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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

USS Carbon County, Ship 260 Navy Club of USA will meet at the Lansford Legion at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Commander Stanley Jaroszewski will be in charge. The Pennsylvania squadron commander will also be present. New members are welcome. An auxiliary will be forming at the first meeting in December. For more information, call Althea at (570) 645-3643.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Palmerton Area Historical Society will present its annual ecumenical Christmas service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Little White Church, Third and Columbia Avenue, Palmerton. Everyone is invited to attend this excellent opportunity for getting the holiday season off to a good start. Traditional carols will be sung accompanied by Carol Thomas on the old pump organ. The Rev. Jody Neifert will deliver the message. Society members, Peter Kern and John Aulenbach, will present readings in keeping with the season. The church will be resplendent in silver and white decorations.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Pottsville man, who went on a spree stealing credit cards from women's purses, escaped jail but was placed on a long probation sentence by Judge Jacqueline Russell in Schuylkill County court.

Anthony Andrew Bierman, 28, was sentenced to serve five years probation consecutive to a prison sentence he is now serving on a case imposed in Lehigh County.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Festival of Lights opens Friday night at the Phifer Ice Dam Park.

Kick start your Christmas season by visiting the Franklin Festival of Lights on Friday night, Nov. 26, which is the opening night of the 19-day festival. The festival opens at 5:15 p.m. each day.

The lights that shine at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, 880 Main Rd., Lehighton (Franklin Township), will be a little brighter this year, as the Franklin Township Lions Club, organizers of the holiday festival, have incorporated LED lights into the display.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

St. John's United Church of Christ at 15 Second Street, Slatington is offering a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 25. Dinner will be served from 12-2 p.m. All are welcome. No reservations are required but are appreciated. Dinner will be delivered to "shut-ins" in the Slatington area, but calls for delivery must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 23. You can call the church office at 610-767-5554 if you have any questions, to make a reservation or to request a home delivery. The office is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters do more than fight fires, as can be seen here. Tamaqua volunteer firefighters, Matt Fredricks, on ladder, Jason Stidham, operating controls, from the American Hose Fire Company raise their ladder 45 feet to mount a large holiday wreath on the Tamaqua Trinity United Church of Christ. The fire company helps the church hang the large wreath every year.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Palmerton has taken over ownership of a dilapidated property in the west end of the borough.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed Borough Council on Tuesday that the borough now owns the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

Danielson asked council to ratify his actions on Nov. 19, when he placed a bid in the amount of $3,576 for the property, where a rundown home exists.

"We are now the owners of that property," Danielson said. "As soon as possible, we'd like to begin remediation, remove the property, and put it out to bid."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
PO2 TIMOTHY TAMARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Andrew Snyder, a Tamaqua Area High School graduate, poses for a photograph at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Snyder was recently placed on the Board of Trustees List, the most prestigious honor at the Coast Guard Academy, and is among the top 1 percent in the rankings of the more than 1,000 cadets who attend the academy.

Life at a military academy is not easy. It isn't supposed to be. The arduous training takes promising young people and develops them into effective military officers. People like U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Andrew Snyder of Tamaqua.

Snyder was placed on the Board of Trustees Honors List for the 2010 fall semester, the most prestigious honors list at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Free Thanksgiving dinners are being provided to the community on Thanksgiving Day at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center located at 105 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Local delivery is also available for senior citizens and disabled persons. No reservations are required. Simply show up or call for delivery. For delivery or more information, call (570) 668-0410. Pictured preparing potatoes and stuffing are Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers Lorraine Durning, Dina Depos, and Jerry Klein.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Parryville Council passed the 2011 budget with no tax increase.

Millage will remain at 10.5 mills. For general purposes, residents will be assessed 6.75 mills, street repairs will be two mills, for fire safety purposes, one mill and for street lighting purposes, quarter mill will be assessed.

The borough has been thrifty in 2010 and were able to show a surplus of $4,965, which helped maintain the tax base for 2011 at the same rate. The borough plans to bring in and expend $202,900 in 2011.