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Monday, December 19, 2011

The Joint Operating Committee of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute reorganized at Thursday evening's regularly scheduled meeting.

Darlene Yeakel of Palmerton Area School District will be replacing former JOC member Carl Bieling.

Andrew Yenser of Lehighton Area School District and Anthony DeMarco of Panther Valley School District were acknowledged for their reappointment to the JOC for three year terms.

Thomas Henry of Jim Thorpe Area School District and William Gerhard of Weatherly Area School District will also continue as members of the JOC.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thirteen area people were among 74 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney James P. Goodman in the Schuylkill County Courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Monday, December 19, 2011
Volunteer Vince Costa

More than 400 families from eastern Schuylkill and Carbon counties were grateful as they picked up Toys For Tots and food donations in Lehighton on Saturday, during the first of two Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Detachment 626 Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army holiday food distributions held in December.

"The number of families deserving assistance is steadily increasing every year," said Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, SCMCL.

Monday, December 19, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS

"Fireman Pete" was the recipient of the "Fireman of the Year" award, Saturday, by the Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill.

"Fireman Pete" is Pete Matyasek, who was saluted for his "commitment and dedication over the past year."

He was presented with the Paul "Paulkie" Yuricheck Award.

The award was presented by Fire Chief Shawn Hoben, who said of Matyasek, "He's put a lot of time into this firehouse."

He said youngsters simply know him as "Fireman Pete."

Monday, December 19, 2011
Clyde "Champ" Holman of Ryan Township

After more than 30 years of providing service locally, Ryan Township Supervisor Clyde "Champ" Holman could have decided to "downsize" his community involvement. Instead, the former chief of staff to the late Sen. Jim Rhoades has agreed to extend his support and expertise to every community within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as a new deputy director for the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Monday, December 19, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Santa Claus visited the headquarters of the Carbon County Republican Party on First Street in Lehighton on Saturday. From left are, Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner; Christian Salerno, elf; Caroline Metro, Santa Claus, Sophia Metro and Tom Gerhard, incoming Carbon County Commissioner.

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Employees of Lehigh Anthracite Coal (L.A.C.) in Tamauqua and Coaldale donated many new toys for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots campaign. From left are Bob Smith, account manager; Rusty Taylor, President; Mary Jo Julian, accountant; Cheryl Gnall, receptionist; Sharon Lauck, human resource manager; and Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, SCMCL.

Monday, December 19, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Usually by this time of the year the annual migration of the Canadian geese is well past but Saturday the skies were filled with large flocks of the fowl traveling due south. Pilots of both private planes and commercial airlines were heard on the scanner reporting the multitude of the large flocks and the high altitude of the flights to both fellow pilots and towers of nearby airports. The unusual flights began before sunrise and went well into Saturday night.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Good news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albeck of East Mauch Chunk, this morning, when the mailman delivered a clippergram from their son, Staff Sgt. Joseph Albeck, stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. He assured his parents he was okay after the Japanese attack.

The highlight of the letter was that he is well – and in his own words: "Just believe me that everything in the Pacific is under control and that everything and everyone is prepared for anything from air raids to internal sabotage.

Monday, December 19, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Historical Society secretary Dale Freudenberger, left, and president Bill Harleman hold a World War II Honor Roll plaque

Visitors flocked to the old red brick church building at 117-119 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, on Sunday for the annual Panther Valley Public Library and Lansford Historical Society open house and art show.

Upstairs in the Historical Society's museum, visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and homemade goodies as they perused a new display of military uniforms and antique dolls.