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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

No one was seriously injured during a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of Municipal Road along SR309 in West Penn Township just after 6 p.m. yesterday. The incident involved a box truck, a station wagon and a sedan. Responding in addition to township police, were West Penn Fire Company, Lehighton Ambulance, Tamaqua Ambulance and Penn Mahoning Ambulance. Township police are investigating. No more information was available as of press time.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board hired for several positions on Monday evening for the 2013-2014 school year. Included in those hires, left to right, are Samantha Kistler as special education teacher, Kevin Bond as high school technology teacher, and Bobbie-Jo Stehle as speech therapist.

Personnel changes and issues kept Lehighton Area School Board busy on Monday evening as the school district prepares for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 3.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuscarora State Park naturalists will guide a hike at Roaring Creek watershed, north of Mount Carmel, on Saturday. Aug. 31 at 1 p.m.

This hike is 5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty, and passes by two large reservoirs.

Hikers will meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot, located on Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin at (570) 467-2506 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

This is a dog-friendly hike but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PennDOT and the state Insurance Department today urged motorists to contact PennDOT if they change their vehicle insurance provider, as vehicle owners – not insurance providers – are responsible for reporting new policy information to the department.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

During a lengthy Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Monday evening that included two executive sessions to discuss two separate and distinct personnel issues behind closed doors, several agreements and contracts were approved.

These include:

Ÿ An agreement between LASD and EduLink, Inc. for PAETEP - an electronic teacher evaluation portal to be used by the school district to manage the teacher evaluation process for its teachers and supervisors.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These Palmerton Area School District pupils prepare to enter the Parkside Education Center on Monday for the first day of classes in the 2013-14 school year.

They donned their backpacks, boarded their buses, and prepared for the next step on their educational journey.

Most students in the TIMES NEWS coverage area returned to their classrooms on Monday for the first day of the 2013-14 school year.

Palmerton, Northern Lehigh, Panther Valley and Tamaqua area school districts were among those to kick off the new school year.

Over at the Parkside Education Center, Principal Mary Brumbach and staff members greeted students as they arrived.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Three Carbon County bridges and two in the Tamaqua area are among 85 on a list of aging state-owned spans in the region scheduled for weight restrictions by the state Department of Transportation.

They are among 1,000 bridges in the state to be subjected to the limits.

The bridges, in Packer, Kidder and Lower Towamensing townships, Tamaqua and Rush Township, are structurally deficient but "not unsafe," PennDOT secretary Barry Shoch said Thursday at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bob Ciavaglia of Lehigh Anthracite volunteers his time to clear drains following a water main break in Tamaqua on Monday.

Residents in the east end of Tamaqua are under a water boil advisory after a large water main break yesterday afternoon sent water, dirt and rocks shooting into the parking lot of the Tamaqua Plaza, formerly Jamesway Plaza.

Since the burst, borough crews have been working non-stop to replace the broken section of pipe.

Rob Jones, Tamaqua's Public Works director, estimated the affected pipes were built when the plaza was built, in the early '70s.

The incident and repairs have caused a discoloration of water for many Tamaqua residents, not just the east end of town.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A reunion in Tamaqua on Sunday recalled a trip to Rome last year in which a discovery was made about a Tamaqua church. From left: Bill Savage, Elaine Millet, Donna Soley, Vatican priest the Rev. Gary Ziuraitis, the Rev. William J. Linkchorst, and Diane Derr.

The Rev. Gary Ziuraitis, a priest assigned to the Vatican, said he felt something very familiar when he visited the Dutch Hill section of Tamaqua on Sunday.

"Like so many other long-standing Lithuanian settlements, it's like coming home," said the Michigan native.

Ziuraitis was in the Schuylkill County community to see four Tamaqua friends Diane Derr, Bill Savage, Donna Soley and Elaine Millet.

The four first met Ziuraitis in 2002 while on a trip to Lithuania sponsored by the Knights of Lithuania, and again last year.