther Valley Superintendent Rosemary Porembo has sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett requesting his direction and advice in developing the 2014-2015 budget.

The letter, discussed at Thursday's school board meeting, said the district encouraged cost-saving measures while preserving the fidelity of academic programs. The letter, dated Oct. 30, also said the directors believed that the taxpayers were experiencing shortfalls in their incomes and therefore they did not raise property taxes in the past three years.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carbon County commissioners believe that the veterans should have been allowed to pray during a recent Veterans Day ceremony in Jim Thorpe.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard spoke out about a recent TIMES NEWS article that stated that Jim Thorpe School officials were not allowing U.S. Army veteran Gil Henry, chaplain for the VFW Post 294, Albrightsville, to pray at the annual ceremony, held this past Monday.

Gerhard said that he spoke with a friend who is a Vietnam veteran.

Friday, November 15, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler speaks with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Schools don't exist for individuals to have jobs, but, rather, to ensure that students receive a public education.

So were the words of Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler, who shared some of his views on education with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Engler became the district's superintendent July 1. Several years earlier, he served as director of student services in the district.

That familiarity with the district is one of the aspects of the job that Engler said appealed most to him.

Friday, November 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The German students and their chaperones enjoyed their two weeks staying with Pleasant Valley School District hosts. They visited New York City while here. They are, from left, Peter Becker, teacher; Dorothee Bauer, teacher; Annalena Held, Klara Deubert, Raphael Hoerner, Louisa Schneider, Caroline Kueker, Jana Kraus, Leon Buermeyer, Linda Wilhelm, Kai Goetz, Cleo Kloettschen and Katrin Bereswill, teacher.

Pleasant Valley High School recently welcomed 11 students and three chaperones from Germany through the German American Partnership Program, an exchange program that lasted two weeks.

GAPP, a nonprofit high school exchange program sponsored by the German Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State, integrates students into the everyday life of host families and into the classroom activities.

Students stayed with host families within the school district and attended classes at PVHS.

Friday, November 15, 2013

One witness after another on Thursday gave condemning testimony against Rockne "Rocky" Warren Newell, 59, of Saylorsburg. The man is charged with killing three people and injuring one at a Ross Township supervisors meeting on Aug. 5.

Newell had 12 charges filed against him, including three for criminal homicide, bound over to Monroe County Court. He will continue to be held without bail in Monroe County Correctional Facility.

The witnesses were:

Attorney

John Dunn

Friday, November 15, 2013

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Doors will open at 12:30.

All are welcome to share this meal. There will be no takeouts. Transportation may be available, if necessary. Homebound meals may be available, and will be offered only by previous arrangement.

For more information call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Schuylkill County Commissioners Wednesday approved hirings and acknowledged retirements and resignations in various departments.

District Attorney's Office

Attorney Rebecca Elo, Orwigsburg, resigned as a deputy assistant district attorney as she has accepted a position in the state Attorney General's office.

Michael Carey, Branch Township; Shawn Tray, Saint Clair, and Henry Woods, Lansford, had their jobs terminated as per diem investigative consultants as grants to cover their salaries expired.

Recorder of Deeds Office

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Coalcracker Chorus will be the musical guest at the third annual Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 7. The chorus is directed by Richard Clemson and features members from Tamaqua and the surrounding area.

Friday, November 15, 2013

America Recycles Day is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Some facts:

Ÿ In 2006, according to the EPA, every American generated about 4.6 pounds of waste daily and recycled approximately one third of it (roughly 1.5 pounds).

Ÿ Today, Americans recycle around 33 percent of their waste.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carbon Builders Association is offering a free OSHA Awareness Seminar at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the CBA office. There will be the opportunity to ask questions about OSHA and how it may relate to one's business.