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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Damage at the Palace Theater, Lansford, caused by a fire of unknown origin yesterday morning, is estimated at $200,000. The entire interior of the building, owned by William J. McDonald, was gutted and a large stock of new household furniture was completely destroyed. The building served as a storage area for the Ridge Center. Sgt. Joseph Delpero and patrolman Francis Karnish of the Lansford Police Department were patrolling in the area and heard an explosion when the doors of the building were blown open.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A concert featuring Black Fate, Hell Freeze, Infernal Opera, Skalped and Panic will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Palmerton Sokol Hall 214, 452 Lehigh St., Lehighton.

All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. There will be games, baked goods, food and drinks available, plus photos with Santa Claus.

For additional information, call Paula at (610) 703-1933.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Michael Sander, a Boy Scout of Troop 20, completed a beautification project at the Memorial Garden of First United Church of Christ in Palmerton as his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Michael Sander, a member of Boy Scout Troop 20, is one step closer to achieving his goal of achieving Eagle Scout award.

For his service project, he recently completed the beautification of the Memorial Garden at First United Church of Christ of Palmerton, located at 457 Delaware Ave. The project was a special one for him because he is a member of the church and wanted to help improve the looks of the area.

After ripping out all the overgrown bushes and large pine trees, he graded the area, added stones and mulch.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Dean Faust, East Penn Service Center who won Best of Show; David Kuchta, president, No. 9 Mine and Museum, Lansford who won first place in motorized; Mike Proch, manager, Mauch Chunk Trust, Hometown; Rich Shupp, parade organizer, Tamaqua Lions Club; Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army who won first place marchers; Mark Beltz, director, Tamaqua Raider Band who won second place marchers; and Charlee Biacco, scout leader, Tamaqua junior Girl Scout Troop, SU31106 who won third place marchers.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bake your favorite cookies to be judged for the Tamaqua Community Spirit of Christmas Cookie Contest. There are four cookie categories: 1. Drop Cookie. 2. Bar Cookie. 3. Decorated Cookie. 4. Filled Cookie. Bring cookie entries to the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad Street, on Saturday, Dec. 3 between 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Minimum of two dozen cookies. Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sun., Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. All entries will be shared with the community. Register by December 2. Winners will receive a $25 Downtown Tamaqua Gift Certificate.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police were dispatched at 3:14 this morning following a glass-break and two internal motion alarms at the Wine & Spirits Store on North Railroad St. Responding within seconds of the alarm, police arrived to see one of the two front glass doors shattered after a rock was thrown through it. Rush Township police also responded. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570)-668-5000.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Three persons entered pleas in Carbon County Court on Tuesday after their cases were called for trial scheduled for next week.

Jon David Lipari, 23, of Easton, entered a nolle contendere (I will not contest) plea to a count of simple assault. In exchange for the plea the district attorney's office dropped a count of aggravated assault.

Lipari was arrested by Kidder Township police for an incident on or about July 30, 2010.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A new salt shed, to hold anti-skid materials for Lehighton borough, is nearing completion.

A new salt shed that will store anti-skid materials is being constructed behind the Lehighton Borough Garage off East Penn Street.

The building is nearly complete and serves as a reminder that although we've experienced some unusually warm weather, winter conditions probably aren't too far away.

The structure has pre-cast concrete supports with wooden walls above them.

The shed is being built by Nimaris Construction of Bath and is nearly completed. Nimaris was one of four firms which bid on the project, offering the lowest quote of $57,633.75.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Lower Towamensing Township business must wait until after the new year to have their request for a variance heard.

Representatives from AMPAL, Inc., of 2125 Little Gap Road, were scheduled to go before the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday in search of permission to erect several additions onto their property.

Delayed by 35 minutes due to the lack of a stenographer, the hearing finally got under way after the township secretary arrived at the township municipal building to provide the board with a tape recorder.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The four-day Spirit of Christmas celebration, sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, kicks off Thursday evening with a Walking Tour.

Here is a schedule of the celebration activities.

Thursday, December 1

6:30 P.m.: Thursday evening will feature a Candlelit Walking Tour beginning outside the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 116 W. Broad St. at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. The tour will be led by Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society.

Friday, December 2