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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 30 second graders, their parents and teachers of the West Penn Elementary School spent time recently visiting the Tamaqua Public Library in preparation for their diorama project, which will each involve a "habitat" theme. All the diorama projects will also be published into a single book which will be available for sale by late March. Mrs. Vanessa Boyle, 2nd grade teacher, said she was proud of the many parents' involvement. Penny Gurksy, Tamaqua Librarian, pointed out the library's excitement of having the school utilize the library for a school function. Gursky added, "Our library always encourages community involvement and hope to involve other schools in activities at the library."Tom Bartasavage helps his daughter, Brittney, 7, research forest life for her diaroma project.

Over 30 second graders, their parents and teachers of the West Penn Elementary School spent time recently visiting the Tamaqua Public Library in preparation for their diorama project, which will each involve a "habitat" theme. All the diorama projects will also be published into a single book which will be available for sale by late March. Mrs. Vanessa Boyle, 2nd grade teacher, said she was proud of the many parents' involvement. Penny Gurksy, Tamaqua Librarian, pointed out the library's excitement of having the school utilize the library for a school function.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tamaqua High School Leadership Council is holding a coat drive for needy students in the Tamaqua school district this winter. Anyone can bring in coats to the high school main office during the day or until 5 p.m. after school. Coats will be given to local students and families. The Tamaqua Salvation Army is also collecting coats and gloves for needy families in our area over the winter. Organizers ask donators to wash the coats and gloves before donating them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council is working on its budget for 2012. The proposed 2012 budget was introduced and tentatively approved at the regularly scheduled council meeting. The council will look to vote on the final 2012 budget at the next borough council meeting on December 8th.

There will be a budget workshop meeting Thursday, Nov. 17th at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions about the budget is invited to attend.

For the proposed 2012 budget the borough is looking at no increase in rates for water and garbage.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

The service is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

This observance was initiated by The Compassionate Friends, an international Bereaved Parents organization, as a gift for families to remember the children who have died too soon, but will never be forgotten.

This is the first time this event will be held in Carbon County.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Controller Melinda Kantner failed to win re-election but came out victorious in a lawsuit filed against her by the Schuylkill County Commissioners, with whom she has been having disputes for the full four years she has been in office.

The commissioners, through their attorney, filed a motion in the county court to withdraw a mandamus action they had filed against Kantner. Judge John J. Domalakes signed an order granting the motion and dismissed the action. A non-jury trial had been scheduled for Dec. 19.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

At Monday evening's Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, four school board directors were recognized as outgoing board members.

Michael Huber, Ellen Kattner, Richard Karper, and Dr. Michael Hartman were recognized for their time served on the school board.

"I appreciate all the help and direction they have given us. I look forward to working with the new member's," stated Superintendent Barbara Conway.

She also stated that each director had brought a distinct flavor and talent to the board.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Summit Hill may soon become a legislative outcast in Carbon County.

Under a proposed 2011 reapportionment plan, Summit Hill might be moved from the 122nd Legislative District, whose representative is Doyle Heffley, to the 124th Legislative District, where Jerry Knowles is the state legislator.

Currently every municipality in Carbon County is within the 122nd District. Summit Hill is the only community suggested for transfer to another district.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School Assistant Principal Scott Pyne (left) and high school Principal Robert Vlasaty (right) display a portrait of the High School All-Pro Team, to board members on Monday.

Northern Lehigh School District has opted to not offer an Early Retirement Incentive Plan in the 2011-12 school year.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to reject the plan for all eligible employees, which would have been on a voluntary basis.

Superintendent Michael Michaels explained to the TIMES NEWS after the meeting the reason why the board shot down the plan.

"The board feels it's only good if used only every several years," Michaels said. "Otherwise, people get used to it."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dan Polak, left, and Mike Kokinda, both of Summit Hill, put the finishing touches on a new maypole at the Ginder Park playground in Summit Hill. It's one of four new rides set for the park.

There's something new at the Ginder Park playground in Summit Hill.

Two new rides have been installed.

Put into service this week were a "spring hammer" and a maypole.

The rides were purchased by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission with funds raised from the annual Memorial Day Weekend Stay-At-Home Festival.

Volunteers assembled the rides after Stoney Lonesome Excavators of Summit Hill used its equipment to dig holes.

Michael Kokinda, one of the volunteers, said the weather caused the holes to collapse and the loose dirt had to be dug out by hand.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Berks County man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Monday morning in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville identified the victim as Mitchell C. Greenwood, 20, of Kempton.

Troopers said Greenwood was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 eastbound on Old Route 22 in Weisenberg Township, about 2 a.m. when he lost control of the car.

The vehicle went onto the berm and struck an embankment, then overturned.

Greenwood was ejected from the car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.