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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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club, during its annual Christmas Party at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning, presented a $1,000 check to a representative of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The check represents a five year commitment of $5,000 ($1,000 per year) by the club to the hospital. This is the second installment. Bill Moyer, right, president of the hospital, accepts check from Lions Treasurer Louis Vermillion, while looking on are Lions members, from left, Tom Midas and Gene Binder.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 2011 NE Horticulture January 2 & 2 Program: Core & Cat. Ornamentals," sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be held in Monroe County on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Ornamental Care will feature "Controlling Diseases on Rhododendrons and Azaleas," while core pesticide applicator programs will include "PDA Update for 2011" and "Chemsweep 2011: Pa's Unique Pesticide Disposal Program." The program will be held at the cooperative's office in Stroudsburg from 1:45-4 p.m.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute Adult Nurse Aide Class graduated six individuals from the program. Members of the class pictured at the school are, left to right : Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Marie Lengyel; Samantha Gillen; Amber Stiegerwalt; Patricia Kenny; Patricia Pale; and Tiara Redden. Anyone desiring information about this program can call (570) 325-4140.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Palmerton business will seek permission to continue to advertise on an existing LED sign.

Palmerton Partners Inc., with property at 302-304 Delaware Avenue, will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

At that time, the company will be in search of an interpretation and variance with regard to a section of a borough zoning ordinance that would allow off-premises advertising on an existing LED sign.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
When the first European settlers arrived in what would become the colony of Pennsylvania, they learned that many of the streams and mountains had already been given names by the resident Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape.

When the first European settlers arrived in what would become the colony of Pennsylvania, they learned that many of the streams and mountains had already been given names by the resident Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape.

Test your knowledge of Pennsylvania/Lenape etymology by matching the place descriptions on the left with the place names on the right.

1 Where we fish with the bush net a Nockamixon

2 Thirsty Earth b Lehigh

3 Smooth running stream c Tamaqua

4 Searching for land d Nanticoke

5 Where the way forks e Aquashicola

Thursday, December 30, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

It "Twas One Crazy Night Before Christmas" at Towamensing Elementary School as the school's chorus presented it's annual Christmas musical under the direction of Natalie Dize. The highlights of the program was the telling of the beloved poem by Mathew Binder, Angel Levering and Sydney Geist with a crazy twist.