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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Second grade pupils at Peters Elementary will soon learn helpful tips to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Karen Nicholas, assistant to the superintendent, informed Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday that the school has been awarded a grant through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant in the amount of $6,162.

Nicholas said Principal Paul Rearden helped secure the grant, which will implement a series of workshops that will provide students with enhanced nutrition education.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Griswold Special Care and Pocono Lutheran Village Educational Workshop Series will hold an Alzheimer's Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Pocono Lutheran Village, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg.

This event is free of charge.

It will be presented by Mahesh D. Chhabria, M.D.

Mahesh D. Chhabria, M.D., of Neurology Associates in East Stroudsburg, is Board Certified in Neurology. An active staff member at Pocono Medical Center, Dr. Chhabria has been featured in the a local newspaper column.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The orphaned Barred Owl is held by Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, not seen, as they prepare to release him back into the wild.

The naturalists of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill recently had the opportunity to let one of its orphaned animals spread its wings and fly. Literally.

On Tuesday afternoon, Franklin Klock, Susan Gallagher and Alyssa Keiper of the center trekked down to the Bloomingdale Swamp, located behind the education center, to release a Barred Owl, which the center has been raising since the spring.

Gallagher explained that the center typically doesn't get Barred Owls, which are wetland birds, for rehabilitation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you live on High Street, Moser Avenue or Lehigh street between Third and Fourth streets in Coaldale, you can expect a knock on your door and the smiling face of council president Sue Solt.

Solt will be going door-to-door in the neighborhood today, Thursday and Friday to ask residents to answer a few simple questions that reap big grant money to fix alley ways.

Residents will be asked whether their incomes fall below or above a certain amount, who is the head of the household, whether there are any handicapped people in the household, and their race.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is developing a volunteer Trail Patrol to provide a variety of services along completed portions of the D&L Trail in Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley High School students have been busy practicing for their play "The More the Scarier". The comedy/thriller features a large list of PVHS students this year. Is the Barnowl Mansion really haunted? Attend the play on either Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. matinee to find out the truth. Co-directors are John Cooper, PVHS faculty member and his sister Donna Luckenbill. Students in top picture are front row, Gabriella Mistretta, Aidan Cleary, Miriam Meade, Emily Pavlick. Second row, Angela Piscitelli, Amanda Stocker, Judy Lin, and Migual Mahr.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District is in the process of overhauling its mathematics curriculum for grades 7-12.

RuthAnn Gardiner, principal of Tamaqua Area High School, was joined by the school's math faculty in presenting its proposal for the program to the district's education committee Tuesday evening.

According to Gardiner, what is prompting the action is a concern about the school's textbooks, as well as the upcoming Keystone Examinations.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Summit Hill Borough Council hinted last night it could be years before it gets a state grant for the construction of the new firehouse, police station, and borough hall.

Tom Tkach and Larry Marek, borough residents, questioned the status of the $1.25 million grant.

Council President Joe Weber said it is his understanding the funding won't be provided until the borough has closure on the buildings. He explained this means the borough acceptance of the structures.

Weber said, "We won't technically have closure until the lawsuits are resolved."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joseph S. Balogach Jr., center, of Lehighton, holds plaque presented to him by Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626. The presentation was made by Tom Fenon, Detachment Commandant. Looking on is Barbara Balogach, the wife of the award recipient.

Joseph S. Balogach Jr. of Lehighton was named "Marine of the Year" Award during the 2010 birthday ball of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 held Saturday.

Balogach was presented with a plaque by Detachment Commandant Tom Fenon.

Nearly 50 people attended the ball, celebrating the 235th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps, at Costello's Restaurant in Coaldale.

Also honored at the event was the TIMES NEWS for its pubicizing of Marine Corp League events.

Plaques were presented to Editor Robert Urban and reporter Ron Gower.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Andrew J Leibenguth/Times News Partially hidden behind the M1 Garand rifle in its leather scabbard, Fred Charles of Whitehall drives Jim Zbick's combat-dressed 1945 Willy's MB in Sunday's Carbon County Veterans Day parade in Palmerton.

As far as veterans' parades in Palmerton go, Fred Charles of Whitehall has come full circle ... and he's done it wearing the same boots!

In 1958, Charles appeared with his Allentown National Guard unit in a parade in Palmerton in late May, which he feels was probably a Memorial Day. Last Sunday – 52 years later – he returned to Palmerton to participate in the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade.