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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Lehighton Band will close out its 2013 season with its annual Christmas Dinner and Concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

This program is cosponsored by the Shoemaker-Haydt Post of the American Legion and will be held in the post home at the corner of Third and Bridge Streets in Lehighton.

Beginning at 6 p.m., a turkey dinner will be served followed by the band concert beginning at 7 p.m.

The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, will offer a wide variety of Christmas selections. Included will be religious numbers as well as secular selections.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School students Jacob Gursky, Sophia Gursky and Aimee Hull are the creative minds behind the Tamaqua High School Drama Club's presentation of "Bee My Baby." The trio wrote the two act play based on common knowledge and lore about bee colonies.

The Tamaqua Drama Club is presenting something a little different for its fall/winter production a two act play written entirely by students.

"Bee My Baby" was written by Jacob Gursky, a junior class member, and sophomores Sophia Gursky and Aimee Hull.

The trio took Jacob's interest in bees and the workings of a bee colony, added the human element of forbidden love, tossed in some humor and created a tale that also serves as "good social commentary," according to Sophia.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Firefighters battle a stubborn blaze at 887 Railroad Drive, Weatherly, on Wednesday. After beating down the flames, several times, the fire continued to burn through the roof.

A Weatherly family is homeless following a fast moving fire which damaged a home at 887 Railroad Drive. The fire started in the kitchen area of the home at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Because of the remote area, the fire destroyed most of the two-story log cabin home.

The home was built and owned by Marty and Lori Cichowic.

Weatherly Fire Chief Dan Weston was in charge of the fire scene.

"The call came in as a kitchen fire," said Weston. "When I got here, the house was fully involved.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon has qualified several first-time offenders to be admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition probation program.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program with conditions. Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program. All were placed in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Right, Darryl Fraiser, a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1967-71, was one of the speakers at the Pleasant Valley High School Veterans Day program. He shows PVHS students, Chris Ross, senior and Kaitlyn Tyson, junior, pictures of the ships that served during the Vietnam War era.

The Pleasant Valley High School honored United States veterans at its 17th annual Veterans Day program.

Mark Tramontina, a PVHS social studies teacher, with the help of his wife, Monica, a PVHS paraprofessional associate, spearhead the program, along with students from his social studies students classes.

Students make up the colorguard, man the many displays, sing patriotic songs, read patriotic poems, and give a background on what Veterans Day is and how it came to be. This year's emcees were seniors Kiki Adams and Patrick Rimple.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Carbon County woman admitted assaulting a state trooper, while a drug dealer was sentenced to a county prison term.

They were two of six defendants to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Franklin incident

Christy N. Hartman, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested for an incident on Aug. 29 along Court St., in Franklin Township.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Collin Boris, of Blue Mountain High School, is pictured asking a question during a meeting of high school students with the Schuylkill County commissioners in preparation for next year's student summit meeting. Students attending were from Marian, Tamaqua, and Panther Valley, the county vocational technical school, as well as the other county high schools. (Photo submitted)

Students from area public and parochial schools met at the Schuylkill County Courthouse Tuesday to prepare a format for the second annual Schuylkill County Summit Youth Ambassadors meeting next March.

County Commissioner Gary Hess, originator of the summit, along with fellow commissioners Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage, discussed projects to be brought up at the summit. It was a lively exchange of ideas with the students enthused to carry out many projects to the communities in the county.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Anthony Stianchie, seated, center, who recently attained Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America, has been recognized by the American Legion for his recent achievement. Through sponsorship of American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, Anthony's hometown, the Scout received two Good Citizenship citations, one from the Department of Pennsylvania and the other form the local post. They were signed by Stanley Watson, state adjutant, and William D. Cleveland, state commander, and W. Kevin O'Donnell, commander, and Clem Midas, adjutant, of Post 316.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Marissa Marsh

Slatington Woman's Club has named Marissa Marsh as its Girl of the Month for November.

Marsh, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, is very active in Student Council, Spanish Club, Dog Dish TV Studio and is on the Senior Class Video Committee.

She also plays on the softball team.

Marsh is an Honors Scholar through Moravian College and DeSales University. She is currently enrolled in the Emerging Health Professionals program at LCTI and LCCC.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends and making people laugh.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State Senator John Yudichak, second from the left, addressed the Palmerton Area Democratic Club on Oct. 8. Come Jan. 1, 2014, Palmerton will become part of Pennsylvania's 14th senatorial District which Senator Yudichak serves. With the Senator are Sarina Berlow, PADC President, left; Sandi Peters, PADC VP, and Palmerton Mayor, Chris Olivia, right.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown with two featured speakers: political science professor, Dr. Roy Christman, responding to the recent election; Max Cohen of the Center for Popular Democracy who will discuss the need for immigration reform.

Every month the PADC continues to support the Food Bank run by the Community Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches.