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Saturday, November 22, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from several departments responded to a smokey fire at a dwelling on Water Street in Nesquehoning.

Heavy smoke damage was reported to a residence on West Railroad Street in Nesquehoning during a fire call Friday night.

The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. when a neighbor report smoke in the affected home.

Dense smoke was evident inside the house.

Nesquehoning police were the first emergency responders on the scene. They said they attempted to enter the home but reached only the first floor before being driven back by the smoke.

Firefighters were seen carrying a mattress from the house.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS On Monday, Jim Zanders, left, of Lehighton, presented band leader Tommy Dorsey's early, hand-carved baton to Bill Harleman, president of the Lansford Historical Society.

It's a Thanksgiving surprise almost too good to believe for music lovers, historians and everybody.

An exquisite hand-carved baton, owned and used by legendary band leader Tommy Dorsey, has been found inside a Lansford house and was presented to the local museum for the cultural enrichment of the community.

Lansford Historical Society President Bill Harleman and history buff Jim Zanders of Lehighton met Monday to officially present the baton for safekeeping and to ensure the item stays in Carbon County.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Times News file photo All three Panther Valley schools scored below 70.0, the number tabbed for acceptable achievement.

The measuring stick for public schools in Pennsylvania is the School Performance Profile. Locally, 28 out of 35 school buildings scored above 70.0, the number tabbed for acceptable achievement, according to results recently released by the state.

Jim Thorpe Area High School was the highest scoring school in the area at 88.2.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
special to the times news

The teacher education department at Misericordia University recently inducted seven students into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Inducted into the honor society, seated from left, are Kara Kiska, Ashley; Janet Castrignano, Hanover Township; and Jacqueline McMullen, Tamaqua; standing from left, Taylor Burak, Shavertown; Brianna Oswald, Lehighton; Olivia Blandina, Exeter; and Nicole Hunsinger, Kingston.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering public immunization clinics on Dec. 3 at Gnaden Huetten Medical Office building, 281 N. 12th St., lower level Suite A, Lehighton. The clinics will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.

People who are underinsured where insurance doesn't cover the vaccine or uninsured are eligible to receive these vaccines at a low cost.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Department of Health at 570-325-6106.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

All four buildings in the Northern Lehigh School District are in good academic standing.

Further proof of that was evident when Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas shared the results of the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile with the school board recently.

"We are happy to announce we have no schools in school improvement," Nicholas said. "That means they are making good progress."

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Olivia Stettler

Twelve-year-old Olivia Stettler was one of 23 dancers from DM Performance Works in Hazleton who recently performed on the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney. DM Performance Works is a nonprofit organization started by Joelle Witner, owner and operator of Drama in Motion Studio of the Performing Arts in Hazleton.

After submitting an audition tape and being accepted to perform, the dancers spent almost a year preparing for the 20-minute medley featuring Christmas music under the direction of Witner and Melissa Wilkinson.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The measuring stick for public schools in Pennsylvania is the School Performance Profile. Locally, 28 out of 35 school buildings scored above 70.0, the number tabbed for acceptable achievement, according to results recently released by the state.

Jim Thorpe Area High School was the highest scoring school in the area at 88.2.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  IOOF District Deputy Grand Master Timothy Hahn presents a certificate to Raymond R. "Bull" Boulanger, outgoing Noble Grand of Harmony Lodge 86 of Tamaqua.

Harmony Lodge 86 of Tamaqua, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, held an installation ceremony recently, welcoming new leaders and honoring outgoing Noble Grand Raymond R. "Bull" Boulanger. Presiding over the installation ceremonies were District Deputy Grand Master Timothy Hahn and staff from the Shenandoah Lodge 591.

Also in attendance were members of Pine Grove Lodge 148.

New leaders of the Tamaqua lodge are Arthur W. Valentine of the Lewistown Valley and Gary W. Price of Tamaqua.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe, has released the names of students who earned honor roll and principal's list for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

Honor roll

Third grade: Rene Bubar, Ada Finsel, Lillian Heydt, Brooke Higgs, Alessandra Marciante, Liliana Nuzzo, Erin Remmel, Melina Schwartz, Cassidy Soden, Aubrey Bonner, Maria Castillo, Maggy Hallihan, Phoenix Kalavoda, Annika Platel, Horacio Robles, Noah Rosahac, Hailey Wallace, Stephen Yuhas, Willow Gould, Brielle Gowrie, Richard Kenna, Madelyn Konklin, Luke Olmsted