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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Northampton County woman admitted bringing heroin into a Weatherly school where she was working as a teacher's aide. She was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Jessica M. McKeegan, 26, of Nazareth, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. In exchange for the plea, the district attorney's office dropped a count of possession of a controlled substance and eight other paraphernalia counts.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

State College, Pa. AccuWeather reports while we are still about a month away from the official start of winter, unusual warmth in the Central and Eastern states has people wondering what the winter will be like, now that Thanksgiving is upon us.

Some people in the East are saying it will be like the 1989 when a mild November was followed by wicked December cold. Others are saying it may be a year without a winter in the East. Folks in the Northwest may already have their answer.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Vince and Denise Maradeo joined their son, left, Timothy and two of his friends, Nate Starrett and Ryan Borger, all in sixth grade, at Towamensing Elementary School's Thanksgiving dinner. The Maradeos said they enjoyed the dinner because "It's time we get to spend with our son."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities has filed its generation rates and price to compare for the three months beginning Dec. 1 with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The new rates will be lower for residential and small-commercial customers on the utility's default supply service.

The updated rates reflect recent power supply costs and projected market costs for the next three months. They also reflect the reconciliation of collections from customers with the company's power supply costs so far this year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Palmerton will dispose of its used vacuum truck as part of a trade-in agreement with the buyer after a bid opening attracted no suitors.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Tuesday that no bids were received for the borough's 1988 vacuum truck as of Monday's deadline.

As a result, Danielson said the borough will accept a trade-in agreement in the amount of $2,500 from Vac-Con of Evans City, Butler County, to haul away the vehicle.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Superintendent James Kraky, second from right, announced that five schools in LASD have been recognized with this year's Keystone Achievement Award. At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting Monday evening, he presented the awards for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years to principals Dr. Mark McGalla, left, for Lehighton Area Middle School; Aaron Sebelin, second from left, for Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools; and Gretchen Laviolette, right, for East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools.

In anticipation of a possible re-vote on the proposed building plan for the district, a large crowd attended the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Monday evening. However, school board President Dave Krause announced at the outset, "There will be no action taken on the proposed building project at this meeting."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mrs. Anna Rendish, 18 W. Rhume St., Nesquehoning, has received word from her son, Master Sgt. George Rendish, who has been hospitalized with wounds sustained in Vietnam. Sgt. Rendish has been awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Army Commendation Medal with Cluster for action against hostile forces in Cambodia this past summer. He was awaiting orders to be transferred to a hospital in Fort Bragg, South Carolina. He has served in the army for 29 years and resides in Fort Bragg.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Parryville UMC will host a free luncheon, weather permitting, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the church, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In an opinion in Monday's TIMES NEWS, it was stated that the Tamaqua detour will be occurring each weekend.

Tamaqua officials said it was a once-and-done occurrence.

They said the detour won't be needed for the additional work, including the bridge replacement.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Porcupine Pat makes clickittyclack noises with a 1920's wooden noise maker.

Porcupine Pat, a member of the Schuylkill Conversation District, displayed and presented a large array of simple toys, some 200 years old, as part of the Tamaqua Historical Society's Classic Toy Show on display until Nov. 23.

Some of the simple toys explained consisted of Lincoln Logs, Tumbling Tommy, noise rattles, Moonwinder, Buzzsaw, Slinky, Etchasketch, Pecking Chickens, cornhusk dolls, Cracker Jack box toys, willow whistle, Brick-A-Brack, jump rope, rain stick, wirlygig, jumping bear, spin tops, Skyhook, Yo-Yo, silly putty and walking stilts.