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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kindergarten Registration in the Lehighton Area School District will be held on March 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the District Administrative Building, 1000 Union St. (near the High School). Call Brenda Strausberger at (610) 377-7880, ext. #2, to schedule an appointment. Appointment times will be scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m.

At registration, parents will sign for a date and time to have the kindergarten readiness assessment administered to each child. These assessments will take place May 3, 4, 5, and 6, at the Administration Building.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Program is under way. From today until Feb. 18, elementary students throughout Carbon County will be competing to collect the most phone books.

Participating schools will be keeping track of how many phone books are brought in. After the program ends, the Recycling Office will pick up the phone books from schools for recycling.

The five highest collectors will receive an award from Carbon County and a $100 savings bond donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank and First National Bank of Palmerton.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Abel Boyer receives an Eagle pin from his mother Debbie as his father Allan watches. Robert Fenstermaker is in the background.

Christ Church in Walnutport was filled to standing room only on Feb. 6 as Abel Boyer became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The ceremony began with the posting of the colors and the singing of "God Bless America."

In the invocation the Rev. Brian Haas asked God to inspire others to take the road to Eagle.

American Legion Commander Gordon Giannotti welcomed everyone to the "super bowl of scouting," and said it was a big day not only for Abel Boyer but for his parents.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marian High School has announced the names of students on the school Honor Roll for the Second Quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Distinguished Honors

(93 or above in all major subjects)

Seniors - Victoria Vadyak

Juniors – Emily Burger, Miranda Milillo, Briana O'Donnell

Sophomores – Samantha Faust, Jessica Horlacher

Freshmen – Ryan Darrough, Michael Dino, Rebecca Hartman, Tara Koskulitz, Joseph Letcher, Alexis Makowiec, Austin Paisley

First Honors

(90 grade point average, no subject below 87)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nicole Czamecki

The Slatington Womn's Club has named Nicole Czarnecki of Slatedale as the December Girl of the Month.

A senior at Northern Lehigh High School, she is involved in the yearbook, is manager for the boys' soccer team and plays for the girls' varsity soccer team.

As an active member of the Class of 2011, she has helped in decorating for Homecoming, attended meetings and offered up ideas for fundraisers. Part of the Senior Class video committee, she films, takes pictures and will eventually be helping to put the video all together.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Borough of Tamaqua Street Department continues snow removal operations this week and has announced the schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Snow clearing operations will be held on Pine Street, from East Broad to the 309N bridge, and Penn Street, from Coal to Hunter. Both sides of the streets will be included.

All vehicles must be moved from the posted streets. Vehicles that remain on the posted streets will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

Snow removal will continue as needed and residents will receive notice of additional streets that will be cleared.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The next meeting of the Navy Club auxiliary will be at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 10, at the Nesquehoning VFW. All new members are welcome to attend.

Anyone age 12 and older; as well as widows and widowers are also welcome to join.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua fire police held their installation of officers recently at the borough hall. Fire police volunteers pictured from back left are officers Ed Kashmer, Dave Hadesty, Lt. Brent Confer, Sgt. Jack Bowman, Capt. Bob Schlorf and Rich Wentz. Pictured in center from left are Kristy Melchior, Bill Sommers and Doris Nelson. Pictured sitting from left are Charles Hollenbach, treasurer, Herb Curvey, vice president, Sheldon Shafer, president, and Ed Sassaman, secretary.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS John Charles McCole, center, 39, of Nesquehoning, is escorted from his home by police officers Timothy Wuttke, left, of Nesquehoning, and Lee Marzen of Jim Thorpe. He has been charged with burglarizing the residence of a Nesquehoning woman for whom he reportedly had cleared snow and ice.

Thanks to a neighbor's willingness to get involved in Nesquehoning, and quick response by police Monday, a suspect was arrested minutes after a morning burglary occurred.

Charged in the incident was John Charles McCole, 39, of 15 E. High St., Nesquehoning.

He was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail.

He has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Elementary School students from grades two to five recently took part in the school's Soup-er Bowl food drive for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry. Students were encouraged to bring in a can and vote for their winning team with each can. Grades two and three raised over 120 cans, while grades four and five raised over 210 cans.