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Monday, December 9, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative has reschedueld the date for the "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

The event was postponed due to rain last Friday. The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

Monday, December 9, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Snow didn't keep the Tamaqua faithful from venturing downtown to witness the annual tree lighting. Mayor Chris Morrison thanked the local people for their support of Spirit of Christmas events. The father and son team who attended the tree lighting are Stanley Bonomo and Stanley Bonomo Jr.

A tree lighting and Santa were some highlights of the Tamaqua Christmas celebration.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Summit Hill Borough officials said the number of delinquents for garbage collection bills is dramatically increasing.

"We are having lots of issues," said Borough Secretary Kira Steber.

Borough officials said that as of today, there are 285 accounts of its nearly 1,500 are delinquent, totalling $48,019.75.

The fourth quarter installment was due on Nov. 22. Anything not paid up to that point is delinquent.

The council agreed to have its solicitor, Attorney Michael Greek, make collection efforts.

Monday, December 9, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bryce Baumgardt, 15 months old, of Palmerton, appears to be starstruck by the site of this nicely decorated tree on display during Palmerton's Christmas in the Park program held Saturday in the borough park.

With its colorful lights, meticulously decorated trees, and harmonious melodies, Palmerton's borough park resembled a Winter Wonderland.

There was unbridled electricity in the air on Saturday, as several hundred spectators young and old came to witness the Christmas in the Park program.

Created by the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, the event featured decorated trees from members of the community, which lined the walkways of the park that were lit and decorated by the sponsor.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A young Slatington man died following a one-vehicle accident Friday night on Old Post Road in North Whitehall Township.

Zachary Alan Paules, 23, of 1305 Oakhurst Dr., was pronounced dead at the scene by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl at 11:38 p.m.

Paules died from blunt force injuries, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's office.

State Police at Bethlehem barracks are investigating.

The accident happened at about 10:36 p.m. at the intersetion of Route 329 westbound and Crest Street in North Whitehall Township.

Monday, December 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIIMES NEWS Ciera Steigerwalt, 14, and her brother Josh, 9, clear the ice from their grandmother's car this morning in Lehighton.

Jack Frost may not have dropped a lot of snow overnight, but students in many area schools still got a break today.

As of 8 a.m., Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Weatherly and Pleasant Valley school districts, as well as Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe were closed; while Tamaqua Area School District was on a two-hour delay.

The reason for the closures and delays was evident as many woke up to a thin layer of ice on roadways, sidewalks and vehicles.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Criminal charges were filed against Kyle Scherer, 26, of 220 Peter Ave., Palmerton, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and retail theft. The incident occurred on Sept. 13 at 11:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Criminal charges were filed against Leanna Altemose, 27, of 322 Delaware Ave., 2nd Floor, Palmerton, for possession of drug paraphernalia. The incident occurred on Aug. 30 at 6:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue.

Speeding

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Palmerton is in search of members to fill out the ranks of its new municipal fire company.

On a 5-1 vote, borough council on Thursday agreed to advertise an ordinance that would establish the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company. Councilwoman Holly Sell was opposed. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company would work in tandem with West End Fire Co. 2 as members of the Palmerton Fire Department.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS:Leery of the Grinch