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Friday, June 27, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved contracts for providers to the Office of Senior Services.

Three-year contracts, with the option to renew up to five years, with:

Ÿ Diakon Child Family and Community Ministries: $3,123,086.

Ÿ Penn Kasher, Pottsville, for after-hours call center: $12,000.

Ÿ Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, Saint Clair, for transportation services: $214,018.80.

Ÿ Accessing Independence: $1,092,708 for 60,841 hours of personal care services at $17.96 an hour.

Friday, June 27, 2014
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Kim Gear, right, youth market director at the American Heart

Association of Northeast PA, presented an Elite School Award plaque and banner to Jen Bowman, Pleasant Valley Intermediate School's fourth- through sixth-grade physical education teacher, in recognition of her efforts and that of her students in raising $7,101 in the Hoops for Heart fundraiser. The American Heart

Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and provide public health

Friday, June 27, 2014

People who like to push themselves to the brink of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion ought to get a real charge out of this.

They can experience firsthand the adrenaline rush they so crave during the first ever Carbon Adventure Race, to be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday throughout portions of Carbon County.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Upgrades to its high school gymnasium will cost Lehighton Area School District over $50,000.

On an 8-0 measure, the school board on Monday approved the proposal from Miller Flooring Company Inc. in the amount of $51,181. Director Hal Resh was absent.

The project will come out of the 2014-15 fiscal year through the Keystone Purchasing Network. It calls for upgrades to the high school gymnasium, scoreboards, sports lights and basketball backstop.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rosemary Porembo was elevated from acting superintendent to superintendent for the Panther Valley School District with a 9-0 vote at a school board meeting.

She replaced J. Christopher West, who departed from the position in August 2007.

Previously, Porembo was the elementary school principal.

Also decided at the meeting was a new policy requiring school employees and students to pay a $10 fee to park on school grounds.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School Board has voted to approve raising the substitute teacher rate from $80 a day to $100 a day.

Then board voted 7-1 last week, with Susan Kresg casting the dissenting vote. Board member Robert Serfass was absent.

Kresge said that she approves of a raise, but not $100.

"Once you go to that rate, you can't reduce it," she said.

Board member Len Peeters said that he was for the raise. He thinks the $100 will pull in the substitutes.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township plans to replace an aged bucket truck with a newer model.

Supervisors at a brief special meeting on Thursday agreed on a 2-0 vote to advertise to bid for a 2008 Ford F-350. Supervisor Ron Walbert was absent.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said the township will accept bids for the truck from June 30 through July 14.

Green said bids are due to the township by 4 p.m. July 14. They will be opened that day at 4:30 p.m. he said.

The township has budgeted $50,000 in this year's budget for the truck, Green said.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Special to the Times News/Katie Wargo Civil War musician Tom Jolin plays songs on the button accordionor squeezebox including "Children of the Battlefield" to help three children who were orphaned when their father was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. The hourlong program of free music wassponsored by the Summit Hill GAR Cemetery through a grantfrom the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

A crowd of more than 40 people filled the Summit Hill Heritage Center Thursday night to enjoy a musical trip back through time guided by Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker Tom Jolin, who played over an hour of Civil War-era music. The program was sponsored by the Summit Hill GAR Cemetery in conjunction with a grant from the PHC.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

Principal's list

Friday, June 27, 2014

Graduation ceremonies were held at SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton on June 12 beginning with Liturgy led by the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield.

Diplomas were conferred upon graduates Alyssa Bauder, Sarah Bradley, Zoryana Duda, Josephine Flugger, Antonia Galasso, Julia Glitzer, Kennedy Malsch, Jasmine Mooney, Anna Nelson, Emily Roberti, Alexis Rohlfing, Bryce Smith and Mary Grace Wilhelm.