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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School Assistant Principal Scott Pyne (left) and high school Principal Robert Vlasaty (right) display a portrait of the High School All-Pro Team, to board members on Monday.

Northern Lehigh School District has opted to not offer an Early Retirement Incentive Plan in the 2011-12 school year.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to reject the plan for all eligible employees, which would have been on a voluntary basis.

Superintendent Michael Michaels explained to the TIMES NEWS after the meeting the reason why the board shot down the plan.

"The board feels it's only good if used only every several years," Michaels said. "Otherwise, people get used to it."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dan Polak, left, and Mike Kokinda, both of Summit Hill, put the finishing touches on a new maypole at the Ginder Park playground in Summit Hill. It's one of four new rides set for the park.

There's something new at the Ginder Park playground in Summit Hill.

Two new rides have been installed.

Put into service this week were a "spring hammer" and a maypole.

The rides were purchased by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission with funds raised from the annual Memorial Day Weekend Stay-At-Home Festival.

Volunteers assembled the rides after Stoney Lonesome Excavators of Summit Hill used its equipment to dig holes.

Michael Kokinda, one of the volunteers, said the weather caused the holes to collapse and the loose dirt had to be dug out by hand.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Berks County man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Monday morning in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville identified the victim as Mitchell C. Greenwood, 20, of Kempton.

Troopers said Greenwood was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 eastbound on Old Route 22 in Weisenberg Township, about 2 a.m. when he lost control of the car.

The vehicle went onto the berm and struck an embankment, then overturned.

Greenwood was ejected from the car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, will hold its annual telethon on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon will be aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 19 in the Tamaqua area. Hosts for the evening will be, from left, Dr. Edward Miller, Nick Hawkey, and George Roberts. Kristal Nemeroff will also help host the telethon.

Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, will hold its annual telethon on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon will be aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 19 in the Tamaqua area.

Hosts for the evening will be Nick Hawkey, Dr. Edward Miller, George Roberts, and Kristal Nemeroff.

Funds raised at the telethon will be used to help this all volunteer organization fulfill dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Scot Engler of Nazareth has been named as the new director of special education in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Northern Lehigh School District has named a Nazareth man as its new director of special education.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to appoint Scot Engler to the post, at a salary of $92,000 (prorated 2011-12 school year), effective upon release from current employer, and pending verification of missing documents.

Engler, who had been director of special education in the Southern Lehigh School District since 2008, said he anticipates his start date will be the day after Thanksgiving break.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shepherd House Lansford Food Pantry, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott Street, Lansford, is open the third Monday of each month. All community members who qualify are welcomed. The pantry distributes food from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Due to the upcoming holidays and the community increasing need for food pantry, donations of funds and nonperishable food are requested.

For more information, call Betty Pearson at (570) 645-3416.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Elementary School hosted a flag program for the fourth grade class in honor of Veterans Day. Representatives from the Carbon County Navy Club showed the students how to fold a flag and observing all of the other patriotic acts toward the American Flag. Seen are John Mauro, Scott Reinhart, Bob Siesputowski, and Stanley Jarosczewski.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pacey Steigerwalt, 11, uses binoculars to spot birds in the trees as he listens to Rob Bergstresser, CCEEC, talk about bird migration.

The Schuylkill County Conservancy hosted two Outdoor Learning Days at the lower dam of the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua for approximately 180 fifth graders from the Tamaqua Area School District and two classes from the Gillingham Charter School in Port Carbon.

Each student got a chance participating in hands-on learning stations about mammals, water quality, macroinvertebrates, trees birds and many other wildlife topics. At the end of the day, there was also a presentation on raptors for all of the students.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua on Nov. 16, at the Salvation Army Community Center. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good general health is eligible to donate blood.

Appointments for donors may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Presenting donors will be eligible to win a free Thanksgiving turkey.

This visit is being sponsored by Momma's Little Secret shop in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the flood relief package, consisting of Senate Bills 1264, 1266, 1267, 1268, 1269, 1271, 1297, and 1323, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced following the meeting.

Argall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voiced his support and satisfaction with the committee's action on much-needed relief for constituents, especially those in western Schuylkill County.