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Friday, December 28, 2012
In addition to carols and other Christmas crafts, children, staff and parents of the Rush Elementary School in Hometown were treated to a surprise visit from Santa Claus during the school's annual holiday program held recently in the gymnasium of the school.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Thursday, December 27, 2012

In the wind for several months, but still indefinite, is the proposed sale of the Central Hotel building in Jim Thorpe, owned by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company. The 63-year-old structure at the corner of Hazard Square and Broadway may be razed to accommodate a new Sun Oil Company service station. Six tenants now occupy the building. Samuel Sandherr conducts a barber shop on the first floor. In an adjoining office is the Wildoner Insurance Agency.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Carbon County has been named a 2012 Groundwater Guardian Community by The Groundwater Foundation of Lincoln, Neb. in recognition of its efforts to protect local groundwater supplies.

Groundwater Guardian is a program of The Groundwater Foundation which encourages and recognizes local groundwater protection and education activities. Groundwater Guardians form teams of local stakeholders that implement activities to address local groundwater concerns and issues.

Carbon County has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian for 13 years.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:SHCIO donates to organizations Michele Toniatti, center, treasurer of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO), presents check totaling $40,000 to Larry Black, president and captain of the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill. Looking on are fire company members, from left, Dave Sommers, chief engineer; Ed Nunemacher, vice president; Len Ogozalek, assistant chief; Sherri Buzik, company secretary; and John C. Poko, captain. SHCIO donated a total of $47,000 to three organizations.

Santa Claus came in the form of SHCIO to three organizations in Summit Hill.

SHCIO – the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization – donated a collective total of $47,000 to the three groups.

The Diligence Fire Company was given $40,000 toward the truck fund.

The Summit Hill Historical Society received a $5,000 check.

The Summit Hill Heritage Center got $2,000.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

People who wished for a white Christmas got a double blast of Jack Frost this week.

As children woke up to see if Santa Claus visited their home Tuesday morning, parents were waking up to a few inches of fresh powder on the ground that they had to shovel.

But Monday night's storm was only the beginning of the wild winter weather yet to come.

That storm was followed by a mess of winter weather yesterday, as Winter Storm Euclid spun through the Midwest and Northeast, dropping a sloppy mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain as it passed.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago. Pictured form left are top selling cashier Brittany Redmond, SCMCL members Leon Frohnheiser and Ed Glassic and owner Frank Kuhn.

Mallard's Market in Lehighton raised $1,309 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign. Owner Frank Kuhn stated his cashiers were given an incentive by Frank of an electronic's store gift card for selling the most paper Toys For Tots trains. Brittany Redmond sold the most trains, 307. Frank Kuhn added that his father, Joe Kuhn of Tamaqua, served in the Marine Corps, and was, "tough as nails and had a heart of gold." Mallard's Market has been a yearly supporter of Toys For Tots and other veterans programs since it opened ten years ago.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

East Penn Township firefighters work to extricate a female motorist trapped in her vehicle after losing control on a snow-covered SR895. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Lauchnor Road. The sport utility vehicle was hanging off the berm of the roadway when rescue workers arrived on scene. Emergency personnel managed to free the driver without injury. East Penn Township police are investigating the accident.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A driver was taken to the hospital after rear ending another vehicle at the intersection of Second Street and Water Street in Coaldale around 10:45 a.m. yesterday. The other driver was not injured. No more information was available as of press time today.