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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Sterling Koch performed for a large crowd during the second Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series held recently on the platform of the Tamaqua Train Station. The concert was sponsored by Longhi Financial. The Chamber's next concert, which will be held to celebrate their 5-year anniversary, is scheduled June 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainers Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer performing the blues. For more information about the concerts, visit the Chamber's website at www.tamaqua.net or call (570) 668-1880.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of allegedly improperly touching a girl has again had his case continued.

Franklin R. Berger, 38, of 1045 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Berger, who is charged with two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors, will go before Appleton at 10:30 a.m. July 20.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith:

Thursday, June 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bradley Johnson is shown being escorted to the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday before his preliminary hearing.

A Lehighton man had charges related to indecent assault and indecent exposure bound over for court following a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Bradley Johnson, 60, elected to have his preliminary hearing, which saw 12-year-old and 14-year-old family members testify. Their testimony was enough evidence to have all but two counts of indecent exposure, one count of corruption of minors, and one count of open lewdness bound over for trial in Carbon County court.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Learn about a more "user-friendly" approach to gardening in this featured garden presentation, "Gardening Smarter, Not Harder" taught by Penn State master gardener Pamela Hubbard. The program will take place in the Monroe County extension office, Stroudsburg from 6:15 to 8:40 p.m. June 30.

Hubbard will explain how to garden better with photos and strategies from her own beautiful garden retreat. She will teach practices that include choosing low maintenance plants, implementing laborsaving techniques and prioritizing garden tasks.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Michael A. Heery/Special to the Times News East Penn Elementary School "Science Masters" team recently was crowned winner of this year's Envirothon. Left to right are Principal Gretchen Laviolette, Will Kocher, Rachel DeSanto, team captain Aijah Hill, Samantha Miller, Dominic Licini, and third grade teacher Sherry Snyder who served as the team's advisor.

Second and third grade students from school districts throughout Carbon County and the surrounding area recently competed in Envirothon at Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Out of the 45 teams that competed, nine third grade teams represented Lehighton Area School District – three from Franklin Elementary, three from Shull-David Elementary, two from Mahoning Elementary, and one from East Penn Elementary. Students were selected for their teams based on their science knowledge, personality, participation in class, listening skills, and overall academic achievements.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the fourth marking period of the 2010-2011 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.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Mr. Heath, PVI assistant principal looks on as PVI math teacher Kelli George, left, introduced students who took first place at the recent North East Council of Teacher of Mathematics competition. They were seventh grade student Mary Cerbone and sixth grade student Jonathan Rodriquez. Second place winners from PV were Ben Bard, grade 6, Kimberly McKee, grade 8, and Edward Harbison, grade 8.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The tax collector for Ryan Township has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $171,000 from the Mahanoy Area School District.

State police have charged William Wildoner, 71, of 689 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. All the counts are felonies.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured taking part in the tree planting were Rush Township Bicentennial Committee members, from left, Walter J. Taylor, Kathy Taylor, Marie Skripnek, Ann Marie Calabrese, Stephen Simchak and Harry Eisley.

The Rush Township Board of Supervisors and the Rush Township Bicentennial Committee held a tree planting ceremony outside their municipal building in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Rush Township, 1811-2011.

The tree, which was received from the Schuylkill Conservancy Bicentennial Heritage Tree Program, was part of a county-wide effort, in which all municipalities in Schuylkill County were given the opportunity to receive a tree in conjunction with Arbor Day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As expected, residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will see a 12.6-percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

Perhaps an unexpected twist may have occurred Tuesday when the school board agreed to restore both instructional music and extended day kindergarten into the 2011-12 budget.

On a 5-4 vote, the board agreed to adopt the final budget in the amount of $26,595,297, which calls for a 5.506-mill increase that will raise the millage rate from 43.64 to 49.14 mills.