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Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PennSTAR helicopter pilot Ken Morrison gives Alexandra Janner, 8, a tour of the cockpit during last weekend's Christmas on the Hill event in Summit Hill.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel tend to a Tamaqua man who was struck by a vehicle at the Five Points intersection.

A Tamaqua pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing SR309 (Center Street) at the Five Points intersection (SR209 and SR309) Friday afternoon.

Warren Schreffer of Tamaqua, who turned 74 today, was taken by Lansford Ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale, suffering from facial and other unknown injuries.

He was struck by a silver 2007 Nissan sedan driven by Angelak Hysony of Orwigsburg.

Southbound traffic in Tamaqua was backed up to the Hometown Hill as emergency personnel responded. Tamaqua firefighters and Lehighton Ambulance also responded.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighter Jeffrey Hausman (left) receives a plaque from assistant fire Chief Peter Beblavy (right) after being recognized as the Chief Warren E. Furry Firefighter of the Year at the Aquashicoal Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Christmas Party held recently at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Some fire companies really know how to boost the morale of their volunteer firefighters.

Those who attended the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company's annual Christmas Party held recently at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton would surely attest to that.

Peter Beblavy, assistant fire chief/vice president of the fire company, addressed the audience. Beblavy noted that fire company president Rory Koons was unable to attend.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Elivia Hihn, 2, looks at Santa Claus with wonder during the Winter Wonderland event held at Franklin Elementary School. From left are Amy Walck and Tiffany Dreher. The event, organized by Missy Sube and Tammy Lombardo, and funded by the Franklin Elementary PTO, ushers in the Christmas season at the school. The children make dough glitter ornaments, paper plate wreaths, glitter pine cones, snowman soup and reindeer food.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

An expansion project for the Lehighton Fire Department continues to have the green light.

This week, the Lehighton Borough Council gave tentative approval to its 2012 budget, which includes a two-mill tax increase to cover a matching grant that the fire company and borough received.

The matching grant is a $1,750,000 allocation the borough and fire company received from the state. A letter has been received from the governor's office assuring the grant for the borough has been approved.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Yulanavage, second from right, leads a group of regional main street managers on a downtown tour in this image taken in 2009. The group discussed economic revitalization strategies, at which time Yulanavage spoke of the potential for even greater gains through development of upper floors in historic commercial buildings, a drive now gaining national recognition for Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's goal to better utilize upper floors of historic downtown commercial buildings is proving to be a popular topic on an expansive level, with a related video getting national promotion.

The widespread notoriety began after a Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) video called 'Looking Up' piqued the interest of the editor of a noted national Chamber network newsletter.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A state trooper testified Friday that a Summit Hill man, on trial for arson, admitted to him that he had set the string of fires three years ago in Carbon County.

David Klitsch, a deputy fire marshal stationed at the Hazleton barracks and chief prosecutor in the case, said he interviewed Frank Duane Swartz, 45, at the Summit Hill police station on Nov 24, 2008, about seven months after a series of arson fires. Klitsch said admitted setting the 16 fires during the interview and then gave a written statement admitting to the acts.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The winners of the Tamaqua Beautification Association's annual Cookie Contest were announced during the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas tree lighting event at the Depot Square Park. The categories consisted of drop cookies, bar cookies and decorated cookies. All cookie entries were shared with the community following the event.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua LEO Club members Tim Lehman, 15, Karina Derr, 16, and Makia Stocker, 17, place decorated ornaments onto the Christmas tree in the lobby of the St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale. Tamaqua Lions Club members also helped decorate the tree.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Seniors held their annual Christmas celebration Thursday at the Tamaqua Community Center. At right, president Jean Machamer, Paul and Marlene Randig have a laugh with Santa, played by George Hosler.