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Monday, December 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Cara, YMCA board member and Air Products employee, make "LIN" ice cream via liquid nitrogen. Air Products has been a long time company in Rush Township. Pictured from left are Cara, Merissa Smith, 10, Ryan Smith, 10, Debi Dodson, and Teegen Phillips, 3.

Hundreds of children and their family members took part in the annual Tamaqua YMCA Community Christmas Celebration held Friday night at the Y.

The free event, organized by board members and staff of the Tamaqua YMCA, consisted of holiday activities, music, food and games.

Volunteers, Jeffrey Walker, Kyra Dale, Christine Boyle, Heather Souders, were recognized for their efforts.

Monday, December 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Derek Marouchoc, center, receives the Nesquehoning Fire Company's Fireman of the Year award from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, left; and Nesquehoning Hose Company President Matthew Evans.

Derek Marouchoc, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Nesquehoning Hose Company, was recently named Fireman of the Year.

The annual award recognizes members who go above and beyond what is routinely expected.

Marouchoc has been a member of the company since the age of 14, and has recently completed his Firefighter 1 certification.

Marouchoc is known as the go-to person at the station. Whenever there is a need, members know that they can turn to him to get the job accomplished.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The life of Elmer Holmberg, a lifelong soldier with the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps, was remembered during a recent memorial service in the chapel of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Holmberg was 78 when he suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this month while volunteering at a Salvation Army kettle inside the Redner's Market in Nesquehoning. During the memorial service, family and friends remembered Holmberg's volunteerism and kindness.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Natural whitewater flow on the Lehigh River

(Note: This is the first in a series of four articles on the history of Lehigh Whitewater.)

A long time ago, geologic forces created the Blue Mountain, the Pocono Plateau, and the coal-rich mineral deposits that over eons formed the watershed whose drainage became the Lehigh River, a wild and scenic waterway before its exploitation by European-American industrialists.

Today, the wild and scenic river is a mecca for whitewater rafters and kayakers.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news

West Penn Township police are investigating a home break-in and a copper theft at the intersection of SR309 and Mush Dahl road.

Sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday night, burglars stole all of the copper piping, including the baseboard heaters, off the walls from the home owned by Jay Bluebaker The burglars reportedly failed to gain access to a home just to the south.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Carbon County residents can expect to pay less on their county taxes in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-1 to approve the 2012 budget with a one-mill tax decrease. As it stands, the tax rate for the county will be 5.893 mills. One mill generates $1,533,000.

That means that a homeowner with a $50,000 home assessed at $25,000 could expect to pay $147.33, $25 less than in 2011.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Larry NefF/special to the times news

A state police forensic team was on the scene of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Lansford Thursday afternoon after cleaners became suspicious and notified police.

The incident began just before noon when employees of the cleaning firm, hired by the owner of the property, entered a half-double block home at 311 East Ridge Street and discovered what they thought was a large amount of drug paraphernalia.

They notified police who then notified Carbon County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Mark Nalesnik.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System has parlayed $700,184 in gaming revenue into BMWs for patients in its Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals.

But don't don your driving gloves and race on down to be admitted. These BMWs are Bedside Mobile Workstations, state-of-the-art computers on wheels that allow nurses to scan the patient's name band to ensure and document his or her identity, and then enter the patient's blood pressure, temperature, pulse, heart rate, notes and other information into the hospitals' records system – all right at the patient's side.

Friday, December 23, 2011

During this season of giving, employees of the Nesquehoning McDonald's, along with their customers, opened up their hearts and wallets to make Christmas a special day for some struggling families in the Panther Valley area.

For the fifth consecutive year, McDonald's has partnered with the Meed's United Methodist Church to operate an Angel Tree at the restaurant.

Bertha Shreffler of Meed's Methodist Church, was overjoyed when she saw the amount of toys and other items that were donated through the program.