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Thursday, November 20, 2014

HARRISBURG The public is invited to comment on the state's draft, Long Range Transportation Plan, which will help guide future 12-year programs and regional plans, by visiting www.PAOnTrack.com.

The draft plan, which includes goals, objectives and recommendations based on department research and public input, is viewable by clicking "Draft Long Range Plan" on the home page. Comments can be submitted through the "Comment Here" section under "Public Participation."

Thursday, November 20, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "The Partnership started with the notion that even if one small thing was accomplished to make our community better, it would be better than doing nothing," said Micah Gursky, TACP director.

"We ain't done yet," pledged a turnout of 120, proclaiming in unison Wednesday that even more achievements are coming for the Greater Tamaqua Area. And those achievements might be just beyond the horizon.

Riding the momentum of 20 years of success and after millions in investment, members of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership took inventory and then looked ahead.

"This has been a wonderful 20 years. But wait until the next 20," promised state Sen. David G. Argall, who rallied membership of the volunteer-driven group.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mahoning Township Police seek public assistance in identifying the pictured female for the theft of electronics at the Walmart store.

Anyone with information may contact 570-386-2241.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As Mother Nature blankets the country with record breaking low temperatures, Blue Mountain announces the earliest opening weekend in its 38-year history. Blue Mountain capitalized on the ideal snowmaking environment and began making snow last Thursday evening with one of the east coast's most powerful and advanced snowmaking systems.

Blue Mountain will open Saturday and Sunday for the 2014-2015 winter season, with 10 trails and four lifts operating from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dinners

Ÿ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will hold a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall.

Ÿ St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church on Race Street in Jim Thorpe will host a free community turkey feast from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church. If you have questions, call 570-325-2241.

Ÿ A community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Friedens Lutheran Church, 525 Church St. in New Ringgold. For details please call 570-943-2835.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced its October

Students of the Month. Students are awarded based on excellence in academics and conduct and are awarded certificates

of achievement and gift cards. Pictured, from left, are Jason Lin, grade six; Keith Hydro, grade seven; and Alexa Ruzicka, grade eight.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The 2014 election for Schuylkill County Farm Service Agency committee will be held in Local Administrative Area 2, which consists of Blythe, Branch, Cass, New Castle, Norwegian, North Manheim, Reilly, Schuylkill, South Manheim, Walker, Washington, Wayne and West Brunswick townships.

Each member is elected for a three-year term.

The nominee receiving the most votes becomes the county committee member. Second-most votes become first alternate and third-most votes become second alternate.

The committee members assist in carrying out programs assigned to the FSA committee.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

To earn distinguished honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For first honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Distinguished Honors

Eighth grade Zachary Boyer, Courtney Rodick;

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets in Lehighton, will once again offer an annual candle lighting service to remember children who are gone too soon.

The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Work is almost complete in diverting runoff waters from Route 309 to the Little Schuylkill River at the southern end of Tamaqua.

Workers from Lehigh Asphalt Company of Tamaqua have installed four precast concrete storm inlets along the east berm of the roadway, diverting a small stream that began last month. The water has been flowing from the western end of Pisgah Mountain onto the highway at the rate of, what one engineer estimated to be, 4,000 gallons per minute.