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Friday, December 14, 2012

Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. It will be a short meeting. All members and associates are asked to attend. Refreshments will be served. Scott Reinhart, commander, will be in charge.

All people who want to join are welcome to attend.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Penn State Extension will offer a free webinar "Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply," on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

To view the webinar, visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1. Recorded versions of each webinar are posted at http://extension.psu.edu/water/webinar-series/past-webinars for those who cannot log on for the live version.

To register or learn more about future or recorded webinars, visit http://water.cas.psu/edu/webinars.htm.

Friday, December 14, 2012

"Christmas on the Hill" in Summit Hill, sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, will be held Saturday, Dec. 15.

Santa Claus will arrive via helicopter at Ginther Field between 10:30 and 11 a.m., said Monica Marshall, chairman of the recreation commission.

Breakfast for Summit Hill youngsters will follow at the Summit Hill Community Center, where the children will be able to sit with Santa and have their photos taken.

Each child will have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa and will receive an ornament.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum authorizes the release of $44,500 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Friday, December 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS After seeing the article in the TIMES NEWS earlier this week asking for people to help restore old and stored bicycles donated to the Tamaqua Salvation Army by the Lansford Police Department, Chuck Rodgers, a Pennsylvania State Constable, took it upon himself to repair five of them. Rodgers, who loves to fiddle around in his Tamaqua garage, stated his passion in helping those less fortunate. Above, Rodgers wheels out one of five bikes he is restoring. When he picked up the bike, it was unusable.
Friday, December 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The two sixth grade classes at Towamensing Elementary School organized a donation drive to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in Union Township, N.J. Helping to load the truck that Aquashicola Vol. Fire Co. and First Northern Bank and Trust will be delivering to the victims are, from left, Darian Munjone, Ashley Mosier, Devyn Hauser, teacher Lindsay Serfass, Madison Finley, Lindsay Fronheiser, Nathaniel Galgoci, Tanner Burnett, Wade Haydt, Mason George, teacher Jaclyn Ivancich, Jevon Nelson and Tyler Haydt.

Jaclyn Ivancich and her sixth-grade students at Towamensing Elementary School were discussing the horrific effects from Hurricane Sandy.

"They wanted to do something for the victims. To help in some way. My dad, Bill George, is the fire chief at the Aquashicola Vol. Fire Co. I knew they were involved in a drive to collect items for the community of Union Township, N.J. along with First Northern Bank and Trust. I thought if the kids wanted to collect items, we could send our donations along with those from the fire company and the bank," says Ivancich.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Organizations that purchase membership rates at Mauch Chunk Lake Park will see an increase during the 2013 season.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the Parks and Recreation Commission's recommendation to raise the organizational membership rates for next year. Membership rates for organizations have not been raised since 2000 for county groups and since 2006 for non-county groups.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained that the rates are based on the number of people in the group.

Friday, December 14, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Boy Scout Troop 441 of Jim Thorpe attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Bruce Solomon Jr. are, left to right : Billy S.; Dakota K.; Chris Herbert, Assistant Scoutmaster; Ryan M.; John Herbert, Senior Scoutmaster; Codi B.; Eagle Scout Bruce and his parents Gail and Bruce Solomon Sr.

Bruce Solomon Jr., the son of Gail and Bruce Solomon Sr. of Jim Thorpe, was honored for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The occasion was recognized with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor which was held at the Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting and at least one of them will tell you that he values his Eagle Scout badge above his college degree.

Friday, December 14, 2012

"Reflections: A History of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Lehighton," is available to be picked up between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the church fellowship hall for prepaid orders.

There are a few limited copies available for purchase.

For information, call Sandra at (570) 386-5970. Bethany E.C. Church is located on North Street, Lehighton.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Celebrate Christmas and a free dinner with all the trimmings, candy canes and Christmas carols from 5-7 p.m. Wednseday, Dec. 19 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street, Lansford.

Please use the Tunnel Street entrance. All are welcome to add to our prayer tree. For more information call (570) 657-1480. The dinner will be given by Feed the People.