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Saturday, December 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Enjoying the joys of fatherhood during a recent Christmas function at the Tamaqua Salvation Army are Salvation Army soldier Josh Holmberg, left, holding his 6-month old son, Ryder, and Specialist Justin Bixler, Alpha Co., 365th Battalion, holding his 2-month old daughter Peyton.

Friday, December 16, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin Elementary School recently held a fundraiser to benefit Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. The pizza sale raised a grand total of $2,500. Para educator Brenda Eckley coordinated the fundraiser.

Thanking the students for their support, Lieutenant Thomas Chew of the fire company said, "The students here are some of our best supporters."

Friday, December 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The revival of a true holiday favorite helped christen Slatington Elementary's newly renovated gymnasium.

Amped up, and perhaps louder then ever, the Senior Citizen Holiday Program returned after a one-year hiatus amid plenty of fanfare.

The event was attended by dozens of elderly residents who reside in nursing homes and assisted living in the Slatington community that are transported by bus to the school.

Principal Linda Marcincin welcomed those in attendance with kind words.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Carbon County retirement portfolio is feeling the effects of a very rocky stock market.

During the monthly meeting of the retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the county's retirement fund, as of Nov. 30, was $60,399,269, down $500,000 from Oct. 31.

"For the year, it's been basically flat," Crampsie said, noting that the fund's beginning balance in January was $60,300,000. "That equates to a .11 percent rate of return for the year."

Friday, December 16, 2011
It only took two days for more than 50 Marines

Marines and volunteers with the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League have spent the past week sorting and bagging thousands of new toys in preparation for the Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army food distributions to be held Saturday at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Lehighton, and Thursday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

The SCMCL has coordinated and spearheaded the local Toys For Tots campaign since the beginning of its charter, which was in 1986.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The 2012 Kidder Township Budget passed with no increase from last year at the Thursday meeting of Township Supervisors.

Township Supervisor and Chairman Larry Polansky looked relieved not to be reliving last year's public outcry over shortages, police layoffs, department cuts and tax increases. The tax rate stands at 3.2 mills.

Friday, December 16, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large gathering of anxious children, parents, and grandparents gathered at Sam Miller Field in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe last week for the 18th annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the field on North Avenue.

The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and a visit by Santa Claus were sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association which maintains the Sam Miller Field.

After the tree was aglow with lights, Santa met and spoke with each child present, after which, they each received a toy of their choice.

Friday, December 16, 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) – Nearly nine years after American troops stormed across the Iraq border in a blaze of shock and awe, U.S. officials quietly ended the bloody and bitterly divisive conflict here Thursday, but the debate over whether it was worth the cost in money and lives is yet unanswered.

Friday, December 16, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua native is back home in Tallahasee, Fla., after serving on a committee that brought her in contact with Caroline Kennedy.

Dr. Nancy Everhart was in New York City from Dec. 7-11 serving on a committee to select and present awards to outstanding school librarians on behalf of The New York Times and Carnegie Corporation. The activities took place at Times Center, 242 W. 41st St. Everhart is immediate past president of the American Association of School Librarians.

The honors handed out are known as the I Love My Librarian Awards.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System will see a savings of approximately $1 million at its hospitals with the backing of Carbon County's credit rating.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved two ordinances that will refinance $9,065,000 in hospital debt.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained the action taken was to support Blue Mountain Health System's decision to restructure two series 1999 bonds. The bonds will now be replaced with two series 2012 bonds.