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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Barbara Mooney watches as Lorraine Mineo shows her how to put a wreath together.

With beautiful weather on Dec. 3, the activities were held outside for the open house at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Kathy Romano, representing the Nature Center, said, "Bill and Lorraine Mineo graciously brought the greens. We thought we'd stay outside because it's so nice."

In addition to the greens, Mineos bring bows and pinecones to decorate the wreaths and swags.

New among the greens was Japanese variegated red pine which was shades of yellow with some green mixed on the same branch. "Aren't these beautiful," said B. Mineo.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In 2011, 712 hours were spent observing and counting hawks.

Black Vulture - 246

Turkey Vulture - 1,052

Osprey - 366

Bald Eagle - 220

Northern Harrier - 52

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3,354

Cooper's Hawk - 190

Northern Goshawk - 14

Red-shouldered Hawk - 62

Broad-winged Hawk - 8,567

Red-tail Hawk - 1,056

Golden Eagle - 74

American Kestrel - 120

Merlin - 79

Peregrine Falcon - 62

Unrecognized - 168

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Little Angels preschoolers helped to collect food for their local food pantry. Partnering with Our Lady of the Angels Academy, the preschool class was asked to donate Jello or pudding.

Front row, from left: Henry Snyder, Brigid Knepper, Isabella Horvat, Jase Horvath. Middle row: Olivia Thomas, Matthew Mullen, Michael Strucko, Connor Rehnert. Back row: Lorah Thomas, Michael Williams, Isabella Miller, Morgan O'Brien, Marissa Blasko, Micah Lawson. Absent from photo: Frank Shubeck and London Vavro.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the West Penn Lions Club held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Gathering at the West Penn Annex recently. In addition to the festive tree lighting, attending families were treated to free snacks, refreshments, music, Christmas songs and visit by Santa, who asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas. Autumn Scott, 5, enjoys the newly lit West Penn Christmas tree with Santa Claus. Autumn is the daughter of Tina and Michael Scott of New Ringgold.

Members of the West Penn Lions Club held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Gathering at the West Penn Annex recently. In addition to the festive tree lighting, attending families were treated to free snacks, refreshments, music, Christmas songs and visit by Santa, who asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Delano Township man was found guilty by a jury in drug trafficking following a one day trial Monday in Schuylkill County court.

Ronald L. Kennedy, 32, of 44 Walnut St., was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. President Judge WilliamE. Baldwin deferred sentencing to a later date and fixed bail at $10,000 percentage bail.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The seventh grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy won first place for decorating their classroom door during "Red Ribbon Week." The students made different flavor ice cream cones with the slogan "Too Cool For Drugs." Left side, front to back: Amarynth Ruch, Shawna McArdle, Britney Ziegler, Hanna Dowd and Ms. Donahue. Right side, front to back: Anthony Collevechio, William Cuevas, Joseph Stawiarski, Nicholas Maruschak, and William Cannon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board members are, from left, Larry Stern, vice chairman; Hal Resh; Rocky Ahner, chairman; Wayne Wentz; Thomas Zimmerman; and Andrew Yenser.

Lehighton Area School Board on Monday night reorganized and seated two new members after two departing board members were thanked for their past service. Leaving the board were Duane Eidem and John Finnegan. Eidem attended the meeting, while Finnegan was absent.

One of the new members, Rocky Ahner, was also voted as board chairman. Also seated as a new board member was Thomas Zimmerman, who cast the deciding vote for Ahner to become chairman. Also nominated as board president was David Krause.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Paul Brindjar, Betsy Burnhauser and the Rev. Jerry Mraz were participants in the ecumenical service at the Little White Church, Palmerton.

The prelude to the ecumenical worship service at the Little White Church was a Christmas Carol Medley played by the Resurrection Ringers of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The group is directed by Elizabeth Reif, and also played throughout the service.

The service was held Dec. 4, but during her welcome Palmerton Area Historical Society Secretary Betsy Burnhauser recalled one year when there was snow on the first Sunday and the second Sunday and the third Sunday. The service was finally held on the fourth Sunday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two drivers escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when involved in a crash at the intersection of SR895 and Rausch's road in East Brunswick Township, just west of McKeansburg. The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. between a utility truck and a car which was apparently traveling west on SR895. After impact the car knocked off a stop sign and continued on for several hundred feet in a field owned by J. C. Hill tree farms. The car sustained damage to the left front while the truck sustained heavy damage to the front end. State police at Frackville are investigating the incident.