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Friday, December 31, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Postmaster Chrissy McAvoy presents Supervisor Bill Maehrer with a certificate from U.S. Post Office District Manager Kevin McAdams congratulating Maehrer for his 28 years of service. Maehrer, 63, who is retiring, was given a send-off party Thursday at the post office. His retirement plans apparently involve plenty of chores. "My two daughters and my aunt live halfway down the street, and already have their lists made out,:" he said. "But my wife has the biggest list."

Friday, December 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mark Kosica, second from right, was named "Firefighter of the Year" by the Lansford Fire Department during the annual Christmas party held in the fire house. David Aungst, second from right, was named "Junior Firefighter." At left is Chris Angst, president of the fire company, and at right is Joe Greco, assistant fire chief.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has set the following dates to perform maintenance and repairs on roadways.

Carbon County

Bowmanstown - Workers will be performing maintenance on Route 248 between Gun Club Road and the Bowmanstown exit from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 7.

Kidder Township - Workers will be cutting brush on River Road between Route 940 and Route 534 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 7.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Lansford Borough is in such dire financial straits that its council on Thursday considered asking the state for help in filing for bankruptcy.

After much discussion, council decided against the bankruptcy move, initiated by Councilman Tommy Vadyak, at least for now. It did, however, adopt a 2011 budget that carries a 3.06 mill property tax increase, froze additional purchases (except for emergencies), voted to pay the $275,333 in bills it owes "as money becomes available," and borrowed money from its sewer transmission account – already $97,993 in the red – to pay wages.

Friday, December 31, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Horn, of the Young At Heart Senior Club, nominated Helen Bott for the Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award. She received her award at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging's RSVP luncheon.

Helen G. Brown of Stroudsburg died two years ago at the age of 92. She was a vivacious teacher, author and environmentalist who shared her love of the Poconos and its history in seven books.

She was a community leader for decades and so beloved that the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging named an award after her.

The Helen G. Brown Quality of Life Award honors a person or group that enhances the lives of senior citizens.

Friday, December 31, 2010

AccuWeather.com reports a surge of warm, moist air will lead to fog problems from the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard during the New Year's weekend.

Any time you have warm, moist air moving over a cold surface, with or without snow cover, there is the risk of fog formation.

The key is to have the air moist enough in the first place to make it easier for the fog to form.

Ideal fog conditions appear to be setting up as a zone of rain and warm air build over the Midwest and push to the Atlantic coast.

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The West Penn Fire Company No. 1 held a donation collection drive during their December breakfast for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign. Both Cheryl Laub, Toys For Tots coordinator, and Jim Laub, past League Commander were also on-hand during the drive. Pictured from left are West Penn Fire Police Roger Kingsley, West Penn Fire Company No. 1 firefighter Marty Baddick, President Larry Zeigler, treasurer/secretary Jenn Fritzinger, and junior firefighter Connor Evans.

Friday, December 31, 2010
Asking for help

A still-struggling economy, rising food prices and a high unemployment rate boosted the numbers of Carbon County folks asking the state for help this year.

Statewide, applications for food help and cash assistance rose, according to state Department of Public Welfare figures comparing November 2009 with November 2010.

High on the list are people in Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties, where unemployment rates outpace the state average.

The Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services is among those agencies trying to keep the desperate afloat.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The cannibal costume worn by William Davis, 32, of Coaldale, which occasioned much merriment on New Year's eve in the mummers' parade at Summit Hill caused painful injuries when the torch he was carrying ignited the flimsy straw which was a part of the outfit. Davis was rushed to Coaldale hospital where he is receiving treatment for burns of the face and shoulder. When Davis' screams attracted attention to his plight, a number of people standing along the line of march rolled the unfortunate man in the snow.

Friday, December 31, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured holding the Lansford American Legion Auxiliary's donation to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) Toys For Tots Campaign with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Lansford American Legion youth member Zachary Swolensky, 6. Pictured from back left are SCMCL member Paul Corinchock, Lansford American Legion Post Commander Jack Anderson, and Lansford Sons of the American Legion Commander John Dolena.

A number of community organizations in Lansford received multiple donations totaling $3,150 from the Lansford American Legion Post 123, Lansford Sons of the American Legion, and Lansford American Legion Auxiliary during a check presentation held following the Lansford American Legion's annual children's Christmas Party held recently at their post.