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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Linda Koehler/Times News Robert Castellano at Cornerstone Church

Robert Castellano walks with some difficulty, but at least he is walking. And for that he gives thanks to God.

When he lost his left leg in 2011, he never gave up hope that one day he would stand upright and walk on two legs again.

But that's what he's doing, thanks to what he calls his bionic leg.

He was working at Dunkelberger's Sports Outfitter in Stroudsburg and had been having pains in his right calf. He attributed it to being on his feet all day and running up and down stairs.

Both he and his wife, Pat, remember Sept. 26, 2011 very well.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Marian Fillies basketball teamwanted to make a difference this

Thanksgiving so members purchased

Boyer's gift cards with monies they

collected in school and distributed

them at the Salvation Army in Tamaqua

and the Food Bank in Frackville.Players giving a hand at the FrackvilleFood bank include, from left, Emily Sofranko, Emily Fannick, Gabby Smith, Savanna Krusinsky, Vanessa Whitecavage, Lindsay Nemeth, Gabby Green,Emily Reinoehl and Ericha Holman.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sen. Argall weekly session recap

The Senate approved a comprehensive transportation improvement funding package on Wednesday by an overwhelming vote of 43-7 with strong, bipartisan support. The House approved the package by a vote of 113-85 on Thursday evening. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law Monday.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a domestic incident.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

John T. Urso, 35, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of institutional vandalism, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, simple assault, and two summary counts of harassment.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zion UCC, Lehighton, will host its annual ecumenical Christmas cantata, "Christ Was Born for This," in Zion's sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cantata tells the story of the birth of Christ through readings and song. The cantata is accompanied by Zion's Festival Orchestra, a 20-piece ensemble with members from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

This event is free to the public.

The cantata and festival orchestra are under the direction of Bradly R. Cressley, director of Music at Zion UCC.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ex-Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch and her fiance Charles T. Unrath are continuing their battle over a towed car with Weissport Council.

Hagenbuch and Unrath have had their attorney James M. Donavan send a letter to Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for Weissport, demanding that he be compensated for blatant violation of his rights. The letter notes than Unrath will initiate legal action if the matter is not resolved swiftly and to his satisfaction.

The letter does not specify what compensation Unrath is seeking.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Taylor Williams

From small town Palmerton to the big screen.

That's essentially the quantum leap a pair of Palmerton Area High School cheerleaders are prepared to make when they participate in the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Seniors Taylor Williams and Arissa Snyder will perform in the three-hour event, which will be televised nationally at 9 a.m. Thursday on NBC.

Taylor, who has been cheering for 13 years, said she is anxious to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Should motorists continue to be allowed to make a left-hand turn to park their vehicles at businesses while traveling west along Palmerton's main thoroughfare?

Borough Councilman Jeremy Barbosa told borough council on Tuesday that he believes there are too many instances where motorists do just that to park at businesses along Delaware Avenue.

Barbosa said he's noticed the trend more and more over the last several years, and added, "It's ridiculous."

But, borough Manager Rodger Danielson told Barbosa motorists are allowed to do just that.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Recount of votes cast for the office of district attorney in the November General Municipal Election were canceled Tuesday by Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin, because the petitioners failed to conform with the election code.

The recount of votes cast for the office of supervisor in Schuylkill Township and for mayor in Mahanoy City were carried out as scheduled and the recounts brought no changes.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Lansford man admitted his part in the robbery of a convenience store in the borough on Tuesday in Carbon County Court. He was one of seven defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

John A. Simonson, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, as a felony three, for an incident on Aug. 28 at the Turkey Hill Market along Patterson St.

Simonson and another man, wearing hoodies, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, Robert Clifford III. The other man displayed a knife, the police report stated.