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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa Claus greets guests at the 18th annual Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive banquet held recently at the Aquashicola Fire Company.

As part of the 18th annual Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, 135 people were treated to a free holiday meal on Dec. 4 at the Aquashicola Fire Company. Among the guests were 24 residents of the Palmer House, a senior centered living center.

The food was donated and prepared by Anna Marie Melo.

Assisting with the preparations were members of the Carbon Mountaineers Detachment 996 Marine Corps League and Blue Mountain Kodas Motorcycle Club.

Following the dinner, the Dream Kids entertained and Santa Claus visited with the children.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's round two for the Panther Valley School Board as it meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to give election of officers another go.

The nine-member board met last Thursday to reorganize, but with the resignation of school director Tony Pondish, nominations for president, vice president and secretary failed by 4-4 tie votes.

The board may appoint a replacement for Pondish when it meets Wednesday, weighting the board to one side or the other, depending upon who is chosen.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In order to provide more accessible and convenient services to area veterans, Rep. Doyle Heffley has arranged for the Mobile Vet Center to visit American Legion Post 314 at 314 Veterans Ave. in Lehighton from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs operates the mobile Vet Center to reach veterans in underserved areas. There are several Mobile vet centers in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Gifts for senior citizens Gifts were given to residents at Maple Shade Meadows, a senior citizens center in Nesquehoning, by members of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sunday School in Summit Hill. Each resident received a hand-made tree ornament and box of tissies. Joshua Faenza, left, gives an ornament to Michael Trusa, while Hilda Boldnur is given an ornament by Arianna Juliano, right. The Sunday School will present a pageant in the church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

Sunday School members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, paid a visit to Maple Shade Meadows, a nursing home in Nesquehoning, and performed the play "A Mouse's Tale." Those in the performance are, front l-r, Julia Romankow, Natalie Vermillion, Arianna Juliano; middle row l-r, Bradley Hood, Abbey Vermillion, Maxwell Vermillion, Stephen Hood, Rebecca Jones, Josh Faenza, Alex Romankow; and back l-r, Cassie Deifert, Alexis Berger, and Kiana Mertz.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel of 11 women and one man deliberated late into Monday night the fate of a Summit Hill man charged with setting 16 brush fires in the early spring of 2008 in the lower part of the county.

The panel was sent home about 11:15 p.m. by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II after deliberating about five hours the fate of Frank Duane Swartz, 45, who is charged with 60 felony counts by state police. The jury was scheduled to resume deliberations at 10 a.m. today.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Official notification of the Mauch Chunk Creek Watershed having been completed and ready for impounding water, was made by R. M. Davis, conservationist for the state Soil Conservation Service. Davis, in a letter to Rep. Daniel J. Flood of Wilkes-Barre, a prime supporter of the project, noted that the multiple-purpose dam on the Mauch Chunk Creek has ben completed and will be an asset to Jim Thorpe and surrounding communities. The dam will provide flood prevention and storing of water for recreation and municipal and industrial users.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Sons of the AMVETS, Post 83, Lansford, will hold a reorganizational meeting on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the post home. Commander Bob Soltis will be in charge of the session.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Lehighton Area High School cafeteria. Snow day is Jan. 5.

Joe Alaimo from Wilkes University will be on hand to provide information about completing the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and to provide updates on any yearly changes to money awarded to fund post secondary education. Parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Those attending should RSVP to Anita Stern in the guidance office at (610) 377-7600 by Monday, Jan. 2.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council is expected to give tentative approval tonight to a budget that has a one-mill tax hike.

Although final adoption will be scheduled for Dec. 28, the council indicated it plans to re-open the budget in the new year.

The 2012 budget that is being presented to the council tonight shows income and expenses in 2012 to be less than those in 2011.

The new budget is based at $1,396,103. The 2011 budget was balanced at $1,419,403.40.

Susan Gibisor, borough treasurer, said the budget is based on 16.1 mills. Last year's millage was 15.1.

Monday, December 12, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Beltzville Lions Club celebrated the chartering of their club. Among the dignitaries attending were, Past International Director Robert Miller, Joe Craig, president; Judy Dudley, PDG; and District Governor Scott Dudley.

Beltzville Lions Club held its Charter Celebration on Sunday during a banquet held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.