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Friday, December 31, 2010

East Penn supervisors, at a rescheduled Thursday end-of-year meeting, passed a budget with one-half mill increase in taxes to a total of 6.635 mills. The meeting had been scheduled for Dec. 27 but there was no quorum.

The vote to adopt the budget was 4-1 with Randy Pfeiffer voting no.

During public comment Joe Ehritz asked the supervisors to explain why the increase was needed and suggested that selling the social hall at this time would be a good money- saving move since the fire company is outgrowing the portion it uses.

Insurance renewal was approved.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, tosses a discarded Christmas tree onto a pile of old trees on the EEC site. Trees brought to the EEC are converted into mulch, which is used on nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to area residents free of charge.

Christmas is over, but there still could be a use for your Christmas tree.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, said trees can be dropped off there and recycled; specifically they can be converted into mulch.

Gallagher said trees dropped at the center are chipped up and made into mulch. The mulch is used on the nature trails at Mauch Chunk Lake Park or given to people who request it free of charge.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The budget of 1976 was adopted by Summit Hill Borough Council. Listed are anticipated receipts of $215,581 and expenditures of $215,056. Property tax will remain at 17 mills. Council President Kathleen Lanzos said council will abide by the guidelines of the budget, even if it becomes necessary to reduce the police and borough work forces. "Ticket fixing" will be stopped, according to Mayor Leonard Alabovitz. Police are being issued new ticket books and will be held accountable for the return of tickets written each month.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During the Christmas season, McDonald's of Nesquehoning held an Angel Tree Drive to give presents to those children in need. Management, staff, and customers of McDonald's donated toys for the 25 children. They were given along with new coats that were donated by Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning. Seen are, left to right, Dorothy Gulla, daytime manager; Bertha Shreffler, coordinator of the drive; Todd Sheckler, general manager of McDonald's; and Rev. Michael Netznik, pastor of the Meed's UMC Chuch.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It was the March of Toys as all 1,226 Pleasant Valley Elementary students marched outside to a waiting truck to load up all 1,170 toys collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Left to right, Ray Fitzpatrick, Monroe County Toys for Tots Assistant Coordinator, U.S. Marine Pvt. Michael Cimino, John Camaerei and John Dickson, Monroe County Toys for Tots Coordinator assist the students. Fitzpatrick says they have been busy collecting the toys at 160 locations throughout the county.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Lansford woman was one of 18 people who entered guilty pleas in the Schuylkill County Court to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Tiffany Binder, 29, of 600 E. Patterson St., Lansford, retail theft from Wal-Mart Store, Hometown, was given credit for serving seven days in the Carbon County Prison and was placed on parole for 18 months. She was cited by Patrolman Brian Thompson, Rush Township Police.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Donations of $200 each were made by the Summit Hill Lions Club during the club's annual Christmas party at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning to the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission and Summit Hill Historical Society. Participating in the check presentation are, l-r, Jim Yusella, Lions membership chairman; Ann Yusella, Lions secretary; Mary Ann Szczecina, representing the Shade Tree Commission; Maxine Vermillion of the Historical Society, and Jim McHugh, Lions charter member.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club, during its annual Christmas Party at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning, presented a $1,000 check to a representative of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The check represents a five year commitment of $5,000 ($1,000 per year) by the club to the hospital. This is the second installment. Bill Moyer, right, president of the hospital, accepts check from Lions Treasurer Louis Vermillion, while looking on are Lions members, from left, Tom Midas and Gene Binder.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 2011 NE Horticulture January 2 & 2 Program: Core & Cat. Ornamentals," sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be held in Monroe County on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Ornamental Care will feature "Controlling Diseases on Rhododendrons and Azaleas," while core pesticide applicator programs will include "PDA Update for 2011" and "Chemsweep 2011: Pa's Unique Pesticide Disposal Program." The program will be held at the cooperative's office in Stroudsburg from 1:45-4 p.m.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Nurse Aide Class graduated six individuals from the program. Members of the class pictured at the school are, left to right : Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Marie Lengyel; Samantha Gillen; Amber Stiegerwalt; Patricia Kenny; Patricia Pale; and Tiara Redden. Anyone desiring information about this program can call (570) 325-4140.