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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The sink hole, which developed behind the Tamaqua Elementary School on Feb. 3, will be filled beginning March 1, according to a report issued to the Tamaqua Area School Board by Dr. H. Bruce Geiger, superintendent of schools. Bids will be received on Feb. 22 and awarded on Feb. 26, with work slated to begin March 1. The superintendent said large rocks will be dumped into the hole and if it does not cave in further, smaller rocks will be put on top. Then the hole will be covered with dirt and seeded.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS James J. Rhoades Jr. of Alfred Benesch & Co., standing, presents options to members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority for a water tank project in the borough. Looking on from left are authority members Denny Creitz, Frank Parano, Bill Hausman, Gary Porembo.

Members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority voted to move forward with a water tank project after a presentation given by James J. Rhoades Jr., of Alfred Benesch & Co. Monday night at the regular monthly meeting.

Rhoades presented several models outlining the authority's options with regard to tank and access road location, elevation, size and type of tank, water system demand and number of lines to be utilized.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A top-level Northern Lehigh School District administrator has garnered a new contract.

On an 8-0 vote Monday, the school board approved a five-year contract for Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas. Director Mathias Green was absent.

As per the contract, Nicholas will be paid $107,123 a year, which reflects no change in her current salary.

After the board gave its consent, Superintendent Michael Michaels congratulated Nicholas.

Nicholas said after the meeting that she wished to thank the board for their support.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, will be holding a free luncheon for all on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will hold Kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, March 5, through Friday, March 9, 2012.

All Kindergarten registrations will take place in the district offices, which are located on the Third Floor of Parkside Education Center, 680 Fourth Street, Palmerton. You must schedule an appointment to register your child for Kindergarten by calling Kimberly Ottinger at 610-826-7101 ext. 5023.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Champion Pazzazz's Genghis Khan or call name "GK," won Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show yesterday. His handler is Jan Kolnik of Palmerton, left. He is co-owned by Martha Stewart and Karen Tracy, right, owner of Pazzazz Boarding Kennel, 459 Pohopoco Drive, Franklin Township.

After Champion Pazzazz Genghis Khan "GK" won the Best of Breed yesterday at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, the star-quality chow chow turned around and looked at his owners, TV celebrity Martha Stewart and Karen Tracy of Lehighton, as if to say, "Did I do all right?"

Tracy said yesterday from Madison Square Garden, "He won. GK won. He won Best of Breed. This was only his sixth show."

"The fact that he won the breed was amazing. I was crying," she said.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Member of Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club presented valentines, roses and stickers to the residents of The Summit, Lehighton, to spread love to the residents. From left are, front row, Dorothy Snyder, Albert Kaplan, Louis Rausch and Rose Smith and back row, club members, Lisa Whitehead, president; Rose Galloway, future member; Rich Anthony, Steven Anthony, Sue Anthony and Felicia-Sue Anthony, helper.

Monday, February 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This weekend's weather made for dangerous driving conditions as freezing temperatures resulted in slick roads. Pictured is the railroad track in front of the Tamaqua Train Station with a layer of snow and ice.

Monday, February 13, 2012
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Members of the AMVETS Post 83, Lansford, greeted State Commander Lynn Hamsher of Fayetteville, Franklin County, on Sunday, Feb. 12, when she made an official visit to the Lansford post. Welcoming her were, from left, member Will Nace, Ed Evans III, provost marshal, Kerry Lesniak, adjutant finance, Steve Banditelli, first vice commander and president of the Home Association, and Jim Rickert, chaplain. Commander Perry Shelton was unable to attend.

Monday, February 13, 2012
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Grundsau Lodge Nummer Elfe an de Feierleinj in Karbon Kaundi held its annual banquet on Friday, Feb. 10, in East Penn Township, celebrating its 55th anniversary.