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Thursday, December 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital staff Hollie Gibbons, manager, Disease Prevention Programs, top left, and Lauri Price, Community Health Nurse, center, talk with children at the Tamaqua Salvation Army about the importance of not over indulging. According the the latest National and Examination Survey, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese, while approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lane restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday along State Route 248 west between State Street and Center Street in Parryville.

There will be lane restrictions westbound for bridge repair work being performed by the PA Turnpike Commission.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas in the Park, sponsored by Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the upper park bandshell in Lehighton.

The Lehighton Band will provide Christmas music throughout the evening and a tree-lighting will be done when Santa arrives at around 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Lehighton Fire Department.

Free hot cocoa will be served to Senior Girl Scouts Troop 583. Candy canes, compliments of Lehighton Dollar Store, will be given to all children by Santa.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Doyle Heffley officially opened his Lansford office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

The office, on the bottom level of the Garland-Manak-Boyle American Legion Post 123, at 3 W. Ridge St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Eventually, we'll look at expanding upon that, but right now, with the state budget being what it is and my office budget being what it is, I'm very thankful that the folks here at the Legion have been very accommodating. They allow us space to store all of our equipment here," he said.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will present a Chrismas Cantata, "Fullnest of Times," at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two former Tamaqua residents were among six who were brought before Judge Charles M. Miller on bench warrants after failing to keep their date for appearing in Schuylkill County court. After the hearing the court imposed following orders:

Thursday, December 1, 2011
SUSIE WHITEHEAD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

National Guardsmen help load the trailers with "Trees for Troops" at Yenser's Tree Farm in Mahoning Township. Trees for Troops is a joint project among numerous local Christmas Tree growers who donate trees and have customers donate them to be taken to military bases and families of military members. The delivery of the trees to the military basis is coordinated by the FedEx Corporation.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Volunteers help load up the 8th Operation: Touch of Home Holiday Essentials shipment of donated items to be sent to local military men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for Christmas. "Our community supplied 11,641 pounds of essentials and our hard working volunteers sorted, packed and delivered to the post office all 384 boxes within 48 hours. Truly an amazing task. This could not have been done without the dedication and commitment of those who place the cause of recognizing our military over themselves.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Older & Bolder senior group are spreading holiday cheer as they started their Christmas Bell Tour yesterday by visiting local high rises, hospitals and nursing homes. If you are 55 or older and want to get involved, call the Salvation Army at (570) 668-0410.Tamaqua Salvation Army Older and Bolder members play colorful holiday bells for residents in the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise yesterday.
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will be hosting "Sensational Snow" on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, naturalist Jeannie Carl can make it snow inside.

The program involves a little bit of science and a lot of fun.

Participants will also get to experience a special "snow treat" and make a craft to take home.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Train.

Call (570) 645-8597 for more information or to register for the program.