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Saturday, December 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There's a new business in town, Mrs. Domestic Services, a northeastern Pennsylvania commercial and residential cleaning service operated by Colleen Dykas of Albrightsville.

There's a new business in town.

Mrs. Domestic Services is a northeastern Pennsylvania commercial and residential cleaning service operated by Colleen Dykas of Albrightsville.

Dykas said Mrs. Domestic Services was born of necessity.

"I suddenly became a single parent and needed to have a flexible schedule to take care of my children," she said.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Justin Startzel and Lee Caulkins string tens of thousands of lights in preparation for Santa's visit to the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua. The jolly gent will spend some time at the playground on Dec. 11, arriving at approximately 6:30 p.m., visiting with local families. A small gift will be presented to all children 10 and younger. Festivities will include a musical light show and free hot chocolate and cookies. In addition to the gift from St. Nick, there will also be bike and toy giveaways. The playround is located at the intersection of Penn and Oak Streets in Tamaqua.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Majestic House resident Isabelle Brode, 89, shows her bell-playing abilities.

Residents at the Majestic House apartments in Tamaqua were treated recently to holiday music courtesy of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's handbell choir.

Sandy Davis, Support Service Coordinator, Majestic House, thanked all the Salvation Army members for taking the time to stop and spread holiday cheer.

Residents were also given the opportunity to learn how to play the bells.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Quick action on the part of Lehighton volunteer firement prevented almost certain tragedy early this morning when fire gutted a section of the Weissport House Hotel at Bridge and White Streets, Weissport. Scaling ladders, firemen rescued a woman, her 4-year-old son, and an elderly, invalid man trapped on a second floor porch over-hanging the raging flames, and herded other ocupants of the four-story building to safety. Throwing every available piece of fire-fighting equipment into operation, the firemen confined the flames to the bar room section.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band who for the third year in a row earned its highest placement ever in school history at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship are (front row, l-r) Kelli Hunsicker, Tiffany Hamm (second row, l-r), Brandon Horvath, Heather Heiney, Mike Miller (back row, l-r), Kim Bayer, Chris LeFrancois, Calli Zaleski, and Maggie Surdovel.

Like a fine wine, the Northern Lehigh High School Marching Band continues to get better with age.

For the third year in a row, the band earned its highest placement ever in school history when it competed in the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship at Hershey Park Stadium.

The band finished fourth out of 30 bands its size after it registered a score of 93.2. In the process, the band reset the school record for the third straight year, said David Carroll, marching band director.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

St. Luke's Physical Therapy announced their annual food drive will begin Monday, Dec. 5, and continue through Monday, Dec. 19.

The food drive will benefit families in Carbon and Schuylkill counties through the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Lansford Food Pantry.

Items will be accepted at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Lobby, ground floor and St. Luke's Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, fifth floor of the hospital.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Dale Freudenberger of the Lehigh and Delaware National Heritage Corridor surveys the outside of the "old jail" in Lansford, purchased by the Lansford Alive community improvement organization.

In 1877, the newly-incorporated Borough of Lansford decided it needed a jail, commonly called a lock-up, and a place for the town's council to meet.

Community leaders picked a spot at the corner of East Patterson and Walnut streets, hired a contractor and built a simple, two-story stone structure. The building housed three jail cells on the first floor and council chambers on the second.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

An athletic field bleacher replacement project could cost the Palmerton Area School District nearly three-quarter of a million dollars.

Three companies submitted bids to the district on Thursday, with CMG, of Easton, turning in the apparent low bid of $774,000 to do the project.

That proposal was $146,360 less than the next lowest bid of $920,360 turned in by FA Rohrbach, of Bethlehem, and $155,000 less than the $929,000 figure from CC Inc., Construction Services, of Bethlehem.

All three of the companies included bid alternate deductions as part of their proposals.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and snacks. At this event, the children will be singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold its annual Winter "Meet the Raiders" night on Monday, Dec. 5.

The event will be held in the District Athletic Center, between the senior high and middle schools, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and meet the students participating in the boys and girls basketball, wrestling and swimmimg programs, as well as the cheerleaders.