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Monday, December 12, 2011

In a newsmaker item, published in Wednesday, Dec. 7's edition of the TIMES NEWS, a headline was incorrect. Jessica Ritsick received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, not a doctorate, as was printed.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its third annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year tonight at 7 p.m., in the elementary/ middle school cafeteria. Topics will be upcoming family nights, Y-Ties wrap up, Five Below invitation, Power Walk 2012 and more.

Childcare will be provided.

A door prize will be given out and refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 12, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Showing their support of this year's Trees for Troops program are, left to right, LASD Elementary Principal Aaron Sebelin; Shull-David Elementary School students Logan Wentz, Alexander Thomas, and Madison Kemmerer; Mahoning Elementary School students Emma Schappell, Mazzy Mickey, and Bradley Yenser; co-owner of Yenser's Tree Farm Drew Yenser; and Retired United States Air Force Major General Marvin Jay Barry.

Trees for Troops – a program "designed to enhance the Christmas Spirit" of those serving in the military and their families – recently received a boost from local individuals, families, schools, and businesses.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley said, "This is a great community effort." "This means a lot to these families," added Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Daytime lane closures will temporarily restrict traffic this week along a portion of State Route 248 as bridge work continues.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that Walsh Construction will establish bidirectional and intermittent single-lane patterns on Route 248 this week between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the protection of workers and traffic during overhead bridge work on the Lehigh River Bridge.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jim Thorpe Chamber will hold its annual Christmas Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Crave 66 (formerly the Albright Mansion), 66 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. The party follows the 6 p.m. membership meeting.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Jay Miller was honored as the Mauch Chunk Historical Society's 1987 Citizen of the Year at the society's Christmas banquet held at Cassie's Hotel American, Jim Thorpe. In addition, James and Virginia Smith were presented with the Mauch Chunk Historical Society Opera House Theater Award, given for outstanding and continuing contribution to the opera house theater performances.

Monday, December 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Items recovered from Thursday's early morning burglary were 10 iPod Touches, 4 iPads, 11 Nanos, 2 Apple Care Protection Plan DVD's, 1 video game and 2 Playstation 3 controllers.

Franklin J. Kunkel III, 21, of 139 Tamanend Road, Quakake, is behind bars, charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, for walking away with just under $8,000 worth of portable electronics from the Hometown Wal-Mart Supercenter around 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

Items recovered from the early morning burglary were 10 iPod Touches, four iPads, 11 Nanos, two Apple Care Protection Plan DVD's, one video game and two Playstation video game controllers.

Monday, December 12, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Workers had their hands full Friday morning when they had the task of replacing several traffic lights which were torn from their bases overnight when struck by a car. The lights at the intersection of SR248 and SR873 in Lehigh Township were knocked down by a female motorist in the early morning hours. Temporary stop signs were put in place while workers directed traffic as others attempted to string wire to activate temporary traffic lights. Township police investigated the incident.

Monday, December 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers with the Coaldale C.H.O.S.E. (Church, Home, Organization, School, Environment) community organization held their first annual free Lunch With Santa event Saturday at the Coaldale Ambulance building. Families had the opportunity to enjoy a visit with Santa, games and free lunch and snacks. Angela Krapf, C.H.O.S.E. president, stated her appreciation to all the volunteers that helped with the event. Pictured with Santa, played by Scott Ferryman, are volunteer Jane Ryder, and Hannah Slivkanich, 7, Coaldale.
Monday, December 12, 2011

Tis' the season for giving and Lehighton Ford is doing just that. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, Lehighton Ford, in partnership with Mallard Market will be giving 100 turkeys, 100 cans of corn, 100 cans of string beans, 100 10 lb. bags of potatoes, and 200 cans of cranberry sauce to 10 area churches to give out for the Christmas season.