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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Open stage event in Tamaqua draws in talent

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local and area talent took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Art Center's bi-weekly free open stage event held Thursday evening.Paul Mulhern, performing arts director, St. Jerome's School, energizes the crowd with Yuletide tunes Thursday evening.

Snow... sleet... slush... ice

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Todd Miller uses a snow blower to remove heavy snow and slush from the sidewalk of an East Broad Street property in Tamaqua. Rapid changes in temperatures over the last two days has resulted in high winds and plenty of frozen sidewalks and roadways today.

St. Jerome youth group holds wrapping party

Friday, December 28, 2012
Members and advisors with the St. Jerome's Catholic Church youth group in Tamaqua held their annual wrapping party to help the less fortunate over theholidays. 80 recipients,newborn to 16, from both Schuylkill and Carbon County benefited from the youth group's collection drive. The group also collected over 90 new and used coats for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual winter clothing drive. Youth group members, along with advisor Mary Ann Slivka, stated their appreciation to everyone who stepped forward to donate or help. Also volunteering were Jeanette Triano, Carmel Castagna, Jen Ruch and Carmela Gentile. Working together to wrap presents are Nicki Mateyak, left, and Nikki Slivka.
Members and advisors with the St. Jerome's Catholic Church youth group in Tamaqua held their annual wrapping party to help the less fortunate over theholidays. 80 recipients,newborn to 16, from both Schuylkill and Carbon County benefited from the youth group's collection drive. The group also collected over 90 new and used coats for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual winter clothing drive. Youth group members, along with advisor Mary Ann Slivka, stated their appreciation to everyone who stepped forward to donate or help. Also volunteering were Jeanette Triano, Carmel Castagna, Jen Ruch and Carmela Gentile. Working together to wrap presents are Nicki Mateyak, left, and Nikki Slivka.

Commissioners make appointments

Friday, December 28, 2012

Several people received appointments to various Carbon County boards on Thursday.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board voted on several appointments, reappointments and resignations. They include:

Ÿ Reappoint Wallace Putkowski of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Airport Authority.

Ÿ Reappoint David McGeehan of Palmerton to a three-year term on the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Ÿ Reappoint Mark A. Sverchek of Lehighton to a five-year term on the Industrial Development Authority.

Life Skills class says 'thank you' to PV maintenance staff

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Making breakfast for the Pleasant Valley maintenance staff as their way of saying "Thank you" for all they do for them, are members of the Life Skills class, from left, paraprofessional Robin Bok, William Wingler, Noah Collins, Amanda White and Ashley Bosy.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. And for some students in the Pleasant Valley School District, they did their very best to make it the most important meal for the maintenance staff, as their way of saying "Thank you."

There were tantalizing smells of homefries, pancakes, eggs and sausage wafting down the high school's hallways as seventh-12th grade students in Randy Hinton's Life Skills class prepared a meal fit for kings and queens.

Tempers heat up with commissioners

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tensions flared, both during and after the Carbon County commissioners meeting on Thursday, as the commissioners sparred with each other and then with a county resident.

Fire in Packerton

Friday, December 28, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Fire crews from several Carbon County fire companies responded to a dwelling fire this morning in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township. The fire was first reported just after 8 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from the eves of the two story wood frame dwelling. Fire companies from Lehighton and Mahoning Valley responded to the scene and did find a fire within the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for over an hour. The scene is along SR209 in the village of Packerton.

NHS provides free spaghetti dinnerto veterans and civil servants

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280. Pictured from left are Samantha MacDormott, 13; Marian Astacio, 15; Rogene Zimmerman, LCSW, Program Director for NHS Human Services; and Randy Astacio, an Army veteran.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280. Pictured from left are Samantha MacDormott, 13; Marian Astacio, 15; Rogene Zimmerman, LCSW, Program Director for NHS Human Services; and Randy Astacio, an Army veteran.

Staff with the NHS Schuylkill Mountain Center provided a free spaghetti dinner to area military veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics and all other civil servants during their recent appreciation to veterans dinner event held at the Tamaqua Italian Club. In addition to honoring heroes, the event was also held to raise awareness for their Life and Foster Caring Program. For more information about the program, visit www.NHSOnline.org, visit one of their 18 offices in Pennsylvania or call (570) 449-2280.

Palmerton Junior High students give socks to seniors

Friday, December 28, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High students collected socks to be given to senior citizens. They visited Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, where they gave a pair of socks to each resident. Here Adrianna Romanishan, Johnathan Frace and Jade Horwith help some residents pick their favorites.

Palmerton Area Junior High students have been promoting "Socks for Seniors."

The program came to life at the junior high after Patti Jo Boyd, eighth-grade language arts teacher, spotted an article in the Times News.

The Socks for Seniors organization began 12 years ago in Columbus, Ohio. The organization was in search for volunteers in the area to collect socks for senior citizens.

Seniors often struggle with the holiday blues.

Salvation Army visits TAADCC

Friday, December 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members and soldiers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army visited residents and staff of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center. Residents were treated to holiday music and prayer. From back left are Phil Koles, center director, TAADCC; Major Margaret Johnson, Salvation Army; Darlene Smith, activities coordinator, TAADCC; and soldier Mary Hosler, Salvation Army. From front left are residents Anna Ritsick, 93, Still Creek; Catherine Eva, 88, Tamaqua; and Betty Murphy, 91, Tamaqua.