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Thursday, April 7, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Superintendent Mary Ann Wright greets residents before the community budget meeting.

Budget cuts are a fact of life these days for most school districts, and Northwestern Lehigh is no exception.

Currently 71.5 percent of the tax load is carried by the local taxpayer, with 27.8 percent going to the state and .07 percent paid by the federal government. The local percentage has been steadily increasing since 2008. Because there is not a large commercial base in the school district, the burden of taxes must fall on the local taxpayer.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Pictured left to right are: Father Medve, Chaplain at Marian and Pastor of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Lansford, and Bradley Kozuch, Tony Stianchie, Cassandra Hoben, Taylor Horvat and Sister Regina Elinich, Principal at Our Lady of the Angels Academy.

On Saturday, April 2, four students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, received Catholic High School Scholarships at the Bishop's Scholar Society Awards Ceremonny held at Alvernia College, Reading.

The awards were presented by the Most Reverend John O. Barres D.D., Bishop of Allentown. These students were selected based on their academic achievement, their school, parish and community activities, leadership roles and recommendations from their principal, eighth grade teacher and their pastor.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Third Annual Fishing Derby on April 9 at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in New England Valley. Derby hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hot food and refreshments will be available all day.

Prizes will include a 3 day/2 night stay at Craiger's Resort in 1000 Islands, Canada, as well as Football Hall of Fame tickets, fishing rods, bicycles and more.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Palmerton Area School District continues to mull its options as it remains mired in an economic crisis.

Donna Les, part-time interim acting business manager, provided an update on the 2011-12 budget to the school board at a committee workshop on Tuesday

Les said that the $27,026,260 preliminary budget is comprised of salaries and benefits, fixed costs, and student activities/athletics.

Fixed costs account for 89.14 percent, 60 percent of which includes salaries and benefits, while student activities/athletics account for just over 1.5-percent.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Burglars used crowbars to force open three sets of steel doors in a $16,500 theft at Bright's Store in Lehighton. Using at least two vehicles to carry away the loot, the thieves selected 160 men's suits in the most popular sizes and valued at an average of $90 each. They also cleaned out display cases of 30 to 40 ladies' and men's wrist watches and broke open six cash registers to scoop up about $200 in petty cash, according to Frank Brunner, store manager. It was the first burglary in the history of Bright's in either Lansford or Lehighton.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS David Mace, left, presented members of the Tamaqua girls basketball team and their coach, Joe Berezwick, right, with certificates commending their accomplishments, including capturing the PIAA District XI Class AAA championship.

Tamaqua Borough Council approved requests for six handicap parking spaces at last night's meeting. The handicap parking space program has been on hold for the past several months pending a revision of the borough's policy.

Spaces were granted at the following addresses: 216 Center St., 122 N. Greenwood St., 231 Orwigsburg St., 251 Clay St., 402 Hazle St., and 115 Gay St. A request to move an existing handicap space from 200 Pine St. to the side of the same property, along Biddle St., was also approved.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This month's local TV report by Senator Dave Argall takes an in-depth look at Act 90, the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act. On April 25, Act 90, formerly known as Senate Bill 900, becomes law.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This year the host school district for the Sixth Sense Competition will be Panther Valley School District. The event will be held at the Panther Valley High School beginning on Monday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. It will continue into Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. with the finals at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.

Members of the competition school teams are as follows:

JIM THORPE- Carolyn Faria, Takumi Hawes, Maggie Halloway, Kayley Kovac, Ben Saxon, and Derek Scott.

LEHIGHTON- Tyler Dietz, Matthew Eckhart, Kaitlin Higgins, Ryan Moerder, Dominic Palumbo, and Lyssa Pantella.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Palmerton Area School District administrator originally hired on an interim basis must await word to see when or if she'll be kept on to serve in another capacity.

The school board unanimously agreed at a special meeting on Tuesday to table a motion to appoint Donna Les from interim business manager to financial consultant, effective March 28.

Prior to the vote, resident William Ravert questioned why the board even considered the move when the district already employs business administrator Lisa Vignone.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative Program graduation celebration at CCTI in Jim Thorpe are. left to right : Bill Richards, representing State Senator John Yudichak; Eve Centrelli, Executive Director Northeastern PA Labor Management Council; Justin Wingert; Tyler Merkel; James Newman; Sean Daily; Aaron Papay; Nick Sickonic; Dana Dunbar; Kevin Gray; Derek Ahner; and Tony Pondish, Carbon Career and Technical Institute Director of Adult Education.

Nine students at the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) in Jim Thorpe graduated recently from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative Program.

All nine graduates achieved perfect attendance and were awarded certificates of completion.