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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council held its annual presentation of Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Awards luncheon at the Tannersville Inn.

Each year it receives nominations for this important service award. This year's recipients were Joyce and Bill Raczko, Beverly Hartje and Support Services for Seniors.

Friday, December 23, 2011
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The Ladies' Auxiliary to the R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, held a Christmas party for 26 children ages 0-10 of Post members.

Auxiliary President Karen Bandzi and Mick Minnich did the shopping and then Santa Claus came to Bandzi's house and helped with the wrapping.

Funds were provided by the Auxiliary, the board of the VFW and two members of the Post.

The King and Queen until July are Skylar Green and Faith Ohl.

They will help with the poppy sale and participate in parades.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mitchel Klein, a resident of Chestnuthill Township, addressed the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors. He said that he had served six years in the United States Air Force and his wife also served in the armed forces. Currently he is working for the U.S. Army at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and recently bought a home in Effort.

"We picked the Pleasant Valley School District for the community. We have always been productive members of our previous communities. We do things and plan to become just as involved here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pleasant Valley School District administrators presented to the PVSD school board why they felt the board needed to consider closing Chestnuthill Elementary School. A hearing was held at Pleasant Valley Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 8 where it was presented to the public with an opportunity for them to respond.

Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said that there has been a significant decline in the district's enrollment over the last few years, including Chestnuthill's.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Owners and staff of the Basile Italian Delight Restaurant in Hometown surprised dozens of Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers with a full course catered meal during their food and toy distribution held yesterday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Basile's owners Vito and Paola Basile said they did this as a way to say thank you to all the volunteers that put so much time into helping the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Two Tamaqua persons are changing places on where they will be spending Christmas after rulings made by two judges in the Schuylkill County Court.

Michael Todd Brode, 21,of 234 Mauch Chunk Street will be getting out on parole Christmas Eve from the Schuylkill County Prison while Lori Oakes, 43, of 419 East Union Street, lost her freedom by having probation revoked and is back in prison.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Three Tamaqua men who pleaded guilty Thursday in the Schuylkill County Court to criminal charges received jail sentences imposed by President William E. Baldwin.

Cory Michael Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose Street, Tamaqua, on a charge of aggravated assault on James Medvetz, was sentenced to serve 16-32 months in a state correctional facility and will receive credit for spending 227 days in the Schuylkill County Prison. He was was fined $200 plus $50 costs on a charge of driving while his operating privileges were suspended.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Seen during the presentation

Nesquehoning Hose Company volunteers are the first in Carbon County to advance in certification as fire professionals, reaching their goal of 75 percent participation.

Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp Volunteers also obtained advance certification, with 50 percent participation as Fire Professionals.

Hose Company No. 1 was recently recognized as an organization that supports, promotes and encourages its emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealth's Certification Program administered by The Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas has been made much brighter for a number of deserving families, thanks to the benovelence of others.

"If it wasn't for this, we wouldn't have a Christmas," said Jackie Richardson, mother of two from Tamaqua, as she picked up toys and food during the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree/food and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots distribution held yesterday at the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

All was quite, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Then in walked Santa Claus to spread his holiday cheer, much to their delight.

Dressed in his usual red and white garb, Santa recently visited 17 patients at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

Each patient got a Christmas bag with candy and crackers, fruit, a Christmas ornament, a folded flag ornament, and a Christmas card.

The annual visit was once again organized by members of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269 and the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton.