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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lehighton Ford is celebrating its 10th consecutive year of a community outreach that provides a holiday meal for 100 of the less fortunate families in the area.

For the past nine years, Lehighton Ford, in conjunction with Mallard Market, Lehighton, have distributed 100 turkeys and all the trimmings for a holiday meal to 10 area churches. Each church receives 10 meals and then selects 10 families to receive the meals.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally the time to take down fall decorations and deck the halls with boughs of holly, twinkling lights and wreaths.

And, as if on cue, Mother Nature has come through with a decoration of her own: A light blanket of snow, the first of the season and just enough to make the region postcard-pretty, began falling in the wee hours this morning.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Attorney Jean Engler, Carbon County assistant district attorney, seated right, was the special guest speaker at the meeting of the Nesquehoning Crime Watch. She said that the county has more than 1,000 cases a year and related cases in Hazleton with their Crime Watch. "The crime watch group needs to put a notice out to the community that they are being watched," she said. Nesquehoning Police Officer Brian White tells the residents don't hesitate to call the police if there is a problem. The next meeting will be in April.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A veterans program was conducted at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton by George Unangst and Nick Hawkey, members of the Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996. Among the veterans recognized were, from left, Halbert Getz and Donald Shea. Standing is Hawkey.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Boy Scout Troop 82 and Cub Pack 82 and 145, which meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton; along with Troop 187 and Pack 187, which meets at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lehighton, recently took part in the Scouting for Food project, which culminated in the collection of 3,543 pounds of food donated to Trinity Pantry, Third Street, Lehighton.

The Scouting for Food project was coordinated by Judy Wingert, food coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 82. Wingert organizes and keeps a record of the collections.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will be sponsoring their annual Breakfast with Santa at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth Street, Lehighton.

There will one seating only which will be limited. The event includes a visit and gift from Santa, candy, balloon, and breakfast.

Bring your camera for photos.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the "Claddagh Keepers" who hosted a can drive on Thanksgiving Eve at the West End Saloon in Palmerton include (bottom) Lynn Shupp, (second row, l-r) Amy Lalik, Tara Willingham, Kelly Jo Achey, Dee Evans, Stuart Henritzy, (third row, l-r) Melissa Binder, Tim Lorah, Melissa Kolnik, Tina Ahner, (top row, l-r) Cindy Gasper and Lorraine Paules.

Their cupboards are bare no more.

Thanks to a newly-formed "circle of friends", the shelves of a ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches are a whole lot fuller.

As part of their inaugural "giving event", the "Claddagh Keepers" collected two carloads of food as part of a can drive held on Thanksgiving Eve at the West End Saloon in Palmerton.

The food - which was provided by the Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton - was donated to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 2004 Rodeo operated by Carolyn Kleppe, 25, of Honesdale, was damaged just after 8 o'clock this morning, on Route 248 East, when it was involved in an accident with a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Kristy Spairana, 26, of Bowmanstown. Assisting at the scene were Palmerton Community Ambulance, Palmerton Fire Company, Palmerton Police Department, and East Penn Township Police Department. No injuries were reported. The investigation is being handled by East Penn Township police.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Ducks enjoy the morning at the Weissport Canal. In just a matter of hours, the area was turned into a winter wonderland as the first snowfall of the season arrived.

Monday, November 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fallen tree next to the entrance to the Still Creek Reservoir was to blame for a power outage around 3 p.m. along Ben Titus Road in Rush Township. This resulted in 82 PPL customers to be without power for awhile. Neighbors said they saw the grass on fire. Reportedly, one neighbor attempted to put the fire out. Overall, high winds over the weekend resulted in over 1,200 customers to be without power. Most customers were restored in a short time.

Quakake Fire Police block the entrance to the Still Creek Reservoir as PPL workers head to the site. A fallen tree next to the entrance to the Still Creek Reservoir was to blame for a power outage around 3 p.m. along Ben Titus Road in Rush Township. This resulted in 82 PPL customers to be without power for awhile. Neighbors said they saw the grass on fire. Reportedly, one neighbor attempted to put the fire out. Overall, high winds over the weekend resulted in over 1,200 customers to be without power. Most customers were restored in a short time.