Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Suzie Farley, vice president corporate secretary, holds a poster-size copy of the Oct. 7, 1916, article in The Morning Press announcing the opening of a new bank, the East Stroudsburg Building and Loan. The newspaper was the precursor to The Pocono Record. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

eing around for 100 years is a big deal, whether it’s a birthday or a business.

ESSA Bank & Trust, headquartered in Stroudsburg and branch locations in Brodheadsville, New Tripoli and Blakeslee, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Nov. 10. Instead of giving out trinkets to commemorate the anniversary, ESSA opted to make $600,000 in donations to three nonprofit organizations.

The organizations are:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

The interest rates are fixed ranging from 1 to 4 percent. Small businesses can receive subordinate financing, 50 percent funding or $200,000, whichever is less.

These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The annual Christmas Party of the Nesquehoning VFW Auxiliary will be held at 6 p.m.Dec. 15, at Lengyel’s Restaurant.

A brief business meeting will be held. Election of a junior vice president is on the agenda.

District President Guyette Calles of Tobyhanna 509 will conduct the auxiliary inspection. All members are invited to attend.

To make a reservation, contact Maureen at 570-669-9578 by Dec. 12.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
SkillsUSA members Dominic Borger and Derbe Stroup help Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps member Brian Snyder load up CCTI’s Toys for Tots donations. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute’s SkillsUSA group collected a good haul for the Toys for Tots program this year.

Though the collection had only been set up in the school’s cafeteria less than two weeks ago, the bin was overflowing on Friday when Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps members Brian Snyder and Joe Sweeney came for the pickup.

“Every year, they are above and beyond,” Snyder said of CCTI’s contributions.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

“He’s baaa-aaaaack!”

“Here’s Johnny!”

“I see dead people.”

Or, in this case, I see an elf person and his name is Snoopy, and I say those famous horror movie lines to myself every single day when I see his creepy little face peeking at me from yet another precarious predicament.

Yes, everyone’s least favorite house guest is back for the month of December: The Elf on the Shelf.

It wasn’t always this way. When he first showed up, I thought he was adorable, a cute little task master to help keep the kids in line through a hectic time of year.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Coal Region Catholics for Change, who are fighting for the reopening of two Panther Valley-area parishes, have planned multiple events around the holiday season.

The group willsing Christmas carols on Wednesdayoutside the former St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning. The church is located at 140 W. Mill St.

On Sunday, the group will hold a halupki and halushki sale at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company. The sale will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scientists have yet to determine why transposition of the arteries happens in 0.2 of every 1,000 developing fetuses.

What happens is that two main arteries carrying blood away from the heart are reversed.

A normal blood pattern carries blood in a cycle: body-heart-lungs-heart-body.

But when transposition happens, the blood pathway is impaired because the two arteries are connecting to the wrong chambers in the heart, according to the American Heart Association.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Deaths due to drug abuse tripled in Schuylkill County over the past year, coroner Dr. David Moylan told county commissioners Wednesday.

“As of today, we processed 75 drug-related deaths in the county since the first of the year, as opposed to 25 in all of last year,” he said.

With recent changes in the law making it easier to prosecute drug dealers who have sold drugs to people who subsequently died, Moylan’s office is doing more autopsies, and the cost is mounting.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

From environmental justice advocates to business entrepreneurs, school students to senior citizens, many Pennsylvanians work to protect the air, land and waters of the commonwealth.

To honor their efforts, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking for applications for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.