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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Bridge work under way in Tuscarora

Work is well under way on the replacement of the Catawissa Street bridge in Tuscarora. The work is being done by contractors with Clear Water Construction. The bridge is expected to be completed by summer of 2012. Catawissa Street and Tuscarora Mountain Drive traffic is being detoured through Hometown and Tamaqua.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Frosty the Snowman poses with 5-year-old Noah Rosahac and 7-year-old Megan Rosahac of Jim Thorpe during his visit to Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe on Sunday morning at Team Triple Nickel's eighth annual Breakfast With Santa.

This past Sunday morning, at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe, the Relay for Life team of Team Triple Nickel held its eighth annual Breakfast With Santa to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The well-attended event saw hundreds of children, parents, and grandparents enjoy not only a tasty breakfast, but music, entertainment, a bake sale, and a Chinese auction in addition to a visit by Santa and friends.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In last night's TIMES NEWS, the wrong date was listed for final adoption of Summit Hill borough's 2012 budget.

The budget will be adopted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, according to borough treasurer Susan K. Gibiser.

Also at that meeting, a new solicitor is expected to be named.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

East Penn Technical Search and Rescue, which serves Carbon County, has been issued a certificate of recognition from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the successful completion of a Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) Program for the Swiftwater/Flood Evacuation Team. The certificate was issued Dec. 8, and will be effective from the Jan. 1, 2012 until Jan. 1, 2015.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A new era of telephone service begins in Nesquehoning. Dial telephone service will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow. No interruption in service will be made at the time of the changeover. Subscribers are, at present, conncected to the old magneto type switchboard and the new dial central office equipment. Bell engineers will sever the switchboard lines simultaneously, thus placingg the dial service into immediate operation. All local calls will be dialed. To call Lansford, the subscriber will dial "8" and give the Lansford number to the operator. To call Lehighton, dial "9".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Mahoning Township building will officially be a smoke-free zone said supervisors at Monday evening's meeting in response to a recent complaint filed by Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes with the Department of Labor and Industry.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors learned their new police car has some bugs that need to be worked out according to Township Officer Amie Barclay.

She reported to them during Monday night's meeting that the vehicle currently is unable to be driven at night due to problems with the head lamps being aligned properly. She also reported a problem with the mike holder on the radio and a possible leak in the manifold.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Heidelberg Hand Bell Choir from Lehighton entertained parishioners and vistors recently at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua as part of their Christmas Festival of Music. The bell choir performance was directed by Jacqueline Grove. The event also consisted of a choral performance from the church's sanctuary choir, directed by Samantha Yachera, flute solo by Molly Betz, 16, and organ solo by Audrey Christ. Pastor Jim Cavallero stressed his gratitude for all who volunteered their time make their annual Christmas Festival of Music so successful.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Although some officials feel budget deficit numbers to be grossly exaggerated, Palmerton Area School District finds itself faced with an 8.55-percent increase in next year's property tax rate.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the 2012-13 preliminary budget with a 4.2 mill-increase in an effort to present a balanced spending plan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host the "Creepy Crawlers" program, open to all 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds.

Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age-appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities all centered arount ice, snow and water.

CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

For more information or to register for this program, call (570) 645-8597.