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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tamaqua's Third Annual Community Advent Breakfast, scheduled for Dec. 7, is a sold out event. No tickets will be available at the door, other than those already arranged.

The ecumenical community event is sponsored by The Tamaqua Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua had six children receive their first Holy Communion on Nov. 24, which is Christ the King Sunday. The children attended three weeks of instruction where they learned about God's gift of love and forgiveness given through this sacrament. They also learned that this is a special meal where participants remember Jesus, God's greatest gift. Their parents also attended these classes sharing in their child's faith journey. The children are from left to right, Nicholas Wall, Alexandra Frederick, Katelyn Rudy, McKenzie Ansbach and Kasey Ansbach.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Effort United Methodist Church reaches out to those in need in the community in many ways. One of those is the St. Nick Project.

This is an annual ministry of caring through which the church family seeks to bring the spirit, love, hope and joy of Christmas to families with children in the area, who are experiencing difficult times. They provide gifts to each family member.

If you would like to support this ministry, there are several ways you may do so.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lansford has a proposed 2014 budget.

Last year council had failed to approve a final budget before the Dec. 31 deadline. Council's assistant secretary Jill Seigendall said council plans to adopt the final budget on Dec. 30 to meet the deadline.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area School Board held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday. Pictured are school directors, front from left, Darlene Yeakel; Susan Debski; Tammy Recker, president; Josann Harry; and Sherry Haas; and back row, Barry Scherer, Charles Gildner, Joshua Smale and Clarence Myers, vice president.

The direction of Palmerton Area School Board will remain status quo next year.

On a unanimous vote, the board at its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday reappointed Tammy Recker as president, and Clarence Myers as vice president.

Also as part of its reorganization, the board:

Ÿ Appointed Darlene Yeakel as Pennsylvania School Board Association Liaison for a one-year term.

Ÿ Appointed Thomas Schmidt as a Carbon Career & Technical Institute Authority member for a five-year term.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Cramer Brothers Band donated their talents to perform a Christmas Gospel concert to benefit St. Matthew's UCC's building fund. From left, Alvin Van Why on steel guitar; Randy Cramer, fiddle; Ray Cramer, acoustic guitar and lead vocal; Bill Matlack, drums; Mike Carr, guitar; Ric Carhart, bass guitar; and Marc Young, keyboard.

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown was really rocking on Sunday as The Cramer Brothers Band lent their music to raising the roof.

The Cramers donated their talents to perform a Christmas Gospel concert to benefit the church's building fund. Randy Cramer is a member of the church. The church plans to build an extension, which will include elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms and a bathroom on the main floor.

In addition to all the great music they played, there were lots of special moments during the concert.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Residents of Bowmanstown believe that the owners of the Prince property, located at 700 Lehigh St., have been violating the borough's single-use zoning law.

The Bowmanstown Borough Council dealt with several weighty issues during Tuesday night's meeting.

In regard to an ongoing issue with the Prince property, solicitor James Preston discussed the borough's multiuse versus single-use zoning laws in detail.

Afterward, President William Ravert asked the council, "Would anyone want to authorize the solicitor to investigate the multiuse zoning issues at the former Prince location?"

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Boy Scouts of BSA Troop 624, Orwigsburg, were recently presented the Forest Conservation Award. From left are Scoutmaster Michael T. Barner; Colin Rickard and Joseph Geiger, both of Orwigsburg; Roan Lynch, Schuylkill Haven; and Daniel Rupp, Pottsville; for their work in forest conservation. The Forest Conservation Award is sponsored by DCNR, Bureau of Forestry and Hawk Mountain Council, BSA, and is bestowed on a Scout who has earned the Forestry Merit badge and two other related badges.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ross Township supervisors have adopted the proposed budget for 2014.

The budget anticipates spending $725,900.

Anticipated revenues include $641,000 from taxes, $300 from licenses and permits, $1,025 from fines and forfeits, $100 from intergovernmental revenue, $45,900 from charges for services, and $1,000 in miscellaneous revenue.

Supervisors plan to spend $219,950 for general government, $186,100 for public safety, $12,000 for sanitation, $271,050 for streets, $18,900 for recreation, and miscellaneous expenditures, $18,000.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A motion has been filed for permission to allow a key witness to testify by telephone on behalf of District Attorney Elect-Christine Holman at a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday in the Schuylkill County Court.

The hearing is on a petition filed by 20 Democratic registered voters who allege there were errors committed in the counting of absentee ballots, and as a result, the election was illegal and they are asking the court to declare the incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon the winner.