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Friday, December 31, 2010

Increasing numbers of people in Carbon, Monroe and Schuylkill counties are struggling to feed their families and keep them warm. Here's where to call for help in Carbon County:

Ÿ Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services: (610) 377-6400

Ÿ Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Carbon County: (610) 577-9020

Ÿ Shepherd House Food Pantries: (610) 377-6048

Friday, December 31, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania Farm Show visitors can learn how to create culinary masterpieces using local ingredients during live cooking demonstrations and contests featuring popular chefs, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today.

"The Farm Show offers visitors the unique opportunity to go straight from the farm to the table," said Redding. "The PA Preferred Culinary Connection is a popular attraction that brings together talented chefs to share their knowledge and imaginative recipes that can be prepared at home using local products."

Friday, December 31, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shawn Hoben, left, Summit Hill Fire Chief, presents "Firefighter of the Year" award to William "Chet" Walker, a 39-year member of the Summit Hill Fire Department. Looking on are Walker's mother, Bernice, of Summit Hill, and Larry Black, president of the fire company.

William "Chet" Walker, who started volunteering in the Summit Hill Fire Department's first junior class 39 years ago, was named the Diligence Fire Company's 2010 Firefighter of the Year.

Walker had moved away from the borough 25 years ago, then returned to his hometown five years ago and became very active in the fire department

He was presented with the "Firefighter of the Year" award during the department's annual Christmas dinner held in the Community Center.

While away, he was employed by PPL Electric on the firm's fire brigade.

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.