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Saturday, December 3, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band who for the third year in a row earned its highest placement ever in school history at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship are (front row, l-r) Kelli Hunsicker, Tiffany Hamm (second row, l-r), Brandon Horvath, Heather Heiney, Mike Miller (back row, l-r), Kim Bayer, Chris LeFrancois, Calli Zaleski, and Maggie Surdovel.

Like a fine wine, the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band continues to get better with age.

For the third year in a row, the band earned its highest placement ever in school history when it competed in the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship at Hershey Park Stadium.

The band finished fourth out of 30 bands its size after it registered a score of 93.2. In the process, the band reset the school record for the third straight year, said David Carroll, marching band director.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

St. Luke's Physical Therapy announced their annual food drive will begin Monday, Dec. 5, and continue through Monday, Dec. 19.

The food drive will benefit families in Carbon and Schuylkill counties through the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Lansford Food Pantry.

Items will be accepted at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Lobby, ground floor and St. Luke's Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, fifth floor of the hospital.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Dale Freudenberger of the Lehigh and Delaware National Heritage Corridor surveys the outside of the "old jail" in Lansford, purchased by the Lansford Alive community improvement organization.

In 1877, the newly-incorporated Borough of Lansford decided it needed a jail, commonly called a lock-up, and a place for the town's council to meet.

Community leaders picked a spot at the corner of East Patterson and Walnut streets, hired a contractor and built a simple, two-story stone structure. The building housed three jail cells on the first floor and council chambers on the second.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

An athletic field bleacher replacement project could cost the Palmerton Area School District nearly three-quarter of a million dollars.

Three companies submitted bids to the district on Thursday, with CMG, of Easton, turning in the apparent low bid of $774,000 to do the project.

That proposal was $146,360 less than the next lowest bid of $920,360 turned in by FA Rohrbach, of Bethlehem, and $155,000 less than the $929,000 figure from CC Inc., Construction Services, of Bethlehem.

All three of the companies included bid alternate deductions as part of their proposals.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and snacks. At this event, the children will be singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold its annual Winter "Meet the Raiders" night on Monday, Dec. 5.

The event will be held in the District Athletic Center, between the senior high and middle schools, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and meet the students participating in the boys and girls basketball, wrestling and swimmimg programs, as well as the cheerleaders.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fifteen persons in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Nanovic accepted the pleas from the following:

Jahmal Davis Arnold Jr., 19, of Erie, pleaded guilty to one count of escape, as a felony three. Arnold was placed in the Youth Services Camp Adams, in Penn Forest Township, in September 2010, by the Erie County juvenile court. He left the camp on Oct. 24, 2010, without permission which led to the escape charge. He was later apprehended in the Allentown area.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dale Freudenberger of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor offers this timeline of the Old Jail's history:

1876: Lansford Borough is incorporated.

May 2, 1877: Borough decides to build a lock-up, or jail house.

May 11, 1877: Council approves the Building Committee's plans. Building committee members were Frank Zehner, Charles Edwards, and Morgan Price.

June 6, 1877: Council awards the construction bid to William Herman Reibe after seeking proposals to build the lock-up.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Palmerton Concourse Club who collected various canned good items to be distributed to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC) are (front row, l-r) Cindy Gasper, Amy Lalik, Mary Lou Gilotti, Sue Steigerwalt (back row, l-r), Patty DeSousa, Gloria Ferko, Marlyn Kissner, Gwen Ebbert, Donna Hertzog, Patty Beidleman, Debbie Lutz and Connie Ferko.

Every little bit helps, especially this time of year with the holiday season in full bloom.

With that thought in mind, members of the Palmerton Concourse Club held their Christmas gathering Thursday at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

Marlyn Kissner, Concourse Club member, said members of the organization collected canned goods that will be distributed to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC).

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Walker Township Board of Supervisors discussed considering Donohue Excavating & Paving to fix the Catawissa Road Bridge at its meeting Thursday evening in the municipal building.

At last month's meeting, township engineer Dave Horst said the board may have to seek financing for repairs outside the township's general funds. Donohue is willing to hold the bid of $119,999 for a 120-day period so the board can work out how the project will be financed if it wants to move ahead.