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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Visiting Santa Claus at the Fairview Hose Company Social Club's Childrens' Christmas Party in JT are 7 year old Tara McLean (left) and 8 year old Christy McLean of Jim Thorpe.

More than 100 excited children visited the Fairview Hose Company in Jim Thorpe to wait their turn in line to see and talk to Santa Claus upon his arrival there.

The sound of an approaching siren signaled his arrival at the firehouse riding in a fire truck.

This visit by the jolly old elf marked the 79th year of the Fairview Hose Company Social Club's Childrens' Christmas Party.

This year, 160 gifts, which were donated by local businesses and Social Club members, awaited the childrens' visit.

Each child received a toy and candy after their visit with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The holidays came early for children in the Pleasant Valley School District when a pair of nonprofit organizations joined forces to provide new coats for winter.

The West End Rotary Club donated 174 coats it purchased through another charitable group, Operation Warm, to encourage children to maintain school attendance throughout the coldest weather. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the coats come in two styles and 12 colors.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents of the Majestic House Apartments in Tamaqua enjoyed a free Christmas dinner courtesy of volunteers and the Majestic House staff. The dinner is held every year courtesy of the Majestic House staff.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

In addition to last week's holiday performance by Tamaqua'sSt. Jerome Regional Schoolpreschoolers, kindergartenersand first graders, studentsin grades 2 to 8 performed recently for an overflowing audiencerecently in the gynasium of their school during the school's second Christmas Concert Program as part of their Christmas Concert Series. The performance was directed by the school's performing arts director Paul Mulhern. School Principal Mary Ann Mansell pointed out her appreciation to Mulhern and all the students who putso much into the show.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jim Thorpe police today reported the arrest of Donna Marie Randall, 47, of 233 W. Abbott St., Lansford, on charges that she abused a Jim Thorpe victim.

Detective Lee Marzen is the investigating officer. His report indicates Randall has been arraigned on charges of neglect of care-dependent person, a misdemeanor 1 offense, two counts of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment.

She was arraigned before District Justice Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, who set bail at $10,000.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township Lions Club has had a busy holiday season.

At the November meeting, four new members were inducted into the Lions Club. District Governor Scott Dudley installed the new members. The new members are Larry and Cuela Stauss, George Andrew and Clifford McFarland.

They also donated five food baskets for needy families for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Zoning designations and permitted uses continue to be bandied about among two lower Carbon County municipalities.

Members of the Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Township ordinance update committee again met on Monday with R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., at the Lower Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

Dellinger opened the session with preliminary draft zoning maps that he presented to members of the committee.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

A cooperative effort between two neighbors brought a first place in the Weissport Recreation Commission's annual Weissport Christmas Light Contest.

Winning first place was Toot Green of 424-426 White Street. Green said that she was assisted by her neighbor, Shelly Fisher, with putting up the lights on the two family home.

The home is usually a winner each year in the contest despite there being impartial judges from outside of the borough. Judges were Joe Craig and Stacey Duerst of Franklin Township and Ann Duerst of Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lansford residents are invited to join a strong coalition of folks who are making the town a better place to live and work.

Lansford Alive is conducting its annual membership drive. The all-volunteer nonprofit community improvement group is working hard to bring the borough back to its former vitality by encouraging business, providing fun community events and recognizing residents who contribute to a positive standard of living.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department

Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department celebrated "Christmas Around the World" at its 19th annual holiday music program on Thursday evening to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the arts.

According to Thomas Weidner, fifth and sixth grade band and chorus director, "Our students have been working very hard since late August to present an outstanding program to the Lehighton community."