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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Palmerton Area Education Association has, in fact, endorsed a wage freeze proposal, according to the president of the organization.

Brad Landis, president of the PAEA, sent the TIMES NEWS a prepared statement on Tuesday, several days after an article appeared that said the group had refused the offer on several occasions.

At a meeting of the school board on June 1, board President Barry Scherer read a prepared statement that said the district on May 24 again requested that the PAEA accept a pay freeze.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Diligence Fire Companyin Summit Hill visited graves of departed members and placed firefighter flags on them, recently. Looking at the tombstone of John "Jackie" Stoudt, who died Dec. 25, 2004 after being stricken while responding to a call, are, l-r, Shawn Hoben, fire chief; Paul Yurichek, the fire department's longest memberat 44 years, and Larry Black, president. Stoudt is buried in the GAR Cemetery. There were nine cemetery sites visited by a group of about a dozen members of the fire company.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A fire truck's ladder extends to a ninth-floor window.

All 124 apartments of the 13-story Mahanoy Elderly Apartment Building – Mahanoy City Senior Living Center, located at 10 W. Center St., Mahanoy City, had to be evacuated, as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel were called to a fire that started in a 10th floor apartment just after 2 p.m. yesterday.

Volunteer firefighters from the Citizen's Fire Company in Mahanoy City were first to arrive and eventually extinguished the rising smoke and flames.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dr. Louis Sportelli, a Palmerton chiropractor, is featured in an article in the USA Today newspaper regarding airline travel and the comfort of seats on a plane. He said comfort on planes is a serious problem for people traveling great distances. Dr. Sportelli, who is a frequent flyer, said the biggest problems are lack of leg room, seats which are too narrow, and illfitting head rests. This is the second time USA Today has consulted with Dr. Sportelli regarding an article on airline travel.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS PV School Board President, Susan Kresge, presented a certificate from Rosemary M. Brown, PA Representative, to Jennifer Braddock, PVMS student who won first place in the junior division at the Russell C. Hughes Monroe County Spelling Championship at East Stroudsburg High School-South.

Jennifer Braddock, a Pleasant Valley Middle School student was recognized at the Pleasant Valley School District school board meeting as the junior division winner of the Russell C. Hughes Monroe County Spelling Championships at East Stroudsburg High School-South.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company is holding it's annual carnival from Wednesday, June 22, through Saturday, June 25. Weeknights the carnival will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. There is free nightly entertainment, Wednesday, Cramer Brothers; Thursday, Steel Creek; Friday, Last One Standing; and 10:30 p.m. fireworks (rain date Saturday); and Saturday, Jesse Wade. On Wednesday, there is a family night ride special with arm band; and Thursday, there will be a family night ride tickets.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A New Philadelphia man was one of seven who withdrew a not guilty plea when arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to criminal charges when their cases were called for trial before a jury at the Schuylkill County courthouse.

Patrick Sylvester Canfield, 39, of 112 Kimber St., New Philadelphia, entered a guilty plea to a charge of cruelty to animals. Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin accepted the plea but deferred sentencing until a later date and ordered a presentence investigate (PSI) report prepared by the adult probation department.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Weissport Council members tabled adopting a new property code maintenance ordinance until it is "tweaked" a little more under the advice of their solicitor Attorney Michael Greek.

Greek said that he would like to see provisions in the code that would require renters to install carbon monoxide detectors.

"The fire company likes carbon monoxide detectors," said Greek. Greek also said that he is also taking out the section that deals with appeals to code violations.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Among the Northern Lehigh High School students honored at the Senior Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held recently in the high school auditorium were (l-r) Seth Bergeris-Cortright; Victoria Uebele, and Marcus Neith.

Northern Lehigh High School held its senior awards program recently in the high school auditorium.

The students and the awards they received are as follows:

Kelsey Antonition - Elmer Gates Enterprise Award.

Mariah Barber - President's Award for Educational Achievement

Scott Bechtel - Rotary Club Student of the Month; President's Award for Educational Excellence; Alan M. Kush Memorial Scholarship ($500); Northern Lehigh Youth Athletic Association ($500).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Join the Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park pavilion. Meats and refreshments will be provided. Bring a covered dish or treats to share with everyone. This is a great time to mix with fellow members and business persons. A donation will be asked to covere miscellaneous expenses. For additional information or reservations call 610-377-2191. All members and families of the Carbon County Chamber are welcome to attend.