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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of Pennsylvanians are preparing to hit the road, railways and airways this holiday season despite high gas prices, a still sluggish economy and the lingering effects from the havoc Superstorm Sandy wreaked on parts of the state last month.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects 1.6 million Pennsylvanians will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home over the holiday weekend, between Wednesday and Sunday. Those figures project a slight increase of .3 percent over last year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League volunteer Leon Frohnheiser, of Lehighton, helps members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army load donated turkeys into the cooler in preperation for tomorrow's free Thanksgiving Day meal to be held in the gymnasium of the center. The dinner, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to everyone. Take-out and delivery are also available. For local delivery, call (570) 668-1234.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to his part in a fight at the county prison that resulted in charges being filed against five inmates. He was one of 15 defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Prison fight

Scott T. Heffelfinger, 25, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for his part in a fight that occurred at the county prison on April 7. Heffelfinger was one of five charged in connection with the incident.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Penn Forest township residents anxious to revisit the Navitat zip line project will have to wait until at least December. The planning commission meeting which was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26 was called off late Tuesday.

"…the meeting has been cancelled due to Navitat not being prepared to respond to the Township Engineer's requests at this time and there being no other agenda items…" was the statement of township administrator Cindy Henning.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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"Twinky" stands guard, as Major Sharon Whispell and Abraham Greenly, who turned 5-months today, clean a red Salvation Army kettle. Abraham is the daughter of Mel Latham and Matt Greenly.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2021-2013 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Local artist Mary Kocher (left) presents a copy of her book "A Mary Kocher Retrospective 2012" to Anastasia Hinkle of Palmerton (right) at an art show and book signing conducted recently in the lobby of the First Northern Bank & Trust in Palmerton.

Breathtaking.

Awe-inspiring.

Captivating.

Those expressions have been used to describe the work of local artist Mary Kocher.

It's no wonder then, that family, friends and fans flocked to her most recent art show and book signing held recently in the lobby of the First Northern Bank & Trust in Palmerton.

Kocher's paintings can be found in many local homes and collections, with various paintings on display at the First Northern Bank & Trust in Palmerton and the Mauch Chunk Trust in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from numerous fire companies responded to an electrical fire at the Van Hoekelen Greenhouses building located at 220 South Hancock Street in McAdoo. Firefighters stated that the sprinkler system put the fire out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters placed large fans at a number of exit doors to the building. Responding in addition to police, were firefighters and medics from McAdoo, Hazle Township, West Hazleton, Tresckow, Mahanoy City, Hometown, Sheppton, Delano and others. Fire police detoured traffic around the area for the duration.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Caylen Perri and London Vavro. Second row, Zinnia Ruch, Sophia Tenisci, Brayden Feisel, and Valerie Blasko. Third row, Hanna Dowd, Isabella Blasko, and Charizma Hiles.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford recently announced October's Students of the Month. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of kindness.

Students of the Month for October are Caylen Perri, London Vavro, Zinnia Ruch, Sophia Tenisci, Brayden Feisel, Valerie Blasko, Hanna Dowd, Isabella Blasko, and Charizma Hiles.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten: London Vavro: "I was kind and helpful."

Grade 1: Caylen Perri: "I listened to Mrs. Boyle. I was nice to everyone and I tried to help everyone."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Holiday Open House will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-3 pm.

Members, friends, and neighbors are welcome to visit the Osprey House for an afternoon of fun, crafts, and refreshments. Santa will be at the Center from 1-2 p.m.

Bill and Lorraine Mineo will lead a workshop in using greens and grapevines to make holiday wreaths and swags. Bring clippers and last year's grapevine wreath if possible.

Deborah Hamburger and her daughter Katie will show you how to make paper and turn it into tree decorations and gift tags.