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Monday, December 26, 2011

The small, struggling borough of Lansford depended on Community Development Block Grants to fix streets, improve water and sewer facilities and tear down deteriorated buildings.

Now, it seems, that money is being taken away as of next year because the borough's population has fallen short of the minimum needed to qualify for the funds, a contention borough officials dispute.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lansford's eateries have been give a clean bill of health.

A Nov. 27 letter to borough officials from Health Inspector Duane Dellecker said he had done 21 inspections and one re-inspection and found no problems.

The letter was made public at council's Dec. 14 public meeting.

The re-inspection was of a school and required by state law.

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Vandals caused over $500 worth of damage to Christmas decorations and a metal fence at the South Ward Playground Friday night in Tamaqua.

A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous called 911 after seeing three male teens use a knife to slash the park's inflatable Christmas decorations, cut Christmas lights and knock the park's Christmas tree over at about 10 p.m.

He said the vandals ran off after he yelled to them that he called the police. The neighbor also stated one of the teens allegedly pulled a knife on him when he approached.

Monday, December 26, 2011
In 1976, the Carbon County Bicentennial Canoe Expedition, a sojourn of 32 canoes led by Roger Appleton of Palmerton and Phil Rodgers of Jim Thorpe, put in at the Jim Thorpe train station on the Lehigh River and arrived to Washington's Crossing on the Delaware River four days later.

(Note: This is the second in a series of four articles offers a brief history of Lehigh Whitewater).

By AL ZAGOFSKY

TN Correspondent

azagofsk@ptd.net

The Lehigh River, a once wild and scenic river, became stagnant when it was dammed in the early 1800s to allow shipment of anthracite coal on the Lehigh Canal System.

The canal opened in 1827 and by 1855, it was on its way to technologic obsolescence through the introduction of a competitor, the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Monday, December 26, 2011

State police at the Frackville barracks report the arrest of Timothy Russell Steward Jr., 38, of Delano, on child pornography charges relating to incidents that happened eight years ago.

Police said he was arraigned on Dec. 23 and committed to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Steward is charged with sexual abuse of children, pornography, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; indecent assault; unlawful contact with a minor (three counts); obscene and other sexual material and performances; and corruption of minors.

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Santa and his elf, Forrest Rolko, reads a Christmas story to all the kids during the assembly.

Hundreds of parents and family members were on hand as students in grades 2 to 5 took part in the Tamaqua Elementary School's annual holiday program Friday in the school's gymnasium.

The program involved music, songs, dances and a holiday chorus video students could sing to.

Brayden Knoblauch, 10, made the audience and students laugh with his surprise worm dance during one of the songs.

Santa also arrived and read a story to the children.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two local women have received notification that they have successfully passed the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Examinations and are now registered nurses (RNs). They are Janice Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Black, Summit Hill, and Jeanne E. Deininger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Deininger, Tamaqua. Miss Black is a graduate of Panther Valley High School and the Pottsville Hospital School fo Nursing. Mis Deininger graduated from Tamaqua Area High School and the Reading Hospital School of Nursing.

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 5th graders Morgan Lusch, 10, left, Angeline Castagna, 11, center, and Emily Amershek, 10, wear holiday caps as they race against other groups to be the first to wrap a gift box.

Along with their whipped cream and hot chocolate, West Penn Elementary School students enjoyed a fun-filled day of games and activities during the school's Suessville Holiday Program last Friday.

Some activities consisted of dancing in the library, art projects, Christmas card mailing races, gift wrapping/unwrapping contests, tree decorating contests and much more.

PTO members also helped teachers with the program.

Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.

Hundreds of children and their family members took part in the annual Tamaqua YMCA Community Christmas Celebration held Friday night at the Y.

The free event, organized by board members and staff of the Tamaqua YMCA, consisted of holiday activities, music, food and games.

Volunteers, Jeffrey Walker, Kyra Dale, Christine Boyle, Heather Souders, were recognized for their efforts.

Monday, December 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.

Derek Marouchoc, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Nesquehoning Hose Company, was recently named Fireman of the Year.

The annual award recognizes members who go above and beyond what is routinely expected.

Marouchoc has been a member of the company since the age of 14, and has recently completed his Firefighter 1 certification.

Marouchoc is known as the go-to person at the station. Whenever there is a need, members know that they can turn to him to get the job accomplished.