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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Gabriel Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary in Summit Hill recently presented the Carbon County animal shelters with supplies and pet food. Members and recipients are, kneeling from left, Mary Leonzi and Ashley Pelo, auxiliary trustees. Standing, Mallary Fredericks, auxiliary member; Becky Rickert, auxiliary member; Doris Doyle, Carbon County Friends of Animals; Rebecca Bailey, Carbon County Animal Shelter; Dana Dunbar, Carbon County Friends of Animals; Snitzer Bennyhoff, auxiliary first vice president; Beth Turner, auxiliary president; and Angela McGlinchey, auxiliary secretary.

The Carbon County animal shelters recently received donations of supplies and pet food from the St. Gabriel Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary in Summit Hill.

Beth Turner, president of the auxiliary, said the group placed donation boxes at the club for members to donate items for the animals. Donations included everything from cat litter to newspapers and food.

One cash donation was also received by a member who wished to remained unnamed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton area Christmas tree growers met to discuss the annual Trees for Troops program, which kicks off Friday and continues through early December. Shown are, from left, Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Springs Tree Farm, Jay Michalik, Dana Beisel of Christmas Tree Hill, Nevin Frey, and Lee Walker of Walker's Tree Farm. Other tree growers participating are Hill's Tree Farm and Yenser's Tree Farm.

Visit any mall and you'll see that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

For most area tree growers, the Christmas season begins on Friday. That's when they open their fields to retail customers.

One of the most popular programs among area tree growers is Trees for Troops, which provides trees to military families and military bases.

The program is coordinated by Yenser's Tree Farm of Mahoning Township and has six other tree farms participating.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This strange looking white birch tree stands out as its branches reach into the sky over Coaldale.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Community Library's director, Carol Kern, left, announces the names of those who have donated $1,000 or more to the library in a dedication ceremony.

The Western Pocono Community Library held a dedication ceremony, honoring people and organizations that have made a donation to the library of a $1,000 or more.

Name plates were added to plaques that hang on the wall for all to see when one enters the library.

Carol Kern, the library's director, said that the board just held it's 37th annual meeting and it was with gratitude that they thank everyone for their financial donations.

"Just look around and see where your funds have gone," she said with pride of the beautiful building.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ten area residents were among 33 who were qualified by District Attorney James P. Goodman to be admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilated Disposition (ARD) probation program.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court and imposed conditions. The program is only for first offenders involved in non-violent crimes. If they complete all conditions imposed their record is wiped clean.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The West Penn Township Sixth Annual Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the annex building. The event is sponsored by the West Penn Township Lions Club.

Cookies, coffee and hot cocoa will be provided.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) through their Community Service Project, Jalissa Kuehner (left), Noel Holconb, and (missing from photo) Melissa Rivera, Marketing students at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) and members of DECA were set up at the Mauch Chunk 5&10 in Jim Thorpe this past weekend. So far, they they have raised over a thousand dollars for the ACS.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Steve Hughes, part-time ag educator for Monroe County's Penn St. Cooperative Extension, delivered 40 chickens to Tammy Graeber, founder and director of The Garden of Giving who said the fresh eggs will be donated to local food pantries.

What comes first – the chicken or the egg?

In the case of The Garden of Giving, it would be the chicken.

The Garden, located in McMichaels, is pecking away at helping feed Monroe County's less fortunate with some fresh protein. Tammy Graeber, founder and director of the nonprofit organization, happily greeted 40 white Leghorn chickens to the Garden of Giving last Friday.

She welcomed Steve Hughes, an ag educator for Monroe County's Penn St. Cooperative Extension, as he delivered the chickens. They will lay about 30 eggs a day, producing about 15-16 dozen eggs a week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The treasurer of a Schuylkill County club admitted stealing over $200,000 from the organization.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Stacy Kassab, 37, of Pine Grove, has been charged with stealing $211,526 from the Pine Grove Fish & Game Portective Association, 7 Geary Wolfe Rd., in Pine Grove Township.

Troopers said Kassab took the money over a period of Jan. 1, 2008, through Oct. 16.