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Monday, December 22, 2014
Ethel M. Kitchen

Ethel M. (Eicke) Kitchen, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 93rd birthday.

Born in Shenandoah on Dec. 23 1921, she is the daughter of the late Carrie (Rose) and Alonzo Eicke.

Ethel and her sister, Carrie, were raised by their four paternal aunts in Wilkes-Barre.

She graduated from G.A.R. High School, Wilkes-Barre in 1939. She retired from 20 years of service from the Carbon County Court House as secretary to District Attorney George Kerestes, District Attorney John Deutsch and Judge Richard Webb.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Lexey Rose Hernandez is the first to have her talk with Santa Claus.

Each Christmas season the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger, VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, holds a party complete with Santa Claus for the children of members.

President Karen Bandzi, Mick Minnich, Gail Strohl, Cindy Csaszar and Olivia Stass have $1,300 to go shopping. The money is raised from private donations and the VFW along with what is raised by the auxiliary in a raffle.

The night before the party is spent with the same people having a wrapping party. Each child gets two to four packages, depending on the cost. Santa provides a candy cane.

Monday, December 22, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua turned into a rail center once again on Saturday as more than 1,300 riders took part in three steam excursions southbound to Drehersville, proving that, when Santa is aboard, everyone wants to hop onto the train. The event was sponsored by the Tamaqua

Historical Society in cooperation with the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, Port Clinton. Santa and passengers rode on vintage cars pulled by a Philadelphia-built, 1928 Baldwin steam locomotive, allowing Santa's reindeer to have a day off.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lehighton Borough Hall will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Judy Dolgos-Kramer/Special to the Times News Detective Neil Yurchak explains how the police use "spike strips" to end high speed car chases to David Sherrill and Peter Almeida, both 8-year-old Tigers.

Cub Scout Pack 597 out of Albrightsville met with Kidder Township Police Department on Dec. 11 to fulfill a requirement to move up in rank.

The Bears and Tigers visited the police station in Kidder Township to learn about the interworkings of the police department and police officers.

The boys were accompanied by den leaders Sharon Kukal and John O'Conner.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Palmerton has promoted a patrolman to the rank of police investigator.

On Thursday, borough council unanimously agreed to appoint patrolman Kevin Buck as police investigator.

Buck was the only officer to apply for the post, as it was an internal position. He has been a full-time officer with the borough since July 2005.

His appointment comes after council last month agreed to establish a new rank position within the police department with regard to promotions within the department.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Due to scheduling and an expected family commitments, the Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will be short-staffed and possibly closed at times between now and Jan. 2.

The office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please call the office to make an appointment to ensure someone will be there to assist you.

If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Monday, December 22, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lighting candles at Saturday's candlelight vigil in memory of Palmerton crash victims are, left: Krista Redmond, Lehighton, Brianna Sell, 12, Palmerton, and Brittany Redmond, Lehighton.

Four young lives were ripped from their families, and the community is struggling to make sense of it.

Crowds gathered Saturday at 6:30 p.m., surrounding the gazebo in Palmerton Borough Park.

They arrived in groups of two or three or more, typically with heads bowed.

The cold air was heavy with a cathartic expression of collective grief. Many hugged each other and cried.

All seemed to express the same sentiment: "I can't believe this happened."

Monday, December 22, 2014
Special to the Times News

New Jim Thorpe Rotarians are, from left, Carole Walbert, Sherri Scott-Gibson, Mary Mulligan Stevenson, John P. Evans, Marion Shuler and Sophie McGinley. New member Brian Gasper was unavailable for the photo. On Dec. 9, the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club inducted seven new members during the annual holiday dinner at the Broadway Grill in the Inn at Jim Thorpe. The new Rotarians come from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds. Carole Walbert is an attorney while Sherri Scott-Gibson worked on Wall Street in finance. Mary Mulligan, Sophie McGinley and John P.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Following a 15-year-old European tradition, a very special lantern was lit in Jerusalem. It is from the Eternal flame at the grotto site where Jesus Christ was born, which is located under the Church of the Nativity.

This light was then transported via a jet to Tel Aviv, from there to New York City sponsored by private companies in Austria. On Saturday, that same light arrived at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford.