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Thursday, December 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Women's Club installed their newest members at their annual Christmas gathering, held at Stroudsmoor Inn. Left, Pat Mackes, chairlady of the Membership Committee, and right, Linda Bryfogle, chairlady of Home Life Committee, conducted the ceremony and welcomed new members, left to right, Sue Shupp, Nancy Smith, Maureen Skilton, Gail Schellman, Elida Gares. The WPWC meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Effort UMC. There will be no meeting in January or February.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

S.S. Palmer Elementary School has announced the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the first marking period.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

3RD GRADE: Megan Bankes, Justin Behler, Dylan Bollinger, Damien Carrelli, Taylor Douglass, Delaney Frank, Madison Held

Elijah House, Timothy Iles, Cassandra Kress, Andrew McCartney, Brody Muniz, Reilly Nelson, Lauren Rehrig, Abigail Reis, Cailey Sagastume, Madeleine Serio, Caitlin Smith, Caleb Sommers, Alexander Stepien, Courtney Summers, Jacob Sutton, Nathan Thompson

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news The resident of this home along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township reported an intruder at her home on Tuesday night.

Franklin Township police are investigating a home invasion which occurred Tuesday night along Fairyland Road.

Police were called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis V. Diehl of 2718 Fairyland Road near 9 p.m. when Mrs. Diehl reported a man entered her home and stole her purse.

She first reported only one male entered and that he was brandishing a piece of wood in his hand.

When police examined the scene they found a rear window broken and additional items taken from the home, which proved there was more than one intruder in the residence.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority recognized community leaders in honor of America Recycles Day, presenting them with certificates of excellence in recycling at the latest monthly board of directors meeting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
 AL ZAGOFSKY/special to the times news

Being homeless for the holidays is sad, but because of Family Promise of Carbon County, some of these families are having their Exodus transformed into an adventure.

Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence, began organizing a Carbon County affiliate in 2009, and three weeks ago began offering its services, initially to three families consisting of three adults and seven children.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mahoning Township residents will not see an increase in 2012 in their tax bill, as the township's valuations and income will absorb a half-mill increase at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

The board of supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the $2,301,851 budget for next year, which is funded by a 4.25 mill tax rate.

"We added a quarter mill to both the road machinery equipment fund and the fire equipment fund in anticipation of future needs to purchase equipment," said John Wieczorek, township chairman, prior to the vote.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council has adopted its 2012 budget, adding a two-mill tax increase to the general fund.

The two mills will be deposited into a separate fund to be utilized for expansion of the Lehighton fire station.

The new tax rate will be 6.5 mills, up from 4.5 mills.

Nicole Beckett, borough manager, said the purpose of the two mills is to match $1.75 million the borough is receiving from a state grant to be used for the fire company project.

"The borough of Lehighton will not be funding the full construction project," Beckett told the council.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
David Wargo/special to the times news

As last evening's Mahoning Township meeting drew to a close, Chairperson John Wieczorek recognized outgoing supervisor George Stawnyczyj for his service over the last six years, one of which was served as board chairman.

"This is my last meeting. I've completed my six years and while I found it frustrating at times, 95 percent of the time was a rewarding experience," said Stawnyczyj, who was presented with a plaque.