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Friday, December 24, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Elementary School third graders from Miss Heather Wagner's class show off United States Postal Service boxes in their classroom Wednesday morning. The student adopted two soldiers serving in Afghanistan and sent them six care packages. In the photo are, from left, front row, Thalia Vazquez, Kayla VanDett, Hunter Frick and Olivia Dacey. Back, Dakota Smith, Blake Morgans, Charles Byers, Ethan Malaska and Lyddia Malaska.
Friday, December 24, 2010

Winnie, who is presumed to be a 6-year-old Black Labrador Retriever, is now safely home with her new owner, Bev Ehret in Palmerton.

But Winnie's journey is not over yet. She still needs a specialized ear surgery to correct the problems that occurred from a severe ear infection that she picked up while living at Musket Labradors in Franklin Township.

Friday, December 24, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nyssa Sipler, 7, Alexis Scott, 8, and Macenzie Scott, 7, sit with Santa during the South Ward Playground Association's Annual Children's Christmas Party. South Ward Manager "Elf Extraordinaire" Kathy Kunkel is also pictured.

Children in Tamaqua were treated recently to the South Ward Playground Association's Annual Children's Christmas Party.

In addition to a visit with Santa, free cookies, snacks and refreshments, children had their faces painted.

Children were also given various holiday gifts, to include drawings for two bikes.

The community children's party was free to the public and held in the cafeteria of the Tamaqua Area Senior High School due to construction projects underway at the South Ward Playground.

Friday, December 24, 2010

James F. Corkill of Mauch Chunk has been appointed agent by the Department of Archives of the State Library to compile historical material in Carbon County for the state. He will work under Dr. Curtis W. Garrison, state archivist, who is sponsoring this work under the administration code in every county. It will be Corkill's duty to examine into the condition of records, etc. kept and/or recorded in the several offices to the county and borough. The work must be completed by Feb. 15.

Friday, December 24, 2010
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Monroe County Unit of Retired & Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) celebrated its 20th anniversary this fall. Two events were actually celebrated: the volunteers and their many hours of service and the leadership of the RSVP director Norma Fagan. Monroe County Interagency Council's Immediate Past President Cyndi Starner, right, presented Norma Fagan, left, with a fond farewell and thanks for the many services she has rendered the community. She has been the organization's director since its "birth" 20 years ago and retired Dec. 3.

Friday, December 24, 2010
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Santa Claus, during his visit to Carbon County Republican Club office in Lehighton, gavevisiting youngsters wrapped gifts.

Two-year-old Konner Nalesnik of Lehighton is all smiles as he is handed a present.

This Santa is playedby Mike Hopstock of Lehighton, but tonight - as we all know - the real Santa will be making his rounds.

Friday, December 24, 2010
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ten-year-olds Elizabeth (left) and twin sister Emily Gulrich of Northampton pose for a picture with Santa. The fourth grade girls, their mother and younger sibling, Sam attended the Ladies Auxiliary To R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 of Walnutport's Christmas party for the children and grand children of the members. This is the eighth year the Ladies Auxiliary, with the help of the VFW, have sponsored a Children's Christmas Party. They were treated to hot dogs and snacks following the handing out of presents. The auxiliary has sixty-five members.

Friday, December 24, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Susie Yaich, left; Rose Reese, center; and Bev Ehret; pet Winnie, a Black Labrador Retriever who was rescued from Musket Labradors in Franklin Township and rehabilitated. Winnie's Christmas wish was answered Thursday evening as she left the Jim Thorpe Pet Center with Ehret, her new owner.

Winnie never knew what it was like to be part of a family.

She lived, for most of her life, in seclusion, away from other dogs and afraid of human affection.

But on Dec. 23, that all changed. Winnie, a very shy but loving Black Labrador Retriever, was given the best Christmas gift she could ever imagine – a forever home with Bev Ehret of Palmerton, a woman who lost her home and her beloved pets to an arson fire years ago.

Friday, December 24, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Time For Me Daycare, Tamaqua, visited the Majestic House Apartments on E. Broad St. to sing Christmas carols to the residents. Here, Theresa Dunkelberger and Robert Wolcott enjoy the children's visit.