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Thursday, June 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

First grade students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy grew a classroom garden as part of their Earth Day studies. Included in the garden were gladiolus flowers which the students planted and took care of to give to their mothers for Mother's Day along with a bouquet of handprint flowers. Shown with their flowers are, from left, Albin Petschauer, Elsie Heckman and Elijah Feisel.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It could cost Northern Lehigh School District nearly $239,000 to pave its stadium parking lot.

Four companies submitted bids to the district on Tuesday to replace existing pavement at Bulldog Stadium, with Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, turning in the apparent low bid of $238,645.

That amount was $24,054 less than the next lowest bid of $262,699 turned in by Bruce N. George Paving & Excavating, Kunkletown.

Other companies that bid were Muschlitz Excavating, Inc. of Bath ($303,303), and Schuylkill Paving, Inc., of Schuylkill Haven ($319,912).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The four members of Coaldale council who met Tuesday agreed to hire the lowest bidder for street improvements.

Thomas Keerans, John Sherbin, David Yelito and President Susan Solt all voted to hire Alicia Paving Inc., Lehighton, to improve Ridge Street at a cost of $6,844 and Upper Miner Street, from Route 209 to Snedden Avenue at a cost of $11,378.

Alicia was the lower of two bidders.

Council members Joseph Hnat, Steve Tentylo and Michael Doerr were absent.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton and Slatington Rotary clubs recently held a joint meeting at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, located at the foot of the Kittatinny Ridge between Slatington and Palmerton.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

During the recent meeting of the Chestnuthill Township Board of Supervisors, the board approved, 3-0, to advertise for pave in place bids.

It also approved, 3-0:

lot joinder for David and Teresa Weinman

Resolution 2013-13, adopting a new street map, along with a list of the renaming and naming of public and private streets within the municipal boundaries of the township. The list of names and map is available to view at the township building.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The 6th annual Polka for Pets will be held this Sunday, June 16 from noon until 6 p.m. in the Lehighton Grove on South 7th Street.

The annual event serves to bring together pets of many kinds who need homes and are available for adoption.

The Pennsylvania Villagers polka band will perform from 2-5 p.m.

There will also be vendors on site offering pet services and treats, a Chinese auction, refreshments, pet microchipping, spay/neuter applications and many dogs and cats in need of loving forever homes.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored eightJim Thorpe Area High School students as "Students of the Month" over a consecutive seven-month period of the past school year. Pictured at the event are, from left, Jim Trainer, outgoing Lions Club president; Heather Outwater, May, ComputerTechnology; Brittany Terpstra, October,Business Education; Sam Sparacio,February, Art; Rebecca Osborne, April,Foreign Language, Spanish; and Garret Rizzo, January, Music; back from left, George Hiller, incoming Lions Club president; Alexander TaBois, November, Physical Education;

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Petitions have been filed in both Carbon and Schuylkill counties by a group of registered voters in the Hazleton Area School District asking for a new election for the office of school director for the school district. The petition was also filed in Luzerne County.

The petitions ask that the recent Municipal Primary Election held May 21 in the three counties be set aside because of alleged errors made by the Luzerne County Election Board. Candidates from all three counties filed petitions in the Luzerne County Election Bureau.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Providing a patriotic send-off, friends and family members of Private Joanne Hauber fly our nation's colors as they drive through the hills outside of Weatherly.

Friends, family and community members came together in Weatherly to show their support for U.S. Army Private JoAnne "JoJo" Hauber, 20, during a patriotic send-off event yesterday.

Hauber, of Weatherly, left yesterday for training at Fort Riley in Kansas in preparation for eventual deployment with her unit to Afghanistan in January 2014.

Traveling from Weatherly to the Philadelphia airport, some motorcycles flew large flags while other individuals in the escort covered their vehicles with words of support for Hauber.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Final preparations are being done at Vonz Restaurant at the 1874 Tamaqua train station. The eatery is set to open Wednesday.

The Tamaqua SOS (Save Our Station) organization announced Wednesday that the new "Vonz Restaurant" will open in the historic Tamaqua Railroad Station on Wednesday, June 19, at 11:00 a.m.

Tamaqua SOS first revealed plans for the new restaurant late in 2012 following the closing of the former "Restaurant at the Station" in mid-December.

In anticipation of the closing, Tamaqua SOS had advertised the former restaurant space as available for lease late last year. Several proposals from interested restaurant entrepreneurs were received.