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Thursday, January 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Prior to their Christmas Eve journeys, eight of Santa's helpers stopped by the home of Mildred Koons to surprise her with a floral arrangement as a gesture of appreciation for her and her late husband's dedication to the Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program. Pictured with Koons are Monroe Cressley; Jeff Kirsch; Chuck Laviolette; Melvin Muffley; Bob Schaeffer; Mike Solt; Tom Williams; and Jon Yenser.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Gretchen Laviolette reported that this year marked the 24th time that Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program helped to make the Christmas Season brighter for struggling families throughout the district.

According to Laviolette, "It is an honor to be considered the 'chair' of this program. However, it truly is a team effort." In addition to serving as Chairperson of LASD Holiday Educare Program, Laviolette is a math teacher at Lehighton Area High School .

Thursday, January 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Staff members of Blue Mountain Home Health Care are currently conducting an "in house" food collection for a patient in critical need. Pictured with some of the donations are – left to right – Michael Batovsky, Social Services; Kelly Valent, RN; Roseann Cser, Medical Records; and Inge Allen, Director.

While visiting a patient in his home, nurses of Blue Mountain Home Health Care identified a basic critical need – food – and are working to address it.

This particular patient lives alone and literally had no food in the house for himself – or for his cat. So, one of the nurses went to the supermarket to buy some food for both him and his furry friend.

Upon hearing about this situation, the staff of the program decided to conduct an "in house" collection. In addition to the food, they have been collecting cat food – and some cash. Only the staff has been contributing.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police in Carbon and Schuylkill counties are looking for two individuals involved in a strong armed robbery at the First National Pharmacy along North First Street in Lehighton. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday when some 180 Oxycodone tablets were grabbed in the pharmacy. The two, a male and female drove from the scene in a vintage pickup truck of which some witnesses were able to record the registration plate. The plate came back to a couple from Shenandoah.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a talk, "Medical Imaging Exams: Non-invasive, But Are They Safe?" on Wed., Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lehighton borough is the first Carbon County community to adopt formally a motion authorizing the observance of Daylight Saving Time. The action was taken unanimously during a meeting of the town council. Daylight time will be in effect from April 28 to October 27.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Monroe County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday afternoon admitting he threatened a police chief and a county judge.

William Campbell, 52, of Stroudsburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of terroristic threats. He was charged by Nesquehoning Officer Timothy Wuttke with threatening borough Police Chief Sean Smith, and his family, and county Senior Judge Richard W. Webb, and his family.

Wuttke filed the charges against Campbell on July 24, 2012, after hearing a message on the police station answering machine.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

With the recent conclusion of its Basic Fly Tying Workshop in January, the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now offering a unique Intermediate Level Fly Tying Workshop as a follow-up Saturday morning program to augment its winter fly-tying program.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters were called to 231 Carbon St., Lehighton, this morning, when a blaze broke out on the first floor of the residence. While at the scene of this fire, another call came in from a block away the 300 block of North Third Street where a rear porch was on fire. Heavy damage was reported to the first floor of the Carbon Street residence.

Two fires broke out a block apart from each other this morning in Lehighton, and at least one is being investigated as arson.

Police took an individual into custody as "a person of interest." As of this morning, no charges had been filed.

Lehighton Assistant Fire Chief Pat Mriss said he has requested a state police fire marshal to assist local fire and police officials in the investigation of both incidents.

The first fire call happened at the residence of Marian Young, 231 Carbon St., at about 7 a.m.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Air Products presented a surprise donation of $5,000 to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association (SCVFA) during an association meeting held Sunday afternoon at the Friendship Fire Company in Frackville. Mahanoy City Fire Chief Randy Kalce, on right, who serves as plant superintendent of Air Products in Hometown, presents a check to outgoing association President Michael Kitsock of the Seltzer Fire Company. For more information about the SCVFA, visit their webpage at http://www.schcountytrainingacademy.com/schuylkill-county-firefighters-a....

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Students in the fifth and sixth grade classroom of Jen Lorenz at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, love their new blue classroom.

Classrooms at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School all have a brand new hue thanks to "Painting a Brighter Future" grant provided by Lehighton Hardware.

Through the grant, each of the classrooms at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, received a fresh coat of paint. The grant provided 40 gallons of paint. The classrooms have been painted blue, green, lavender and eggshell. The value of the paint is about $1,200.

The painting was done by staff and volunteers.

Marzen's Hardware also provide additional supplies, spray paint for the radiators and tape.