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Saturday, December 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ann Lambert, left, and Marie Schriever display some of the many quilts the Pocono Chapter of Quilts for Kids has made and are ready to be delivered.

Marie Schriever's husband, John, had to be at Geisinger's for an early procedure. As president of the Pocono Chapter of Quilts for Kids, she figured she'd save gas and deliver quilts to the Janet Weis Children's Unit while they were there. She had 34 quilts for them. After her husband was done, she used a large wheelchair to take all of the quilts up to the unit.

When she got on the elevator, a young woman was there and saw the quilts. She asked Schriever if she made them. She said yes, with a lot of her friends from the Pocono Chapter of Quilts for Kids.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carbon County commissioners support Kidder Township's attempt to get a traffic light installed in Lake Harmony.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek said that after reading a letter from Robert A. Lengle, chairman of the Kidder Township board of supervisors, regarding the need for a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 903 and Lake Harmony Road, the commissioners are in favor of supporting the township.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mallard Markets of Lehighton has donated $1,048.34 to the Trinity Lutheran Food Bank in Lehighton. Frank Kuhn, president of Mallard Markets, said the money was through donations from customers as well as a contribution of $500 directly from the business. He said the odd figure came as a result of customers saying "keep the pennies, keep the change. We incorporate this change into the various donations we make." Kuhn, second from right, presents a check to Ron and Carolyn Long, left, co-coordinators of the food bank. At right is Kuhn's wife, Karen.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners George F. Halcovage and Gary J. Hess, along with chief clerk Darlene Laughlin and assistant county administrator Paul Straka, were among the 15 graduates of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's Academy for Excellence in County Government.

The graduation ceremony was held at CCAP's fall conference, held in Hershey.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lehighton could receive $4,000 for its 2002 Chevrolet Blazer.

Six individuals turned in bids to the borough on Friday to express their interest in the vehicle, which has about 57,100 miles on it, and is being sold as is, with all faults, and without any warranty whatsoever.

Melanie Windhorn turned in the highest bid of $4,000, followed by Geraldine Steigerwalt, $2,552; Gabriel Szozda, $2,055; Richard Young, $2,040; Rick Kriner, $1,500; and Ryan Simmons, $801.

The successful bidder is responsible for all transfer costs involved.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Brockton's Arrival of Santa parade will take place tonight at 6 o'clock, an event that concludes at the Fabrizio residence, where Santa greets children.

The holiday display will remain illuminated each evening until 9 until Dec. 30.

Fabrizio also creates the annual holiday lighting display at Tamaqua Depot Square Park and the annual Dec. 31 Eagle Rise event at the ABC Tamaqua High Rise, the area's largest New Year's Eve celebration.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee has announced that due to the inclement weather, the second annual Christmas in the Park will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

For more information visit the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee Facebook page.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Firemen's Association and the Carbon County Fire Chiefs Association present David Watson and Kim Bell of Blue Ridge Cable TV-13, front left and second from left, and Angela Nardini of Via Media, center, with awards for their dedication to fire departments. With them are, front, Wayne Nothstein, Lehighton Fire Department; Joseph Greco, secretary of the Carbon County Fire Chiefs Association; and Mark Nalesnik, coordinator of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency. Back, John Poko, vice president of the Carbon County Firemen's Association; Michael Mriss, training commander; John McArdle, president of the two associations; and Bill Diehm, Jim Thorpe assistant fire chief.

Carbon County fire departments are made up solely of volunteers.

Over the years, there has been a significant decline in the number of volunteers choosing to put their lives on the line for their communities.

In 1977, there were approximately 300,000 volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania.

Today, there are approximately 50,000, and the majority of volunteer firefighters are in their 50s and 60s.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in downtown Tamaqua.

There were Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Kawasaki and Polaris and Kubota and Honda.

What?

Santa hasn't had much luck getting snow for his reindeer for his advance visit to Tamaqua.

It's become tradition for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive on their sleigh, drawn by a team of ATVs. For the holiday faithful, and many delighted children, it didn't matter that they and the Clauses had to dodge raindrops.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A recent Times News article about road department purchases in West Penn Township incorrectly stated the condition of existing equipment.

The New Holland backhoe is fine and parts are available. The township is unable to get parts for its aged front end loader, and is replacing that with a new backhoe which includes a front-end loader. The township will have two backhoes, both with front-end-loaders, giving the road crews more flexibility.