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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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Pamela Bisbing of Stroudsburg, instructs a craft workshop at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County's Annual Holiday Program. Participants made three different holiday paper crafted projects: a snowman decorated votive, Post It note pad holder and a tote bag gift card holder. Judy Nansteel of Lehighton, center and Bette Stout of Lehighton, in the process of making the tote bag gift card holder, say they enjoyed everything about the event, from the workshops to the seminars.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Former pastors of St. John's Church in Mahoning Township (Lutheran and United Church of Christ congregations) who participated in 160th anniversary service in November are, front l-r, Kathy Brearly, Nancy Kuhns, Valerie Reinhold; middle l-r, Wilbur Albright, Charles Kampmeyer, Dody Siegfried, George Hein, Thomas Irwin II; back l-r, Kurt Garbe, Manny Stivers, David Knoebel, and Jim Covert.

St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, celebrated 160 years of United Church of Christ and Lutheran congregational worship on Sunday, Nov. 7, with a special afternoon service.

The service featured special musical selections from St. John's "Jammin' for Jesus" praise band and the senior choir, both under the direction of Colleen E. Rudelitsch, church music director and organist.

Also featured was an anthem by the unior choir and a vocal solo during Holy communion by Rebekah McFadden, junior choir director.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when he lost control of his car and struck a home in Palmerton. The crash occurred near 5:30 p.m. as he was traveling west on Mauch Chunk Road. He apparently lost control swerving to the left, mounting the sidewalk impacting with the front porch of a home at 876 Mauch Chunk Road. The Palmerton Fire Department responded to the scene.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Commonwealth Court has affirmed a lower-court ruling in favor of the Panther Valley Education Association on behalf of a temporary professional employee whose contract was not renewed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The former soap factory at 401 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, rises behind the bleachers at the Panther Valley football stadium. The Panther Valley School District bought the building at a tax sale in May and is now clearing out containers of chemicals with the help of a contractor for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

A hazardous materials contractor for the state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday began work to clear chemicals various acids, hydrogen peroxide and other materials from a former industrial soap factory in Lansford, now owned by the Panther Valley School District.

The company, AECOM of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, "will be placing the drums in containers, sampling and then staging the drums for re-use or removal. This will take several weeks," said DEP spokesman Mark Carmon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
PRNewsFoto/Jewish News Services World's largest Hanukkah Menorah at Central Park, New York City, designed by Yaacov Agam, and sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, is lighted every weekday evening at 5:30.

For Jews around the world, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of joy. All signs of sadness are avoided and there is to be no fasting. At funerals, eulogies are omitted.

Typical celebrations include the giving of gifts on each day of Hanukkah. Traditional foods served during the season include latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts), which are fried in oil.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

State Representative Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua (R-Berks/Schuylkill) released the following statement concerning the automatic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) Pennsylvania lawmakers and other officials are scheduled to receive on Dec. 1:

"A law which passed in 1995 provides Pennsylvania lawmakers, judges and other state officials with a cost-of-living increase based on the Consumer Price Index. This year, that increase is 1.7 percent.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Pine Grove woman involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in a Pine Grove home which went wrong when chemicals exploded causing a fire which damaged several adjoining buildings, received a long jail term and was ordered to pay an astronomical restittution payment as indicated in the sentence imposed in Schuylkill County court.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An analysis of income and expenditures of Carbon County school districts by the State Department of Education shows that for the school year 1976-76, school districts of the county apparently kept spending below income - something that many counties cannot boast. For example, during the school year, the county's school districts enjoyed an "income," which is, general fund reciepts of $13,190,994, while expenditures amounted to $12,721,779. Income from state sources total more than $6.5 million.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College's Morgan Center in Tamaqua The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 104/105 and is open to all participants and anyone interested in getting involved.

Committee members will meet early, at 6:30 p.m.