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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Carbon County nursing home, its owners and four employees of the home have been named defendants in a civil suit filed over the death of a resident of the home.

The suit filed in Carbon County court names Guardian Elder Care at Weatherly, dba, Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center; Lisa Moyer, a registered nurse; Louise Bekisz, a registered nurse; Katherine Kunkel, CNA; and Dourene Strittmatter, LPN; with the listed address of the nursing home, 1000 Evergreen Ave., Weatherly.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Weatherly Institute for Robotics and Engineering, 401 First St., Weatherly is looking for participants of high school age interested in entering The Real World Design Challenge, Precision Agriculture Challenge.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Santa Claus came to Kunkletown at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, via the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company. President of the fire company, Ray Miller, helps Santa disembark.

There was an air of excitement as a Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company fire truck arrived at the Eldred Township municipal building and Santa Claus disembarked.

He led about 75 people to gather around a newly planted Christmas tree at the Eldred Township municipal building.

Coordinator of the event, Donna Diehl, welcomed everyone. Diann Bittenbender talked about the origin of the Christmas tree and shared a prayer, thanking God for sending the perfect gift, his son Jesus Christ, as the reason for the season.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Palmerton's Christmas in the Park program will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the borough park.

There will be food and craft vendors in attendance throughout the day.

The schedule is:

Noon: Invocation by the Rev. Canon Doris S. Bray. Followed with vocal selections by S.S. Palmer & Towamensing Elementary student chorus

12:30-12:40 p.m.: Jr. Chimers from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

12:45-1 p.m.: Vocal selections by St. John Neumann Regional School students

1-4 p.m.: Horse and wagon rides

Thursday, December 5, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School Principal Sister Bernard Agnes IHM (right) receives a check for $16,581.60 from Susie Gerhard, Marian Director of Development, representing profits from the Sept. 20 Marian Gala and the Legacy Plaza Paver Project. The gala, which included a silent auction, raised $12,000 according to Gerhard. The Marian Legacy Plaza is an outdoor, multiuse, gateway plaza nestled behind Marian High School, featuring engraved brick pavers. The plaza is dedicated to Theresa Svetz of Hometown and the late Joseph Svetz, life long supporters of Catholic school education.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friends of the late Sgt. David Midas are pulling together to host a day full of music to help his family.

The benefit will be held from noon to midnight on Saturday at the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, located at 114 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill. All proceeds will go to Dave's widow, Julie and their sons Gunnar, Hodge and Kade to help cover unexpected costs over the next few months.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad captured the Colonial League Game Time Competition held recently at Catasauqua High School. The team competed against the 10 Colonial League cheerleading squads. Team members include, front row from left, Alyssa Reis, Kristen Ahner, Sam Herbert and Jackie Frohneiser; and back, Eva Homlak, Kassie Hertzog, Kayla Bradberry, Tori Haydt, Coach Bethany Rowland, Arissa Snyder, Taylor Williams and Ali Zelinsky.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lehighton Area School Board President Richard Harleman said last night he would like to see settlement regarding a lawsuit the school district has filed against Lehighton Borough over sewage connection fees.

"We're open to try to resolve this thing," Harleman said, adding that the borough has received data from the district on the matter.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The TIMES NEWS will be hosting a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14 at the company's printing office located at 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive, Lehighton.

The event provides an opportunity to meet some of our local staff and see the place where the news is printed.

Activities include holiday music, face painting, raffle prize giveaways, and pictures with Santa. Bring your wish list and your camera because the big guy is coming to town. All children will have their pictures taken with Santa to be put on our website, www.tnonline.com.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Palmerton Area Education Association has rejected the latest counter offer from Palmerton Area School Board, as teachers continue to work without a contract.

Teachers have been working without an agreement since their three-year contract expired in June 2012. That contract called for a 3 percent increase in teachers' salaries.

Since then, both the district and the PAEA have been mired in contract negotiations.

Most recently, both parties agreed to ask a state mediator for a recommended proposal.