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Friday, December 14, 2012

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the first marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

Principal's List

Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third grade: Madison Anthony, Danielle Archer, Donovan Beers, Julia Blose, Kaleb Eitner, Shea Finney, Ignacio Gonzalez, Lucas Heydt, Magdalena Himmelwright, Sebastian Hunsicker, Erin Kistler, Jeremy Mooney and Chris Walkowiak.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Palmerton couple may construct an addition onto their property.

After over a 30-minute recess, the borough's zoning hearing board, on a 2-1 vote Thursday, approved Fred and Maria Nothstein's appeal to the board.

Also as part of their ruling, the zoners, by the exact same 2-1 margin, ruled to grant the Nothsteins a dimensional variance to construct an addition that will extend five feet from the side property line at 767 Columbia Avenue.

In both instances, zoner Michael Bloomfield and board President Garry Curran were in favor. Zoner Andrew Jordan was opposed.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Several local high school students are among those nominated by Congressman Lou Barletta to attend United States service academies.

Panther Valley High School student Richard Smith, son of Richard and Lisa Smith of Summit Hill, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy at U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lehigh Township Police Department, in conjunction with K-Mart, will be participating in the "Shop With a Cop," program on Saturday, Dec. 22. This program involves officers donating their time to take young children in need shopping for Christmas gifts for members of their immediate family. The child also will be able to pick a special gift for themselves. Three children were chosen with the assistance of Lehigh Elementary School.

Friday, December 14, 2012
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It's that time of year when Towamensing Elementary School's third-sixth grade Student Council members sing carols at Renee's Personal Care Home to make the residents' spirits bright. The students sang songs like "Jingle Bells," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "The Christmas Song," accompanied by music teacher Natalie Maderia and led by Jodi Kocher and Stacey Olewine.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Steven Behr, principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools. To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Fifth-grade students earning honor roll status include:

High honors

Friday, December 14, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lifestyle Triple P to begin in the Jim Thorpe Area School District in anuary. (L to R) David McAndrew, L.B.Morris Assistant Principal; Mindy Graver, PSU Extension Educator; Shawn Kopp, Penn Kidder teacher and Lifestyle Triple P facilitator; Jamie Kunkel, L. B. Morris Teacher and Lifestyle Triple P facilitator; and Dr. Barbara Conway, JT Area Superintendent.

Lifestyle Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a parent-focused research program, will be coming to the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The program works through the Penn State Prevention Research Center.

Mindy Graver, Penn State Extension Educator, presented information about this program to the Jim Thorpe schoolboard.

The program teaches positive parenting techniques on creating healthy lifestyles and healthy eating habits as well as physical activity.

This program was developed in Australia and it was created by a Dr. Matt Sanders.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Palmerton couple may convert a single family dwelling into two one-bedroom dwelling units.

That was the ruling unanimously agreed upon by the borough's zoning hearing board on Thursday, which granted Daryl and Marileese Lichtenwalner a variance for the conversion.

The couple wants to convert their single family dwelling unit at 250 Lehigh Avenue, located in an E-2 (Medium Density Residential) Zoning District, into two one-bedroom dwelling units.

Friday, December 14, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Harold Schisler (far right), funeral director, is pictured with his attorney Scott Steirer (first from left), as he pitches his request to the Palmerton Borough Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday to add a second crematory machine to the Harold Schisler/Arfan, Inc. Crematory, at 517-519 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

A Palmerton funeral home has received permission to add a second crematory machine inside its quarters.

After a 45-minute recess, the borough's zoning hearing board unanimously agreed on Thursday that the proposal by Harold Schisler/Arfan, Inc. Crematory at 517-519 Delaware Avenue, was not an expansion, extension, enlargement, and/or alteration of an existing nonconforming use. Therefore, there was no need for the applicant to obtain a special exception, and the zoning officer will issue the permit, rendering the special exception a moot point.