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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

There will be no increase in taxes for East Penn residents, said supervisors at their Dec. 3 meeting. The millage remains at 7.635 mills.

The budgeted income is $1,269,914. Liquid fuel money from the state is expected to be $122,474, but can be used only for specific purposes connected to the roads.

Donations are $100 to the United Veterans Organization, $300 to the Lehigh Canal Committee and $3,000 to the park system.

The highway projects will cost $531,068 and maintenance adds another $55,000.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A member of Lehighton Borough Council is interested in how youths in the community feel about their town.

As a result, a special meeting with the councilman, in which input is invited from youths, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Councilman George Kogut said seven pastors of Lehighton area churches have indicated they will bring youth group members to tomorrow's session.

He stressed that the meeting is open for all youths; not just those affiliated with church organizations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In the wake of a tragedy, Northern Lehigh School District has set out to take care of one of its own.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, told the school board on Monday that donations are being collected for the Krum family, which last week lost their son, Gavin Lee Krum.

Gavin, 14, of Lehighton, was the son of David and Lora Krum. Lora is a vocal instructor at Peters Elementary.

An eighth grade student at Lehighton Area Middle School, Gavin lost his battle of fighting complications brought about from his recently diagnosed leukemia.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lansford Alive's 11th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest is under way. No registration is required, and all Lansford residents are eligible to win awards as long as their homes are decorated and their lights are turned on during judging hours, from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13.

Judging of the houses will be based on the following categories:

Ÿ Traditional (Best decorations traditionally associated with the holiday season);

Ÿ Lighting (The spirit of the holiday season with a display of lights);

Ÿ Creative (Best use of imagination non-traditional);

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs looks over the police patch and department photo that will be sent to Nathan Norman, a six year old Virginia boy with brain cancer. Nathan hopes his heroes, the first responders, will send him Christmas wishes and unit patches.

"How can you not respond," is Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson's answer to a dying six year old Virginia boy's request to receive Christmas cards and unit patches from his heroes, police officers and fire fighters.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Second and third grade students at Panther Valley Elementary School recently gathered items for their annual Adopt a Soldier program. Bringing in the most items in third grade were, front row from left: Marissa Bonetsky, Aliya Sotomayor, Erika Zimmerman, and Brielle Gosselin. Back row: Lori Dacey, PTO President; Heather Wagner, third grade teacher and project coordinator; students Brett Goldberg, Alexia Fernandes, and Madison Malloy; and Mary Figura, Panther Elementary School Principal.

Thanks to the second and third grade students at Panther Valley Elementary School, SPC Joseph Bevins of Coaldale will have a few more comforts from home this holiday season.

Bevins, a 2011 graduate of Panther Valley School District, is currently stationed in Afghanistan with the 411th Engineer Brigade of New York. He was chosen earlier this year for Heather Wagner's third grade class's annual "Adopt a Soldier" program.

"It's something that we try to do each year," said Wagner.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its annual Holiday Dinner followed by the annual meeting, including election of officers, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown.

Due to limited seating, reservations and pre-ordering are requested for the dinner which begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meal at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting called to order at 7 p.m. Dinner includes soup or salad, entrée, bread, soda, coffee and dessert. Reservations are due by Sunday evening, Dec. 9.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of CCTI's Cosmetology class who collected 1,043 cans of food to help families in our area are front row, from left : Brooke Marx, Alyssa Van Horn, Asia Christman, and Holly Keiper; 2nd row : Cassie Rivera, Brittany Stepp, Amy Cressman, and Breanna Heil; 3rd row : Casey Philipps, Hailey Deibert, Shannon Carroll, and Nicole Swiatek; 4th row : Angelica Miller, Abbie Chinnici, and Brook Dunbar; last row : Alyssa Sickels, Emily Buss, and Avery Weber.

Once again, in the spirit of giving, the Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) held its annual canned food drive shop competition.

Each year, the school sponsors a healthy competition among all of the technical shops to bring in as many cans of food as possible to help families in the Carbon County area.

The shop that wins it is then treated to their own food frenzy as a reward.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Documentary team members, all people who work or live in Jim Thorpe, view the live premiere of "Our Town: Jim Thorpe" at the WVIA studio. The documentary showcased the town's past, present and future, showcasing the heart of the town and what makes it unique.

In many ways, Jim Thorpe was an ideal location to film the first "Our Town" documentary in Carbon County. It has picturesque views, a lively arts and music scene, and enough history to keep even local residents coming back to learn new things.

But what truly makes Jim Thorpe special: Is it the fall foliage, or the Christmas lights blazing each night on Broadway, both calling to tourists and locals alike to stop and enjoy the view? Or is there something more, hidden beneath the surface, that makes a small town great?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, will host a Christmas Festival and 6th annual One Stop Holiday Gift Shop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. There will be a Santa's Workshop, homemade food and baked goods, crafts, door prizes and raffle. There will be holiday music and cookie decorating. The gift shop on Saturday will be held at the Lehighton Borough Auditorium at 110 N. Third St., Lehighton, featuring 30 vendors from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.