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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority's $2.1 million upgrade, which included building a new 715,239-gallon storage tank, replacing the 125,000-gallon storage tank in Coaldale and replacing the 3,100 feet of water main along East Abbott Street in Lansford, is nearly complete.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWs Northern Lehigh School Board directors on hand for Monday's reorganizational meeting include (front row, l-r) Lauren Ganser, Donna Kulp, Natalie Green, Gregory Williams (back row, l-r), Vice President Gary Fedorcha, Raymond Follweiler, Mathias Green and President Edward Hartman. Missing from the photo is Director Lori Geronikos.

An incumbent has been reappointed to lead Northern Lehigh School Board, while another incumbent has taken over as vice president.

As part of its reorganizational meeting on Monday, Director Edward Hartman was appointed by the board to serve another term as president, and Director Gary Fedorcha was named vice president.

Hartman was nominated for the post by Director Donna Kulp. Director Mathias Green then nominated Fedorcha, who declined the presidency.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Northern Lehigh High School's Student Council present a gift to school board members on Monday.

Several parents have called for the ouster of the Northern Lehigh High School boys soccer coach.

Three parents shared their concerns with the school board on Monday, and agreed that the team's assistant coach would make a better team leader.

Resident David Harding, who has a son on the team, said he was concerned with head coach John Sitaris, who has guided the team for the past five years.

"This is not our first time bringing up these concerns to administration," Harding said. "Our concerns are that the students are not being treated as they should be."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Despite the bitter cold yesterday, about 50 motorcycles were included in the funeral procession held yesterday for Reuben Koch, 22, of Lehighton, who died Friday. The procession began at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Lehighton, traveled to Franklin Township, and proceeded back to the Lehighton Cemetery where interment occurred. The dozens of motorcycles were in addition to the well over 100 cars that were also in the procession.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Franklin Township kennel owner charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property is headed back to court.

A preliminary hearing on the second round of charges for Patricia E. Gadaleta was held Monday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Third and fourth grade students of East Penn Elementary and Franklin Elementary will again be holding their holiday concerts entitled "Stories of Christmas."

Throughout the fall, the students have been learning about sacred and secular music. Each grade will take you back to your childhood and share a familiar story. The program will be held at East Penn School at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9; and at Franklin Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Dec. 6 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, which lasted only nine minutes, began with public comment.

Joe Ehritz said there are places on Church Hill Road where mud is showing through. He thought it would be easier to patch now rather than waiting for spring.

He hoped supervisors would move the time for meetings to at least 6 p.m. during the reorganization meeting so more people could attend. Until last year it was 7 p.m. when it became 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Northern Lehigh School District continues to crunch numbers in an effort to pare down a projected $1.2 million shortfall in the 2011-12 school year.

It may just be able to get there through the potential creation of an employee incentive plan that could save the district about $1 million, the school board was informed on Monday.

Business manager Jeremy Melber told the board a proposed 15-percent increase in insurance costs has been whittled down to 8-percent, or a $190,000 savings to the district.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Amie Barclay, who was terminated as a police officer in Mahoning Township after many years of serving there, will have a hearing on her firing.

The special public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the township building.

The hearing is at the request of Barclay.

The supervisors said the hearing is based on the decision of the board of supervisors to terminate Barclay.

Barclay believes the termination was without cause. She filed a grievance and requested the hearing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday's snowfall and cold temperatures made for unsafe driving conditions. Pictured is a snow and ice-covered hill in New Philadelphia in which a driver damaged her car after sliding down it.