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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Palmerton Area School District may consider a performance contract that could result in energy cost savings over a 20-year period.

Superintendent Scot Engler broached the idea at a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday, at which time he noted it could be a "pretty exciting opportunity for us."

Engler said the district has met with representatives from Trane to discuss potential energy savings. Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The National Garden Clubs Inc., Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Districts II and III, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will be dedicating a Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker to honor the country's Armed Forces on Oct. 14.

The event will take place at 2 p.m., at the Hickory Run Service Plaza, mile post 86.1, with a reception to follow.

All civic organizations, veterans, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and the general public are invited to attend.

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dr. William Martucci was Boy Scout Troop 98's first Eagle Scout and Dayne Coleman has earned the distinction of becoming Troop 98's 100th Eagle Scout. Dr. Martucci shows Coleman his Eagle Scout pin and memorabilia his mother preserved for him in 1960.

The Boy Scouts of America's goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities such as camping, aquatics and hiking, educational programs.

At older age levels it offers career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations while instilling trustworthiness, good citizenship and outdoors skills.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

zThe Tamaqua Rescue Squad's first annual membership drive is currently underway. Fund drive brochures were mailed to local residents in September. Operating separately from the Tamaqua Fire Department and Tamaqua Community Ambulance Association, the TRS does not receive any funds designated by Tamaqua Borough Council for those organizations.

Squad secretary and director Robert J. 'Bucky' Derr explained the need for the drive, "Rising operational costs are beginning to make it more difficult to meet our needs. Therefore, we are reaching out to our community for assistance."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Dillswar Sahoo, second from right, stands with his wife

For 31 years Dr. Dillswar Sahoo has served the people of the Panther Valley and surrounding areas from his Coaldale office.

Yesterday, he hung his stethoscope for the last time, officially retiring.

Dr. Sahoo was known for his warm personality.

Taking over his practice will be a physician who also has a reputation of being very compassionate, Dr. Elizabeth Perelli of Summit Hill.

Yesterday, a reception was held for Dr. Sahoo at his office, located at 48 W. Phillip St. Dr. Perelli also was in attendance to introduce herself to his patients.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bernard Miller talks about his collection of World War

The history books record that World War II, 1939-1945, was the most destructive conflict in history.

Nearly 417,000 American soldiers died in the conflict.

There were 130,000 prisoners of war.

Bernard Miller, 89, formerly of Effort, was one of those POWs.

He has donated his collection of World War II items to the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville where they are currently on display.

Miller says he wanted to make sure his collection would be preserved.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Kevin Roberts talks to parishioners inside t

Parishioners of the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Tamaqua have found a new home for their contemporary service; at least for the time being.

Construction work to the US209 bridge on East Broad Street has resulted in limited parking and decreased access to their church from the west side of the bridge.

Not having too many options, the church opted to move their services inside the Tamaqua YMCA.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Volunteer Debra Althouse, Tamaqua, directs people during the Tamaqua Volunteer's monthly Donation Drop-Off and Community Giveaway event held Saturday. The organization's last giveaway event for the year is Saturday, Oct. 26. In case of heavy rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit the event on Facebook or call (570) 668-1234.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Located in the lower southwest corner of the Palmerton Bo

Less than a year after it was dedicated, a Palmerton shrine finds itself in some rather prestigious company.

The Palmerton Veterans Memorial has been added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of the nation's war memorials in one repository.

Run by The Memorial Day Foundation, the National War Memorial Registry contains 4,804 total listings in its War Memorial Registry, according to its website.