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Thursday, December 22, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right, Billy Brisley, Christa Nebbia, Jo Ann Stratakos, Julianne Duick and Mary Jane Malinoski warmed up a winter's chilly night with a little wine, good food and companionship at MudWorks Pottery's first Christmas party. The theme was "Winter in the Poconos." Local artists had some of their winter scenes on display and visitors could vote for their favorite. Owner, Jo Ann Stratakos, says the next contest will be in August with a theme of "It's Raining Cats and Dogs." A portion of the proceeds will go to local rescue center and there will be an opportunity to adopt a pet.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a joyous vocal and music performance by the Tamaqua Area Middle School Music Department during their Annual Holiday Concert held Tuesday at the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium. The concert featured the 6th Grade Band, Tamaqua Middle School General Chorus and the 7th and 8th Grade Select Chorus. Mr. john D. Bugio directed the chorus. Mrs. Marsha L. Rodgers directed the band. Accompanists were Julian Gerace and Erin Raymond.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Winners of the annual National Geographic Geography Bee held at Weatherly Area High School are: Cyrick Thomas, school champion; Even Kunkle, second place; and Ryan Kelly, third place. Also pictured is WASD Superintendent Thomas McLaughlin. The competition was open to seventh and eighth grade students, with the winner, Thomas, advancing on to the next level of competition, the state level. He will also be eligible to compete in the national championship to be held in Washington, D.C. in May.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Young dance performers with MC Hammers Cheer All Stars showed Santa their dancing skills during his visit. From left are firefighter Mike Wargo, Santa, Dolly Shirey, Michayla Long, 5, Mackenzi Billbe, 5, and Shay Long, 9. High in the air is Andreah White, 17. Volunteer Bob Shirey, Tamaqua, provided his jolly support during the event.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade opened their hearts as they brought in 1,074 food items for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry. The Tamaqua Salvation Army provides food year round to needy families. Mr. John Bachert's 4th grade class won the contest with over 230 food items. James Fasnacht, Elementary Schools Assistant Principal, TASD, stated his appreciation to all the students and families that came forward to provide needed food donations for the Salvation Army. All the Tamaqua Elementary Schools are yearly supporters of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Toys For Tots. Pictured surrounding by donated cans, from left, are Mr. John Bachert (winning class), Meghan Sfarra, 10, Josephine White, 9, Baylee Reinhardt, 9, Jack Ross, 9, and Aaron Smith, 10.

Students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade opened their hearts as they brought in 1,074 food items for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's food pantry. The Tamaqua Salvation Army provides food year round to needy families. Mr. John Bachert's 4th grade class won the contest with over 230 food items. James Fasnacht, Elementary Schools Assistant Principal, TASD, stated his appreciation to all the students and families that came forward to provide needed food donations for the Salvation Army. All the Tamaqua Elementary Schools are yearly supporters of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Toys For Tots.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a 27-year-old St. Clair resident, who had been employed as a seventh and eighth grade teacher at the St. Clair Elementary/Middle School for several years, was indicted by a federal grand jury on wednesday for receiving and distributing child pornography.

According to U.S. Atty. Peter J. Smith, the grand jury alleged Todd Evans used a computer to download and distribute images of child pornography between October and Dec. 11 of this year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Punk, classic rock, metal and pop music played throughout the night and helped raise $1,600 at the Second Annual Battle for the Battle to benefit the American Cancer Society. Hosted by McCann School of Business & Technology Hazleton and Pottsville Campuses, along with T102 Radio, this teen event was held Dec. 9 at the Citizens Fire Company in Mahanoy City. The event, for high school students in grades 9-12, consisted of six bands participating in the Battle of the Bands, as well as a Last Man Dancing Contest.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Keystone Fish and Hunt Club in Tamaqua provided many donations for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots (TFT) drive. Pictured from left are George Boyle, acting president; "Keystone the Snowman"; Linda Hutta, treasurer; and Mike Green trustee. The club is an annual support of the TFT program.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The names of two victims who succumbed in a one-car crash Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. on Route 145 in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, have been released by the county coroner's office. Some details of the crash appeared on Page 1 of Wednesday's TIMES NEWS.

Coroner Zachary Lysek said Frank Pfeiffer, 89, and his wife, Geraldine, 86, were pronounced dead at the scene.

He ruled the deaths were accidental and due to blunt force trauma.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mountain Karate Academy of Lehighton filled a barrel and then some to help the Blue Mountain Food and Toy Drive program. Among the youngsters participating were, from left, front row, Henry Snyder, Alexis Frey, Ridge Snyder, Aiden Gruber, Jacob Hall, Giovanni Arnold, Ayden Hand, Eden Arnold, Paige Gruber, McKenzie Snyder and Levi Monk; and back row, Sharyl Maglionico, Sean Monk, Greg Venuto, Master Paul Maglionico and Nick Hawkey, organizer.