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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Should Palmerton Area school directors have more of a say in the hiring of athletic coaches?

One director believes they should, and went to great lengths to explain why at a board workshop session on Tuesday.

Director Sherry Haas questioned why there were no longer any specific board committees, particularly athletics.

Haas - who has stated on multiple occasions that she attends various district athletic events - noted that committees existed during her prior term on the board.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Carbon County is one step closer to opening the first out-patient therapy center for students and families.

The first site will be located at the Penn-Kidder Elementary School and would be available to any child in Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton or Weatherly school districts.

At the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative board meeting Wednesday, Kellie Price of the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, gave an update on the project to help children get the help they need.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, a Middle States Accredited school in the Diocese of Allentown has announced the availability of $30,300 in grants for new and continuing students.

The Bishop's Commission on Catholic Schools has offered $15,000 in Transfer Grants to any public or private school student who transfers to Ss. Peter & Paul School in grades two to seven. Students will receive a $1,500 Bishop's Commission on Catholic Schools Tuition Transfer Grant. The student will receive $1,000 in their first year and $500 in their second year; no income restrictions apply.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Jim Thorpe business owner, who appealed the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas' ruling of his Right to Know petition for information regarding the constitutionality of a county industrialization project is again speaking out in the hopes of getting the ruling overturned in Commonwealth Court.

Robert P. Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves and a member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists, recently updated his appeal against the County of Carbon in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eldred Township resident Richard Zilmer told the Eldred Township board of supervisors that he is opposed to the creation of the Walter W. Mock Park on the lot east of his house and the parking area on the lot north of his house, to be located off Church Road. He asked if anyone contacted Mrs. Jacqueline Mock about a request to move the parking lot.

Michael Kaspszyk, township solicitor, said that he had spoken to Mrs. Mock and she did not wish to allow any more acreage on the portion by the tot lot to be used for parking.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
andrew leibenguth/times news Larry Zeigler, left, president, West Penn Fire Company is pictured with heroes Terry Rothermel from Robesonia; Duane McGrath from Palmerton; James Yaro from Lehighton; accident victim Kimberly Frey, 23, with her daughter Elizabeth Murton, 6; and West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson.

A "hero" by definition is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities from a heroic act.

That sentence best describes the actions of three individuals who were in the right place at the right time.

On Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, in West Penn Township, while preparing to stop on Archery Club Road, Kimberly Frey, 23, of Tamaqua, with her 6-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Murton, who was strapped in a car seat in the back seat, pumped her brakes as she approached the SR443 intersection.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The next Hour of Honor will be on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, 7th and Monroe Streets, Stroudsburg. The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Carbon County Interagency Council (IAC) recently announced that it is currently accepting applications for a $500 Social Services Grant.

This is open to all agencies who meet the guidelines of the council's mission statement and who serve any population of Carbon County. IAC's mission statement is to "increase and promote the quality of human services in the community".

Thursday, February 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Organizers of the Carbon County Senior Games, Anne Horrigan, left; Cheri Santore, center; and Victor Pituch, remind seniors that the games will be held in May. Carbon County residents over the age of 60 can sign up for the games beginning in March.

Carbon County seniors, it's that time of year again.

It's time to get ready for the upcoming 2012 Senior Games.

The organizers of the games, which include Anne Horrigan, coordinator; Victor Pituch, director; Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging; and Cindy Bizzare, administrative assistant, announced that the schedule for the games has been released.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Larry Padora

Larry Padora announced today he is running for State Representative in the 124th Legislative District.

Padora, 38, and his family own and operate the Italian Bakery in Tamaqua, which produces over 100,000 loaves of bread a year for area grocers and caterers.

He is the president of New Ringgold Borough Council, which under his leadership has maintained one of the lowest tax millage rate of any municipality in Schuylkill County.