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Friday, November 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Salvation Army volunteers Fran Stahl, Tamaqua, right, and Anthony Bear, 18, Lehighton, pour gravy on a visitors Thanksgiving platter.

Approximately 30 volunteers from both Schuylkill and Carbon counties chose to spend their Thanksgiving Day preparing, serving, and delivering meals to hundreds of shut-ins, senior citizens, disabled persons, or anyone else who could use some holiday cheer.

Over 230 meals were prepared and served at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center, while about 75 local deliveries were made.

Friday, November 25, 2011

An 18-year-old New Tripoli resident died in a one-vehicle crash on Thanksgiving eve at 5:35 p.m. in the area of 3741 Weidasville Road in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.

State police at the Fogelsville barracks said Ryan Michael Hamell was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

A second person in the crash, Alexander L. Buskirk, 18, of Schnecksville, sustained moderate injuries and was also transported to the hospital, police said.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

Willow street in Nesquehoning was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon when a utility pole broke off at its base. The incident began at 2 p.m. when the resident at 12 West Mill street reported a pole leaning in towards the residence. When Nesquehoning police arrived on scene they heard the pole cracking at its base and requested the fire department block off the street.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Amanda Andre was honored as the October Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Club president Manuel DaCosta presented her with a certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Robert Nemecek of Boy Scout Troop #98, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project of renovating the POW/MIA Memorial at Chestnuthill Township Park.

Robert Nemecek of Saylorsburg, recently completed his service project, which is needed for him to earn Eagle Scout, a goal he has been working toward for the last six years.

His project was to renovate the POW/MIA Memorial in Chestnuthill Township Park in Brodheadsville. He began the project in September and put the finishing touches to it on the morning of its dedication, Nov. 13.

His home troop #98 attended the event, along with his parents, family and friends.

Robert called upon the color guard to bring the colors forward.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

An American flag was donated to the Trinity United Church in Tamaqua by the Hadesty family. Pictured from left are Thomas "Oak" Hadesty, Patricia Hadesty and David G. Billig, president.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Displaying their cheerleader style dancing are Trisha Farber, 9, left, Ember Starr, 8, right, and Starr Gerber, 8, in the air.

Tamaqua Elementary school parents and teachers, TEPTO, organized a Toys For Tots youth dance recently for students at the school. Dance committee organizers were Sandy Breiner, Lauren Wall and Missy Wickersham. TEPTO plans on holding dances every year to support the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lauren Schock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Schock of Tamaqua, was the recipient of a new Schwinn bicycle from her efforts in art work submitted to Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, Mich. The Kellogg Company sponsored a national contest "Stick Up For Your Breakfast." A kindergarten student at the North Ward School, Lauren had to draw a post of her favorite Kellogg's character eating a full-course breakfast. She chose the Rice Krispies kids "Snap, Crackle, and Pop" and won the grand prize.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Parking issues at an elementary school in Palmerton continue to abound.

Mayor Brad Doll explained to borough council on Tuesday that the problem still occurs at the S.S. Palmer Elementary building.

"The problem is the morning, where people are coming 15, 20, 30 minutes early," Doll said. "The afternoon is not much better."

Doll said school Principal Mary Brumbach suggested the borough yellow zone the entire street.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Some students from Mrs. Mary Ann Herrings winning class are, from front left, Ashlei Arthurton, Amber Kistler, Jocelyn Rega and Alexis Zeigler. From back left are Katie Hill, Jake Barron, Derek Bennett, Brandon Mooney and Ryan Smith.

A record food bank donation of 1,523 cans and non-perishable items was raised by students, parents and staff of the Tamaqua elementary school in support of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive.