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Thursday, December 22, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

This is the second year the Cunfer family of Never Done Farm, along Route 895 in East Penn Township, has created their holiday greeting using wet hay, which is wrapped in plastic to make silage. "Just a few can be always used to put a smile on your face by looking like a snowman," said Dr. Justin Cunfer, a veterinarian at Blue Mountain Animal Clinic. Cunfer creates the ideas and enlists the help of his parents, Dennis and Deanna, and fiancee Katie Hetherington, to build the giant-size display. The smiling snowmen are standing sentinel just east of the village of Ashfield.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Barnesville Cub Scout pack 725 spent time recently helping other volunteers prepare for this week's Toys For Tots, Angel Tree and food distribution at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Bagging food, from left, are Ford Bradbury, 13, Peter Osifat, 12, Hunter Freil, 14, and Scoutmaster Roy Bradbury. For more information about scouts or to join, call Roy at (570) 467-2455.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A ceremonial ball was presented to the family of the late Matthew Aungst during the annual Lansford Fire Company No. 1 Christmas party and awards program held recently at the Lansford American Legion. Aungst was a junior firefighter with the Lansford Fire Company who passed away at age 15 on May 30th of this year. The ball was signed by 7 teams from surrounding fire departments. Toby Krajcirik, a friend of Matt's, set up the softball tournament to benefit the Matthew Aungst Memorial Fund.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

For the third time in as many years, Bruce Frassinelli of Schnecksville has been named one of the top winners in the Golden Quotes Awards competition.

He won top prize in the "Best Column" category in the 2011 contest sponsored by the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County, N.Y. He is the first person to have ever won three consecutive best column awards in the competition which began more than 40 years ago.

Frassinelli is senior columnist for 55 Plus, in which the column - Santa Claus Scam appeared, and Oswego County (N.Y.) Business Magazine.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
PV library holds Christmas party
Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Nancy's Fresh Cut Meat Market in Hometown helped raise donations for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League second Toys For Tots distribution to be held Thursday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Pictured are Carol Clemson, deli manager, on left, and Chris Pilla, co-manager. The Pilla family stated they plan on making their first annual mini-drive a yearly tradition.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Good news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albeck of East Mauch Chunk this morning when the mailman delivered a clippergram from their son, Staff Sgt. Joseph Albeck, stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. The highlight of the letter is that he is well – and in his own words:

"Just believe me that everything in the Pacific is under control and that everything and everyone is prepared for anything from air raid to internal sabotage. If the Japanese should return, and we don't think they dare, no doubt they will be annihilated before any accountable damage can be done."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Frackville man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Schuylkill County Court to commiiting six burglaries in the Frackville-Butler Township area in the summer of 2010 and received a long jail sentence.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 2010 single audit on the County of Schuylkill was recently completed by the firm of L. Samuel Deegan, CPA, P.C., of Pottsville and was filed with the Single Audit Clearinghouse and the Bureau of Audits in Harrisburg as required by law. The audit report contains an independent opinion on the county's basic financial statement.

The completion went smootlhly and there was no confrontation between the auditor and Controller Melinda Kantner as happened last year.

The financial highlights in the audit report include the following: