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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lehighton Borough officers will closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013 for the holidays. Garbage will be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 29, and Jan. 5, 2013 due to the holidays.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Northern Lehigh High School juniors have begun the first in a series of the Keystone exams.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas informed the school board on Monday that juniors were scheduled to take the Biology exams this morning.

The tests were scheduled to be taken online, which has never been done before, noted Nicholas, who added the results won't be made available until March. The Literature and Algebra I exams will be administered in January, Nicholas said.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Among the hundreds of youngsters awaiting Santa's arrival during the Olde Time Christmas Parade in Jim Thorpe were, from left, Braxton Knapp, Braydon Green and Gentry Knapp all from Saylorsburg.

Olde Time Christmas in Historic Jim Thorpe kicked off three weekends of Yuletide celebration Friday night with a wide variety of activities and fun things to see and do.

The evening's activities officially began with a Christmas Parade down a seasonally-adorned Broadway, decorated with holiday lights on trees, homes, and store fronts along the way.

This year the parade was divided into three sections following Dickens Christmas Carol with a different grand marshal for each section.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) will come together to host a joint "Winter Wonderland" Annual Dinner and Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Lehighton.

In support of the Chamber's new "Strength in Numbers" campaign, this will be the first time that the Chamber and the CEDC will combine their annual dinner meeting and expand it into an elegant and fun holiday celebration.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Unpermitted sewer lines that discharge untreated sewage, known as wildcat sewers, have officially delayed the nearly decade-long Act 537 project for West Penn Township and Walker Township.

With the plan supposed to be finished by the end of December before what supervisors hoped to be the start of the implementation process of fixing defective sewers in the township, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has called for further investigation into the wildcat sewers.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Penn Forest Township Supervisor Paul Montemuro, chairman, left, swears in Harold Romig Jr. as the newest member of the Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 fire police.

Penn Forest supervisors Alan Katz and Christine Fazio made a series of motions at Monday night's meeting regarding the adoption of several new employee policies to be added to the township's employee handbook.

The first motion made by Katz was to direct the current township secretary/treasurer, Mary Ann Lewellyn, to run an advertisement for a search for a new secretary/treasurer for the township.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Mario Cesare, center, of Lehighton, is "Volunteer of the Year" at Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center in West Penn Township. With Cesare are operators of Horses & Horizons, Executive Director Harvey Smith, and Program Director Elaine Smith.

At its recent year-end party, Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. recognized two area residents as outstanding volunteers for 2012.

Mario Cesare of Lehighton was named the organization's Volunteer of the Year, and Laura DeHart of New Ringgold was "Volunteen" of the Year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

After months of planning, filming, and interviews, "Our Town: Jim Thorpe" will premiere tonight. The documentary will broadcast live on WVIA at 7 p.m. A rebroadcast of the live premiere will air again at 9 p.m.

The "Our Town" documentary series is unique in that it is not filmed by professional videographers or narrated using captions or professional voice-overs. The entire documentary is filmed and narrated by local amateur videographers and photographers who live or work in Jim Thorpe. Documentary topics were chosen by town residents who attended WVIA sessions in Jim Thorpe

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Members of the Lansford AMVETS Post will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the post home.

Commander Steve Banditelli will be in charge of the session.

The AMVETS members remind the public the post is participating in the annual Toys for Tots program and has a large box there where residents can donate their Christmas gift items for children. Those donating to the program should wrap the present and mark on it whether it is for a boy or girl, as well as indicating the age group the gift falls into.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Winter parking regulations are in effect in Summit Hill until March 31. All vehicles shall park facing west on East White Street between Spruce and Pine streets. All vehicles must be parked facing west on West White Street between Poplar and Coal streets.

From Dec. 15 to March 15 all boats, trailers and campers must be off borough streets. Violators will be fined and units will be towed at the owner's expense.