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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for November, 2010. The students honored included, front row from left, Emma Dillman (6th grade), Arienne Serniak (7th grade) and Rachel Keich (8th grade). Back row, Matthew Smarr (6th grade), Jacob Marcolla (7th grade) and Trevor Skripko (8th grade).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand at Tuesday's reorganizational meeting of Palmerton Area School Board include (front row, l-r) Director Darlene Yeakel, Director Carol Dwyer, Director Tina Snyder, Director Susan Debski (back row, l-r) Superintendent Carol Boyce, board President Barry Scherer, Director Stuart Henritzy, Director Michael Ballard, Director Carl Bieling, board Vice President Clarence Myers, board solicitor David Shulman, and business manager Lisa Vignone.

Palmerton Area School District will again be led by its incumbent president, while another incumbent will take over the reigns as vice president.

Director Barry Scherer was reappointed as board president, while Clarency Myers was dubbed vice president, at the school board's reorganizational meeting on Tuesday.

Scherer was nominated for the post by Director Michael Ballard. No other director was nominated for the position.

Myers was nominated for vice president of the board by Ballard. Director Carol Dwyer then nominated Director Carl Bieling for vice president.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Children and visitors to the Galen Glen Winery and Vineyard in Andreas were encouraged to enjoy Santa Claus and staff wearing old fashioned Victorian-style clothing during the annual Old Fashioned Open House held recently. Children sat on Santa's lap as he gave them candy canes and miscellaneous gifts. Sarah Troxell, Galen Glen owner, pointed out the increase in holiday visitors every year. Pictured with Santa Claus and wearing old-fashioned Victorian holiday attire are from left Erin Troxell, Karen George, owner Sarah Troxell, and Harry Weaver.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area School District Board of Education held its organization meeting for 2011. Members include, from left, Daniel E. Schoener (treasurer), Wanda Zuber, Eileen Meiser and Robert W. Betz (secretary). Back row, Dr. Thomas A. Rottet (vice president), Bryan W. Miller, Larry A. Wittig (president) and Aaron R. Frantz. Mark D. Rother is also a member of the board.

The Tamaqua Area School District Board of Education once again selected Larry A. Wittig as president during its organization meeting for 2011 Tuesday night.

Wittig has been Tamaqua Area board president since first being elected to the position in 1995. He was the lone candidate nominated to the post.

Wittig is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

Dr. Thomas A. Rottet remains the board's vice president following the reorganization. Both Wittig and Rottet were reappointed by unanimous 8-0 votes. Director Mark D. Rother was absent.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Carbon County Environmental Education Center hosts their annual Christmas crafts on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Join staff at the center to make beautiful decorations from natural and "found" items for your home this holiday season. CCEEC will supply the materials - you supply the creativity. Yule logs and grapevine wreaths are available for the adults as well as crafts for the children. There is a minimal fee.

Bring your own small decorations if you like and a glue gun.

Holiday music and refreshments included.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

For those attending to reach Rodger Diehl concerning the Mahoning Valley Lions Club memorial, please contact him at his email address at rodger@ptd.net. The email address was incorrect in the story about Mahoning Lions seeking vets for the monument. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A $21.5 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary is behind schedule after asbestos was discovered.

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, told the school board on Monday that the snag had delayed the project by over two weeks.

"There was unforeseen asbestos that set the project back probably about two-and-a-half weeks," Derr said. "Asbestos was in the rear pod under construction."

However, Derr said no students or staff were in that area, and noted that Sargent Enterprises of Jim Thorpe removed the asbestos from the building.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

More than 400 people enjoyed a breakfast with Santa Claus at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe on Sunday. Among those visiting with Santa was Bethanie Causey, 9, of Palmerton, shown whispering her fondest wishes to Santa. This is the second year the Breakfast with Santa event was held at Penn's Peak to help raise funds for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter at Penn's Peak as a portion of each breakfast ticket was donated to the local wish granting organization. Each child attending was photographed with Santa Claus (Bill Nixon).

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.