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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The Northern Lehigh School Board held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday. School directors, front from left, are: Natalie Green, Donna Kulp, Robert Keegan Jr. and Raymond Follweiler Jr.; back row: Mathias Green, board Vice President Gary Fedorcha, board President Edward Hartman and Gregory Williams. Missing from the photo is Director Robin Distler.

Northern Lehigh School Board will once again function under the same leadership next year.

On a pair of 8-0 votes, Director Edward Hartman was reappointed as board president and Director Gary Fedorcha was reappointed as board vice president during the board's reorganizational meeting on Tuesday. Director Robin Distler was absent.

Upon being reinstalled, Hartman graciously accepted his reappointment.

"Thank you, people," Hartman said.

The board will continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chestnuthill Township supervisors were supposed to approve the township's insurance carrier for 2015 at Tuesday night's meeting, but it has been put on hold.

Attorney Michael Collins said the township received quotes from four different companies, including its current carrier, the Dreher Insurance Agency's Travelers Insurance, which has been serving the township for many years. Its quote was $69,514.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

West Penn Township's newest addition to the police force will have a great sense of smell and very sharp hearing.

And four legs.

During a meeting Monday, supervisors approved Chief Brian Johnson's request to purchase a police dog, a Belgian Malinois. Johnson said the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office recently contributed $3,000 toward the purchase of the dog, which will cost about $12,500. Including the D.A.'s donation, Johnson said the department has raised about $9,000 toward the cost.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jim Thorpe Community Watch and the borough police department are hosting a "Winter Wonderland in the Park" on Saturday at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a Christmas tree lighting, holiday music, refreshments, seasonal craft stations and a holiday snapshot with Santa Claus, who will arrive on a firetruck.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A 10-year-old Jim Thorpe boy will never forget the harrowing experience that brought him dangerously close to being swept down Mauch Chunk Creek. The boy was trying to retrieve a soccer ball when he fell into the swirling water.

Fortunately, several men from the Phoenix Hose Company were in the area, and Robert Strohl, an employee of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company, was able to pull him to safety.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ashley Heatter, left, lead SHINE teacher at the Panther Valley SHINE center, inspects the tires of a BMX bike as Lehigh Carbon Community College intern Jacob Wenzel holds the bicycle steady.

Allen wrench. Check.

BMX bike parts. Check.

Thirty-five elementary school children. Check.

Panther Valley Elementary School's SHINE center was alive with activity over the past few weeks as students became mechanics, engineers and scientists during the most recent SHINE Afterschool project. The BMX project is currently being completed in all SHINE elementary centers and the middle school Career Academy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Gregg Potter, president of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council; Linda Christman, president of the Carbon County Democrats for Change; and John Drury, a lay leader of All Faiths Tabernacle and a volunteer for Family Promise, attended the Nov. 25 meeting of Democrats for Change, where $480 was collected for Family Promise.

The Democrats for Change meeting on Nov. 25 turned into a fundraiser for Family Promise. When the club voted to donate $180, guest speaker Gregg Potter also donated $100, which was matched by another member of the club. Potter also announced that his wife's employer has a program to match employee charity donations, which means the total raised for Family Promise was $480.

Family Promise is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Carbon County. The organization works with local churches to provide housing and other resources for homeless families.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

After last month's intense debate on whether or not to raise next year's taxes 1 mill, Bowmanstown's Borough Council adopted its 2015 proposed budget Tuesday without a tax increase.

In addition, it chose not to enact the 3 percent or 5 percent cable franchise tax it had previously discussed.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A request was made to Weissport Borough Council on Monday to let a homeless man live in a camper without running water or other utilities on borough property near the Lehigh Canal.

Gail Maholick, president of the Beltzville Lions Club, said a camper which can be towed was donated to the Lions for the homeless man.

The homeless man, Terry Wentz, was discussed by a couple at a meeting of Weissport Borough Council last month.

JoAnne Nace and her husband, Woodrow, of Lehighton, complained about Whiteman living along the canal in apickup.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, has announced plans to host its traditional Christmas party for children of the community.

The free event will be held on Dec. 13.

Children of Summit Hill residents are invited to attend, beginning at noon when hot dogs and soft drinks will be served while they await the arrival of Santa Claus. He will arrive at 1 p.m. and will distribute a gift to each child.

The event will end at 3 p.m.