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Friday, December 23, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

All was quite, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Then in walked Santa Claus to spread his holiday cheer, much to their delight.

Dressed in his usual red and white garb, Santa recently visited 17 patients at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

Each patient got a Christmas bag with candy and crackers, fruit, a Christmas ornament, a folded flag ornament, and a Christmas card.

The annual visit was once again organized by members of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269 and the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Palmerton residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked amid a rash of car break-ins.

Mayor Brad Doll informed Borough Council on Thursday of the litany of unlocked vehicles that have been broken into recently.

"We're at the 100th level now of cars," Doll said. "They're going from one area of town to another."

Doll noted that the incidents have occurred "mostly at night", and that the thieves have stolen money only, and no other valuables such as radios and the like.

"We have several suspects," he said. "We'll be acting in a proactive way."

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured in front of a trailer of toys are, from left, Rush Township Police Officer Duane Frederick, Rush Twp supervisors Jeanine Motroni, Shawn Gilbert, volunteer Cindy Messerschmidt and fire police volunteer Merle Wertman.

Members of the Hometown Fire Company, Hometown Fire Police and Rush Township Police raised over $2,000 to purchase over 540 new toys for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots campaign. Volunteer firefighters, fire police and police stood at the Hometown Wal-Mart on Black Friday collecting monetary and new toy donations. The organizations are thankful to all who donated to Toys For Tots.

Friday, December 23, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced that two regional fire departments, including one from Carbon County, will receive a total of almost $73,000 in grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Hauto Volunteer Fire Department in Nesquehoning will receive $28,690. The money will be used to purchase radios that comply with new bandwidth requirements

Friday, December 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, back right, thanks members of the Lighthouse Two/ReDCo Group of Nesquehoning for decorating the county courthouse Christmas tree. The group decorates the tree annually.

Friday, December 23, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Madeline Ligenza, a member of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club and Jim Thorpe Lioness Club, left; and Nancy Probert, activities director at Weatherwood, right; hand out gifts to Weatherwood residents John Cody and Bert Huggett for Christmas. The Nesquehoning Woman's Club and Jim Thorpe Lioness Club donated and distributed nearly 150 gifts to the residents. The groups have been doing this project for many years as a way to bring Christmas cheer to the nursing home.

Friday, December 23, 2011

A free Christmas dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 25 at Emmanuel UCC, 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or email eucc4all@ptd.net.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Lions seat 2012 officers

The 2012 officers of the Summit Hill Lions Club were elected and installed recently. Dr. Kenneth Vermillion will remain in the capacity of president. Other officers are, from left, Thomas Ponting, second vice president, Kathy Crampsie, secretary, Judy Midas, first vice president, and Joe O'Gurek, treasurer. Also joining them in club leadership are Janel Tirpak, Tail Twister, Bill Chapman, Lion Tamer, and the Rev. James Burdess, chaplain.

Friday, December 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Four new bikes were given to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots drive in memory of a longtime Toys For Tots volunteer, George E. Stocker, Lehighton, who passed away Oct. 22 of this year. Stocker, who was a member of the SCMCL, was well known for repairing used bikes for their Toys For Tots program back when used bikes were accepted. League members noted the many years of dedication Stocker put into the Toys For Tots program. Pictured with four new bikes are SCMCL members, from left, are Joe Balogach, John Suzadail and Leon Frohnheiser.