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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The year 2013 heralds the 250th anniversary of Chestnuthill Township, which at its inception also included Eldred, Polk and Ross townships. To celebrate this anniversary, the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society will be having events all year long.

On Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30, we will be at Pleasant Valley High School's Night of Unity. Stop by our table to learn more about local history and future events.

Did you know that Nicholas Hawk (1782-1844), famed gunsmith, was a West End resident? Come to the Feb. 20 meeting and learn about him.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feed the People and St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St., Lansford, will serve free dinners on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The meals will be served from 5-7 p.m. Please use the Tunnel Street entrance to the church.

Dinner dates are: Feb. 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17; May 1, 15; June 5, 19; July 3,17; Aug. 7, 21; Sept. 4,18; Oct. 2,16; Nov. 6, 20; and Dec. 4, 18.

For more information, call (570) 657-1480. Volunteers, financial and food donations are welcomed.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The 2013 edition of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Carbon County will be a family affair.

That's because the O'Donnell Family will be featured, from the grand marshal to the aides, when the event is held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Jim Thorpe.

Peggy Sue O'Donnell, a popular noted area driver for the United Parcel Service, who has been a friendly presence on Broadway in Jim Thorpe for 28 years, will have the honor of grand marshal (see related story).

Thursday, February 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The hilltop community of Summit Hill was founded 1791 by a hunter named Philip Ginder when he discovered Anthracite coal on Sharp Mountain, now called Summit Hill. The borough, located in Carbon County, is also known for the birthplace of the Switchback gravity railroad, which was the first gravity railroad in the United States.

According to the United States Census Bureau's website, Summit Hill sits 1,600 feet above sea level and has a total area of 9.4 square miles; of which, 8.9 square miles of it is land and 0.5 square miles is water.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Over-60 Club of Palmerton will meet at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Palmerton Borough Hall, 401 Delaware Avenue. The program will be Heart Game.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe recently announced the honor roll lists for the second marking period.

Grade 4

Distinguished Honors: Owen Brady, Mason Fristick, Sophia Samoleski and Isabella Stianche.

First Honors: Liliana Kelly, John Malarkey, Alexia Pietkiel and Trent Young.

Second Honors: Nicole Ivan, Thomas McGinley, Madison Moore and Julian Rickert.

Grade 5

Distinguished Honors: Emily Reaman and Gianna Steber.

First Honors: Nicholas Goff.

Grade 6

Thursday, February 7, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An 8-year-old girl was struck by a car and seriously injured near a Summit Hill school bus stop this morning.

An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured when struck by a car at a bus stop in Summit Hill at about 8 a.m. today.

She was one of three individuals hurt during the incident. Also sustaining slight injuries was the girl's younger sister, age unknown.

A man was hurt, though reportedly not seriously, when he got into the path of the vehicle when he apparently feared the driver might flee the scene.

The incident happened on Market Street near the intersection of West Hazard, in front of the Summit Hill Post Office.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Leah Heffelfinger, Vithu Selva, Brandy Green and Cortney Phillips, all of Palmerton; Andrea Drumbore of Lehighton and Lauren Anderson of Northwestern are among the students from local schools who will visit Europe as Student Ambassadors.

A Mediterranean Tradition is the trip to be taken as part of a People to People project. Presently, there are 21 students from schools in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Saucon Valley, Palmerton, Northwestern and Lehighton.

They are attending monthly informational meetings at St. John's Lutheran Church, Slatington, to learn what it means to be an ambassador rather than a tourist before the July 10 date to head to Spain, the only one of the three countries they will visit with home stays. The other two countries are Italy and France. The journey will last 19 days.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District board members were given recognition at the last school board meeting. They are, from left, sitting: Russ Gould, H. Charles Hoffman and Steve Borger; and standing, Dominick Sacci; Susan Kresge, vice president; Thomas Murphy, president; and James Spinola, treasurer.

Resident Brian Martin asked the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors to exonerate payment of penalty of his 2012 school real estate taxes. He stated that he sent his taxes in on time. But the tax collector's office did not receive the payment and he now has to pay the taxes and the additional penalty.

Board solicitor, Jerry Geiger, said the board has no proof that Martin mailed his payment by Nov. 30, 2012, stating that the tax laws are specific.

Martin said that for 12 years he never had a problem.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Starting in August, mail carriers with the United States Postal Service will have to work even harder throughout the week due to the Postal Service's recent decision to limit mail delivery on Saturdays. They will still continue to deliver packages six days a week under the new plan; which is aimed to save them about $2 billion annually. U.S. postal carrier Bob Kunkel delivers mail along West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Starting in August, mail carriers with the United States Postal Service will have to work even harder throughout the week due to the Postal Service's recent decision to limit mail delivery on Saturdays. They will still continue to deliver packages six days a week under the new plan; which is aimed to save them about $2 billion annually. U.S. postal carrier Bob Kunkel delivers mail along West Broad Street in Tamaqua.