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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Some contests for four area school board posts

There are contests for seats on three of the four area school districts' boards of directors in next Tuesday's Municipal Primary Election.

Panther Valley, Hazleton, and Blue Mountain have contests, while Tamaqua's candidates are unopposed.

Those seeking nominations for school director are as follows:

Tamaqua Area

Four directors are to be nominated on each ballot and the same four candidates cross filed and have no opposition.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Residents of the Pleasant Valley School District are one step closer to knowing for sure whether or not their taxes will remain the same as last year, or not.

On May 9, the district's board of directors voted to approve the proposed final budget for the 2013-2014 school year, with no increase.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kristen Rex helps her daughter Karley, 3, make lemonade drawing with noodles during a recent children's program held at the Tamaqua Public Library. For a list of all activities at the library, go to www.taplpa.info or call (570) 668-4660.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Several races for council, tax collector for area boroughs

Area boroughs will be nominating candidates for offices of mayor, tax collector, and council in the Municipal Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 21.

There are council contests on the Democratic ballot in McAdoo, Middleport, and Coaldale; and on the Republican ballot in Tamaqua. There is also a contest for tax collector on the Republican ballot in Tamaqua.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mahoning Township tax collector's nomination only race in Lehighton area

Lehighton area residents planning to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21, will see one municipal race and a contest for school board nominations on their ballots. Otherwise, there are no contested races.

There are four seats to be filled on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education and there are plenty of candidates. Nine persons are seeking both Democratic and Republican nominations while a 10th candidate is aspiring to a GOP nomination.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Strong volunteers are needed at the Owl Creek Road/SR309 intersection this Friday to help with a project. Volunteers are asked to meet at 5:30 p.m. The project should take about 15 minutes to complete.

For more information, contact Georgine Wentz at (570) 668-5066.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Taxpayers in the Palmerton Area School District may not want to stash away their wallets just yet.

The school board continued its dialogue on the 2013-14 proposed final budget even as less than a handful of residents attended a public presentation Tuesday inside the high school auditorium.

This time around, business manager Diane Serfass conducted a power point presentation, at which time she said revenues are at $27,892,525, while expenditures are at $28,174,999.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Democratic Information Center located at 110 N. 1st St. in Lehighton, directly across from the Senior High Rise.

The topic of the meeting will be upcoming events including Chapter representation at the Carbon County Fair, at the No. 9 Mine Museum in Lansford and at the Red Neck Festival in Weissport. Also under discussion will be Chapter Community projects including clean-up of the Bunker Hill Cemetery and assistance to food banks in Carbon County.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Primary election will be on Tuesday, May 21. There are some township supervisor and school board positions open and being contested. The spring election will determine the fall ballot.

Pleasant Valley School District board of directors has seven candidates with four openings. All are running as both Democratic and Republican: Linda Micklos, Thomas Murphy, MiChelle Palmer, Len Peeters, Bob Serfass, Jim Spinola and Dan Wunder.

In Ross Township, Vincent Cefarello is running for constable against Troy Bartholomew on the Republican ticket.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
LYSA GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maureen Hoppes of Jim Thorpe couldn't believe what she saw when she came out of the Zoo Gym at the Carbon Plaza Mall in Mahoning Township on a recent afternoon. A swarm of bees took residency in the right rear quarter panel of her car. Beekeeper David Mattern of Cherryville was contacted. He came and calmly removed most of them. Mattern is a member of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association and has been keeping bees for 32 years. He said that a queen decided to relocate and happened to pick that car, and the swarm followed.