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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council last night tabled the awarding of a contract for garbage collection and disposal in the municipality to an independent contractor. Presently the borough has its own garbage truck, employees and dumping site.

Council members said they want to study the bids further before awarding the pact.

The borough council is considering hiring an outside firm for collection and disposal of trash because it anticipates closure of its sanitary landfill in the near future by the state Department of Environmental Resources.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League announced registration dates for participation in their annual Toys for Tots program.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on Nov. 15, 16, 22, and 23, and Dec. 6 and 7.

Registration for Carbon County residents will take place at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Fredericks Grove Road, Lehighton. This is the only location for registration.

No phone calls will be accepted.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club presented donations to community organizations. From left are, recipients, Steven Anthony, Lehighton Fire Department; Matt Bender, Lehighton Police Department; Cheryl Delsite, Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition; Lyle Christopher, Lehighton Pool Pals; and Becky Wannamaker, Lehighton Area Memorial Library; and back row, Gerry Andrews, Sue Anthony, Kim Babcock, club president; Barbara Christopher; and Rose Galloway.

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions held its Community Organization Night by presenting donations to various organizations at the Carbon County Training Institute.

Donations were presented to the Lehighton Police Department, Lehighton Fire Department, Lehighton Memorial Library, Lehighton Pool Pals and Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.

Presenters were members Sue Anthony, secretary Gerry Andrews, Rose Galloway, Barbara Christopher and Lisa Whitehead, immediate past president.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club will conclude its American flag for the year by flying the flag this week in Ludlow Park in memory and honor of all veterans.

The program was held throughout the summer and fall monthsas a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community. The club accepted requests from family members of veterans to fly the flag in their relatives' honor or memory for one-week periods.

Due to the adverse effect the winter weather has on the flags, the program will not continue until early 2014.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Participants in Tamaqua's Veterans Day parade make their way along the parade route.

Spectators waved and cheered as a procession of veterans, family members and supporters passed by during Tamaqua's Veterans Day Parade Saturday.

Some waved flags. Some dressed in red, white and blue. Their message was clear: "Thank you veterans."

This year's parade, organized by the Tamaqua American Legion, was limited to marchers due to the extended parade route.

"The parade serves as a way for area residents to say thank you to all our heroes," said Larry Kabana, post commander of the Tamaqua American Legion.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Among the hosts at the upcoming Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter telethon are, from left, Nick Hawkey, George Roberts of TV 13 Eyewatch News; and Kristal Nemeroff. Also serving as a host will be Dr. Edward Miller.

Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, will hold its annual telethon from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon will be aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 90 in the Tamaqua area.

Hosts for the evening will be Nick Hawkey, George Roberts, Dr. Edward Miller and Kristal Nemeroff.

Funds raised at the telethon will be used to help the volunteer organization fulfill dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Jean Andrews

Most of the relatives of a Franklin Township woman who live in the Philippines were spared the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan on Friday.

The typhoon killed as many as 10,000 Philippine residents. It displaced about 800,000 others, according to wire reports.

Jean Andrews, wife of Alan Andrews, is a native of the Philippines. All her relatives, including her parents and siblings, still reside on the island country.

She said she received word that her siblings are safe, but still hasn't learned about the fate of her parents.

Monday, November 11, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

A portion of Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning was shut down Monday morning after a one-vehicle crash happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the 300 block of East Catawissa Street. A Shawn Kresge Electric truck traveled off the road for unknown reasons and struck a utility pole, bringing down wires, before coming to rest on the front porch of a double home and causing structural damage to the house. Nesquehoning police, as well as Nesquehoning, New Columbus and Hauto fire companies responded to the scene, shutting down the road while PPL crews turned off power to the downed wires.

Monday, November 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Military veterans, Jack Yanity, Frank Sebelin and Ken Hurley stand in protest outside Jim Thorpe Area High School Monday morning. After a complaint following last year's Veterans Day program, the school district informed the veterans that they could not have prayer as part of their program for the students. Sebelin said that he was disappointed with some of the guys at the post because they didn't back the movement. He also said that after recent publicity, he's received several calls of support from veterans across the county.

Monday, November 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Area veterans who spoke to Palmerton Area High School students at a recent Veterans Day assembly were, From left, Steve Vlossak, Craig Strohl, Earl Henning, and Richard Weaver Sr.

Perhaps there's no greater history lesson than that of war stories recounted by the veterans who lived through them to tell about it.

Indeed, the testimonials shared by several area veterans were enough to send shivers down the spines of Palmerton Area High School students during the annual Veterans Day assembly Friday in the high school auditorium.