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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kerry Shoenberger, of Lang's Landscaping & Tree Service in Palmerton, digs in the southwest corner of the Palmerton Borough Park Monday morning in preparation for the eventual construction of a Veterans' Memorial to be dedicated later this year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A free luncheon will be hosted at Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following co-curricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

Ÿ Christopher Barnes, Middle School Newspaper Advisor, $462

Ÿ Susan Bowser, Middle School Junior National Honor Society Advisor, $140 (shared $420)

Ÿ David Carroll, Senior High Band Advisor, $4,782; Middle School Band Director, $700

Ÿ Elizabeth Chunko, Junior Class Advisor, $641

Ÿ Scott DeLong, Debate Advisor, $1,400; National Honor Society, $499

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at Northern Lehigh School District's state-of-the-art turf field later this month.

Superintendent Michael Michaels informed the school board on Monday that the district plans to hold the event at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The football team hosts Southern Lehigh in its season-opener later that night at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A preschool program for low income children will once again be offered in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to authorize Community Services for Children to operate the Head Start Pre-K Program at Peters Elementary School from Sept. 4, 2012, through May 21, 2013.

That decision came after the board heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas, who said the program will be held at no cost to the district. The only obligation of the district is to provide one classroom.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All signs indicate Northern Lehigh School District is set to realize a considerable savings in the 2012-13 school year.

Much to its liking, the school board learned on Monday of several areas in which the district is expected to save money.

Scot Engler, director of special education, told the board 15 outplaced students have been brought back to the district, which will result in about a $300,000 savings.

Engler added "We will be educating our own kids, which is very important."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bid packages are ready and advertised for the new municipal garage planned by the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt announced to his colleagues during Monday evening's meeting.

"We have the advertising out and bids packages prepared for any interested parties and we will be accepting bids until September 4th," said Steigerwalt. "There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on August 17th at 3 p.m."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lehighton is experiencing trouble with bicycles, so much so that Mayor Albert U. Koch requested council to update the bicycle ordinance. To date, 535 bikes have been licensed. Nine of the two-wheelers were impounded by the police department last month for various infractions. The bicycles were returned to their owners after they were first informed of the importance of safety and compliance with the law. The mayor is recommending that all bicycle traffic be prohibited in the business section of the borough.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free concert Thursday in Tamaqua. The concert, being held outside the Train Station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature the band called Large Flower Heads, performing 60's classics. This concert is being sponsored by Lehigh Anthracite Coal LLC.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summit Hill Borough Council last night indicated it will consider hiring a health officer.

Although no formal action was taken, the council said it might either hire its code enforcement officer, Barry Isett & Associates of Trexlertown, for the position, or select an independent local inspector.

Meanwhile, a borough resident, Shireen J. Parsons of East Holland Street, encouraged the council to consider adopting a "quality-of-life ordinance" for the borough.