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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Faith Alive United Church of Christ, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will hold Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 7 and 9 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An official of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Traffic Signal Division, Allentown, said if the department receives a request from Coaldale borough to install a traffic light at the intersection of Route 209 and Water Street, the request will be "looked into," but that does not necessarily mean that one will be installed at that site. The council, at its Dec. 17 meeting, backed a petition signed by 543 borough and area residents who called for a light at the intersection.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The People's EC Church, 216 Wagner Street, will hold a Christmas concert on December 26 at 10:30 a.m.

The concert, which will feature Christmas songs by the People's Church Choir, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Displaying gifts collected to assist needy families identified by the Carbon County Head Start program is an annual event for the staff at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. Participating in the gift pick-up on Wednesday were, from left, Gaetana Thompson and Billie-Jo Swartz, Carbion County Head Start; Lori Dacey, St. Luke's Miners emergency department; Pam McCarroll and Kristin Miller, Tamaqua Family Practice; and Andrea Visnosky, St. Luke's Miners director of marketing and public relations.

A total of 16 families will have a brighter Christmas season thanks to the generosity of the employees of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

For the sixth year, the hospital is assisting needy families that participate in the Carbon County Head Start program by presenting them with Christmas gifts.

"Each year during the holiday season, the employees of St. Luke's Miners make a special effort to help those in our community who are in need, "said Andrea Visnosky, the hospital's director of marketing and public relations.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute on West 13th Street in Jim Thorpe were evacuated Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in a unit that collects residue from filters outside the metal shop area. Jim Thorpe Fire Chief William Diehm said maintenance personnel extinguished the fire, but smoke went over the roof and was drawn into the building through ventilation units. Firefighters were called to the school at 8:30 a.m. when smoke began to fill the classrooms.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recent winners for the Panther Valley Elementary School's DARE graduation were left to right, first place James Doer-Niver, third place Gabrielle Hicks and Maria Rehrig, second place Nicole Bauder and Leon Foote, and fourth place Christina Dacey and Justin Ogozalek.

Dressed in their Daren the Lion T-shirts and sunglasses, the fifth grade students at Panther Valley Elementary Shcool held their Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation before Christmas vacation.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith was the DARE instructor and invited many dignitaries to the program.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Shayne Homan of McClure Company presents phase two of its energy savings program to the Tamaqua Area School Board. Phase two includes converting Tamaqua Elementary and possibly West Penn Elementary to geothermal heating.

Tamaqua and West Penn Elementay Schools could join Tamaqua Area High School in switching to a geothermal heating system.

The Tamaqua Area School District Board of Education approved several moves at its monthly meeting Tuesday evening that could put those schools on track to convert geothermal as part of phase two of the district's energy savings program.

Geothermal heating systems use the earth's heat to warm and cool. The district switched the high school to geothermal as part of the first phase of the plan through PPL Energy Services.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Work is scarce in today's economy, a reality that was apparent at Tuesday's meeting of the Rush Township board of supervisors where a total of 24 contractors offered bids on a major sewer replacement project.

The ambitious sewer project has been in the planning phase for months and involves the neighborhood of Meadow Avenue in Hometown.

The project is necessary due to a malfunction in the present infrastructure, which is dated, and causing flooding issues at residences and businesses.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A 26-year-old Drums man died in a two-vehicle crash today at 1:39 a.m. on Route 924 in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.

State police at the Hazleton barracks said John Yannuzzi was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Police said he was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota and was pulling out of the Shell gas station parking lot when its front end made initial impact with a 1998 Freightliner truck driven by Bryan Koser, 32, of Milton. The latter was traveling south on Rt. 924 at the time.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thirteen young members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua received First Communion during Christ the King services Nov. 21.

Those receiving First Communion were Skylar Clouser, Cassidy Derr, Luis Fernandez, Antonetta Gerace, Tyler Gerber, Amy Hadesty, Courtney Hoffman, Gabrielle Markiewicz, Zackary Moyer, Mckayla Wall, Madison Watson, Tyrone Rarick and Devan Valentine.

Interim Pastor Jeffrey Kistler administered communion to the young members and family.