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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tamaqua Area Middle School students with Kim Woodward's art class are preparing ideas and draft murals in preparation of re-painting the old mural located along the Lafayette Street hill in Tamaqua. Small draft sized portions of their future artwork are currently on display in the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street. "This is only a small portion of what we have planned," said Woodward.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The waters of the Mahoning Creek in Mahoning township leave their banks and begin to cover County Line road.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Hungarian Club Ladies auxiliary members (l-r) Roxanne Stroup, treasurer, Jillian Kuntzman, secretary, Nancy Rios, president, and Sherry Vanderbeck, vice president, load Christmas gifts and baskets of food outside S.S. Palmer Elementary Wednesday morning. The items will be delivered to four families; two from S.S. Palmer, and two from Towamensing Elementary, in time for Christmas.

The holiday spirits of several Palmerton Area families in need have been brightened thanks to a local service organization.

Members of the Palmerton Hungarian Club Ladies auxiliary dropped off Christmas gifts and food items Wednesday at S.S. Palmer Elementary School.

The auxiliary received a wish list from students and their families. In turn, they gathered various items to help four families: two from Palmer, and two from Towamensing Elementary.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.

"I'm very pleased to appoint Senator Argall as Chairman of the Urban Affairs & Housing Committee," said Scarnati. "His extensive experience working on issues related to urban blight and community revitalization will be a tremendous asset in leading this important committee in the next legislative session."

Thursday, December 20, 2012
BERNARD WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A crane and crew from Hazleton Memorials of Hazleton assists Walters Monument Company workers in installing an almost 4,000 pound columbarium yesterday at the Grand Army Cemetery in Summit Hill. The cemetery is offering the lower cost alternative for cremation burials and is the first of its kind in the Panther Valley area. President David Wargo said the board ultimately plans to install a total of four columbaria in the cemetery by the end of 2016 to form a memorial garden on the eastern end of the cemetery.

Workers from Walters Monument Company of Summit Hill and Hazleton Memorial of Hazleton braved the crisp cold Summit Hill morning to deliver the first columbarium in the Panther Valley and install it in the Grand Army Cemetery in Summit Hill, completing a project begun several months ago by the volunteer board of the public cemetery.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In its continuing effort to provide free fly-tying classes and workshops to the general public, as well as its own members, the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited (BTU) is offering a unique Saturday morning program to kick off its winter fly-tying programs and activities.

On three consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. until noon, members of BTU will be on-hand at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville, right off Route 611, to teach their favorite and effective Pocono trout-catching patterns.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The year is fast drawing to a close, but Lansford borough has yet to draft a 2013 budget. In order to comply with state law, the borough has only until Saturday to approve a preliminary budget.

"A budget must be on public display for 10 calendar days, and be adopted by Jan. 1, 2013," said E.J. Knittel, Senior Director, Education and Sustainability for the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rick and Kathy Kocher sit inside one of the popular All Terrain Vehicles that can be found inside Backwoods Outdoor Center in Walnutport.

Fair and simple.

That's the motto adhered to by Backwoods Outdoor Center in Walnutport, a family-run business owned by Kathy Kocher, with assistance from her husband, Rick Kocher, and family.

Located at Lehigh Drive, the business has been open since March. Prior to that, it had been known as Dettmer's Outdoor Recreation.

Kathy said the business specializes in All Terrain Vehicles, snowmobiles, outdoor power equipment, service and parts, and accessories.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A candlelit vigil for the 26 victims of last Friday's shooting in a Connecticut elementary school is being held this evening in front of the Lansford American Legion, 3 W. Ridge Street, starting at 6 p.m.

Chris Ondrus will be giving opening comments, followed by prayers being said by Pastors Jeremy Benack of Grace Community Church and Marjorie Keiter of St. John's Slovak Lutheran Church.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – A season that should be a time of joy has been marked by heart-wrenching loss in Newtown, as more victims from the massacre of 20 children and six adults are laid to rest.

At least nine funerals and wakes were held Wednesday for those who died when gunman Adam Lanza, armed with a military-style assault rifle, broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire. Lanza killed his mother at her home before the attack and committed suicide at the school as police closed in.