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Friday, February 7, 2014
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Our Lady of the Angels Academy students, front, from left,Angelo Cerimele, Connor Rehnert and Madison Miller; and back,Ryli McGorry, Isaac Faust and Theresa Muniz hold items thatwere collected by the students recently. The school held a food drive during Catholic Schools Week, but with a little bit of a twist. Students brought in all of the essential items needed to create a birthday party for a little boy or girl. Each birthday bag contained items like a cake mix, icing, plates, and a toy to be given to each child.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Students from several local school districts will soon put their scientific skills to the test.

The seventh annual Tiger Invitational Science Olympiad Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Lehigh High School. An awards ceremony will follow from 4-5 p.m.

Dave Moyer, Chemistry and Physics teacher, who also serves as Science Olympiad Team Co-Advisor, said 36 teams from five states are expected to take part in the competition.

Local schools include Lehighton, Northwestern Lehigh, Whitehall, Allentown Catholic, and Kutztown.

Friday, February 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeremy Melber, formerly of Jim Thorpe, sits on the edge of the Thames River in front of Tower Bridge in London during the summer Olympics two years ago. Seen on Tower Bridge are the Olympic rings. Melber is attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Millions of people will watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia taking place over the next 18 days.

Some will watch because they are die-hard sports fans.

Others will watch just because it is on television.

For Jeremy Melber, a former native of Jim Thorpe now living in Lower Macungie, watching the Olympics from the comfort of his home was just not enough.

So he planned the trip of a lifetime and will get to see the competition first-hand.

Melber and a few of his friends are in Sochi and plan to attend quite a few events during their trip.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Carbon County Chapter is hosting the eighth annual bowling competition at Haja Lanes in Palmerton on Feb. 23, beginning at 2:15 p.m. Athlete registration begins at 1:45.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Anyone volunteering should report at 1 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, call Sheri Anthony, volunteer coordinator, at 610-826-5810 or 610-737-0469; or email sheria@ptd.net.

For more information regarding Special Olympics Pa Carbon County, visit www.specialolympicscarboncounty.com.

Friday, February 7, 2014
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A light coating of ice covers trees along Hemlock Drive in Mahoning Township Thursday morning. Some areas of Pennsylvania, mostly South of this area, were plagued by heavy ice during Wednesday's storm cause downed trees and wide-spread power outages. Governor Tom Corbett declared a disaster emergency which allows the state to tap into theiremergency state funds and to assist with costs related to the storm and its cleanup. Thismorning, utility companies reported more than 325,000 customers were still without power in Pennsylvania, along with about 50,000 in Maryland.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The new stage at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center will soon be "one of the best venues in Schuylkill County," according to Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Yulanavage.

During a meeting Thursday morning, Yulanavage promoted the chamber's Feb. 28 evening mixer, which will be hosted by the TCAC. The event will showcase the new stage. The mixer begins at 5:30 pm with a concert beginning at 7:30.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Stephen Toth, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2013-2014 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject. For High Honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject. Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Friday, February 7, 2014

A resolution sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) to review cost-savings associated with merging school district health care plans received the unanimous approval of the Senate EducationCommittee on Tuesday.

Senate Resolution 250 would task the Legislative Budget and FinanceCommittee with studying the costs associated with consolidating health care plans for public school employees across thestate.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Schuylkill Township's Board of Supervisors has changed the format of its public meetings, adding an agenda item called "Answers to Last Month's Public Comment."

The new agenda item occurs just before the Public Comment agenda item. Supervisors said they made the change so that complaints or questions raised by residents would be answered thoroughly, and in a timely manner.

During a meeting Wednesday, Supervisor Christine Verdier answered questions raised during the January reorganizational meeting.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Meeting rescheduled

The monthly meeting of the Jim Thorpe Touchdown Club has been rescheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the commons area of the high school. These monthly meetings are open to all parents of children participating in the football program at Jim Thorpe.

Friends and other relatives of the children are also invited to attend meetings and help in anyway with the booster club program.

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