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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The holidays aren't only for people. Pictured displaying their Christmas caps are "Mars," a 7-year-old male Great Pyrenees, and "Elijah", a 1-year-old male Blue Merle Collie, both owned by Bethany Bachert, Coaldale.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No injuries were reported as part of a two-alarm fire that broke out early this morning along Route 873 in Washington Township.

The fire reportedly occurred just before 6 a.m. at a house in the 5300 block of Route 873, between Hillside Road and Maple Spring Drive north of Slatington..

Firefighters from Carbon County were also dispatched.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Lady of the Angels Academy has announced the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Effort Award

Grade 1: Alfred Collevechio III, Riley Fenstermaker, Ethan Gardiner, Joshua Shelton, Andre Velez, Valerie Blasko, Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Ryli McGorry

Grade 2: Brayden Feisel, Matthew Rehrig, Gavin Tischler, Sierra Bauer, Emilia Tenisci, Sadie Trubilla

Grade 3: Dylan Rocchetti, Sara Collevechio, Erika Dubosky, Gabriella Greek, Julia Jurick, Ava Kosciolek, Tatianna Zeleniak

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko announced that there will be free parking from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 at all borough parking meters in town. A two hour parking limit, however, will be enforced to allow residents and visitors access to downtown Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY

Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckettwas guest speakerat a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. Shediscussedthe excitement of serving the approximately 5,200 residents of the boroughas she looks to improve the Lehighton downtown district. Picturedleft toright areLehighton Rotary ClubVice President Leon Morgan;Rotarian Renee Biechy; Beckett; and Rotarian and former Lehighton Borough Manager John Hanosek.mRotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In light of tough economic times, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today voted in favor of Rep. Mike Tobash's (R-Schuylkill/Berks) legislation that would open the door to expanding the state's anthracite mining industry and help create new jobs across the Commonwealth's five-county anthracite region.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

For Jews around the world, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of joy. All signs of sadness are avoided and there is to be no fasting.

Typical celebrations include the giving of gifts on each day of Hanukkah. Traditional foods served during the season include latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts), which are fried in oil.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Snow flurries and colder temperatures over the last few days have resulted in scenes like this one in Lake Hauto in Hometown.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The first major distribution of the Toys for Tots program in Carbon County was held with 50 registered families receiving gifts. The distribution for the Lehighton area occurred at the Lehighton Sportsman's Club. Toys for Tots is a project of the Marine Corps Leagues Schuylkill-Carbon Counties Detachment. Each child received one new toy, two used toys, and at least three stuffed toys. The children also received crayons and desk sets donated by Binney and Smith. Each mom was given a new pair of gloves.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pennsylvania's new law aimed at increasing safety for young drivers takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24. The new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seat belt a primary offense for young drivers.