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Friday, November 18, 2011

Community supper

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will host this month's free community supper on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu will be Thanksgiving turkey dinner and all the trimmings.

Thanksgiving service

The Jim Thorpe Ministerium will host an ecumenicial Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church. The Rev. Baransky will deliver the sermon.

Addresses needed

The Jim Thorpe High School alumni reunion committee is in need of addresses for classmates so that information about the joint reunion can be mailed to them.

Friday, November 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dale Freudenberger, President, Tamaqua Historical Society, demonstrates a monkey drop toy.

"These toys are a flashback in time," said Gloria Carpency, Tamaqua, as she describes the over 500 antique toys on display at the Tamaqua Art Gallery, 114 West Broad Street, until Dec. 23.

"This is the first show of its kind in the Tamaqua area and is being held to kick off the holiday season in Tamaqua," said Dale Freudenberger, Tamaqua Historical Society President.

The toy show, hosted by the Tamaqua Historical Society, features a wide array of antique and classic toys that were made over the period of a century from about the late 1800s to the mid to late 1900s.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Two jury panels in "slip and fall" cases returned verdicts this week in Carbon County court in favor of the defendants.

The suits involved the following:

Carla and Warren Leslie, of 585 Hill Road, Palmerton, as plaintiffs, against Paul and Johnette Walck, 250 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, and Frank Depaulo Jr., of 6082 Hausman Road, Germansville, Lehigh County.

In the second matter the plaintiff was Elaine Hand, 16 Sam Brooke Circle, Lehighton, with the defendants being Frank and Barbara Smyczynski, of 82 Sam Brooke Circle, Lehighton.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Two area residents, from Tamaqua and Coaldale, were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Adam Jose Cruz, 27, of 20 Clay Street, Tamaqua, on a driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charge was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for six months, with the first 15 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Carbon County's retirement fund rose over $4 million in October.

During the monthly county retirement board meeting on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary for the retirement board, announced that the retirement fund portfolio as of Oct. 31 was $60,985,597, up $4.4 million from last month.

"October ended up being a very good month as far as performance," he said.

But the good news ended there as Crampsie continued his report.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council was held on Wednesday, a week earlier than usual due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

During the meeting council voted to approve a preliminary 2012 budget and indicated a General Fund budget to be set at $1,441,343.47. The budget does not include any tax increases. This amount shows a $5,000 decrease from the 2011 budget.

Friday, November 18, 2011
@$:SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their Students of the Month for the month of October are, from left, sixth grader Louden Breiner, seventh grader Gage Rivers and eighth grader Jessica Scotto. Students were awarded a certificate and gift card in recognition for their excellence in academics and conduct.

Friday, November 18, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays. Shown here, borough workers Steve Naylor, riding in bucket, and George Herring place holiday wreaths along South Railroad Street in Tamaqua. The crew took advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures in recent days and had installed 40 wreaths by 10 a.m. with many more to come, they said.