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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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron Street, Lehighton is hosting an ecumenical Christmas concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

This cantata was created by former Zion UCC director of music, Paul R. Smith 40 years ago. The current director of music, Brad Cressley, has continued the tradition.

Last year's cantata featured 80 voices which represented 22 different chuches and organizations.

The choir will once again be joined by the Zion Festival orchestra.

This year's cantata, "On This Very Night" is a contemporary cantata with both familiar and brand new songs

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Bresnak

Problems with the Kidder Township Fire Company surfaced Thursday night at the township supervisors' meeting, including a change in territory and a discrepancy in funds.

Township Manager Lisa Klem requested Thursday that the supervisors approve a motion to redistrict the business corridor of Route 940 for fire coverage. The section of Route 940 that will now be under the supervision of Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company begins at the Plateau Motel and ends with the Mountain Laurel Resort. Pocono Mountain Lake Estates will remain under Kidder Volunteer Fire Company.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Roxann Rehrig, Palmerton "I'll be cooking for over 20 people, all family members."
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Aimee Dilger/Times Leader Ceil Modrick blows out 10 candles, one for each decade of her life at her 100th birthday party at North Penn Manor.

WILKES-BARRE At 100 years old, former Rockette Ceil Modrick is as lively as ever.

Modrick began dancing for the Rockettes the first year they began performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1932. She was with the Rockettes on opening night and danced with them for three years.

"It was so fun and they paid high money," Modrick said while laughing. "When you're young, you get paid well, it's when you get older you're not so lucky."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of Carbon County's worst air disasters took the lives of five men this week. Their bodies were removed from the wreckage of their small plane today.

The Piper Aztec took off from the Avoca Airport three days ago and crashed during heavy fog, in a wooded section of Lower Towamensing Township, near the top of the Blue Mountain, along the Appalachian Trail. Richard Bonser of Palmerton saw a flash in the sky when the plane crashed and called police.

The victims were all from the Philadelphia area.