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Friday, November 23, 2012

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. until noon at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

The event will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network is sponsoring "A Night of Luminaria," Saturday, Dec. 8. Individual luminaria kits may be purchased and the luminaria displayed around homes, churches or businesses. Luminaria sponsorships are also available. Sponsored luminaria will be placed in Depot Square Park in downtown Tamaqua.

Friday, November 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Steve Wargo, Commander; regular members Joe Kupec, treasurer, secretary; Nancy Stevens Sgt. At Arms; and Mary Zelonis, Commander, 13th District, PA American Legion. From back left are Ed Smith, Deputy Commander, 13th District, PA American Legion; David Kessler, Chaplain; Jimmy Rickert, adjutant; and Glenn Flecknoe, historian.

Coaldale Sons of the American Legion installed were John Rickert, Commander; installing officer Mary Zelonis, Commander, District 13, PA American Legion; and Mike Ouly, adjutant. From back left are Joe Folk, chaplain; Tom Rickert, First Vice Commander; and Glenn Flecknoe, Sgt. At Arms.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Franklin Township adopted the tentative budget for 2013 with no tax increase. The tax rate for general purposes will remain at 6.3 mills or 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. There will also not be any increase in garbage fees.

A home valued at $80,000 will continue to pay $504 in real estate taxes to the township.

Taxpayers did not see a tax increase since 2010 budget. Supervisors had said at the budget meeting last year that they may have to raise taxes and garbage fees in 2013, but supervisors were able to hold off on an increase for 2013 despite rising costs.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Work dispute

Rick Schuler, 6479 Overlook Rd., Orefield, Lehigh County, has filed a civil suit against RSI Speed Solutions, LLC, 500 Little Gap Rd., Palmerton, over work done on a car engine.

The suit states in February 2010 the plaintiff took his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to the defendant to have the engine rebuilt and restored. The defendant did the work and returned the car to the plaintiff on Aug. 26, 2011.

On that day, while driving the car, the vehicle engine caught fire due to a burned fuel line, it is alleged. Damages were estimated at $19,837.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The five year public housing plan prepared by the Schuylkill County Housing Authority was presented to the Schuylkill County Commissioners on Wednesday at their work session for approval.

The commissioners will review the plan and take action at next week's public meeting. According to Tim Hale, director, the occupancy in the more than 600 public housing units in the county is 100 percent occupied and has a waiting list of more than 500 families.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bernie Kozen, director of West End Parks and Open Space, reported:

*about 500 children attended the township's Halloween Trick or Treat night on Nov. 3.

*people are already utilizing the new trail at the West End park

*Dec. 7, Santa Claus comes to Chestnuthill Township Park building

Friday, November 23, 2012

The inspirational creativity of local artists and artisans goes hand-in-hand with the natural beauty of the bucolic Pocono Mountains. The Pocono Mountain Arts Council and Skytop Lodge Eighth Annual Skytop Holiday Arts Festival will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 25 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

It will feature the work of about 50 artists and artisans.

Friday, November 23, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Thanks to this huge Olympian generator, Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes continued having power after Hurricane Sandy's high winds had most of Kunkletown in a black out, says Jessica Scheffner and Carrie Shafer.

"We recognized a long time ago that we care for a frail population and being prepared for disasters is critical," says Jessica Scheffner, RN, BSN, Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home's facility administrator.

That's why when Hurricane Sandy blew through Kunkletown, Oct. 29, most of the residents weren't even aware of the power outages around them. It was 'business as usual' the two days they were running on a generator. They received three hot meals a day, (and on time,) they attended regular activities, watched their favorite TV shows and were warm and safe.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Emergency responders were called to the intersection of Fifth and Water streets (SR209) around 4 p.m. Wednesday after a car and pickup truck collided in Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic for the duration. No serious injuries were reported. No other information was available as of press time.