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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The first major distribution of the Toys for Tots program in Carbon County was held with 50 registered families receiving gifts. The distribution for the Lehighton area occurred at the Lehighton Sportsman's Club. Toys for Tots is a project of the Marine Corps Leagues Schuylkill-Carbon Counties Detachment. Each child received one new toy, two used toys, and at least three stuffed toys. The children also received crayons and desk sets donated by Binney and Smith. Each mom was given a new pair of gloves.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pennsylvania's new law aimed at increasing safety for young drivers takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24. The new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seat belt a primary offense for young drivers.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Representatives from Charles S. Snyder, Inc., of Tamaqua, Pa., recently attended Kubota Tractor Corporation's 2011 National Dealer Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and had the chance to get an exclusive look at the latest Kubota product introductions and innovations across all lines of Kubota tractors, construction equipment, utility vehicles, and lawn and garden equipment.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 414 Old Mill Road, Big Creek, will hold a Candlelight Service Saturday, Christmas Eve., at 7 p.m.

Pastor James Ziegenfus will conduct the service.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Michael Bozilesky Jr., 62, of Tobyhanna, died in a two-vehicle headon crash Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10:40 p.m. along Route 196 in Tobyhanna, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Monroe County Coroner's Office.

Police said two vehicles, a Saab sedan driven by the deceased and a Ford Explorer operated by Jamesetta Quiteh, 46, also of Tobyhanna, collided headon in the southbound lane of travel.

Monday, December 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Those who approach tasks with a positive outlook tend to see favorable results.

That credo is a shared belief at Dedicated Fitness in Palmerton, which on Saturday celebrated its first expansion in eight years.

With an upper level that now boasts a sports training center that will feature climbing ropes, pull up bars, speed, strength, plyometrics and agility drills, as well as group classes for yoga and body-sculpting, the facility at 450 Delaware Avenue has grown from 250-square-feet to 7,000-square-feet.

Monday, December 19, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS

Frank Kuhn, owner of Mallard Market, presented a check of $1,736.45 to Carbon-Schuylkill Marine Corps League Detachment 626 to assist with the Toys for Tots program.

The funds were raised through an store incentive program with employees volunteering to sell Toys for Tots donor cards, with Brittany Redmond being the highest seller. She was rewarded with a $50 gift card for an electronics store. The second highest seller was Kaitlin Green.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Joint Operating Committee of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute reorganized at Thursday evening's regularly scheduled meeting.

Darlene Yeakel of Palmerton Area School District will be replacing former JOC member Carl Bieling.

Andrew Yenser of Lehighton Area School District and Anthony DeMarco of Panther Valley School District were acknowledged for their reappointment to the JOC for three year terms.

Thomas Henry of Jim Thorpe Area School District and William Gerhard of Weatherly Area School District will also continue as members of the JOC.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thirteen area people were among 74 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney James P. Goodman in the Schuylkill County Courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Monday, December 19, 2011
Volunteer Vince Costa

More than 400 families from eastern Schuylkill and Carbon counties were grateful as they picked up Toys For Tots and food donations in Lehighton on Saturday, during the first of two Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Detachment 626 Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army holiday food distributions held in December.

"The number of families deserving assistance is steadily increasing every year," said Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, SCMCL.