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Friday, November 8, 2013

Palmerton's Christmas in the Park 2013 program to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

Tree adoption guidelines:

ŸThe Carbon Builders Association will build the tree stands.

Ÿ Trees will be on stands and noted with tree number and the information of decorator.

Ÿ The committee is not responsible for any theft, destruction, or other actions that could happen to the trees over the course of this season. Anyone who sees any suspicious behavior toward the trees should contact police.

Ÿ Trees should be decorated Dec. 1-6.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Joseph A. Gunnels, principal of Panther Valley High School, has announced the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year. Honor roll recipients are as follows:

Distinguished Honors

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the second floor meeting room.

The public is welcome to attend.

Friday, November 8, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Raider Band member Chris Lehman plays "Taps" on his bugle after Ben Turrano provided a drum role to end the Veterans Day program at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Amy Hull provided a bugle "echo" from a nearby hilltop.

The Tamaqua Area School District's Veterans Day observance has grown in leaps and bounds in the past several years. The district had been conducting a program at the senior high school flagpole for years, inviting veterans and their families to stand with the students as everyone paid their respects to the defenders of America's freedom. Three years ago, Assistant Elementary Principal James J. Fasnacht suggested expanding the program to the district's three elementary schools. The idea was embraced by staff and students alike.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Donations to adopt trees for next month's Christmas in the Park program in Palmerton continue to pour in.

To date, 40 trees have been adopted, said Michele O' Neill, Christmas in the Park Committee chairperson.

Of those, 12 have been paid for, while six vendors have paid for, said O'Neill, who expressed how generous the community has been.

"This asking for a donation is working wonderfully," O'Neill said. "We've had many very generous donations."

Friday, November 8, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Pleasant Valley Middle School Drama Club will present "One in a Million" at 7 p.m., Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. This is a story about two foster children who find a winning lottery ticket at the local Quick Mart. The show has quirky characters and an interesting chase scene, which keeps the play moving. The show is under the direction of Rollene Gougher. Some of the characters are, seated from left, DJ Greenzweig as Ginny; Gabrielle Payton as Grandma; Brianna Cicallse as Sunny. Standing, Nick Colombo as Oliver and Rachel Estrella as Carrie.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Eldred Township supervisors are facing neary $14,000 in increased costs for employee insurance.

Chairman Clair Borger said at Wednesday's meeting that the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors is canceling its health care insurance with the Trustees Insurance and Retirement Service, who contracted with a Trustmark for Aetna coverage. Trustmark is going out of business because of Obama Care. Trustees is now contracting directly with Aetna who will be PSATS new carrier.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a federal prison term on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Scranton.

Michael Beaver, 43, of Tamaqua, was given the prison term for his part in a oxycontin trafficking conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney Frances P. Sempa, who prosecuted the case.

Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Koski sentenced Beaver to serve seven months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay a $300 fine and a $100 special assessment.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Numerous defendants on either probation or parole, had their release revoked by county judges on petitions filed by the Carbon County Adult Probation Department.

Those who had their probation/parole revoked included:

Ryan Howard, 30, of Lehighton, had his probation revoked on petition filed by probation officer Kimberly Cooper on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He violated the terms of his release by testing positive for marijuana and opiates and admitted taking non-prescribed morphine and vicodin.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company has set up a special fund for the Barberio family, victims of the fatal explosion that occurred in Lake Harmony Monday afternoon.

Donation checks should be made out to the Albrightsville Fire Company, in the memo write Barberio Family Fund. Checks can be dropped off at Mauch Chunk Trust Company or mailed to: Barberio Family Fund, Albrightsville Fire Company, P.O. Box 133, Albrightsville, PA 18210.

Please make sure to make the checks out to the fire company and not to the fund itself.