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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Palmerton Area High School juniors must take the new Keystone exams this winter.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the board of school directors of the change at a workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Fenner said the tests are a result of changes to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) to phase in the Keystone exams in the high school to replace 11th grade PSSAs.

Another purpose, Fenner said, is to align grades 3-8 PSSAs to the assessment anchor content aligned to the PA Common Core Standards.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tom Applegate will be hosting a free digital camera photography class today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panther Valley Library, 117 East Bertsch Street, in Lansford. For more information, visit him on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The drivers of two trucks were seriously injured Tuesday morning when involved in a head-on crash along SR309 in Lynn Township. The crash occurred near 7:30 a.m. just north of the intersection with SR143. A pickup truck was discovered sitting in the south bound lanes facing north and a sport utility vehicle resting against a wood frame structure in a parking lot. The two drivers were extricated from the wreckage of their vehicles and transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown. The four lanes of SR309 were reduced to one lane with fire police alternating traffic.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters from Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company assess the damage after flames were extinguished.

A quick response from area volunteer firefighters saved a Summit Hill home from extensive fire damage Tuesday morning.

Black smoke and flames were seen shooting through the roof at the home, located at 2 E. Holland St., as firefighters from Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company and Lansford American Fire Company No. 1 arrived on scene, shortly before 11 a.m. The residence is owned by David Faenza.

Rich Gould, assistant fire chief of Diligence Fire Company, said the fire was extinguished quickly by volunteers and damage was contained to the third floor attic area.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Al Steigerwalt, right, Lehighton borough workforce supervisor, watches as work progresses on a Vietnam veterans' memorial at the Pfc. Clyde R Houser Jr. Borough Annex Building on North Third Street in Lehighton. The workers include, from left, Armando Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority, Gery Clay and Ricky Getz of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 1969, and borough employee John Hettler. Dedication of the memorial is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 6.

The dedication of the Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Borough Annex Building on North Third Street in Lehighton will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The building was named in memory of Houser, known to his friends as "Speedy," who was killed in action in Vietnam at the age of 21 on June 13, 1967. He was a 1964 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

The borough annex was the former Lehighton Area High School from 1918 to 1964. The Class of '64 was the last class to graduate from the building, which was then converted into a junior high.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Carbon County officials are voicing their concern over the future of the county's recycling program.

During the county commissioners' meeting last week, the board discussed the current financial issues the county Department of Solid Waste is experiencing.

Commissioner William O'Gurek pointed out that the county was transferring $3,000 from the general fund into the department for vehicle repairs on trucks that have over 250,000 miles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Multiple trailers carrying what appears to be large white wings carefully traversed north through Tamaqua Tuesday afternoon. Manufacturer markings on the side pertain to aircraft wings. Their destination was not known.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friends and family are holding a prayer program and candelite vigil Thursday evening for Seth Valentine of Tamaqua, who is still in a coma following a motorcycle accident that occurred on Aug. 25 on Route 248 eastbound in Bowmanstown Borough.

Organizers encourage all to bring candles. The program and vigil event is expected to last from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Co-organizer Rich Chwastiak leads a pre-ride tour of visiting riders from Philadelphia and countries of Columbia and Argentina.

"Our race is unique because the course is located on old mine land and open to any age," said co-organizer Rich Chwastiak. "This provides a style of riding that is specific to the coal region." He added that you don't have to have fancy or expensive bikes to participate.

Organizers are expecting for a great turnout of bicycle riders this Sunday during their Reading Anthracite Coal Cracker Classic to be held in the mountains and rolling hills surrounding Tamaqua.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, no new rule has been implemented at an elementary school in the Palmerton Area School District.

The matter came to light when resident Marissa Markley told the board of school directors at a workshop meeting on Tuesday that her daughter, a sixth-grader at S.S. Palmer Elementary, said there was a new school rule that students are not to touch each other.

Markley questioned whether such a rule was fair to the kids, and requested answers from the district as to how it came about.