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Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Carbon County judge has voided an employment agreement between the borough of Nesquehoning and its police chief.

Nesquehoning Borough Council discussed the recent ruling. The borough had asked that the contract between Police Chief Sean Smith and the borough be voided because it was acted upon by an outgoing council and was not an urgent matter.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Robert Burns, III, of Allentown, shown being escorted by state police officers to his preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Charges against a Lehigh County man who took state police on a 100-mile-per-hour chase last month have been bound over for court.

Robert Burns, III, 22, of Allentown, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Borough of Tamaqua will be seeing quite a few improvements next year, thanks to the benevolence of the John E. Morgan Foundation.

Council announced that the borough has received a grant in the amount of $76,000 for the operation of the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool and the construction of a storage building at the Lower Owl Creek Dam.

The storage building is a separate project from a pavilion project that has been proposed for a DCNR grant by the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The choir of the Church of All Saints, 21 North Cleveland St., McAdoo, along with some other members of the parish, have been preparing a special work by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall, entitled "Come, Messiah King.

This cantata shares the Christmas story as if one were celebrating Christmas for the very first time. The work is a Christmas prayer and celebration.

The cantata takes place at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, followed by the Christmas Liturgy at 10 p.m.

The celebration will take place again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Larry Williams, president of the Nesquehoning Lions Club and Holly Ellis, membership chairperson, show one of the torn American flags that have been displayed during the various patriotic holidays in the Borough of Nesquehoning. Numerous flags have become torn and frayed, so the club is seeking community support in replacing them. The Lions hope to raise the necessary funds to have new flags to hang by Memorial Day in 2014.

In an effort to boost community spirit and national pride, the Nesquehoning Lions Club is embarking on a flag replacement project within the community and would like Nesquehoning residents to join it in this endeavor.

Each year the borough displays American flags throughout the town for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

The current flags in use are approximately 10 years old and have become worn, frayed, and in some cases, torn. The Lions are aiming to replace them with new ones along with new poles and mounts beginning in the spring.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Thankful Thrift Store" was honored by Lansford Alive during the organization's annual Christmas party at the Lansford American Legion. Bob Silver, center, representing Lansford Alive, presents plaque to store employee Billy Ansbach. Looking on are, l-r, Victoria Benack, Pastor Jeremy Benack, and Laurie Lantosh, store employee. Silver said the Thankful Thrift Store on Ridge Street is operated by Ministry of Grace Community Church and was given the award "for locating downtown and filling a void in the downtown business district."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The frigid weather may have many birds that breed in Schuylkill County flying to warmer southern temperatures, but a few hummingbirds from one species are making the trek east for the winter.

Pulitzer prize-nominated nature author and Hawk Mountain board member Scott Weidensaul said Friday that while the ruby-throated hummingbird breeds in Pennsylvania during the summer, it is not the same hummingbird that can be seen here in the winter.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This fairy cottage, made partially with river rock, was the work of Race Street's Three Mountains Gallery artist/gallery owner David Price.

The Three Mountains Gallery at 29 Race St. in Jim Thorpe was the scene recently of a celebration of the magic of Jim Thorpe and the enchantment of the mountains.

The event showcased fairy cottages which were entered into the Olde Time Christmas Festival contest, as well as others created by local artists RandallSellers and Stephanie Verme, which were on exhibit along with the works by artist and gallery owner David Price.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December is clearing out and cleaning up at Back Door Books. The store is closing its doors Dec. 21.

There are many hidden "treasures" in the store waiting to be discovered. Among the genre in stock are: fiction, poetry, biographies, history, sports, humor and much more.

The volunteers of Back Door Books express their gratitude to all the loyal customers and supporters over the years.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Four bids were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for demolition of the vacant property at 292 S. Third St. in Coaldale Borough.

Bidding were: Madonna Enterprises, Inc., Port Carbon; Northeast Industrial SVCS Corporation, Shamokin, $16,770; Penn Earthworks, Inc., Beaver Meadows, $17,150; and Knoeppel Demo and Construction Company, Coal Township, $118,400.