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Thursday, November 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School members of the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps, Lehigh Valley Chapter, left to right, Steven Nale, Connor Peechatka, Chris Schwenck, explain what their organization is to Matthew Vazquez, an Eagle Scout of Troop 113 and PVHS junior and Chris Curtis, Life Scout of Troop 98 and PVHS junior at PVHS's Veterans Day program. Curtis says he thinks having a Veterans Day program in the school helps raise awareness of those in our military while at the same time it offers a chance to pay respect to those who have already served in the military. Vazquez liked the program because it teaches them about veterans.

One Veterans Day display that was manned by Pleasant Valley High School students at its 17th Annual Veterans Day program was that of the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), the Lehigh Valley chapter. Proudly wearing sailor suits with composed military countenances were Connor Peechatka, Steven Nale and Chris Schwenck.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
These are just a few of the boxes of food collected by the members of American Legion Post 316 in Summit Hill for the borough food pantry.

At least 130 Summit Hill families in need will be able to have a bountiful table this Thanksgiving.

That's because the Sons of American Legion Post 316; members of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill; and the borough's food pantry have teamed up to help local families who have fallen on hard times celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 28.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A contract in amount of $68,321.25 was awarded to Biros Utilities Inc., Sheppton, East Union Township by Schuylkill County Commissioners Wednesday. The contract is to install 1,000 linear feet of 15-inch pipe for a storm sewer system on First Street, Oneida, East Union Township. It is part of the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

An agreement was entered with Washington Gas Energy Services for the purchase of electricity for the county courthouse, prison, and Rest Haven Home. The electric rate on Nov. 12 was $0.7030 per kilowatt.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Northern Lehigh Little Theatre will present "The Odd Couple" this weekend. Show dates are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the high school auditorium.

On the surface, they are a complete mismatch right from the start.

Exactly how unusual of a pairing Unger and Madison are will be on full display when the Northern Lehigh Little Theatre presents "The Odd Couple" (Female Edition).

Show dates are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium. There is an admission fee. Open admission seating will be available at the door.

Nick Sander, director, said "The Odd Couple" is a classic comedy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

An expectant mother appeared in the Schuylkill County Court for sentencing on drug charges. The judge, noting her condition, asked when was she expecting. "Any day, your honor," was her reply.

That probably saved her a jail sentence as Judge James P. Goodman sentenced Jaclyn Marie Hollywood, 31, of Pottsville, to serve 12 months on probation, adding for the child's sake, "I hope you are no longer involved in drugs."

She responded she no longer uses drugs and is looking forward to the birth.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is ready to start Floor Hockey training for the 2013-14 season, and is in need of several volunteers to help its athletes during training, as well as the day of the competition.

Training will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall Skating Rink, lower level. Any time volunteers are able to give is very much appreciated, and no experience is necessary.

To volunteer, contact Sheri Anthony, SOPA volunteer co-coordinator, at 610-737-0469, or at sheria@ptd.net.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Volunteers are needed immediately to join Carbon County Special Olympics to help support the athletic events they provide.

This is an opportunity to support local athletes as they train and compete in floor hockey, boccie, bowling, track and field and other activities.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Carbon County Commissioners' Office, Carbon County Court House Annex (park in the first lot on the right behind the annex on the hill by the mansions and enter through the rear door).

Thursday, November 14, 2013
 Lauren Ganser

Northern Lehigh Superintendent Michael Michaels recognized outgoing school director Lauren Ganser at the district's board meeting Monday night.

Ganser, who served on the board for 12 years, was defeated in her bid for another four-year term on the board in last week's general election.

"She's done a wonderful job of advocating for the students and citizens of Northern Lehigh," Michaels said. "We will miss her."

Michaels added that the board gave Ganser a nice card as a show of appreciation for her service.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Commander George Burke and Veterans Day chair Dennis Ziegler salute as "Taps" is played.

The Rev. Laura Stone welcomed members of American Legion Post 16 to the Veterans Day service at United Presbyterian Church, Slatington, which began with a passing on of peace as people walked the aisle, offering peace through a handshake.

The choir's anthem was "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," containing the words "They are children of God though ready for the conflict."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Prison Board discussed the new prerelease program initiated in the adult probation office to assist with the overcrowding of prisoners in the county jail Wednesday.

President Judge William E. Baldwin, who is president of the board, reported 24 offenders were placed on prerelease status during the month of October, a total of 34 offenders were active on prerelease status saving 652 total jail days at the county prison. Only three were removed for violations and approximately 4,216 alcohol tests were administered and 83 drug tests were taken on 34 participants.