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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Northern Lehigh School approved several personnel moves this month:

Ÿ Catherine Grega, middle school reading teacher, compensated sabbatical leave for the first semester of the 2014-15 school year.

Ÿ Rhiannon Brinker, temporary replacement middle school reading teacher, replacing an employee on sabbatical leave, at the salary of $45,680 prorated, with a termination date on or about Jan. 16, 2015.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the first marking period of the first semester of the 2014-15 school year has been announced by Principal Paula Husar.

HIGH HONORS (3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

Friday, October 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton High School class of 1959 recently held its 55-year reunion at the Orioles. Attending were, front row from left: James Zeigenfuss, Patricia (Steigerwalt) Strohl, Robert Bowman, Letitia (Eaches) Sheckler, Lorraine (Rudelitsch) Hartman, Ranny Barclay, Doris (Rehrig) Wertman, Diane (Solt) Haydt and Richard Houseman.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sometimes we get so caught up in daily developments we don't take the opportunity to see the larger picture.

One of Tamaqua's elected officials is urging the community to do just that.

Councilman Brian Connely suggested that the newly restored Broad Street bridge be named in honor of two devoted town fathers both former council presidents who pushed for a vital bridge restoration project yet didn't live long enough to see it completed.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Emergency response personnel were on the scene of an apparent mine subsidence in the Schuylkill County village of Tuscarora, just west of Tamaqua.

A gaping hole was found at the residence of Ellen Purin on Coal Street. The hole was found to be about 10 square feet wide on the surface, but widened considerably as it deepened. The mine subsidence runs through the Purin garage and a large portion of the driveway, measuring 60 feet deep in some areas.

Two nearby homes were also evacuated as a safety precaution.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A free community dinner will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meed's Memorial, 126 W. Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning.

On the menu this month is chicken parmigiana with spaghetti.

All are welcome to enjoy a free meal and fellowship.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Several "Paint and Sip" art classes have been scheduled during November at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Class sizes are limited to ensure each participant is given the needed individual attention. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

There is a fee and it is BYOB.

For more information, or to register, call 570-668-1192 or email leona@tacp.info.

For a look at the class subjects, visit the Tamaqua Community Arts Center page on Facebook or go to www.tamaquaarts.org.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Eastern Schuylkill Democratic Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Hang Loose, 300 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nesquehoning is looking for volunteers for its recreation and junior recreation commissions.

Borough council said Wednesday that there are spaces available on both commissions that need to be filled.

Councilman Mark Stromelo said that on the recreation commission, three vacancies exist.

Anyone interested in volunteering should send a letter of intent to the borough at 114 W. Catawissa St.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Palmerton youth can scratch the Third Street playground off their list of activities this weekend.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson notified borough council on Thursday that a contractor will be on site to repair the play structure in the park.

As a result, Danielson said the structure will be "out of bounds."

The work is necessary because some of the equipment is deteriorated.

In other business, council:

Ÿ Hired Jason Peters as a leaf collection worker at a rate of $7.25 an hour.