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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

With the school year winding down the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board acted on activities for the summer school program and approved 15 students nominated for graduation at the conclusion of the 2011-12 schoool year in action taken at the monthly board meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Teachers to be employed to provide Extended School Year (ESY) service to eligible students at the Maple Avenue Campus during the summer of 2012 not to exceed 100 hours at $25 per hour were as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport contributed to the World War II war effort through her work at Bethlehem Steel.

Among the many women who took defense jobs during World War II was Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport. She worked at Bethlehem Steel operating a 10-ton crane.

The 92-year-old Kester was born in Palmerton and graduated from Stephen S. Palmer High School in 1937.

"We went through the Great Depression. Dad worked in the Zinc Company and Mom was mostly at home," she said.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A preliminary hearing scheduled for three suspects arrested in connection with a pair of armed robberies at a convenient store in Palmerton last month has been continued.

James Dee Archer, 33, Freddie M. Knight, 38, and Arlene Ann Jones, 44, all of 302 Delaware Avenue, were set to have their hearing today before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton

No new hearing date has yet to be established.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The State Planning Board has given its approval to the $1 million Lehigh River Gorge Project for Carbon and Luzerne Counties. The $1 million is for land acquisition by the state of 6,985 acres for what will be a new state park. The proposal now will be presented to Governor Ray Shafer for final approval. Much of the land to be acquired involves the abandoned right-of-way of both the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coaldale may not be able to afford to give its code enforcement officer an additional $500 a year, but council is seeing what it can do to let him use a borough van to help cut the costs of doing his job.

Council at a public meeting Tuesday praised Jamie Lee Nicholas for the great job he's doing making sure property owners keep their buildings up to code. But his $4,000 annual stipend doesn't stretch very far, given the cost of gas.

Although council would have liked to have given Nicholas the money, the borough is struggling to make ends meet.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marta Gabriel, center, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey's office, and Caroline Allen, right, coordinator at Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Network, speak with SHINE student Serenity Acevedo during a recent visit to the L.B. Morris SHINE center.

SHINE afterschool officials recently welcomed Marta Gabriel, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey's office, to the Jim Thorpe centers.

During the meeting, Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE program; and Dr. Barbara Conway, Jim Thorpe Area Superintendent; as well as other county and SHINE officials, talked about the importance of the SHINE program and how it bridges the gap in areas where students struggle academically.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today announced that his bill extending the sunset date of two critically important environmental protection grant programs unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate Bill 1398 would extend the sunset date of the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program to June 30, 2017. Both programs were set to sunset in June of this year unless reauthorized by the legislature.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Charlie Messina of the Lehighton team bowls during the bowling event on Monday at Fritz Lanes in Lehighton. Messina went on to capture a silver medal in the men's 80-84 division.

With only one day of competition left in the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games, the Southern Carbon County seniors, made up of Lehighton and Palmerton, continue to lead with a score of 774.

Northern Carbon County seniors, made up of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe, and Weatherly, are giving it their best though, with a combined score of 665.

Monday's events included bowling, held at Cypress Lanes and Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop, both in Lehighton, and ping pong at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

The individual bowling results are:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 12, 2012, by collecting nonperishable food donations from their regular postal routes and delivering them to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania for distribution to agencies serving area families in need. Letter Carriers will be aided by volunteers from Teamster Local 773, the Rutgers Alumni Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Northampton Probation Department.