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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Palmerton Area School District Board of Directors Budget & Finance Committee meeting has been canceled and changed to a board workshop regarding the budget and such other matters as may come before the board on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners ratified a "declaration of disaster emergency" incident to the March 13-14 blizzad that struck the region, a move aimed at recovering $761,440 in estimated snow-removal costs for its municipalities. The commissioners sanctioned actions taken by Carl S. Merluzzi, the county's emergency management coordinator, in coordinating the activities of the emergency response to alleviate the effects of the disaster. Most of the area was hit with about two feet of snow from the storm.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The replacement of its high school roof is chief among a list of five projects Palmerton Area School District will accept proposals on next month.

The district will accept bids for the high school roof replacement project until 10 a.m. April 18. Later that day, the district will accept bids for the S.S. Palmer generator replacement at 1 p.m.; Towamensing Elementary playground access at 1:30 p.m.; high school UST removal at 2 p.m.; and Towamensing Elementary deck and rails at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Zumba classes are becoming more popular throughout the country. Dozens of new Zumba classes have gained popularity throughout our region as well. Pictured is Tamaqua YMCA Zumba dance instructorJennifer Eberts. More than 60 people fill the Tamaqua YMCA twice a weekduring the YMCA's Zumba dance sessions held Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Six people were sentenced in Carbon County Court on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Karla Attaway Allison, 29, of 1304 Hot House Rd., Hayesville, N.C., was sentenced to 254 days to one day less than 24 months in the county jail for criminal conspiracy/receiving stolen property. She was given credit for 254 days served. The sentence runs concurrently with a one imposed by Schuylkill County Court.

Monday, March 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz addresses the large group in attendance at Thursday night's meeting of the Jim Thorpe Community Watch and thanked them for showing their concern by coming out. Looking on is Mayor Michael Sofranko.

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch held its first meeting of the year Thursday night at Memorial Hall and listened to comments from Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, and Officer Eric Schrantz.

Those attending also watched and listened to a PowerPoint presentation on gangs given by guest speaker, Officer Justin Sannie.

The borough of Jim Thorpe, like many communities nationwide, is faced with the growing problems of gangs and drug use.

Monday, March 21, 2011
The U. S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus performed their first performance of their 21 day tour at Lehighton Area High School on Friday. The event was sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.

Thanks to a great performance by the U. S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus, an auditorium filled with an appreciative audience had the opportunity to hear great entertainment on Friday night at the Lehighton High School. The program was sponsored by THE TIMES NEWS.

The Sea Chanters performance on Friday marked the start of their 21-day, 2011 national tour.

MU1 Rachel Sarracco of Victoria, Texas, served as narrator for the program.

Monday, March 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students from the L.B. Morris Elementary School who participated in the CLIU Regional Middle School Computer Fair are, left to right : Derrick Pope, Kailey Boger, Marquise Cruz, Jordan McElmoyle, Devon Matz, Talia Valentinis, Makenzie Walk, Jeanna Struble, Josiah Behrens, Ilse Hassler, Veronica Vogel, and Advisor Rose Strubinger.

Eleven students from the L.B. Morris Elementary School traveled to the Intermediate Unit building in Schnecksville to compete in the CLIU Regional Middle School Computer Fair.

The L.B. Morris students had five entries in three different categories entered in the Fair.

Those categories were Digital Video, Multimedia, and Graphic Design.

Monday, March 21, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dane O'Brien, 22, of New Ringgold, is the new newly hired part time police officer in Nesquehoning. Administering the oath of office was Mayor Tony Walck (right). Looking on is Chief of Police Sean Smith.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Members, guests and friends of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will have the opportunity to learn about the activities planned during this year's Schuylkill County Bicentennial Celebration at a breakfast planned for Wednesday, March 23. The event will take place in the community room of the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise beginning at 8 a.m.

Special guest for this event will be Mike McCord, chairman of the county's Bicentennial Committee.