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Friday, February 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton Area Democratic Club recently presented a check to the Lehighton Area Memorial Library to go toward the cleaning of the library carpeting. From left are, Patti Borger, Linda Benner, Library Director Becky Wanamaker, and Ron Rabenold. The library receives it's funding from various sources in order to keep it's doors open. Private donations such as this make up 10-15 percent of the libraries operating funds. Local libraries have lost a large percentage of the budget's income due to state cuts, and continue to rely on increased participation of the local community.

Friday, February 17, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area High School Student Council asked the student body and staff to help trim "The Giving Tree" during the Christmas holiday with donations of gloves, scarves, hats, earmuffs and things to keep warm for victims of abuse. They collected five sweatshirts, 12 hats, 22 pairs of gloves, six scarves, one fleece throw, one child's hat/glove set and $15 in cash. The Student Council officers presented their donations to Tammy Rodgers, center, a volunteer outreach coordinator for Women in Crisis of Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC), located in Wilkes-Barre.

Friday, February 17, 2012
Lehighton Legion Auxiliary celebrates Presidents Day

Members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary 314, in honor of Presidents Day, presented rulers with photographs and terms of office of all the presidents of the United States printed on them to approximately 190 eighth grade students at the Lehighton Area Middle School. From left are LaRue Fritz, second vice president and Poppy and Girls State chairman; Madison Teno, vice president of the LAMS Student Council; and Ben Cordova, president of the LAMS Student Council; Sue Anthony, Sgt. at arms and Americanism chairman; and Michael DeAngelo, assistant principal.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Coaldale VFW Post 6982 is planning to send care packages to local service members currently deployed, or preparing to deploy overseas. The operation is currently in the planning stages and VFW officials are seeking the public's help in the form of donations, as well as service members' names and addresses. In addition to monetary donations, to help defray postage costs, donations of non-perishable items, such as toiletries, books, puzzles, hard candy, etc., are also being accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison andBorough Council President MicahGursky volunteered their time helpingthe Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society by acting ascelebrity bartenders at the Restaurantat the Station in Tamaqua. Alsodonating their talents were performers Kathy Rimm, Jack Kulp and LorenCollura. The restaurant is hosting "Celebrity Bartender Benefits" from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday to raise funds for ACS. Next Wednesday's event will consist of Magic Night with personalities from WMGH and WLSH.

Friday, February 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School Students of the Month for the month of January were recently selected. Students are recognized for their excellence in academics and conduct and are awarded certificates of achievement and gift cards. From left are Ravyn Zenon, grade 6; Brendan Morgans, grade 7; and Nathan Miller, grade 8.

Friday, February 17, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee Members and Emcees gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of the event. They are, left to right : Mayor Michael Sofranko; Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch; Committee Members Lee Marzen, Cindy Kmetz, Jamie Solomon, Tammy Lombardo, Chief Joseph Schatz; Borough Council President Betsy Ahner; and Committee Member Louise McClafferty.

Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the 4th annual Policeman's Ball which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The emcees for this year's ball were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, and Chief of Police Joseph Schatz.

This year's event was a fundraiser for both the Cystic Fibrosis Association, and Officer Joseph David of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The complete interior of the Kaijay Pants Company factory, 44 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, was gutted by fire today which had its inception at 2:30 p.m. The complete interior and rear of the building, formerly the Newton Theater, was ravished by the flames. The fire was fought by firefighters from the Nesquehoning, Lansford, Mauch Chunk, and Lehighton. Harry Koplin, 67, of Hazleton, properitor of the mill, estimated 10,000 garments - slacks and shorts - were consumed in the fire.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A decision to purchase a $65,000 generator for Rush Township had many audience members at odds with the board of supervisors during the meeting Thursday evening.

There is $40,000 budgeted for payment of the generator and a balance in the building fund that will cover the other $25,000. Because the generator is for the municipal building, the money has to come out of the building fund, according to Vice Chairman Robert J. Leibensperger.

Friday, February 17, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS This is a map of the existing magisterial districts within Carbon County. The pink outline represents District Judge Joseph Homanko's magisterial district; purple, Judge Casimir Kosciolek's district; orange, Judge Edward Lewis's district; and green, Judge William Kissner's district.

The proposed realignment of the four Carbon County magisterial districts has been announced by court officials.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Roberta Brewster, district court administrator, provided information on the proposed changes to the districts. The realignment, if approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court following the 30-day public comment period, calls for moving Mahoning Township out of the Jim Thorpe magisterial district and East Penn Township out of the Palmerton District and into Lansford District Judge Casimir Kosciolek's district.