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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens met on Oct. 10 with 70 members in attendance.

President Jean Machamer opened the meeting and Jacque Patrick provided invocation entitled "The Smallest Prayer," followed by the Lord's Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "My Country Tis of Thee."

The secretary's report was read and accepted by Eleanor Schmerfeld and Winnie Dolan.

Machamer spoke about a trip to the Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, to attend the Diakon Senior Expo. It was noted that flu and pneumonia shots will still be administered.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The state House of Representatives expects to consider a bill today that creates a database known as the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System, or PAMS. The bill is aimed at reducing prescription drug addiction by establishing an electronic database of those who obtain prescription drugs that are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act.

The bill would require those licensed to dispense those prescription medications to report the following information to the database, maintained by the state Department of Drug and Alcohol programs:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Recently retired teacher Donna Marushak accepts a gift from Northern Lehigh School Board President Edward Hartman as Superintendent Michael Michaels looks on.

A Northern Lehigh School director has extolled praise on the outgoing president of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Director Mathias Green took a moment at Monday's school board meeting to acknowledge the work of Donald Snyder, LCCC president, who will be resigning from his post at the end of this year due to health issues.

"In my opinion, I think that Don did a great job down there," Green said. "He did a wonderful job of moving the college forward."

Green, who serves on LCCC's board of trustees, added, "Don will be missed."

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CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Danadee Miller-Boyle

Danadee Miller-Boyle sits at the worn oak table in the kitchen of her Franklin Township farmhouse, reading about a new technological development that could one day help farmers better monitor the health of their livestock.

Miller-Boyle, the county executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, grew up on her parents' farm, has been active in 4-H since childhood, and, for almost 28 years, has worked for the USDA, helping farmers.

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Before Slatington Borough Council could cover its scheduled agenda items Monday night, several visitors spoke during the meeting's opening public comment portion of it.

Ron Scheffler, of 1335 Oakhurst Dr., discussed having received a certified letter last year stating that his sewer lateral was in need of repair. He said he and several of his neighbors had replaced their laterals at their own expense, only to find out later that there was nothing wrong with them.

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This scarecrow is indeed head over heels for the Palmerton Area Library. The scarecrow is on display in front of the library, at 202 Delaware Ave., as part of the third annual Scarecrow Display in Palmerton.

Never judge a scarecrow by its appearance.

At least not in Palmerton, where an outburst of bird-scarers appears to have crept up at an alarming rate.

Decorated in various themes and wares, the strawmen are actually the result of the borough's third annual Scarecrow Display sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

While the majority of scarecrows are located in front of businesses in the borough's downtown, private residences have also joined in on the act. Much like in prior years, participation by businesses has remained high.

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AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Wearing a 1910 Victorian outfit, Sandi Crum, Chairman of Jim Thorpe's Old Time Christmas committee, invites visitors to Jim Thorpe's Fall Foliage Weekend and to return for the town's winter festival. Next weekend is the finale for the Fall Foliage Festival.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District continues to monitor the academic progress of its schools.

Further proof of that was evident when Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas discussed the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile with the school board on Monday.

School Performance Profiles is the measure of how well students are learning, and has replaced Adequate Yearly Progress, which was part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/times news Quilter Sam Emswiler of Blakeslee, shows off one of her many Christmas-themed quilts at the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company craft fair.

The beautiful weather this past Saturday brought out tourists and local residents alike to the Lake Harmony Volunteer Firehouse.

The Fall Craft Fair was organized by Maureen Kennedy, fire company trustee and fundraising chair, and Madelyn Creegan, fire company secretary.

"We hope to make this an annual affair," Kennedy said. "We were hoping for about 20 vendors and we ended up with 22 so we are pleased."

In addition to crafts, a variety of food was available for those who wished to eat in or get it to go.

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JUDITH DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Posing around a newly-planted red oak tree are, from left, Kidder Township Supervisor Mary Farnschlader, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, township Chairman Larry Polansky, Supervisor Robert Lengal, Supervisor Thomas Bradley, Bill Richards of Sen. John Yudichak's office, and Plaza co-owners Barbara Franzosa and Jim Smith. The tree was planted to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pine Point Plaza.

Residents from Kidder and Penn Forest townships gathered at Pine Point Plaza Saturday for the second annual "Fall Festival".

The festival was started last year as a fundraiser to erect a library in the area. The Penn Kidder Library is now located at the plaza.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the plaza itself.