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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jerusalem UCC

Jerusalem United Church of Christ, 545 Church Drive, Palmerton (Trachsville) will hold the children’s Christmas playat 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A bus for Christmas caroling will be available Dec. 18 after church services. Christmas Eve services will be at 4 and 7 p.m.

Palmerton library

The Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton will hold its annual kid’s Christmas party at 6 p.m. Monday. There will be stories, carols, games and crafts. Free to kids grades K-3. Call to register at 610-826-3424.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdayat Panther Valley Junior/Senior High Auditorium.

HOPE was developed in response to the growing concern around the heroin and opioid epidemic in the area, as well as throughout the state of Pennsylvania. After attending this program, participants will be able to identify:

• What is Heroin? What are Opioids?

• Signs and symptoms of opiate use

• Effects of use on health, relationships, and life

• Local resources

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tamaqua Area School Board will proceed under the same directorship next year.

Longtime Director Larry Wittig was again reappointed board president during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday.

The board also reappointed Director Thomas Rottet as board vice president.

Directors Daniel Schoener, Eileen Meiser and Melanie Dillman were absent.

The board set its 2017 meeting schedule, and will continue to hold workshops on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., and regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tamaqua’s Owl Creek Reservoir Commission will host its annual “Owl Creek Christmas” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at the reservoir on Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua.

Santa will make an appearance and children in attendance will be eligible for toy and bike giveaways.

The kitchen will be open and there will be a fire for roasting marshmallows. Rain date will be Sunday, same time and place.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School announces the honor roll for first marking period of the 2016-17 school year.

Distinguished honors

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Clement McGinley was presented with the Pennsylvania School Board Association’s Honor Roll of School Board Service at the Jim Thorpe school board’s Monday meeting. McGinley has served on the board for eight years. FILE PHOTO.

Clement McGinley was presented with the Pennsylvania School Board Association’s Honor Roll of School Board Service on Monday.

Superintendent Brian Gasper read a speech to explain the legacy of school board service, as well as the qualities exhibited by McGinley in his time on the board.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MMI Preparatory School in Freeland announced the honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

Local students honored are as follows:

Sixth grade: Brenna Eckhart, Lehighton.

Seventh grade: Olivia Bartholomew, Jim Thorpe; Rachael Betz, Tamaqua; Keiran Mele, Jim Thorpe; and Dustin Paul, Jim Thorpe.

Eighth grade: Natalie Graham, Tamaqua; Violet O’Connell, Coaldale; and Samantha Sparich, Weatherly.

Ninth grade: Kai Mele, Jim Thorpe; Molly O’Connell, Coaldale; and Skyler Stabin, Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016