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Thursday, November 21, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Don DeMarco, president of the Home Association, Jim Mulholland, Post Commander, Michael Dolena, Arielle Dolena, Vicky Dolena, Santore's sister, and Cheri and Anthony Santore.

The Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 recently presented a plaque in memory of SFC George J. Santore (retired) to his wife, Cheri Santore, son, Anthony F. Santore and family in a service at the Post Home.

Santore served in the U.S. Air Force from 1977-1981 and was a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger from 1983-1999.

He served two tours in Korea.

Santore was a life member of the VFW Post 8008 and it was there that he met his wife, Cheri, who worked as a bartender there at the time.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tamaqua Borough Council President Micah Gursky has contacted the TIMES NEWS to clarify Wednesday's article on the borough's 2014 budget. Gursky misspoke Tuesday night, during the council meeting, when he noted it had been five years since there was a tax increase. According to Gursky, it has actually been four years since Tamaqua's taxes were raised.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Carbon Builders Association is meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the CBA office, 490 Ore St., Bowmanstown, to plan the 2014 Carbon County Home Garden and Business Expo. The 2014 Expo will be held at the lower lodge at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

For additional information, call Debbie Kleckner at 610-379-1099.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shedding remorseful tears, a Luzerne County motorist, who had pleaded guilty last Sept. 25 to assault by a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County Court.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Veteran Blaise Schweibinz, U.S. Navy, retired, is visited by Sue Anthony, of the Ladies Auxiliary of Oplinger Hower Post 899, Walnutport. The organization recently presented those residents who are veterans at the Village at Palmerton, with gifts in honor of their service to our country.

They were treated to a hearty breakfast, fun-loving entertainment, and impassioned accounts of wartime experiences.

There was something for everyone at the fourth annual Veteran Honorary Brunch and Entertainment Gala, held earlier this month at the Village at Palmerton.

Those who attended were treated to a wide variety of breakfast fare. Afterward, attendees gathered in front of the fireplace to hear speaker David Altrichter, U.S. Navy, retired, who served during the Vietnam War as a Fireman Machine Repair.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

L.B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe, has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

Honor roll

Grade 3: Emily Dart, Leah Figura, Carlie Garner, Tanner Lux, Jordan Remmel, Richard Strack, Franchesca Delgado, Evan Murphy, Miriam Paderewski, Ehlauna Penn, Allie Ckrimcovsky, Haley Smelas, Mackenzie Yuhas, Santina Zammito, Jacob DeHaven, Sarah Gablick, Dorissa Koehler, Lexi Lilly, Samantha Lyden, Isabel Schmick, Dominic Roberti

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tears mark president's funeral

It was one of the rare times I had ever seen my father cry.

We sat at the dinner table that Sunday in November 1963 as the cortege moved from the White House to the Capitol to that unforgettable drum cadence.

Dad excused himself from the table. When he came back, he said that he thought we ought to go to Washington the next day for President Kennedy's funeral.

We had been glued to the TV since that Friday afternoon. I was a ninth grader and the whole school has been in an assembly watching the senior class play.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Democrats for Change will hear Carbon County's Democratic Party Chair and his analysis of the recent elections at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at The Inn at Jim Thorpe in the downstairs conference room.

President Linda Christman said, "Billy O'Gurek is one of our most anticipated speakers. His election analysis always includes new insights."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HARRISBURG – A proposal sponsored by Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) that would strengthen the state's Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act by including railroad materials received unanimous approval during Tuesday's Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meeting, according to committee Chairman Gene Yaw (R-23).

Senate Bill 1077 would add several railroad materials to the list of items that a scrap processor or recycling facility may purchase strictly from a commercial entity, not an individual.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Appearing in the Pleasant Valley High School production of "Pride and Prejudice" are, standing, from left, Lydia Shank (Mrs. Bennet), Hailey Blanding (Lydia Bennet), Angelica Ramirez (Kitty Bennet), Anthony Zarzycki (Mr. Darcy); sitting, Nathaniel Rhoads (Mr. Bennet), Rebecca Anglemyer (Mary Bennet), Sarah DeLucca (Jane Bennet) and Rachel Wenrich (Elizabeth Bennet.)

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic drama, "Pride and Prejudice," Nov. 22-24, to kick off its 2013-14 season.

"Pride and Prejudice," a novel by Jane Austen, is set in early 19th century England and tells a humorous story of life among wealthy English gentry, in particular, the pursuit of love among these class-conscious socialites.