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Saturday, December 17, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Shopping carts overflowing with orange bags, each filled with $42 worth of off-the-rack winter fashions, rolled through the aisles of Foreman Mills in Whitehall, pushed by 17 students from Carbon County Technical Institute's Marketing class, adult volunteers, and Bill Allison and Bob Stevenson, coordinators of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club's Christmas Present Project.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

No parent wakes up one day and says, "I'm going to do something that may seem to be good for my kids, but it's actually harmful."

Yet, it's exactly what sometimes happens.

I thought I was being a good mother when I showered my daughters with a lot of Christmas presents.

From the time they were little girls, I encouraged them to look through the Sears Wish Book and make a list of what they wanted from Santa.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Pictured is an unselected Angel Tree

You don't have to look very far to see how the ailing economy is impacting charitable giving this holiday season.

Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers are struggling to keep up with the growing number of underprivileged families in Carbon and eastern Schuylkill county needing help over the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

In this economy, it really pays to be a jack-of-all-trades.

Certainly the broad scope of work Keystone Consulting Engineers performs qualifies them as such.

Members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently heard from representatives of the Kresgeville firm, which serves as consultants to the Palmerton Borough and Palmerton Municipal Authority, among others.

Eric Snyder, a civil engineer, said the firm reviews land development plans, lot line adjustments, water mains.

Rudy Wolfe, a registered land surveyor, said the field has "come a long way."

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Brielle Gosslin

What's your biggest wish for Christmas?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee has some ambitious plans for 2012, according to Todd Zimmerman, the group's president who recently detailed them to borough council.

They include:

Ÿ Hosting a Community Day on May 12 at the Lehighton Community Grove.

Ÿ Sponsoring the 14th annual Lehighton Bike Night on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Ÿ A Lehighton Fall Fest at a date to be announced, but probably in October.

Ÿ Sponsoring the Great Lehighton Race in May.

Ÿ Planting flowers in the Lehighton Park.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This past September, the Fairview Hose Company Social Club held a pig roast and picnic at the Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club to benefit Hunter Wolfe who has since lost his battle with cancer.

During a recent visit to the firehouse, the Social Club turned the funds raised over to his family to help defray medical expenses.

The monies that the Social Club raised at that fundraiser amounted to a check for $4,237.93.

The additional funds raised will also help "Hunter's Hope" a non-profit organization being established by Hunter's mother Kim Sargent in Hunter's memory.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Franklin Township gas station owner won't be able to expand his business.

Paul Sandhu, owner of Rockland Energy, Inc. had appealed a decision by Franklin Township Zoning Officer Matt Neeb, who denied his application on Aug. 8 to increase the size of the building at 80 Interchange Road. The small vacant building, which is not currently open for business, is located on the corner of Interchange Road, Route 209 and Court Street, carries the name U.S. Fuels and includes a canopy and one pump.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A rather unique, and enjoyable, version of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus was presented by Our Lady of the Angels Academy students in Lansford.

The pageant, "Lullaby at the Stable," was staged before a full house at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Lansford.

The students were dressed as angels, shepherds, sheep, mice, and even sheepdogs in the delightful performance that included narration, songs, and even some humor. At one point, one of the sheep goes astray and a sheepdog must pursue it. Another time, baby Jesus tries to grab the tail of one of the sheep dogs.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Brandon Taylor

I was sitting on a bench by the Bohai Sea in northeast China, half conscience and rubbing my head in a futile effort to relieve a throbbing headache. Pain also resonated from my stomach, and I had that funny feeling in my throat, the kind you get just before you're about to throw up. A large statue of one of China's emperors stood nearby, shooting me a disapproving look that said: "Know your limits Brandon."

How I wound up on this bench next to this judgmental statue was a mystery, but I knew the culprit of my memory lapse and head trauma immediately: baijiu.