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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The new Leztek Systems computer store opened in Jim Thorpe at 434 Center Street. Pictured at the grand opening are, left to right : Mike Petrucci; Heather Skodacek, Office Manager; John MaGuire, JT Borough Council President; Jeff Leslie, Owner; Bill Richards, Rep from Keith McCall's Office; Bill O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner; Justin Yaich, JT Councilman; and Danny Yaich.

Small and medium sized businesses along with residential customers in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding area who are in need of computer sales and service will now need to go no farther than the corner of 4th and Center Streets in Jim Thorpe.

Now located at 434 Center Street is the newly opened Leztek Computer Store which is operated by Jeff Leslie, who has been providing contract Information Technology (IT) services for municipalities and businesses around the Carbon County for several years.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 800 individual food items were raised during the West Penn Elementary School's annual holiday food drive held to help the Tamaqua Salvation Army provide hundreds of meals to needy families. Mrs. Abigail Neverosky's class received an initiative party for raising the most cans, 134. Assistant Principal James Fasnacht helped to organize the drive. Pictured from front left are Bryn Miller, 8, from Mrs. Vanessa Boyle's class; Tyler Steigerwalt, 8, from Mrs. Harriet Gustus's class; Cody Hamm, 9, from Ms. Ashley Stanek's class; Trent Schlecht, 6, from Mrs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Patrons who celebrate the new year at the Covered Bridge Inn in Little Gap can have three times the fun.

That's because the authentic American Tavern located at the base of the Blue Mountain Ski Area will sponsor a three-day New Year's Eve celebration Thursday through Saturday.

Ron Gilbert, owner, said the tavern's dark wood trim, pressed tin ceiling, and friendly atmosphere next to the twinkling lights of the ski slopes should provide the perfect setting to ring in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Joe Balogach, left, and Leon Frohnheiser accept a check from Mallard Market owner Frank Kuhn and checker Amber Recker Thursday afternoon at the store in Lehighton. Kuhn challenges his check out people each year to sell Toys for Tots cards that get displayed in the store. Recker won the competition by selling around 400 of the fundraisers. Mallard Markets added $500 to the proceeds to bring the total to $1,370.69.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Coaldale teenager whose body was found in his bed on Nov. 29 died of an overdose of methadone, Police Chief Tim Delaney said Tuesday.

Police are asking the public's help in finding out who Cody Wentz, 19, of Bull Run Street, was with the day before his death, and where he spent his time that day. Delaney said police are investigating the source of the drug, which is a synthetic narcotic used to treat addiction or to relieve severe pain.

Anyone with information can call police at (570) 645-3060, or at (570) 645-5789 to leave an anonymous message.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Carbon County Court Judge Steven R. Serfass on Monday admitted 15 people into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. The program is for first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes who waive their right to a trial. In turn, they are placed on probation and may have their records cleared once they complete the program.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In a photo that ran in the TIMES NEWS on Dec. 22, Michelle Refsnider, a student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was not listed as one of the essay winners for PV's DARE graduation. Refsnider was also named a first place winner in the DARE essay contest and received a PlayStation 3, donated by Kovatch Corporation.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abbott Diabetes Care announced that it has initiated a recall of 359 lots (approximately 359 million strips) of Precision Xtra®, Precision Xceed Pro®, MediSense® Optium™, Optium™, OptiumEZ and ReliOn® Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A Lehighton woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when her car impacted with and snapped off a utility pole along state route 902 in Mahoning Township. The woman was traveling east when she apparently lost control of her car and struck the pole. Utility wires came down within inches off the roadway, while the pole was left swinging in the heavy winds. Responding was the Mahoning Township Fire Company. Mahoning Township police are investigating the mishap. The roadway was closed for several hours.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rev. Francis Marzen, Pearl City, Hawaii, a native of Jim Thorpe and a son of Mrs. Frank Marzen who now resides with a son, Joseph, in Annandale, Va., and the late Mr. Marzen, has been named a monsignor, it was announced today. Father Marzen serves as a rector of Mother of Good Counsel Church in Hawaii and is editor of the deacon newspaper, The Catholic Herald. The investiture ceremony will take place Jan. 1 in Hawaii.