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Friday, December 20, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mark and Anne Sverchek of the Summit Hill Lions Club present $1,000 check to Micah Gursky of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, representing the final payment of a $5,000 pledge the club made to the hospital's capital campaign.

Christmastime is a time to celebrate and that is exactly what the members of the Summit Hill Lions Club did when they held their recent holiday party at Macaluso's at the Lantern, Nesquehoning.

The annual Christmas party was a time for giving for the club, as it officially fulfilled a five-year commitment to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, with the check presentation made by President Judy Midas.

Friday, December 20, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Angel Tree Program received a huge boost from students, faculty and staff of the Tamaqua Area High School. A recent dress down day, organized by business education teacher Ann Lagowi, collected a total of $876 for the annual program, which provides Christmas presents for children in need. On hand for Thursday's check presentation were: Christopher Czapla, middle school principal; Stephen Toth, senior high principal; Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army; and Dina Depos, program coordinator.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A firefighter with Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company appealed to Franklin Township supervisors to consider allowing the company to hire an outside contractor to help the fire company recoup costs of fighting fires or their response to other emergencies.

Justin Smith, captain, speaking on behalf of the fire company, asked supervisors at the township supervisors' monthly meeting to allow the fire company to hire a third-party contractor to bill insurance companies for costs.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Along with working toward the first grant needed to possibly form a Regional Recreational Organization between Slatington, Walnutport and Washington Township, two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) representatives also worked at Wednesday night's meeting to dispel misunderstandings about it.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Financial Aid workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the Lehighton Area High School cafeteria.

Joe Alaimo, financial aid director from Wilkes University, will be on hand to guide parents/guardians through an important first step in financial planning for college. The workshop will include "What Financial Aid is All About" and a hands on activity completing the Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA).

Friday, December 20, 2013
Kidder Township Police Chief Matt Kuzma, right, presents the Police Merit Medal to Cpl. Neil Yurchak in recognition of his actions which resulted in the arrest of 4 persons responsible for drug and burglary activity in the township.

Kidder Township board of supervisors adopted the 2014 budget Thursday evening. The new budget includes a .2 mil increase.

"The increase of .2 mils is earmarked for the ambulance service. With this increase the ambulance service is now at .5 mils which is the maximum allowed by the municipal code," explained Vice Chairman, Bob Lengle.

Lengle was filling in for Chairman, Larry Polansky who is currently hospitalized awaiting heart surgery.

The new budget includes total expected revenue of $1,393,595, the bulk of which comes from taxes.

Friday, December 20, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS PALMERTON BOROUGH COUNCILWOMAN HOLLY SELL EXPLAINS WHY SHE DOESN'T BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE TWO SEPARATE FIRE COMPANIES UNDER ONE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE BOROUGH. DESPITE HER OBJECTION, COUNCIL ON THURSDAY VOTED 4-3 TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE PALMERTON MUNICIPAL FIRE COMPANY, WHICH WILL WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE WEST END FIRE COMPANY NO. 2, TO FORM THE PALMERTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

By the skin of its teeth, a municipal fire company has been formed in Palmerton

By a narrow 4-3 margin, borough council on Thursday agreed to adopt an ordinance to establish the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company as an officially recognized fire company to provide fire protection and related services to the borough.

Councilmen Kris Hoffner, Richard Nothstein, Michael Ballard, and council President Terry Costenbader were in favor. Councilmen Jason Behler, Jeremy Barbosa, and Councilwoman Holly Sell were opposed.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A look at the new department:

OFFICIAL COMPANY: The Palmerton Municipal Fire Company is established, and designated, as an officially recognized fire company for the borough.

The West End Fire Company No. 2 shall continue to be officially recognized by the borough.

Together, the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company and the West End Fire Company No. 2 shall mutually comprise the Palmerton Fire Department.

Friday, December 20, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Princesses at the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Brodheadsville gathered around the Christmas tree at their Princess Tea. Front from left, Meghan Grey, Taylor Lillman, Malyn Maloney, Janet Altemus, Ann Campbell and Trish Wartluft; second row, Cienise Sadler, Kristina Blazier, Pat Baduani, Marge Garrison, Mary Lillman and Betty Mavtin; third row, Heather Garrison, Jean Reiff, Dawn Blazier, Angelina Novak, Dottie Lawrence, Carol Matthews and Ellen Connolly; and fourth row, Debbie Moore, Mercedes Samson, Nellie Gordon and Diane Paulhamus.

Every little girl dreams of being a princess. As little girls we play acted wearing our mothers' dresses and high heels, cutting out paper tiaras to wear as crowns.

As we grow older and become working wives and mothers, women learn to wear many hats, but never a tiara anymore.

Four women at Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Brodheadsville created a new program to help make some women feel like a princess again. They called it a Princess Tea.

Friday, December 20, 2013
 J. Michael Malay Jr

Lehighton Area School Board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Business Administrator J. Michael Malay Jr. this week.

"Our school district is very fortunate to have had Mike as our business administrator," said Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. "We are very solvent because of what he has done for us the past five years."

Malay, who joined the district in 2008, is moving on to Whitehall-Coplay School District, where he has been approved for a five-year contract to serve as business manager there.