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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rebecca Anglemyer, a PVHS senior and president of the Drama Club; Lydia Shank, Musical Theater president; and Nathaniel Rhodes, a member also, presented a thank-you letter to the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors on behalf of the Drama Club and Musical Theater.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

In response to complaints from visitors to the Borough of Palmerton, the borough council has initiated a street sign program replacing the metal signs with new fiberglass signs which are easier to read.

Barry Scherer, chairman of the council's Streets and Sidewalks Committee, said it has been several years since the signs have been replaced.

The program, which includes 50 intersections, is costing $2,000 this year.

Scherer said it will take at least two years until all the new signs are erected.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 will meet Tues., Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Annex on Municipal Road in West Penn. The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m. FMI: Call Eugene Schaffer at (570) 386-3224.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be holding a meeting for all teams and committee members this coming Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Tamaqua, 105 W. Broad Street. The meeting is open to all Relay participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
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All five people involved in the alleged Aug. 28 armed robbery of the Turkey Hill Minit Mart in Lansford waived their rights to preliminary hearings Wednesday.

District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford bound charges against Ray Ziegenfuss III, 19, of 206 W. Front St., Lansford; Nicole Christman, 19, of 220 W. Front St., Lansford; Alyssa Gryzik, 18, of 303 Lansford Court, Summit Hill; John A. Simonson, 19, of 220 W. Front St., Lansford; and Scott Heffelfinger, 26, whose last known address was in Lehighton, to Carbon County Court.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
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Some locations in eastern Schuylkill County appear to be nearing a peak in fall colors, as seen here Tuesday along Taggartsville Road near Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a property tax reform proposal that allows each school district to move at its own pace to replace property tax levies, dollar-for-dollar, with income and other taxes.

House members voted 149 to 46 to pass the proposal, HB 1189.

On Tuesday, the House rejected an amended version of the bill, proposed by Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks. That amendment would have replaced school property taxes by phasing in increases in personal income and state sales taxes.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Beginning Friday, parents, students, teachers and others will be able to find out how well their schools are doing under Pennsylvania's new, easy-to-use School Performance Profiles.

School Performance Profiles is the measure of how well students are learning. It replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress measure that was part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Palmerton will solicit proposals for solid waste collection.

To that end, the borough will accept bids until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Whomever is awarded the contract will provide labor and equipment for pick-up, transportation, and disposal and/or recycling of municipal solid waste generated from about 1,950 residential and commercial units within the borough.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ted and Vanessa Naratil install a refinished dresser-turned-vanity at their Aquashicola home on Wednesday. The couple found a valuable savings bond inside the second-hand piece, purchased at a Tamaqua thrift store.

Someone is nearly $1,000 richer today.

But who is that person?

That's what an Aquashicola couple is wondering after they discovered a 49-year-old U.S. savings bond stuck inside an old bedroom dresser they purchased at a Tamaqua second-hand thrift store.

"We'd like the bond to go to its rightful owner," says Ted Naratil, "but we're not sure who that would be."

Naratil is an employee of Pencor Services, Inc., Palmerton, where he's worked as a Computer Patrol technician with PenTeleData for the past seven years.