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Friday, November 23, 2012

Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 and Aquashicola Fire Company are again sponsoring a full course dinner for veterans, families and individuals and elderly people who reside in the Palmerton Area School District.

Veterans, families and individuals who want to take part in this outreach are invited to the Holiday Dinner which will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Aquashicola Fire Company, Aquashicola. The fire company is located on-quarter mile east of Palmerton on Little Gap Road.

Friday, November 23, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley Middle School eighth-grader Kaitlyn Bentley of Effort won the Lions International Peace Poster contest at the Pleasant Valley Middle School. The Western Pocono Lions Club sponsored the competition with cooperation of the Pleasant Valley School District and PVMS Administrator, Assistant Principal Shelley Larthey.

Kaitlyn Bentley, an eighth-grade student at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Brodheadsville, won the local level in the Lions International Peace Poster competition as sponsored by the Western Pocono Lions Club at PVMS.

This is the first time the club has been able to support the contest, which Lions International sponsors to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Bentley's poster is among the more than 375,000 posters submitted in the 25th annual contest.

"Peace should be a way of living as well as a state of mind," says the Effort teen.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dr. Arthur Riley, East Mauch Chunk dentist who recently enlisted in the Dental Corps of the United States Army, has received his call to duty. Dr. Riley will begin his active duty Dec. 10, and will report to Miami Beach, Fla. He will close his office Dec. 2. The intervening time will be taken up finishing work already started and no new appointments are being made. Dr. Riley made application for enlistment in September, and was sworn in as a First Lieutenant on Oct. 16 by Notary Public Mary E. Engler.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch in the Palmerton Area School District is on the rise.

Superintendent Carol Boyce shared figures with the school board on Tuesday of the percentage of students eligible from each of the five buildings.

Boyce said that based on the calculations, the number of students in the district has gone up by 7.92 percent, from 30.65-percent last year, to 38.56 percent this year.

Also on Tuesday, business Manager Diane Serfass reviewed the district's timeline with regard to the 2013-14 budget.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Phillip Michael "Mike" Ryan of Tamaqua leaves the Tamaqua court of District Judge Stephen Bayer on Tuesday after his preliminary hearing on charges related to a June 16 accident.

Former Marian High School and University of Conneticut lineman Phillip Michael "Mike" Ryan IV of Tamaqua was bound over for trial in the Schuylkill County Courts following his preliminary hearing on DUI related charges. The charges stem from a June 16 accident on SR309, at the intersection with Taggertsville Road. The hearing was held Tuesday in front of District Judge Stephen Bayer.

Ryan, a standout player at Marian and the University of Connecticut, was involved in a head-on collision that injured himself and Gary Boettger II of Tamaqua.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company and First Northern Bank and Trust will be collecting new or slightly used unwrapped toys to give to the families directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 10.

In addition to toys, we will be accepting donations of diapers, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and canned goods. The items will be delivered to the Union Township, N.J., Police Department for its "Santa in Blue" Hurricane Sandy Toy Drive.

Drop off donations at the Aquashicola Fire Company or any branch of First Northern Bank and Trust.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Tamaqua Faith Fellowship Network is sponsoring an inaugural "Night of Luminaria" Dec. 8. Christmas Luminaria symbolically light the way for Joseph, Mary and the Christ Child.

For three centuries, the Spanish villages along the Rio Grande have been displaying their unique Christmas Lanterns or Luminaria, which symbolically light the way for Joseph, Mary and the Christ Child. This unique custom, now appears in many parts of the world, including Tamaqua starting this holiday season.

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network is sponsoring "A Night of Luminaria," Saturday, Dec. 8.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Purnell Avenue, near Hometown Avenue, in Hometown is closed as contractors replace old sanitary sewer lines. The township states that sewer line replacement project, which is expected to last until the end of the month, will also take place along Delford Street.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Jim Thorpe woman, serving as a school teacher in the Middle East country of Qatar, was allegedly murdered by a security guard.

Jennifer Brown, 40, who formerly taught in St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe and Jim Thorpe High School, was killed last week.

She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Brown of Jim Thorpe.

Her father said she went to Qatar in September after attending a job fair. She was assured Qatar was a safe country and that teachers were needed there.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

To make up for school days lost due to Hurricane Sandy, Tamaqua School District students will be in school Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, and Feb. 18, President's Day, directors decided during a meeting Tuesday night.