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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news The resident of this home along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township reported an intruder at her home on Tuesday night.

Franklin Township police are investigating a home invasion which occurred Tuesday night along Fairyland Road.

Police were called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis V. Diehl of 2718 Fairyland Road near 9 p.m. when Mrs. Diehl reported a man entered her home and stole her purse.

She first reported only one male entered and that he was brandishing a piece of wood in his hand.

When police examined the scene they found a rear window broken and additional items taken from the home, which proved there was more than one intruder in the residence.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority recognized community leaders in honor of America Recycles Day, presenting them with certificates of excellence in recycling at the latest monthly board of directors meeting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
 AL ZAGOFSKY/special to the times news

Being homeless for the holidays is sad, but because of Family Promise of Carbon County, some of these families are having their Exodus transformed into an adventure.

Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence, began organizing a Carbon County affiliate in 2009, and three weeks ago began offering its services, initially to three families consisting of three adults and seven children.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mahoning Township residents will not see an increase in 2012 in their tax bill, as the township's valuations and income will absorb a half-mill increase at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

The board of supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the $2,301,851 budget for next year, which is funded by a 4.25 mill tax rate.

"We added a quarter mill to both the road machinery equipment fund and the fire equipment fund in anticipation of future needs to purchase equipment," said John Wieczorek, township chairman, prior to the vote.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council has adopted its 2012 budget, adding a two-mill tax increase to the general fund.

The two mills will be deposited into a separate fund to be utilized for expansion of the Lehighton fire station.

The new tax rate will be 6.5 mills, up from 4.5 mills.

Nicole Beckett, borough manager, said the purpose of the two mills is to match $1.75 million the borough is receiving from a state grant to be used for the fire company project.

"The borough of Lehighton will not be funding the full construction project," Beckett told the council.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
David Wargo/special to the times news

As last evening's Mahoning Township meeting drew to a close, Chairperson John Wieczorek recognized outgoing supervisor George Stawnyczyj for his service over the last six years, one of which was served as board chairman.

"This is my last meeting. I've completed my six years and while I found it frustrating at times, 95 percent of the time was a rewarding experience," said Stawnyczyj, who was presented with a plaque.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

At the Dec. 5 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, Jai Mertz asked if he could make a presentation about what he sees from the rear of the Clair Troxell property, which is under clean-up litigation with the township.

During the Dec. 27 end-of-year meeting, he brought pictures in place of the presentation because equipment was not working. The pictures included the graffiti that was previously discussed. Supervisors accepted them without comment.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news

Can you judge meat by its color?

Surprisingly, the answer is no.

This inquiry began when I purchased a pound of ground beef at the Jim Thorpe Market. According to the sell-by date on the package, it was fresh. Through the overwrap film, I could see the product had a bright red color.

But when I opened the package and broke the ground beef apart, I was surprised to see that portions of the interior were brown. My first thought was, "Did the butcher put older meat in the middle and cover it with fresh meat?"