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Saturday, November 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  IOOF District Deputy Grand Master Timothy Hahn presents a certificate to Raymond R. "Bull" Boulanger, outgoing Noble Grand of Harmony Lodge 86 of Tamaqua.

Harmony Lodge 86 of Tamaqua, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, held an installation ceremony recently, welcoming new leaders and honoring outgoing Noble Grand Raymond R. "Bull" Boulanger. Presiding over the installation ceremonies were District Deputy Grand Master Timothy Hahn and staff from the Shenandoah Lodge 591.

Also in attendance were members of Pine Grove Lodge 148.

New leaders of the Tamaqua lodge are Arthur W. Valentine of the Lewistown Valley and Gary W. Price of Tamaqua.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe, has released the names of students who earned honor roll and principal's list for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

Honor roll

Third grade: Rene Bubar, Ada Finsel, Lillian Heydt, Brooke Higgs, Alessandra Marciante, Liliana Nuzzo, Erin Remmel, Melina Schwartz, Cassidy Soden, Aubrey Bonner, Maria Castillo, Maggy Hallihan, Phoenix Kalavoda, Annika Platel, Horacio Robles, Noah Rosahac, Hailey Wallace, Stephen Yuhas, Willow Gould, Brielle Gowrie, Richard Kenna, Madelyn Konklin, Luke Olmsted

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron Street, Lehighton is hosting an ecumenical Christmas concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

This cantata was created by former Zion UCC director of music, Paul R. Smith 40 years ago. The current director of music, Brad Cressley, has continued the tradition.

Last year's cantata featured 80 voices which represented 22 different chuches and organizations.

The choir will once again be joined by the Zion Festival orchestra.

This year's cantata, "On This Very Night" is a contemporary cantata with both familiar and brand new songs

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Bresnak

Problems with the Kidder Township Fire Company surfaced Thursday night at the township supervisors' meeting, including a change in territory and a discrepancy in funds.

Township Manager Lisa Klem requested Thursday that the supervisors approve a motion to redistrict the business corridor of Route 940 for fire coverage. The section of Route 940 that will now be under the supervision of Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company begins at the Plateau Motel and ends with the Mountain Laurel Resort. Pocono Mountain Lake Estates will remain under Kidder Volunteer Fire Company.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Roxann Rehrig, Palmerton "I'll be cooking for over 20 people, all family members."
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Aimee Dilger/Times Leader Ceil Modrick blows out 10 candles, one for each decade of her life at her 100th birthday party at North Penn Manor.

WILKES-BARRE At 100 years old, former Rockette Ceil Modrick is as lively as ever.

Modrick began dancing for the Rockettes the first year they began performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1932. She was with the Rockettes on opening night and danced with them for three years.

"It was so fun and they paid high money," Modrick said while laughing. "When you're young, you get paid well, it's when you get older you're not so lucky."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of Carbon County's worst air disasters took the lives of five men this week. Their bodies were removed from the wreckage of their small plane today.

The Piper Aztec took off from the Avoca Airport three days ago and crashed during heavy fog, in a wooded section of Lower Towamensing Township, near the top of the Blue Mountain, along the Appalachian Trail. Richard Bonser of Palmerton saw a flash in the sky when the plane crashed and called police.

The victims were all from the Philadelphia area.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Special to the Times News From left, Presidents Mark Erickson of Northampton Community  College, Ann Bieber of Lehigh Carbon Community College  and Thomas Leary of Luzerne County Community College celebrate the partnership that will expand job training programs for residents of 13 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

More than 100 educators, employers and leaders in workforce and economic development from throughout northeastern Pennsylvania gathered at Northampton Community College recently to celebrate the launch of a 4-year project that will provide job training for students and create 36 new, redesigned or technology enhanced degree, diploma or certificate training options in health care, advanced manufacturing and logistics/transportation.

Friday, November 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left, Mehmet Barzev, operations manager for West End Ambulance Association; Melissa Monaco, administrative coordinator; and C.J. Dickinson, business manager, proudly displays WEAA's newly earned certificate of Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition.

The West End Ambulance Association brought home the gold.

The Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition, that is.

At a brief ceremony Thursday, John Kloss, the executive director of Eastern Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Council, presented the Gold Standard of Excellence Recognition to WEAA.

"What you have accomplished is truly amazing and we applaud you," Kloss said.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will be hosting its Annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's United Methodist Church on Old Route 115 in Saylorsburg.

Pastor Todd Glasmire will be the host and there will be a joint choir. There will be a fellowship hour after the service. Bring a finger food to share. Donations of nonperishable food will be greatly appreciated.

Join in worship and help support the less fortunate in our area.