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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Schuylkill Township supervisors want to recognize any residents of the township who are currently serving in the military, particularly if they are coming home. Acknowledging US Army Specialist Marc Habel, of MaryD, who was recently home for a two week leave, chairman of the board, Linda DeCindio said that they wished they had known about Habel's visit, because they would like to hang the American flags in honor of any service personnel who are home. In the future, DeCindio asked family members to contact the township to make the arrangements.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn police, firefighters and fire police responded to a two vehicle accident Monday afternoon involving a tan Toyota Corolla and a Volkswagen Jetta near the intersection of state routes 443 and 309. Reportedly the driver of the Toyota, Mark Mondoro from New Jersey, drove straight in a turning lane which resulted in the collision with Kelly McKlueen who was driving her Volkswagen north. KcKlueen reportedly had a child with her as well. No serious injuries were reported. Township police officer Dale Osenbach stated citations are pending for Mondoro.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The L. B. Morris Elementary School Third Quarter honor roll is as follows:

Principal's List

3rd Grade - Tyler Hartman, Garett Holloway, Teegan Kunkel, William Locke, Dominic Madera,

4th Grade - Emma Gavornik, Ethan Konklin, Aaron Lienhard, Brooke McElmoyle, Nathan Rosahac.

5th Grade - Jacqueline Condly, Emma Dunbar, Dominique Harris, Heather Locke, Nicholas Rosahac, Emelyn Shirley.

6th Grade - Miranda Antiga, Margaret Holloway, Kayley Kovac, Jonathan Parramore, Derek Scott, Brendan Silfies.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Kimberly Sword

Kimberlee Sword felt pretty good when she heard Osama bin Laden was killed.

"I'm relieved, joyous, victorious. There are so many words to describe that first emotional hit Sunday night," she said. "It was a longtime coming."

Sword, a native of Nesquehoning and 1985 graduate of Panther Valley High School, was two blocks away from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 when the historic terrorist attacks occurred.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Pocono Mountains Art Group (PMA), the oldest organized art group in NEPA, has just announced its May 2011 free art gallery schedule for the West End of Monroe County.

The PMA Group Rotational Gallery is open to all members of PMA Group, as well as non-PMA Group members who reside in the West End of Monroe County. All artwork is in excellent museum quality condition and is presented for viewing in a highly professional manner. No artwork contains any nudity or offensive content.

April exhibits are still hanging, however, on May 1, a new show schedule will be in effect.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Every day, millions of people to go work and leave injury and illness free to return home safely, due in part to the commitment of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners. These professionals work tirelessly to identify hazards and implement safety advances across all industries with the goal of reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Under the direction of seventh and eighth grade band director Beth Perkins, the piece "Mallet Maniacs" featured the musical talents of eighthgrade percussionists Christopher Lawler and Matthew Shantonplaying the orchestra bells and xylophone.

Lehighton Area Middle School music department presentedits17th annual spring instrumental concert last evening to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the music program.

According to Thomas Weidner, fifth and sixth grade band and chorus director, "If you think music is an important component of a child's education, it is very important - considering the current state of affairs -that you let your school adminstrators, school board members, state legislators, the state secretary of education, and governor know how you feel."

Thursday, May 5, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pocono Raceway President Brandon Igdalsky stands in front of an array of solar panels at the Pocono Raceway Solar Farm. Pocono Raceway's Solar Farm was among 13 organizations to receive the 2011 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

Pocono Raceway was among 13 organizations to receive the 2011 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The award, presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, highlights the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the commonwealth.

The awards are the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lucas Christman, 10, asks the Palmerton Area School Board to keep wrestling in next year's budget at a special meeting on Tuesday.

Athletic programs could be saved next year in the Palmerton Area School District if parent booster clubs can raise enough money to offset a potential 25-percent cut to each program.

That would save the district about $72,000 in the 2011-12 budget, which the school board said would enable it to restore a list of sports programs proposed to be cut and allow it to remain a member of the Colonial League.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board has rejected a counter offer from the Palmerton Area Education Association.

As a result, the district remains in talks with its teachers' union after the latest proposal for a one-year wage freeze was countered with a wage freeze and several non-monetary concession requests by the teachers.

In a prepared statement sent to the TIMES NEWS, Brad Landis, president of the PAEA, said the organization "is extremely disappointed that the board has chosen not to accept the overwhelmingly endorsed PAEA proposal."