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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Samuel Homyak, Tatianna Zeleniak, Robert Ellis-Williams and Valerie Blasko. Second row: Isaac Faust, William Cannon, Adiah Balliet and Emilia Tenisci.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for April for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of cooperation. The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Samuel Homyak: I was chosen as Student of the Month because I always try my best to make others feel welcomed.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will see no increase in their property tax rates next year.

By a 7-2 margin, the school board agreed on Tuesday to adopt the 2013-14 budget with a zero-mill increase. Directors Barry Scherer and Susan Debski were opposed.

The $28,174,999 spending plan will leave the millage rate at 51.44 mills, which means a person with a home valued at $100,000 and assessed at $50,000 will again pay $2,572 in property taxes to the district.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Andrew Leibenguth/TIMES NEWS Council awarded Shey Industries the bid ($10,721) to demolish 208 Gay Street. Four companies submitted bids.

Tamaqua Borough Council met last night to discuss a large range of issues during their regularly scheduled council meeting held at the borough hall.

"Traffic has never been better in Tamaqua," said Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored 2013 Community Heroes on Tuesday night at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. From left are, Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of MCT; and Community Heroes Rick Grant, C. Jean Zimmerman, Alfred Feuerstein and George Taylor.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company honored four outstanding volunteers on Tuesday night during the 2013 Community Heroes Awards Banquet.

They are Alfred Feuerstein and Rick Grant, both of Jim Thorpe; George Taylor of Tamaqua; and C. Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly. The event was held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Patrick H. Reilly, president and CEO of MCT, was both master of ceremonies and presenter of awards.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Meals On Wheels volunteers were honored for their dedication and service at a picnic at Palmerton Memorial Park. They are: Front, left to right-Charlotte Koenig, Kathleen Ahner, Joanne Papay, Bob Reinhart, Connie Reinhart, Carol Papay, Rose Taylor; Second row- Dr. Howard Cyr, Jr., Honey Cyr, Suzanne Blose, Marge Porambo, Lou Markley, Bill Gallagher, Mary Gallagher; Third row-Darlene Nothstein, Jonathan Siller, Lisa Nemeth, Bernice Kleintop, Richard Bowman, Pat Held, Irene Shinsec, Jack Koenig, Joanne Kercsmar, Keith Kuntzman, John Taylor, Nancy Kresge, Maurice Kresge, John Domant, Jack Porambo.

Instead of delivering meals, 24 volunteers for Palmerton's Meals on Wheels (MOW) were the guests of honor at a picnic at Palmerton Memorial Park, given in appreciation for all they do.

Chicken barbecue, with all the trimmings, was made by the Blue Mountain Health Care-Palmerton Campus kitchen.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lehighton Area Democratic Club will host a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Jacob United Church of Christ, 138 Franklin St., Weissport. The event is sponsored by Mario's Pizza, Central Lunch, Weissport Antique Mall and Weissport Beverage. For an appointment call Duane at (484) 767-5680. During the drive, donors will be entered into a drawing to win one of two weekly $100 gas cards, plus will make you eligible to win four tickets plus parking to a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Mahanoy City woman lost her appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court from a sentence inposed by President Judge James E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court.

Tammy Melissa Casserly, 40, Mahanoy City, appealed from a sentence of aggregate term of eight to 23 months imposed by the county court after she pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and making false reports to police. The Superior Court affirmed the sentence.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A reunion for Korean War veterans from Pennsylvania will be held July 27 in Williamsport to mark the 60th anniversary of the truce signing ending the war on July 27, 1953.

The Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County Inc., will host the three-day gathering, open to Pennsylvania veterans of any branch of service who served during the Korean War ear (June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955) whether in Korea or stationed elsewhere with the U.S. military.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The ink hasn't dried on Tamaqua School District's 2013/2014 budget, and it's already taken a hit. During a meeting Tuesday, when directors passed the budget, Assistant Superintendent Raymond Kinder told directors that the districts' Title One funding has been reduced by 7 percent.

The budget for 2013-14 holds the tax rate at 33.36 mills and absorbs a $1.4 million shortfall by making up the difference from the districts' reserve fund balance. Revenues are projected to be $25.3 million and expenses $26.7 million.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Five area residents were among 12 who were sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court.

Wayne Faillace, 43, of 325 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to theft of personal property from the vehicle of Rodney Button, Tamaqua, and was given credit by Judge James P. Goodman of serving 133 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months. He was ordered to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and make restitution of $62.54 to the victim. Faillace was cited by Tamaqua Chief Richard Weaver.