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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL player, was the guest speaker for a school wide Panther Valley Anti Bullying Program at the three schools. He told the students, "It doesn't matter what you look like...you live in America." Fitzhugh played for the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns at one time and is quite the motivated speaker. He lives in Minnesota and is married with children of his own. "Respect yourself first," he told the children at PV Elementary School. He quickly related to that age group and got them involved in his message.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Weissport Council sold the old police car and already have plans for the $4,348 the sale will generate.

Council members hope to use the police car funds toward the purchase a 2011 Silverado dump pickup truck with a plow that will be used by borough workers to clear snow and perform maintenance work within the borough. The estimated cost of the truck is $43,860.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dale Freudenberger and Linda Yulanavage portray a well-dressed Victorian couple at Lansford Historical Society's Victorian Christmas celebration Sunday.

Every pew was filled on Sunday evening in the softly lit former church that is now home to the Lansford Historical Society and the Panther Valley Public Library. Christmas carols resonated through the room, decked with greenery and red bows evoking old-fashioned Christmas decor, and children stole longing glances at a table laden with cookies and candy.

The Historical Society's second annual "Victorian Christmas in Lansford" celebration filled the night with the rich colors, music, fragrances and tastes of Christmas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Cathy Colangelo, a life enhancement and career coach based in Weatherly, speaks to 27 local writers about the importance of creating a vision, the use of vision boards and imagery, and how to take baby steps to achieve success. The goals-oriented session was held at the Tamaqua Public Library on Saturday morning during a combined monthly meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network and the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 30 performers, most local, entertained full audiences during multiple performances of 'A Christmas Carol" held at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora. The performance was directed by Strawberry Playhouse owner Lucille Fala-Brennan. Over 25 volunteers, including the performers, also helped with this annual performance. Lucille stated, "Our Strawberry playhouse is a community theatre that encourages self-expression through performance art." Lucille mentioned a very special appreciation and thank you to all the parents and care-givers of the performing children.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bailey, a 6-year-old Saint Bernard, may have a lot of fun playing in the snow, but he, along with all animals need to have the proper care and shelter to survive in frigid temperatures. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to make sure your animal stays safe this winter.

With winter here, pets need proper care to survive the freezing temperatures and harsh winter elements.

Donna Crum, Carbon County Animal Cruelty officer and coordinator for the County Animal Response Team (CART), reminds pet owners to make sure any animals that live or spend long periods of time outside have fresh water and food at all times, as well as proper shelter and bedding to keep them warm.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Three Christmas Eve services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets, Lehighton. Service times are 7, 9 and 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 and each service will be preceded with 20 minutes of special Christmas music performed by vocalists and musicians from that congregation.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Wabash Creek enters a stone arch tunnel near Stadium Hill at the west end Tamaqua. Over the next 1/2-mile route, 41 buildings dump raw sewage into the waterway, a situation DEP says must no longer be allowed.

State environmental regulators are cracking down on a situation that has existed in Tamaqua for well over 100 years.

On Monday, the Department of Environmental Protection ordered Tamaqua Borough and its borough authority to identify all residential and commercial properties not connected to the existing sewer system and require them to connect.

Essentially, the borough was given eight months to rework remnants of a primitive sewage disposal system set up in the 1890s or earlier.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to sign up for Cub Scouts from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Blue Mountain Ski Area, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville.

Call Andy Wislock at (610) 465-8557 for more information.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

'Many talented local performers with Musique Productions-Entertainers, under the direction of Jonathan M. Rodgers, presented "The Christmas Carol's Muppet Invasion" to a pleased audience at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua recently. The show was be accompanied and narrated by Robert Fatzinger as Mr. Dickens.