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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area Historical Society will visit Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 on Monday, April 9, to hold its general meeting. The group will car pool and leave the parking lot across from Hager's Furniture Store at 6:30 p.m. Those who wish may meet the group at the station.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will spend $366,200 to renovate its junior high school gymnasium.

The school board, by an 8-1 margin on Tuesday, agreed to award the project to CMG of Easton, per the recommendation of Tim Sisock and Rob Sarnowski of Barry Isett & Associates. Director Charles Gildner was opposed.

The work is for a multi-prime contract for soil stabilization and renovations to the gymnasium, including demolition, concrete milling and overlay, new athletic flooring, telescoping bleachers, and finishes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Numerous fire trucks and emergency vehicles saturated the area around Valley Road and West End Drive in Walker Township around 8 a.m. today while responding to a possible house fire at 17 West End Drive. A resident of the home called 911 after smelling smoke. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras (TICs) and other detectors to check for any dangers. None of the tests were positive and no smoke or fire was visible.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Girl Scouts in Tamaqua are having a drive to help a fellow girl scout who lost everything during a recent row home fire in Shenandoah. They are in need of household items, womens sz 14/16, xl, jrs sz . sm/med, and womens shoes 7 1/2, 8 and 8 1/2. Donations can be dropped off at 520 East Elm Street in Tamaqua. Or contact Amanda Woodring at (570) 778-4581. Amanda will be taking items up until the April 13.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Kyle Yannuzzi, general sales manager of Brodheadsville Chevy in Brodheadsville, presents a check totaling $1,585 to Jim Rienhardt, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Poconos at dealership's first Community Event. Brodheadsville Chevy partnered with the Red Cross for the entire month of March. For every vehicle Brodheadsville Chevy sold during the month, a portion of it was designated for the donation. At the last Friday of the month, the dealership held a finale, inviting the public in for free pizza and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Matthew Kokinda, 9, of Summit Hill, plays with his 4-month-old St. Bernard, "Bandit," during a recent community event held at the Ashton Park in Lansford.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was seriously injured late Tuesday night in a grinding two car crash along Long Run road in Franklin Township. The crash occurred at 10 p.m. near the intersection with Red Hill Road. The female driver of one car had to be extricated from the wreckage by members of the Franklin Township Fire Company. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics before being flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown. Long Run road was closed for several hours. Franklin Township police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Whether you own one horse, cow, pig or goat, or hundreds, you must have a manure management plan in place to make sure their waste doesn't foul water supplies.

The plan must be kept on-site and should include information on:

Ÿ Acres of the operation: owned and rented

Ÿ Animals on the operation: Type, number and days on the farm per year

Ÿ Manure application rates and timing

Ÿ Identification of environmentally sensitive areas

Ÿ Winter application details

Ÿ Manure storage facilities: Identifying the type of tank, structure, pond or lagoon

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Highest Honors

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The county has released the percentage of tax duplicate collected by each municipality's tax collector for 2011. They are as follows:

Banks Township: 96.1 percent

Beaver Meadows: 93.3 percent

Bowmanstown: 93.4 percent

East Penn Township: 92.5 percent

East Side Borough: 92.5 percent

Franklin Township: 95.3 percent

Jim Thorpe: 90.6 percent

Kidder Township: 96 percent

Lansford: 86.2 percent

Lausanne Township: 94.3 percent

Lehigh Township: 96.3 percent

Lehighton: 93.7 percent