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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A new era of telephone service begins in Nesquehoning. Dial telephone service will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow. No interruption in service will be made at the time of the changeover. Subscribers are, at present, conncected to the old magneto type switchboard and the new dial central office equipment. Bell engineers will sever the switchboard lines simultaneously, thus placingg the dial service into immediate operation. All local calls will be dialed. To call Lansford, the subscriber will dial "8" and give the Lansford number to the operator. To call Lehighton, dial "9".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Mahoning Township building will officially be a smoke-free zone said supervisors at Monday evening's meeting in response to a recent complaint filed by Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes with the Department of Labor and Industry.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors learned their new police car has some bugs that need to be worked out according to Township Officer Amie Barclay.

She reported to them during Monday night's meeting that the vehicle currently is unable to be driven at night due to problems with the head lamps being aligned properly. She also reported a problem with the mike holder on the radio and a possible leak in the manifold.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Heidelberg Hand Bell Choir from Lehighton entertained parishioners and vistors recently at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua as part of their Christmas Festival of Music. The bell choir performance was directed by Jacqueline Grove. The event also consisted of a choral performance from the church's sanctuary choir, directed by Samantha Yachera, flute solo by Molly Betz, 16, and organ solo by Audrey Christ. Pastor Jim Cavallero stressed his gratitude for all who volunteered their time make their annual Christmas Festival of Music so successful.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Although some officials feel budget deficit numbers to be grossly exaggerated, Palmerton Area School District finds itself faced with an 8.55-percent increase in next year's property tax rate.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the 2012-13 preliminary budget with a 4.2 mill-increase in an effort to present a balanced spending plan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host the "Creepy Crawlers" program, open to all 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds.

Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age-appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities all centered arount ice, snow and water.

CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

For more information or to register for this program, call (570) 645-8597.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mrs. Claus looks on as Trinity Acevedo, 5, daughter of Candy and Dave Gavornik, sits on Santa's lap at the annual skating party at Memorial Hall, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555, Girl Scout Troup 4229 and Cub Pack 567. Admission to the party was one new, unwrapped toy, which was donated to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. On hand to collect the goodies for the Marine Corp are, back row from left, Ed Glassic, Leon Fronheiser and the Rev. Bob Johnson.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Many soldiers serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq will have something to smile about this Christmas as a result of the generosity of Blue Ridge Communications and Pencor offices who embraced the Keystone Soldiers Stockings for Soldiers project.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Concourse Club of Palmerton collected clothing, toiletries, gift cards, toys, and various other items, as well as monetary donations, for the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC), located in Wilkes-Barre. The center serves Carbon and Luzerne Counties domestic violence victims. Right, Tammy Rodgers, DVSC volunteer outreach coordinator, came to Palmerton to pick up the donations from Marge Porambo, a Concourse Club member who spearheaded the project and stored the items until Tammy came to pick them up.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Although the current school year is only nearing its half way point the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board approved the school year calendar for 2012-13 for public schools at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Next year's school term will begin Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, and the last day for students will be Friday, May 31, 2013.

The holiday schedule adopted is as follows: