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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Brielle Gosslin

What's your biggest wish for Christmas?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee has some ambitious plans for 2012, according to Todd Zimmerman, the group's president who recently detailed them to borough council.

They include:

Ÿ Hosting a Community Day on May 12 at the Lehighton Community Grove.

Ÿ Sponsoring the 14th annual Lehighton Bike Night on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Ÿ A Lehighton Fall Fest at a date to be announced, but probably in October.

Ÿ Sponsoring the Great Lehighton Race in May.

Ÿ Planting flowers in the Lehighton Park.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This past September, the Fairview Hose Company Social Club held a pig roast and picnic at the Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club to benefit Hunter Wolfe who has since lost his battle with cancer.

During a recent visit to the firehouse, the Social Club turned the funds raised over to his family to help defray medical expenses.

The monies that the Social Club raised at that fundraiser amounted to a check for $4,237.93.

The additional funds raised will also help "Hunter's Hope" a non-profit organization being established by Hunter's mother Kim Sargent in Hunter's memory.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Franklin Township gas station owner won't be able to expand his business.

Paul Sandhu, owner of Rockland Energy, Inc. had appealed a decision by Franklin Township Zoning Officer Matt Neeb, who denied his application on Aug. 8 to increase the size of the building at 80 Interchange Road. The small vacant building, which is not currently open for business, is located on the corner of Interchange Road, Route 209 and Court Street, carries the name U.S. Fuels and includes a canopy and one pump.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A rather unique, and enjoyable, version of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus was presented by Our Lady of the Angels Academy students in Lansford.

The pageant, "Lullaby at the Stable," was staged before a full house at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Lansford.

The students were dressed as angels, shepherds, sheep, mice, and even sheepdogs in the delightful performance that included narration, songs, and even some humor. At one point, one of the sheep goes astray and a sheepdog must pursue it. Another time, baby Jesus tries to grab the tail of one of the sheep dogs.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Brandon Taylor

I was sitting on a bench by the Bohai Sea in northeast China, half conscience and rubbing my head in a futile effort to relieve a throbbing headache. Pain also resonated from my stomach, and I had that funny feeling in my throat, the kind you get just before you're about to throw up. A large statue of one of China's emperors stood nearby, shooting me a disapproving look that said: "Know your limits Brandon."

How I wound up on this bench next to this judgmental statue was a mystery, but I knew the culprit of my memory lapse and head trauma immediately: baijiu.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency at (570) 325-3097.

Building Construction Principals - CCFA, Jan. 9, 11, 23, and 25, at the Carbon County EMA.

ICS-300: Jan. 14, 15, 17, and 19, 2012, at the Carbon County EMA.

Incident Safety Officer - CCFA, starts Feb. 6, at Lehighton Fire Department.

ICS-400: Feb. 18 and 19, 2012, at the Carbon County EMA.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua are trying to keep history alive for all area churches by starting a tour program at their church. The tours would involve many aspects concerning the history, life, people and architecture of the church. Members hope other churches will follow their idea. Sue Cunningham, left, acting as a tourguide provides architectural history and other facts concerning the Zion Church to visitors and Tamaqua native church goers Kathy Pelcheck from Bath, middle, and Laura Hepler from Womelsdorf. Both visitors are daughters of lifelong members Earl and Marion Kline.
Saturday, December 17, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) to study the economic impacts of breweries in Pennsylvania.

Senate Resolution 216 will thoroughly examine the economic impacts, with a focus on jobs, of breweries in Pennsylvania through the General Assembly's Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A New Philadelphia man ended up in the Schuylkill County Prison Thursday morning compliments of Tamaqua Police.

Officers were dispatched to 31 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, at 12:09 a.m. Thursday for a reported unwanted person on the premises. The caller identified the unwanted individual as Brandon Hosier, 28, saying there was also a warrant our for Hosier's arrest.