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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Taxpayers in the Palmerton Area School District may just get a break on their property taxes next year.

That was the indication given by the board of school directors at a workshop session on Tuesday, where the general accord was to avoid a property tax increase for the 2013-14 school year.

Of the seven board members present for the discussion, a majority, which included directors Charles Gildner, Clarence Myers, Darlene Yeakel and Sherry Haas, recommended a zero-mill increase.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will be having a Free Community Dinner on Sunday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m at 21 Race Street, Jim Thorpe. The dinner will be picnic style, and any questions concerning the event can be answered at (570) 325-2241.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blue Mountain Resort received two awards at the National Ski Area Association's (NSAA) National Convention and Tradeshow last week in Palm Springs, CA.

The NSAA recognized Blue Mountain with two top honors for 'Best Social Media Marketing' and the 'Best Overall Safety Program awards. The awards are presented annually to ski resorts nationwide, both large and small, for their successful marketing and safety programs that ultimately help grow the sports of skiing and snowboarding.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kristi and Matt George, owners of Hickory Valley Farms, donated 420 balsam fir seedlings to the students at Towamensing Elementary School in recognition of Arbor Day. Their son, Mason, right, hands one of the seedlings to Eli Miller, a classmate in his kindergarten class.

Matt George of Lehighton, remembers when he was in school, he got a seedling to plant every year on Arbor Day. It always made him feel good to be able to plant a tree to help the planet.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a respected agriculturist, and the third United States Secretary of Agriculture, who helped President Glover Cleveland set up national forest reservations. Today Arbor Day is set aside to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

On Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett once again signed into law a bill giving county commissioners the power to abolish the offices of jury commissioner.

And, once again, the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners vows to challenge the law.

"They will appeal PA Act 4 of 2013 in Commonwealth Court in very short order," said Association President Larry Thompson.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A free seminar on Medicare will be presented at the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs gallery.

This seminar will help you become a more educated consumer when it comes time to shop for Medicare Plans. Medicare 101 is an in depth explanation of the choices offered in all types of Medicare products such as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, and Part D prescription drug coverage. This free program is presented by Cynthia Andersen of Blue Bell, PA.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Coaldale United Veterans Organization will conduct two Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 26. The first service will be held at the Seek Veterans Memorial, on Route 209, at 1 p.m. A second service will be held at the Coaldale Veterans and Women's Memorial, Third and Phillips Streets, at 2:30 p.m.

The featured speaker at both services will be Dale A, Wesner, Captain USMC (Ret.). His talk will emphasize the importance of Memorial Day; and the need to honor the past and current sacrifices of our military in defense of our freedoms.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Weissport was dealt a blow by Heather Heeter, PennDOT engineer in charge of the McCall Bridge reconstruction project.

Weissport Council heard from David L. Horst, PE, of Alfred Benesch and Company, Weissport's engineering firm, that Heeter did not agree with placing a temporary traffic light at the intersection of Franklin and Bridge streets.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Michael Kostro, 15, an eighth grade student in the Jim Thorpe Junior High School, was awarded the prestigious newspaper carrier Citation Award from the Inter-State Circulation Managers' Association. He received the award because of his heroic actions on Aug. 22, 1989, when he saved a neighbor's house from burning in the Holiday Pocono development, Albrightsville. Because of his heroic actions, he sustained burns to over 30 percent of his body. The award was presented by Scott Masenheimer, TIMES NEWS marketing director.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tim McCutchan, left, a Pleasant Valley High School AP Government class teacher, and one of his students, Jack Wathen, hold some of the shoes Jack has been collecting for Soles4Souls, to help those in need of shoes. He's hoping to reach 1,000 pairs by the end of May and is hoping the public will help him reach his goal.

So one day Jack Wathen was sitting on his bed looking at the floor of his closet.

The Pleasant Valley High School senior has been competing in soccer and track throughout his school years. He had compiled quite a collection of sneakers, all of which were accumulating on his closet floor. He began to wonder if maybe there were people who could use some worn but still-in-good-condition shoes.