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Thursday, December 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford borough council president Adam Webber, left, and Councilwoman Rose Mary Cannon, foreground, talk about the 2012 budget. Secretary-treasurer Beth Seymour is in the background.

For the third time in 10 days, Lansford council has failed to gather enough members to hold a public meeting, and the lack of a quorum is threatening to stall an already-delayed budget process.

By law, at least four of the seven members must be present to have a quorum. But only two council members, Rose Mary Cannon and Tommy Vadyak, showed up for a Nov. 21 budget meeting. A regular meeting on Nov. 24 drew only Cannon, Vadyak and President Adam Webber.

On Wednesday, only Webber, Cannon and councilwoman Mary Kruczek showed up for another budget meeting.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lansford Alive aims to revive the Christmas spirit of a "Brights" yesteryear beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday with the arrival of Santa Claus.

"Years ago, when Bright's department store was open in Lansford, the arrival of Santa and a new car drawing was a major town event that is still fondly remembered. We're trying to recapture that excitement," said Panther Valley Mini Mall owner and Lansford Alive officer David Benevy.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Today's cold December weather is reminding people that Christmas is only a few weeks away. Pictured inside the warm lobby of the Tamaqua Middle School are students Hoyt Gyuricsek, 14, top, Zoe Snyder, 12, middle, and Ryan Alicandri, 12, putting December ornaments on the school's Christmas tree.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lehighton Rec Center is open to students attending Lehighton Area School District. Hours for students in fourth through eighth grade will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. and ninth to 12th grade from 8 to 9 p.m. Students are welcome on Monday through Thursday. Parents and students must fill out and sign a participation form.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities is delivering on its promise to improve customer phone access during major storm emergencies and provide more accurate restoration times.

The improvements, outlined in a plan recently submitted to the state Public Utility Commission, call for:

Ÿ Increasing the number of telephone lines serving the customer contact center by 20 percent.

Ÿ Expanding the number of customer service representatives available for emergency calls.

Ÿ Leasing capacity with an outside service that can assist with high-volume call periods.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Taxes, garbage fees raised

Engineering fees to comply with the Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan and the failure of some residents to pay their garbage bills will cause taxes and fees to rise in Parryville for 2012.

Also, an estimated higher cost for the proposed salt shed was a factor.

At a special meeting Tuesday night, council tentatively adopted the new budget which carries a two-mill tax increase and a garbage collection increase of $20 a year. This year, Parryville residents paid $180 for garbage collection.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas party/mixer from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the All Lit Up Plaza, 450 Interchange Road, Lehighton. There will be a buffet of finder foods, drinks, chair massages and a manicure station set up to pamper you after a long day in the office. There is a cost and a portion will be donated to local food pantries. For information or to register, contact Joe Federanich at parsallentown@parsinc.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, December 5th, at 7pm for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marianne Dwyer's name was incorrectly spelled in a recent story about the Pet Food Pantry.

In the story, Marianne Dwyer said that Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club raised $225 for the pet food pantry by holding a community fundraiser. The pet food food pantry provides pet foods to be distributed to several local food pantries.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Members of Occupy Allentown, West Allentown and Bethlehem stage a rally at the Corio residence in Slatington on Tuesday. From left: Alyssa Santo, Adam Santo, Joris Rosse, Susie Buller, Daniel Hunter, Brad Ziegler, Phil Stein, Karen Samuels and Anne Keller-Smith.

A family of five and their eight dogs have lost their home and are being forced to move into their Chevy Suburban, victims of what the family says is not just a bad economy, but predatory lending and even the failure of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program.

The predicament reached a head early Tuesday morning when the family was put out on the street in the rain and house door locks were changed.