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Saturday, December 14, 2013
AP PHOTO A simple series of black and white pictures becomes an elegant holiday wreath when glued to a cardboard ring and embellished with a bit of faux holly. The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there's no need to huddle around a dusty album.

The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there's no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations.

And once you've gone through the trouble of scanning and reprinting originals, it's easy to make duplicates that can be turned into to gifts for family members.

Friday, December 13, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Frank Fabrizio of Brockton doesn't let the cold weather keep him from working on Tamaqua's traditional New Year's Eve light display. The 15 year old tradition will continue this year, despite a bridge construction project near the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise, Tamaqua's party central on Dec. 31.

A little thing like an 18-month bridge reconstruction project isn't enough to stop an annual Tamaqua tradition, the welcoming of the New Year with a party and light display.

Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, made the announcement following a meeting with the display mastermid Frank Fabrizio and Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt.

Friday, December 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Blue Mountain Food and Toy Drive distributed toys and food Tuesday at the West End Fire Co. in Palmerton. Pictured bagging the toys are, clockwise, George Unangst, paymaster, Nick Hawkey, commandant, and Milly Hawkey.

Friday, December 13, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The Fabrizio house in Brockton is a holiday showcase of 62,000 lights, seen here Wednesday night.

Frank Fabrizio is Tamaqua area's undisputed King of the Kilowatt.

The 50-year-old Brockton man started decorating with outdoor lights at age 14 and never stopped.

Back in the early days, Fabrizio was an assistant. He helped his dad with holiday decorating at their ranch house, 402 Green St., just off US209, six miles west of Tamaqua.

His father, Francis Fabrizio, was a hard-working employee of Parish Steel Manufacturing Co., Reading, and the two were very close. Fabrizio enjoyed working alongside his father.

Friday, December 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kedar Kankia is the new owner of Pappy's Corner Store, at 600 White Street, in Bowmanstown.

A convenience store in Bowmanstown is under new ownership.

Pappy's Corner Store, located at 600 White Street, is now run by Kedar Kankia, who took over ownership on Sept. 13.

Kankia, of Bowmanstown, said the store is in the process of expanding its groceries to include more food.

He said the store has a fully functional deli that features luncheon meat, hot sandwiches, hoagies, and other products. It also sells lottery tickets.

In addition, Pappy's delivers to customers who live within a five-minute radius of the store.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Richard P. Swarcheck has been reinstated as the Mahoning Township tax collector until the end of the year.

During the Carbon County commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Daniel Miscavige, county solicitor, announced that the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas confirmed a petition filed Tuesday by attorney Thomas S. Nanovic, on behalf of Eugene S. Durigan, chairman of the Mahoning Township Vacancy Board, that requested Swarcheck be reinstated to his post as township tax collector.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A study of the proposed Jim Thorpe bypass to cover traffic on combined routes 209, 45, and 29 is included in the list of 41 District 5 State Highway Department's work project for the next six years.

The work will be financed through a $980 million borrowing plan that won state Senate's final legislative approval last week.

Listed as top priority job on the slate is the widening of Route 209 from Lehighton to the Mahoning Valley Interchange of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from two to four lanes.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The TIMES NEWS is postponing its holiday open house to Tuesday evening at the company's printing office located at 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton. The open house, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed to 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, because of expected inclement weather.

Santa, the guest of honor at the open house, said he realizes that not everyone can get through snow and ice the way his reindeer can. So Santa rearranged his schedule at Toyland to be here at the Times News Tuesday evening.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bhaskarbhai Patel is no longer the owner of Pappy's Corner Store in Bowmanstown, as was reported in a story that ran in Thursday's edition of the TIMES NEWS. The convenience store has been under new ownership as of Sept. 13.

Friday, December 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kasara McLaughlin, Director of Member Relations for the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, discusses the many benefits chamber members will have as a result of the group's recent merger with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The recent merger between the Carbon County Chamber and Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to pay dividends for members.

Kasara McLaughlin, Director of Member Relations for the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp., discussed with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently the many benefits associated with the alliance.

McLaughlin explained how local businesses and professionals throughout Carbon can take greater advantage of their chamber membership.