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Thursday, December 26, 2013
The film "365 Days in Happy Valley" will be show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 7 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 28.

"After everyone else left, we stayed" is the slogan of the new documentary film "365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley," set to be shown at six select locations, including Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House on December 28 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8.

The film takes audiences on a journey into the heart of one of the world's most beloved university towns to reveal whether the crimes of one man will redefine not only the way the world views it, but how those who live there or cherish it feel about how they are perceived.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
 Katie Wargo/special to the Times news

Santa Claus paid a visit to the children who attend St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sunday School on Saturday to deliver some early Christmas presents and pick up some last minute requests. Thechildren also had brunch and played games at their annual Christmas party on Saturday morning.Pictured with Santa are (front row, from left): Draeton Ferguson, Matthew Ferguson,Arianna Julianno, Santa Claus, Kathryn Wargo, Caydense Smith, Molly Newton, Liana Jones, Natalie Vermillion. (Back row, from left): Bradley Hood, Joshua Faenza, Abbey Vermillion, Stephen Hood, Emily Newton.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School recently selected its November Students of the Month. Students are chosen for their excellence in academics and conduct and receive a certificate and gift card for their efforts. From left are Justin Juracka, grade six, and Justin Gunderson, grade seven. Not pictured is Megan Weber, grade eight.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
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It was the annual parade of the toys at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Students and staff collected over 1,000 toys with 850 of them donated to the Pocono Marines of Marine Corps League (PMMCL) Detachment 492's Toys for Tots campaign. All the students lined up to drop a toy in the waiting sacks. Here Sharon Baker's first-grade class each drop a toy in bags held by, Iliana Dilger, a volunteer and Ray Fitzpatrick, a member of the PMMCL. Principal Joshua Krebs said the school donated the rest of the toys to families in need in the PVE and Pleasant Valley Intermediate schools.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It'll be the largest television set in the region - a jumbotron similar to those in New York City - and it's expected to light up at 10:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Plans are under way for the New Year's Eve Ball Rise in Tamaqua to feature a giant screen TV and a direct video link to Dick Clark and the famous ball drop in Times Square.

According to event organizers, the Sixth Annual Tamaqua New Year's Eve Ball Rise ceremony to take place at the ABC Tamaqua High Rise will include a 20-foot by 20-foot projection screen.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Santa and his helpers delivered gifts for all Hometown Nursing and Rehab patients. The gifts were obtained with donations for the Socks for Seniors project. Pictured are, front, Jess Kutza, co-coordinator; middle, residents Jean Everett and Arthur Wannamaker, and back, w Mary Ann Dulaney; Felicia Porambo, and Santa. Guests in five nursing and rehabilitation centers received gifts from the community project.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill fire police member Bob Breiner stops traffic from traveling down the Lansford-Summit Hill hill (Route 902) on Wednesday evening. About three inches of snow fell in Summit Hill.

The weather outside was truly frightful on Christmas Eve as snow squalls turned roads into ice rinks, causing crashes and keeping families from holiday gatherings.

The snow hit hard and fast in Carbon, Monroe and parts of Schuylkill counties, melting on the roads after the recent unseasonal warm weather. The temperatures dropped, and the precipitation quickly froze.

Parishioners who attended early Christmas Eve services came out of church to find their vehicles covered with new snow and their ride home white-knuckle experiences.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

We accomplished a good deal in the Legislature this year. In particular, I am proud of the child protection measures we were able to pass and have signed into law. Following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, we formed a Task Force on Child Protection and took a hard look at how best to improve Pennsylvania's laws regarding the protection of our children. Before we completed the 2013 session, we had nine bills signed into law.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A catalytic converter is a cylinder that creates a chemical reaction, using platinum, palladium and rhodium to oxidize carbon monoxide and other pollutants into carbon dioxide and water, to reduce vehicle emissions. A catalytic converter is required on every vehicle manufactured after 1975.

In less than a minute a thief can slip under a vehicle and steal a catalytic converter worth $75-$400 at a scrap dealer, depending on the vehicle.

That's not small change, but it's the scrap dealers who are making the big money in the world of catalytic converter recycling. It's not the metal scrap from the converters that make them so valuable, it's the precious metals they contain: platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ken Kaiser and Barbara Brader are the new food bank co-coordinators of CACPAC.

Charles Silliman, coordinator for over 20 years, recently retired from the position.

"He was wonderful and I'm not sure even two people can fill his shoes," Kaiser said.

They would like to thank everyone who generously donates items to CACPAC, especially during the holidays, but they want people to know that CACPAC has a great need for continued donations for the months of January, February and March.