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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The state Labor Relations Board has released a fact-finder's report on the Panther Valley School District teachers' contract negotiations.

The report, created by fact-finder Ralph Colflesh, was accepted last Thursday by the school board, but was rejected by the Panther Valley Education Association. Teachers have been working under the terms of the previous contract, which ended in June 2011.

As of Aug. 10, both sides have between five and 10 days to vote again on the report.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ronald Yuricheck, a lifelong resident of Summit Hill and a 20-year member of the borough's fire department, was hired by Summit Hill Borough Council last night as a full-time maintenance employee.

He was hired by a 5-1 vote, with only Councilman Bill Chapman opposed. Councilman John O'Gurek did not vote on the matter.

Yuricheck will be filling a vacancy created by the retirement effective Sept. 1 of longtime borough work leader John Kosalko.

The new employee is married to the former Tara Barron. They have two children.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Feed the People will serve breakfast tomorrow, Aug. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church,104 East Abbott Street, Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to noon. There are no registrations and no fees. The meal offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in thecommunity.

Also, Feed the People is now serving dinner at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street, Lansford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During dinner, bible study is offered and an evening service follows. Participation is optional.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kerry Shoenberger, of Lang's Landscaping & Tree Service in Palmerton, digs in the southwest corner of the Palmerton Borough Park Monday morning in preparation for the eventual construction of a Veterans' Memorial to be dedicated later this year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A free luncheon will be hosted at Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following co-curricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

Ÿ Christopher Barnes, Middle School Newspaper Advisor, $462

Ÿ Susan Bowser, Middle School Junior National Honor Society Advisor, $140 (shared $420)

Ÿ David Carroll, Senior High Band Advisor, $4,782; Middle School Band Director, $700

Ÿ Elizabeth Chunko, Junior Class Advisor, $641

Ÿ Scott DeLong, Debate Advisor, $1,400; National Honor Society, $499

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at Northern Lehigh School District's state-of-the-art turf field later this month.

Superintendent Michael Michaels informed the school board on Monday that the district plans to hold the event at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The football team hosts Southern Lehigh in its season-opener later that night at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A preschool program for low income children will once again be offered in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to authorize Community Services for Children to operate the Head Start Pre-K Program at Peters Elementary School from Sept. 4, 2012, through May 21, 2013.

That decision came after the board heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas, who said the program will be held at no cost to the district. The only obligation of the district is to provide one classroom.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All signs indicate Northern Lehigh School District is set to realize a considerable savings in the 2012-13 school year.

Much to its liking, the school board learned on Monday of several areas in which the district is expected to save money.

Scot Engler, director of special education, told the board 15 outplaced students have been brought back to the district, which will result in about a $300,000 savings.

Engler added "We will be educating our own kids, which is very important."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bid packages are ready and advertised for the new municipal garage planned by the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt announced to his colleagues during Monday evening's meeting.

"We have the advertising out and bids packages prepared for any interested parties and we will be accepting bids until September 4th," said Steigerwalt. "There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on August 17th at 3 p.m."