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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friends of the late Sgt. David Midas are pulling together to host a day full of music to help his family.

The benefit will be held from noon to midnight on Saturday at the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, located at 114 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill. All proceeds will go to Dave's widow, Julie and their sons Gunnar, Hodge and Kade to help cover unexpected costs over the next few months.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad captured the Colonial League Game Time Competition held recently at Catasauqua High School. The team competed against the 10 Colonial League cheerleading squads. Team members include, front row from left, Alyssa Reis, Kristen Ahner, Sam Herbert and Jackie Frohneiser; and back, Eva Homlak, Kassie Hertzog, Kayla Bradberry, Tori Haydt, Coach Bethany Rowland, Arissa Snyder, Taylor Williams and Ali Zelinsky.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lehighton Area School Board President Richard Harleman said last night he would like to see settlement regarding a lawsuit the school district has filed against Lehighton Borough over sewage connection fees.

"We're open to try to resolve this thing," Harleman said, adding that the borough has received data from the district on the matter.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The TIMES NEWS will be hosting a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14 at the company's printing office located at 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive, Lehighton.

The event provides an opportunity to meet some of our local staff and see the place where the news is printed.

Activities include holiday music, face painting, raffle prize giveaways, and pictures with Santa. Bring your wish list and your camera because the big guy is coming to town. All children will have their pictures taken with Santa to be put on our website, www.tnonline.com.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Palmerton Area Education Association has rejected the latest counter offer from Palmerton Area School Board, as teachers continue to work without a contract.

Teachers have been working without an agreement since their three-year contract expired in June 2012. That contract called for a 3 percent increase in teachers' salaries.

Since then, both the district and the PAEA have been mired in contract negotiations.

Most recently, both parties agreed to ask a state mediator for a recommended proposal.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and public and private partners will be offering free flu clinics throughout Pennsylvania during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, a week dedicated to advising people that it isn't too late to get the flu vaccine.

"As families prepare to get together for the holidays, it's a perfect time to remind people of the importance of getting vaccinated," Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. "We hope these clinics offer another convenient way for families to protect themselves and help Pennsylvanians stay healthy into the New Year."

Thursday, December 5, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee members Kris Hoffner and Michele O' Neill continue to put the finishing touches on the decorated trees that line the walkways of the borough park in preparation for this coming Saturday's Christmas in the Park program, which will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Let there be light!

Indeed, Palmerton plans to light up the town when it hosts its Christmas in the Park program from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the borough park.

The program will feature decorated trees from various members of the community that will line the walkways of the park, and be lit and decorated by the sponsor.

It will also be filled with local singing groups, horse and wagon rides, and a visit from Santa. Vendors will sell hot soups, bake sales, walking tacos, hot chocolate, and other items.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A special meeting of the Polk Township supervisors will be held at 8 a.m., Friday at the Municipal Building, 165 Polk Township Road, Kresgeville.

The board will consider a millage increase due to increased operating costs and property maintenance needs.

Supervisors will adopt a proposed budget, which will be available for public inspection at the municipal building between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday, or by appointment with the secretary.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved, 3-0, a union wage agreement for 2014.

Supervisor chairman Chuck Gould said that the township has a five-year contract in place since 2010 with a 1.25 percent cost of living increase, which is an average of the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Social Security.

"This is not a raise. This is a Cost of Living increase," Gould specified.

In other township business:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dr. Susan M. Featro, a teacher in the Tamaqua Area School District, will perform a concert of holiday music on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., in Tamaqua. The concert is a benefit for the Tamaqua Community Arts Center and the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, which funds special projects in the Tamaqua Area School District. Featro is excited to perform her second holiday concert as a benefit for the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation, as she is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. She is also excited to support the arts in the community where she lives.