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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill Solomon, left, a conductor at Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway who visits schools  at Christmastime, punches a golden ticket, held by second-grade Shull-David  student Ryden Chapman.

Bill Solomon is truly a man who "believes" in Christmas.

The Jim Thorpe native, who also works as a conductor for Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, has been bringing the movie "The Polar Express" to life for area children over the past four years.

Most recently, he visited PathStone Head Start in Coaldale, Shull-David Elementary in Lehighton and St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe to help ring in the Christmas spirit as students prepared for Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lehighton's holiday lighting contest winners have been named.

Judging was recently held for the borough's holiday lighting contest, and the winners were announced by Lehighton Borough officials. The contest is sponsored by the borough.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the top residents will receive a $25 discount on their utility bill, while the top commercial winners will receive a $100 discount on their utility bill.

Next year, Beckett said the categories to be judged will be nostalgic, whimsical, judge's choice, best use of lights and most untraditional.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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A Lansford man is facing charges after he told police he stole a video camera to trade for drugs.

On Saturday morning, Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Walmart for a retail theft. The man involved in the theft fled the store in a Hyundai.

The vehicle was spotted by Lehighton Police on Route 443 at Ninth Street.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle it passed multiple vehicles on the right hand side and then crossed the roadway entering a private driveway.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa better don his raincoat and make sure Rudolph's nose is shining bright.

He might encounter some rough weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting rain before 11 p.m., and then rain and a possible thunderstorm before 3 a.m.

In addition to patchy fog, new rainfall amounts tonight will be between a quarter to a half-inch.

Christmas Day will be warm with a high near 48.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Editor's note: In observance of Christmas, we bring you this timeless classic, reprinted from the New York Sun.

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon

115 West Ninety Fifth Street

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Joseph Puschock of Nesquehoning celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday surrounded by family at his East Catawissa Street residence. Pictured with Joseph is his wife of 74 years, Julia "Jane" Merman Puschock.

On his 100th birthday party Sunday, lifelong Nesquehoning resident Joseph Andrew Puschock was smiling with the enthusiasm of a 21-year-old.

"He still likes to joke around," said Patricia Richie Puschock, his daughter-in-law.

It didn't take long for Joseph's comedic side to come out.

Sensing it was time for pictures to commemorate the occasion, Puschock grabbed the bottle of Schloss Biebrich Sekt sparkling wine in front of him, hoisted it high and smiled.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lehighton School Board this week approved sound system upgrades for its meeting room within the administration building.

The board, voted 5-3 for the improvements, with Rocky Ahner, Willam Hill Jr. and Lori Nothstein.

Andrew Yenser, Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz,Gloria Bowman and Stephen Holland were in favor.

The upgrade will cost $11,387 and be bought through the COSTARS cooperative purchasing program.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Summit Hill police officers will soon be allowed to administer the drug Narcan to people who overdose on heroin.

The borough council approved the procedure at its meeting this week.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. said the drug can be administered as soon as agreements are drawn up with Lehighton Ambulance Association, which is the local administrator of the drug.

Summit Hill police might be the first local police department in the area to begin administering the drug.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Tamaqua man whose infant died in February will serve 15 days to 12 months in Schuylkill County prison.

Joseph E. Kuhla, 22, was charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment after the infant, 6-week-old Bronx, died on Feb. 5 while sleeping in bed with him, his girlfriend and three other children.

Kuhla is to begin his sentence at 9 a.m. Friday.

The baby's mother, Alyssa Shellhammer, 23, has yet to be sentenced. She faces the same charges.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pleasant Valley Area School District board of directors will vote on the 2015-2016 preliminary budget at the 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

At the meeting this month, the board approved:

Ÿ Hiring Judy Dondey as a homebound instructor and Deena Boyne as an administrative secretary, replacement position for Beverly Hofford.

Ÿ The resignation of Jasmin Williams, part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Dec. 5.

Ÿ Paying the estimated cost of $33,500 to Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit #16 for 2015-2016 computer services