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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Tamaqua School Board used a rainy night to meet and get their ducks in a row to save money.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  This vacant tavern at 301 Lehigh Ave. in Palmerton could eventually be converted into two apartments.

A former tavern in Palmerton could eventually be converted into two apartments.

That's after the borough's Planning Commission met on Tuesday to discuss the proposal brought forth by Tom Ring.

Ring wants to convert the former Susies Penn Lunch at 301 Lehigh Ave. into two apartments, and has requested a special exception for the proposed second apartment addition, as well as a variance from the minimum lot size and off-street parking requirements.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy for September are, front row from left: Valerie Blasko, Aleck Jewells, Jack Jewells, Delaney Gombert and Connor Roetz. Second row: Brayden Feisel, Jacob Trubilla, Keith McCall and Katrina Horvath.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford were recently named Students of the Month for September. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of responsibility.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Jack Jewells: "I am helpful and I listen to my teacher."

First grade, Delaney Gombert: "I was being responsible."

Second grade, Connor Roetz: "I was chosen as Student of the Month because of my good grades and my respect for others."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eldred Township

Halloween parade is 1 p.m. Oct. 19. Rain date is Oct. 26.

Jim Thorpe

Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Halloween house-decorating contest judging will take place on between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Lansford

Lansford Alive Event's Committee is sponsoring the Panther Valley Children's Halloween Party from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 25 with a rain date of Oct. 26.

A teen dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Panther Valley Mini Mall.

Lehighton

Halloween parade, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Northern Lehigh

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Laura Bailey of Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge No. 86, Tamaqua, welcomes visitors to the Tamaqua Heritage Festival Sunday near the train station. Bailey is wearing a period outfit created by Tamaqua seamstress Pat Eisenberg.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tax office

closed Saturday

The office of JimThorpe tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed Saturday, and will reopen Monday.

Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at the Fairview Hose Company from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

House decorating

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club is sponsoring a Halloween house decorating contest in conjunction with their Halloween parade. Prizes of gift certificates will be given to first, second and third places.

The decorations will be judged on originality, scariest and overall appearance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic student-athletes and activities members gathered at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently for a pep rally to boost pride in their school and make OLOAA students aware of all of the activities, clubs and sports teams available to students at Marian.

Pictured are kindergarten students, from left, Joelle Machay, Skylar Foster and Megan O'Brien helping Marian cheerleaders teach a cheer to the OLOAA student body.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John Kovatch IV, center, CEO of KME and the Kovatch Corporation of Nesquehoning, and his sister, Kathy Kovatch Reaman, director of human resources information systems for the firms. hold awards given to them by officials of the Lehigh Carbon Community College. The Kovatch family received the colleges "Collegiate Award of Distinction." Looking on are, from left, Audrey Larvey, chairman of the board of trustees of LCCC; Rick Reaman, CFO of the Kovatch firm; Judy Kovatch Lebo, vice president of the firm; Dr. Ann Bieber, president of LCCC, and John Kovatch IV, a vice president of the firm.

The Kovatch family, owners of KME and the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning, were honored this week for their continued support and dedicated service to the Lehigh Carbon Community College.

They were the 2014 recipients of the college's "Collegiate Award of Distinction."

Dr. Ann D. Bieber, president of the college, presented the award during a ceremony held at the Kovatch firm. Accepting it on behalf of the family was Kathy Kovatch Reaman, director of human resources information systems for the family business.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
LARRY NEFF/special to the times news

Firefighters from several companies had to extricate the operator

of a tractor-trailer after he drove off the right shoulder of Interstate 81 Wednesday morning. The incident occurred in the southbound lanes near the Mahanoy exit in Schuylkill County at 11:45 a.m.