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Thursday, December 8, 2011

In an effort to help combat rising drug abuse and accidental deaths from overdoses or lethal combinations, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), a member of the House Human Services Committee, this week voted in committee to support legislation that would create a pharmaceutical prescription drug database. House Bill 1651 would allow pharmacists and law enforcement the ability to find via a secure website whether or not a particular individual is having multiple prescriptions for highly addictive drugs filled at multiple pharmacies.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Tamaqua firm was one of five bidders to repair a county bridge in Schuylkill Haven which were opened at the work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville. The bidders were:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department will present the 19th annual holiday program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the school auditorium. The fifth and sixth grade groups will begin at 6:30 p.m. and seventh and eighth grade band and choirs will begin at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Weekly street sweeping operations have been discontinued in Tamaqua for the Winter. The regular schedule will resume in the Spring of 2012. The public will be notified of the resumption of service through the TIMES NEWS and street postings.

For further information, call (570) 668-3444, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Penn Forest Board of Supervisors anticipates passing a preliminary budget keeping taxes in line with last year.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua is hosting their free "First Gift Family Christmas Presentation" tomorrow. There will be two presentations, one at 6:30 p.m. and another, identical presentation at 8 p.m. The event will be held the church at 407 Schuylkill Avenue. The theme for this year's event is "A Hawaiian Christmas: It's Beachy-keen". There will be games, music, fun and prizes. New Life will give out the first gift of the season to the first 100 children at each presentation, ages 4 to 11. There will also be special gifts for those under the age of 4.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamara Shamus, Middleport, shows her daughter, Natalia Widmann, 3, the inside of Santa's Workshop. Shamus remembers when she dressed up as holiday characters during earlier Holiday House parades, which are still held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Brockton's 32nd annual Holiday House, 402 Green St., has raised this year's illumination total to 61,260 lights.

The Holiday House contains a large array of illuminated displays, such as a lazer light show, shadow boxes, moving characters, Santa's Workshop, and much more. Frank Fabrizio family's animated Christmas display is one of the largest private-residence Christmas exhibits in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association is holding its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Sam Miller Field, Heights of Jim Thorpe. Santa Claus will be there for the kids to meet and to sit on his lap.Every child that visits with Santa 12 years old and younger, will receive a present from Santa. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.

Sponsors for Santa's presents are, Mauch Chunk 5 & 10, Binder Insurance, Co., Suzanne Graff, Kyle Sheckler, and The Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Looking for something to give someone at Christmas time. Why not a pint of blood to the American Red Cross? The ARC Bloodmobile will be at Memorial Hall on Dec. 21, from 1-6 p.m. To be a donor to this worthwhile cause, you must be 17 years of age.

Final registration dates

The final days to register for Toys for Tots, will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10 at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.