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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Summit Hill Historical Society will meet at the museum at 134 W. Ludlow St at 7 o'clock this evening.

Agenda items include the Ludlow Park project, Memorial Day parade and plans for the anniversary celebrations.

President Lou Vermillion will chair the meeting, which is open to all.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after previously admitting to her part in a series of burglaries in the county.

Stephanie Keck, 34, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of nine to 24 months in a state correctional institution. Keck is currently serving state sentences imposed in other counties for similar acts. She is serving a 14- to 30-month term imposed by Northampton County and four to 24 months on a Schuylkill County sentence. The new sentence runs concurrent to her other sentences but began Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual giant yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday. The rain date is Sunday.

There will be over a hundred vendors selling a variety of household items and baby items, toys and furniture.

Anyone who wants to donate baked goods can drop them off that morning or call Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147.

Vendor setup time is 7 a.m. Spaces are available.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Some of the students from Lori Smith's second grade at Towamensing Elementary School were dressed in camouflage and military style to help celebrate Book Boot Camp as they participated in Buddy Reading. They are, from left: Riley Gearhard, Jackson Stein, Zachary Bechtold, Colby Haydt, Cora Wentz, Trace Stahler, Damian Miller, Wyatt Costenbader and Erika Pysher.

Have you got your books?

Yes, Ma'am.

Are you ready to read?

Yes, Sir.

Are you ready for Book Boot Camp?

Yes Ma'am.

The direct order for last week was to have fun reading at Towamensing Elementary's Book Boot Camp.

"It was a whole military theme week with the message to 'Train Your Brain' through reading," says Stacey Olewine, Towamensing's reading specialist.

On Monday students were encouraged to come to school dressed camouflage and military style for Spirit Day. They held "Buddy Reading" sessions between classrooms.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lehighton has passed an ordinance it hopes will improve the quality of life in the borough.

On an 6-0 vote Monday, borough council agreed to adopt the quality of life ordinance, according to borough secretary Brenda Koons. Councilman Darryl Arner was absent.

Koons said the ordinance pertains to property maintenance issues such as garbage, household hazardous waste, junk vehicles, litter, motor vehicle nuisances, municipal waste, yards, vegetation, and sidewalk areas, among others.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Samantha Postupack and Damian Munoz received special awards during the Tamaqua Area High School Spring Band Concert held May 1. The awards were presented by Tamaqua band director Mark Beltz. Postupack earned the Patrick Gilmore Award, presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the greatest improvement in band. Munoz was presented the John Philip Sousa Band Award, given to an outstanding graduating senior member of the band.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All are welcome to attend a memorial ride on Saturday. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to form their own groups and starting locations, planning to arrive at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery by noon.

Existing groups will depart from Giant Plaza in Newport at 10:30 a.m. and from Fort Hunter Park, Harrisburg, at 11 a.m.

All groups will arrive at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at noon to gather at the PA Monument for a service honoring those who served our nation.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Morgan Kadel, a student, conducts the Panther Valley Band Tuesday evening, during its performance of "Let It Go" from "Frozen."

An unveiling of the National AIE (Pa. Council on the Arts, Artist in Residence program) panther mural was shown to the public for the first time Tuesday during an art show and band concert at Panther Valley High School.

Michael Pyrdsa, a contemporary photorealist and muralist who currently lives in Schuylkill County, has been working on transfer and shading techniques from atop the lift machine with the Panther Valley Students. Many art projects from Kim Burkett's art classes was also displayed.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Schuylkill County Municipal Authority was recognized recently as a forest steward.

Forest stewardship is the wise management and use of forest resources to ensure their health and productivity for years to come.

Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the Bureau of Forestry, State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, presented the award to Patrick M. Caulfield, executive director and Amy S. Batdorf, environmental manager of the authority.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Chad Hammerly, right, plant manager of the Nesquehoning Division of AMETEK Westchester Plastics, presents a $5,000 check from the AMETEK Foundation to John P. McArdle, left, Fire Chief of Nesquehoning Hose Company. The money will be used to help cover the costs of repairs to one of its fire trucks.

Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 recently was named the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the AMETEK Foundation.

The grant will allow the Nesquehoning Hose Company to perform some much-needed repairs to one of its firetrucks.

"We certainly appreciate the contributions of the volunteer members of the fire company, which also protects our facilities," said Chad Hammerly, manager of the AMETEK plant in Nesquehoning, who presented the fire department with the check.