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Saturday, December 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Firemen's Association and the Carbon County Fire Chiefs Association present David Watson and Kim Bell of Blue Ridge Cable TV-13, front left and second from left, and Angela Nardini of Via Media, center, with awards for their dedication to fire departments. With them are, front, Wayne Nothstein, Lehighton Fire Department; Joseph Greco, secretary of the Carbon County Fire Chiefs Association; and Mark Nalesnik, coordinator of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency. Back, John Poko, vice president of the Carbon County Firemen's Association; Michael Mriss, training commander; John McArdle, president of the two associations; and Bill Diehm, Jim Thorpe assistant fire chief.

Carbon County fire departments are made up solely of volunteers.

Over the years, there has been a significant decline in the number of volunteers choosing to put their lives on the line for their communities.

In 1977, there were approximately 300,000 volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania.

Today, there are approximately 50,000, and the majority of volunteer firefighters are in their 50s and 60s.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in downtown Tamaqua.

There were Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Kawasaki and Polaris and Kubota and Honda.

What?

Santa hasn't had much luck getting snow for his reindeer for his advance visit to Tamaqua.

It's become tradition for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive on their sleigh, drawn by a team of ATVs. For the holiday faithful, and many delighted children, it didn't matter that they and the Clauses had to dodge raindrops.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A recent Times News article about road department purchases in West Penn Township incorrectly stated the condition of existing equipment.

The New Holland backhoe is fine and parts are available. The township is unable to get parts for its aged front end loader, and is replacing that with a new backhoe which includes a front-end loader. The township will have two backhoes, both with front-end-loaders, giving the road crews more flexibility.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners are giving county employees an early Christmas present.

On Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to extend the Christmas holiday to include Dec. 26, 2014, as a paid holiday for employees. Dec. 26 falls on a Friday this year. Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard was not present at the meeting as he is recovering from surgery.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tempers flared during the Palmerton Area School District's reorganizational meeting, with one school director accusing another of neglecting his duties as an elected public official.

Newly elected board President John Neff made the accusation, directed at outgoing board President Patrick Frank, after Frank declined to accept several committee assignments.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County wants the public's opinion on proposed Community Development Block Grant projects in the community.

The CDBG program provides technical assistance to aid municipalities in community and economic development projects. Federal monies are channeled through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and distributed by each of the counties.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS For the next couple of months, the Palmerton Area Heritage Center's display features antique and vintage toys. From left, volunteers Venita Horinko and Marianne Smelas enjoy the many dolls that are featured.

It's officially the Christmas season.

If you think you're too old to enjoy toys, just visit the Palmerton Area Heritage Center for a walk down memory lane.

That walk may rekindle memories of waking up Christmas morning to find a beautiful wicker doll carriage with a lovely Madam Alexander doll or maybe the Buddy L Mack Dump Truck you asked Santa for.

The Heritage Center is featuring an antique and vintage dolls and toys display from now until January. It will delight young and the young at heart people of all ages.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Palmerton Subway will hold an under new ownership sales event at 625 Delaware Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 12:15 p.m., at which time visitors can meet the new owners, as well as borough Mayor Chris Olivia.

Subman will be on hand to greet the kids, and there will be a performance by Gwen Dean and her puppet friends at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

There will also be a prize wheel, balloons and giveaways all day.

A special offer is buy one, get one free, any 6-inch or footlong sub.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Debra Reilly

Debra Reilly may just be living her dream come true.

On Friday morning the Penn Forest Township woman learned that she is just one step away from being a Grammy winner.

A teacher in the Parkland School District, Reilly is the middle school orchestra and strings director. She is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Music Educator of the Year.

Reilly, who has been teaching music since 1981, is an accomplished musician who believes that "music is the universal language."

She says there is a lot more to music than what we hear.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County is looking to save big by making changes to its lighting.

On Thursday, the county commissioners opened bids for the installation of lighting equipment that was purchased through state contract. The new lights will be installed in the county courthouse, courthouse annex, prison and 76 Susquehanna St. offices.