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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Chris Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township attaches red ribbon to tree being delivered today to Washington D.C. For the third time in seven years, Crystal Spring is supplying the National Tree which will adorn the Blue Room of the White House. He and his family will officially present the tree to Michelle Obama on Friday.

While many local folks will be doing Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, the Botek family of Mahoning Township will be in Washington D.C. presenting a Christmas tree to Michelle Obama at the White House.

The Botek family owns Crystal Spring Tree Farm along Route 902, next to Mahoning Elementary School.

For the third time in seven years, their tree farm is supplying the "National Christmas Tree;" the tree which will adorn the Blue Room of the White House.

The 21-foot Douglas fir was transported to Washington this morning.

Monday, November 25, 2013

When ex-Summit Hill Tax Collector Maxwell Derby went to the home of a foreigner to collect taxes, he was informed by the boarding mistress that she had no money, but proposed that he take one of her numerous children, including twins, in payment, but the tax collector balked at the proposition, saying that he was well blessed with little ones, having several of his own.

Monday, November 25, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A new bridge will be built on Route 903 in Jim Thorpe and then this one will be demolished.

The Route 903 bridge project may not take as long as expected, a Carbon official reported.

During the county commissioners' meeting last week, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that he and fellow Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, met with officials working on the bridge project in Jim Thorpe recently.

They learned that the project is expected to begin in January 2014.

He added that through the conversation, it was learned that the completion of the new bridge, as well as the demolition of the old bridge should take only two years instead of three years.

Monday, November 25, 2013

For the first time, cancer care quality measures for Pennsylvania hospitals accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer are publicly available.

The quality measures were released this week by the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance on its website, www.pahealthcarequality.org. This is the first such release in the country.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Franklin Township municipal building will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carbon County Commissioners commended a number of county employees for their service.

Commissioner Thomas Gerhard thanked Kenneth Leffler, the former director of elections and consultant for elections, after the board accepted his letter asking his contract as a consultant be terminated, effective Nov. 15.

He also highlighted a letter received about Tom Connors, the dog warden at the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

The letter commended Connors and the volunteers on a wonderful job at the shelter.

Monday, November 25, 2013

In honor of Hill's Tree Farm's 75th anniversary, the Hill family placed a collection bin at the Primitive Pinecone Gift Shop for the annual "School Tools for Tots ... A Holiday Donation Celebration!" program.

Pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, non-toxic glue, washable markers, folders and stickers can be placed at any store and dropped at the gift shop/

This will be a 24-day-long program and the goal is to make it a roaring success, Hill said.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Rush Township business hopes to get a variance which will allow it to bottle and sell wine in Hometown.

Seitz Brothers Property Holdings, which presently operates a pest control and mold remediation company from a location on Claremont Avenue (SR309), Tamaqua, purchased the former Draper & Yost plumbing supply property at 1101 Hunter St. in Hometown earlier this year.

Monday, November 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Family practice physician Dr. Syed Zia, left, has opened his new office, Blue Mountain Family Medicine, in Palmerton. Here, he performs a mock body fat analysis check on Alissa Mathisen, physical therapist at Blue Mountain Health System.

A new family practice physician's office in Palmerton has opened in style.

Blue Mountain Family Medicine, located at 555 Delaware Ave., Suite 1, greeted visitors on Thursday with an open house/health fair.

Those who attended had the opportunity to meet Blue Mountain Health System's new family practice physician, Dr. Syed Zia, MD.

Zia said his practice will treat patients of all ages for acute care, complex physical issues, and behavioral issues.

"It's a nice, pretty town," Zia said. "They have a need for a primary care physician."

Monday, November 25, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Roberts and Nick Hawkey, hosts on the Dream Come True Telethon take the time to thank Leilani Bennett, Hugh Bennett, Tony Badamo, Gary Grauvogel and Lori Grauvogel, members of Blue Mountain Kodas; Wayne Halliday, organizer of the United Dream Ride Legion Riders, Greg Heller, Deborah Shaver, John DeFazio, Frank Mittermeier and Everett Shaver, for the donation of $15,676.50, that was raised during the United Dream Ride on Sept. 15.

How does the local chapter of Dream Come True raise enough money each year to make children smile?

It's the little donations that make up a lot of the funds that help make dreams happen, but it's the big donors who make the biggest impact. This year's telethon raised $74,749.

The largest donation of $18,255, raised during the 26th annual Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show held Oct. 6 at Becky's Drive In was presented by Barbara Finley, who has been an employee of Becky's Drive In for nearly 40 years.