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Friday, December 6, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced this week that four projects in Carbon and Luzerne counties will receive $704,300 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.

The grants, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are part of a $38 million investment in the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects by DCNR.

Yudichak said. "Locally, these four projects continue the development of important economic and environmental community assets."

Friday, December 6, 2013

For the fifth year running, Palmerton residents will see no increase in their property tax rate.

That's after borough council, on a 6-0 vote, agreed Thursday to adopt the 2014 budget without an increase in the property tax rate. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Next year's $5,359,227 budget will leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, they will again pay $413.50 to the borough next year.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday elected Jeff Markovich for another four-year term as president.

School director John Williams was elected vice president, and Tony Demarco was elected the president pro tem.

School director Roy Angst had nominated Williams for president, but he refused. Angst then nominated Irene Genther for the office, but she received only two votes.

DeMarco swore in the four school board members, all Democrats, who were elected to four-year terms in the November general election.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Russ Gould was elected president of the Pleasant Valley School board at the reorganization meeting that night.

Steve Borger elected as vice president. H. Charles Hoffman was elected treasurer.

All terms will be in effect until next December.

The four newly-elected board members, Dan Wunder, Linda Micklos, Len Peeters and Robert Serfass, took their seats at the board table for the first time.

Appointed positions for 2014 are:

Ÿ Susan Kresge, Monroe County Career and Technical Institute representative (three-year term)

Friday, December 6, 2013
AMY MILLER Student 4, left, applies makeup to a model during the cosmetology portion of the SkillsUSA competition at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe on Thursday. Student competitors were not identified as anything more than a number during the day's competition.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe was transformed into competition central Thursday as more than 400 students from various vo-tech schools converged to compete in the annual SkillsUSA competition.

According to the SkillsUSA website, "SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce."

Lisa Walck, CCTI's SkillsUSA adviser, added that the competition promotes leadership, teamwork and motivational skills in high school students in technical areas.

Friday, December 6, 2013
Rosemary Porembo

Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo on Thursday announced she will retire when classes end in June.

The school district hired Porembo in 1977 to teach elementary school. She advanced some years later to the office of principal, and then on to superintendent.

In 2004, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officers Association named Porembo Pennsylvania Educator of the Year. Nominated by Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith, a DARE officer, she competed with six others for the honor.

Friday, December 6, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Grace Gilkeson examines a gingerbread house during the judging of the sixth annual Dimmick Memorial Library's gingerbread house contest. See additional photos on page 3.

The house the Luttes built took first place in Dimmick Memorial Library's sixth annual gingerbread house contest, group division.

Not your typical gingerbread house, the Lutte family, from Jim Thorpe, featured a mushroom-shaped house complete with a beach scene, tropical trees and a couple of smurfs playing at the beach in their 12-inch by 18-inch creation.

Second place in the group division went to Jim Thorpe's Cub Pack 138. Their entry recreated a winter camping scene at Mauch Chunk Lake, complete with tents, a campfire and six gingerbread Cub Scouts.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Final registration

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 will be the final days to register for the Toys for Tots campaign of this year. Registration will be held at Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only parents or legal guardians of children are permitted to register them.

Friday, December 6, 2013
Judy Dolgos-Kramer/special to the times news Junior Class Inductees: Front row, left to right National Honor Society Advisor Robert Podlinski, Erin Kelly, Lindsay Capper, Alyssa Smith Back Row, left to right Nathaniel Fields, Brett Luicana, Jacob Saxon, Jonathan Condly, Josiah Behrens, Matthew Miller.

Thursday evening the Jim Thorpe High School inducted its newest members into the National Honor Society. The eight seniors inducted last year are being joined by nine new seniors and nine members of the junior class.

"In order to be eligible for induction into the National Honor Society students must maintain a 93 percent grade average, exhibit community service, leadership and actively participate in school activities," student advisor Suzanne Milkowich said.

"The students must then submit an application, a resume and write an essay," Milkowich added.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announced the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal's list

Students who attained a 95 or higher composite average with no grade lower a 90.