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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Northwestern All Star Cheer Association (NACA) is holding a clothing drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday March 26 at Tumble with Denise Gym, 961 Oak Drive Road, Lehighton (across the entrance to Mahoning Valley Drive In). They are seeking donations of wearable used clothing (mens, womens, children all sizes), shoes, belts and handbags, backpacks, baby accessories; Lines such as bedding, towels, curtains, rugs, quilts, comforters. Also can take stuffed animals and hard toys that can fit into a 24 inch by 24 inch box. All items should be brought in standard size garbage bags.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Palmerton man charged with exposing himself is scheduled to appear in court.

Anthony Marlow, 54, of 88 Hillside Avenue, was scheduled this morning to go before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on charges of indecent exposure and indecent assault.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton Police patrolman Trevor Flexer:

On Nov. 19 at 3:07 p.m., Flexer was dispatched by the Carbon Communications Center to call in for a call not to be given over the air, according to the affidavit.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Rush Township is pursuing a $240,000 project that would connect Rush Elementary on Meadow Avenue to Mahanoy Avenue, which is Route 54. All but $36,000 of the project would come from federal funds.

Rush Township wants to create a safe connection between Rush Elementary School and other areas in the village of Hometown.

On Tuesday the board announced an ambitious, $240,000 federally-funded project with the lion's share of the money $204,000 secured through the Northeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Enhancement Funding Program, and the remaining $36,000 match coming from the township general fund.

Specifically, the project, called the Hometown Area Safe Routes to School Project, will upgrade the sidewalks and paths to connect Rush Elementary to Mahanoy Avenue (SR54).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Attorney Jeffrey Bowe (right), secretary of the non-profit Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, presents a check for $3,000 to Tamaqua Area School District Superintendent Carol Makuta. The Raider Foundation was formed to assist the district with projects outside of its regular budgetary process. The foundation has purchased iPads for the high school library, presented grants to teachers and is currently working to refurbish the district's elementary libraries.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Palmerton Area School District is at the top of the food chain in relation to high school graduation rate percentage.

Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the school board on Tuesday that the district has a 96.21 percent graduation rate, which ranks first among its contemporaries.

"Compared to other school districts in the Colonial League and Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit, we are tops in both," Boyce said. "To our staffs, students, administrators, and school board, I congratulate you."

Board President Barry Scherer said the district's graduation rates speak volumes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Whether Franklin Township can complete all of the proposed improvements in the community will be determined by a state Community Development Block Grant.

Judy Borger, director of Carbon County Planning and Development, conducted a public hearing on Tuesday night to give the public the opportunity to make comments on the CDBG 2011 allocation for the township.

According to Borger, the township is listed to receive $81,523 which is intended to complete three projects and another $14,674 for administrative costs.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Zack King and Chissy Micholick, members of Panther Valley High School's National Honor Society, wrap daffodils for the American Cancer Society's Carbon Tamaqua Unit at Hiles Brothers warehouse in Summit Hill. Direct sales will be held at the following locations from today through Saturday March 19 from noon to 6 p.m. at Boyer's Market in Tamaqua, Redner's Market in Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe Market in Jim Thorpe, Mallard Market in Lehighton, Country Harvest Market in Palmerton, The Village in Palmerton (Tues., Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.), and St.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eight members of the Tamaqua Fire Department have earned their Fire Officer II certificates. The purpose of the 48-hour Fire Officer II program is to identify emergency service personnel who demonstrate knowledge and skills competency related to fire officer ship. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications identifies the minimum requirements for a person at the second level of progression. A person certified at the Fire Officer II level will have demonstrated the ability to perform the tasks at the supervisory level.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Carbon Model Railroad Society and Pufferbellys Railroad Gift Shop in Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe are sponsoring its Spring Railroad Film Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. The presenter will be Mitch Dakelman, film curator for the National Railway Historical Society. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. For additional information, call (610) 824-7730 or email trolls@ptd.net.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A number of contests loom in area boroughs, townships and school districts in the Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, May 17, according to petitions filed in the Schuylkill County Election Bureau. The last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed petitions is Wednesday, March 23.

Candidates who filed to have their names on the ballot were as follows:

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