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Friday, December 10, 2010
Panther Valley School Board Vice-president Bill Hunsicker

Two members of the Panther Valley School board will be provided with legal service from the board's solicitor in a matter related to an incident that occurred earlier this year. In April, resident John Barna was asked to leave the board meeting after he made a threatening comment to the school board directors. Board president Jeff Markovich and board member David Hiles have now been cited with a summary charge related to a confrontation that occurred between Barna and Hiles in the hallway during the incident.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Age may take its toll, but it can never take away the kid at heart that lives inside all of us.

Further evidence of that can be observed at the annual Family Christmas Party held at the Village at Palmerton.

The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, and will include a performance by The Bill Arnold Band from 2-3 p.m.

As an added bonus, Santa will stop by at 3:15 p.m. with gifts in tow, which only adds to the event's excitement, said Teri Kotch, administrator.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A community meal will be held Thursday, Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3301 North Second St., Lehighton.

Friday, December 10, 2010
CHRIS ADDY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Chief of Police Joseph Schatz (left) receiving gift for the police department of $1,000 from the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce, represented by Dan Hugos.

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council, at a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night, adopted its 2011 budget.

The budget was originally expected to see a 1 mill property tax increase, but Borough Manager Wes Johnson challenged himself over the last month to whittle expenses down to a more palatable level for taxpayers.

The result is a very tight budget that requires only half a mill increase and produces a $71 surplus in place of a possible $128,000 shortfall, in part due to the expected revenues of the newly adopted amusement, occupational, and local services taxes.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Carbon County officials are hoping their upcoming court hearing will help them reclaim delinquent taxes that were lost because Panther Valley School District utilized a third party tax collection agency instead of the county tax claim bureau.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to add an addendum to a letter of understanding between the county and Riley and Company of Mount Pocono, from Aug. 21, 2009.

Friday, December 10, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sherri Abbruzzi, 4-H educator, left, and Gretchen Schmidt, center, laude Claudia Hill, right, for being honored with the "Special Leader Award." Hill is a long-time 4-H leader.

As the 2010 Monroe County Cooperative Extension annual meeting and volunteer banquet, held at the Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, rolled into the award phase of the evening's program, a West End 4-H leader got a coveted 4-H award, "The "Special Leader Award."

Called to the podium was long-time 4-H Leader Claudia Hill, of McIlhaney in Chestnuthill Towsnhip, who is also the 4-H Program Advisory Council president.

She was the nominee of Gretchen Schmidt, a long-term member of the Insects Are Us 4-H Club.

Friday, December 10, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Motorists pass an electronic message board that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation placed at the bottom of Route 209 (Mansion House Hill) in Jim Thorpe, after water runoff from the mountain caused icy conditions and led to several accidents over the last few weeks.

Motorists who travel Route 209 in Jim Thorpe can expect to see an electronic message board at the bottom of the Mansion House Hill, instructing them of possible icy conditions.

That's because extra runoff from springs on the mountain, as well as a heavy rain that soaked the area last week, coupled with low temperatures, has created some tricky traveling as water runs off the mountain and across the highway.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sufficient interest to assume the vacant borough manager position in Slatington has been expressed.

However, candidates who applied must wait at least a half year - or longer- before they learn if they've been chosen to fill the post.

Contacted Wednesday, a borough secretary said "a lot of applications" were received as of yesterday's deadline.

But, the exact number of applications have not been tabulated as of yet, the secretary said.

Friday, December 10, 2010

At Walnutport's regular meeting of council held Thursday evening Kip Fedetz, of Fedetz and Martin Associates, PC, updated Council on the Walnutport Playground Improvements Project. He said that most of the sight work is done for the season and that rain delays from earlier in the project have caused need for an extension into the spring. The project was not bid for winter conditions since it was supposed to be completed by Dec. 18.

Friday, December 10, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Warming up for their Christmas band concert are some membes of the Panther Valley High School and Junior Bands. Left to right are Jerdill Castillo, Christopher Santore, Samantha Janner, Jocelyn Mansberry, Alyssa Bartelt, Jordan Kulp, John Paul Heckman, and Zachary Tongue. The Junior Band is under the direction of Joseph Ogozalek and the high school band is directed by Mark Christ. Karen Grebousky is an instrumental music teacher at the elementary school and directed the flute ensemble playing "Silent Night" and "We Wish you A Merry Christmas".