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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a Pennsylvania educator, joined the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees in 1988 and rose through the ranks of the organization and was instrumental in helping PASR to become what it is today. She bequeated a sum of money to PASR to be used for the support of public education. Each year, the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Program honors one teacher and one support professional for doing an outstanding job within a dsitrict or school. A chapter selects the award recipients, who receives a medallion, certificate and a PASR pin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dean Green of Operation: Touch of Home gets ready to show onlookers how you wield a sledgehammer to bash a car at the Tri-County Vettes and Brodheadsville Chevrolet Car Show and Swap Meet. The idea was to raise funds to donate to the building of a home for U.S. Army SPC Robert Kislow III of Danielsville. He had his right leg amputated after being shot while serving in Afghanistan. Operation: Touch of Home plans to donate all the proceeds from the Car Bash to the Build Brigade through an organization called Homes for our Troops that will be working on a home for Kislow on July 22, 23, 23.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

Some major improvements are occurring to the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

New rides are being added, existing rides are being painted, buildings are getting fresh paint, more picnic tables will be placed here, and much-needed maintenance is occurring at the pavilion.

Even a foot bridge over a small drainage ditch is getting a new coat of paint.

The work is being done with volunteers by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

Angelo Stambolis admits he wasn't getting the exercise he should have.

Then one day, the national construction firm where he works as an electrical estimator presented health insurance incentives to its employees.

"That's when I decided to go from a couch potato to a 5K runner," says the 45-year-old Kunkletown man.

In order to motivate and commit himself to the health pledge he made, he added another commitment to the Semper Fi Fund as a Community Athlete.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At last evening's Lehighton Area School Board meeting, Franklin Township resident Glenn Whiteman proposed adding another bus stop on Innsbruck Drive at the cul-de-sac in order to help improve safety for the students.

Jonathan Cleaver, director of curriculum, informed Lehighton Area School Board last evening that according to preliminary results that he recently received, "The school district hit every AYP target at every level."

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment also known as PSSA measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing. By using these standards, educators, parents, and administrators can evaluate their students' strengths and weaknesses to increase students' achievement scores.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A major expansion program designed to provide the finest and easiest skiing in Pennsylvania has been announced by Big Boulder Ski Area near Split Rock Lodge on Lake Harmony. The Big Boulder improvement program will be developed in a series of progressive steps, including two new ski slopes, two new ski lifts, snow-making facilities will be tripled in size, the parking area will be enlarged so 1,000 cars can be accommodated, and the lodge will be enlarged and refurbished.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

After a days-long stretch of extraordinarily hot, dry weather that turned lawns brittle and brown, the region's thirst was quenched by a deluge Monday.

The storms rumbled through in the afternoon and early evening, bringing some thunder and lightning and dumping 4.83 inches of rain on the Lehighton area as of 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The Lake Hauto area, still cleaning up from a severe storm on July 7, got 2.56 inches.

In Tamaqua, weather-spotter Ron Yurchak measured 2.10 inches of rain from the storm.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Star Hose Fire Company in Emerald has a demand for an air breathing system.

To that end, Washington Township supervisors will accept bids for the purchase and installation of the system.

Bids will be received at the Emerald Fire Station until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. They will then be publicly opened and read aloud at a workshop meeting of the board that day at 3:15 p.m.

In May, Fire Chief Keith Kibler asked supervisors to help prepare a bid package for a pump to fill air packs, as reported in an article that ran in the TIMES NEWS.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The proposal involves 676 solar panels to be placed east of the Rush Elementary School.

Officials with MetroTek Electrical Services, Kunkletown, recently gave a turn-key solar proposal presentation to Tamaqua School board and other District officials in the LGI room of the Tamaqua Middle School.

According to the proposed agreement, the District would allow MetroTek to construct and operate the solar electric systems on district-owned land on each campus, with the entire project being completed at no cost to the District, as the District will be paying them for power over the next 20-years.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

"Knee High By The Fourth of July" is one phrase Pennsylvania farmers have used for generations of how they wanted their crops to be by early summer. But this year it was chest high. Now that bumper crop of corn is in jeopardy with the lack of substantial rains before Monday's downpours and the blazing record high temperatures. This crop of corn in West Penn Township shows just how blighted the corn is and another heat wave on the way for this weekend.