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Saturday, December 7, 2013
JOE NIHEN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The monument of Civil War soldier Lansford Foster Chapman stands in the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery.

Our local cemeteries are places of rest for those who have gone before. The persons buried there have left their life stories for us to discover. One such story is that of Lansford Foster Chapman who lost his life during the Civil War in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Kelly Fritz, a teacher at Mahoning Valley Elementary School, presents an envelope with $517 which was raised by Shull-David Elementary students for the Trees For Troops progam.

This year marks the ninth year area Christmas tree growers have been involved in the Trees For Troops program, and Drew Yenser, from Yenser's Tree Farm, hopes it will be the year that they make their biggest contribution.

The final tally won't be known until next week, but Yenser expects to surpass last years total of 461 trees.

The final batch of trees will be pulling out on FedEx trucks on Monday morning, with their final destination being Fort Polk in Louisiana and Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

By Ron Gower

Ever since 9/11, it seems that the word "hero" has been used so frequently. Instead of merely referring to someone who does an heroic act as a "hero," we sometimes group entire vocations in the category such as firefighters and police officers.

There's no question that firefighters and police officers often perform heroic duties. Saving a house from burning down is an act of heroism, especially if you're the occupant. Yet, isn't that a fireman's job?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eldred Township honored supervisor chairman Clair Borger for his 25 years of service to the township, upon his retirement. They gave him a $100 MasterCard giftcard and a wind up bulldozer toy with Santa inside.

Tracy Brotzman thanked Supervisor Borger for his years of service and said he enjoyed working with Clair.

Helen Mackes said she will miss Borger and how he has helped her through the years.

The supervisors approved the 2014 budget, with no tax increase. The General Fund is at $776,203, no tax increase, and the State Fund is $183,832.26, with no tax increase

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Polk Township supervisors met Friday morning to discuss whether or not to increase the township taxes for 2014.

All three supervisors agreed they were reluctant to raise any taxes, but supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner suggested a one-mill increase because it would allow the township to make some necessary improvements that have been put off for a long time. He cited such projects as concreting the floors in a garage/storage building, putting in a security system at the municipal building and concreting under the dumpsters at the transfer station.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge were recognized with a House of Representatives citation by State Rep. Doyle Heffley. Among the veterans attending were, from left, front row, Clem Reed, William E. Leopold, Morris Metz and Clarence Smoyer, and back row, Harold G. Kist, Quint Snyder, Donald Burdick, and State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

A World War II veteran shared his story of survival during the Battle of the Bulge at the Veterans Expo held recently at the Lehighton American Legion.

The event was sponsored by State Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Heffley said he sponsored the expo to bring veterans together and allow others to hear their stories. He said that his goal was not only to recognize the veterans and thank them for their service, but to also record their stories so they would never be forgotten.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Dec. 04Ross Township is ready to hold meetings in its newly refurbished meeting room, but the township supervisors say the proposal to build a new municipal building is still on.

The township had planned to construct a new municipal building after three people were killed at a supervisors' meeting in August.

On Sunday, Ross Township will hold the first public event since August in the room where the shooting occurred. The township recreation board will hold its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony starting at 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Friday that two former New Jersey residents were sentenced Wednesday by Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Conaboy for their participation in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties between December 2011 and February 2012.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Two freshman directors and three returning board members officially took their seats on the Weatherly Area School District Board of Education this week.

Newly elected Director Brandon Pugh, who won a four-year seat on the board in the November general election, took the oath of office along with returning directors Amy Potsko, Gerard Fewins and Corey Gerhart, all of whom won re-election to four-year terms in November.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph Homanko administered the oath.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The body of Private First Class Richard D. Whiteman, son of Mrs. Ruth Whiteman, 137 S. First St., Lehighton, is one of 341 Americans who lost their lives as a result of fighting in Korea to be returned to the United States aboard the Navajo Victory, the Department of Defense announced today. The vessel is expected to arrive at the San Francisco port of Embarcation sometime tomorrow.