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Thursday, December 15, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alyse Mitten, President of the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association, spoke at the Western Pocono Lions Club last meeting. The organization's vice President Seth Isenberg, center, presented a check for $100 to the club in honor of the club's judging the group's advertising competition. Club President Charles Rush and Lioness Club President Virginia Lamendola, some of whose members also helped judge, received the check. It will be forwarded to Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors from Clearwater Construction, a PennDOT subcontractor, have completed footers and abutments for a temporary 150-foot-long bridge that will run over the Little Schuylkill River near the south end of town, by the Hess gas station. The temporary 38-foot-wide bridge is being constructed to allow traffic to move while the old Center Street (SR309) bridge is torn down and replaced. The architecture of the new bridge, expected to be completed by next summer, will resemble the older parapet-style bridge.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force continued its battle against substance abuse by recently hosting a program with local police departments and municipalities to discuss the problem of drug and alcohol abuse – as well as the possibility of creating a community crime watch.

Facilitating the session, Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach described the task force as "A committee with representation from all parties addressing 'The Big Picture.' We're trying to get the community working together."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Parking will be prohibited along North Railroad Street (SR309) in Tamaqua next week.

The parking restrictions are due to work that will be done to install new, overhead television cable.

A contractor for Service Electric Cable TV will be working in the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Monday, Dec. 19.

New cable lines will be installed on the east side of the street, from the Five Points Intersection (Broad Street) to the north end of the borough.

The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 23, weather permitting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Through the generosity of two Lehighton business leaders, 100 families will be enjoying a hearty Christmas dinner this year.

Lehighton Ford donated 100 turkeys and Frank Kuhn, owner of Mallard Markets in Lehighton, contributed 100 bags of potatoes, 100 cans of green beans, 100 cans of corn and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.

The bounty was divided among 10 churches in the area.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner, who acts as secretary of the salary board, made an another attempt to declare a previous public meeting of the board was invalid for lack of a quorum. Her motion was met with silence by Commissioners Mantura Gallagher and Frank Staudenmeier, who sit on the board.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Palmerton training center continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

In honor of its expansion, Dedicated Fitness, located at 450 Delaware Avenue, will hold a celebration at its facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Those who attend can receive discounts and free giveaways, according to owner Kerri Jahelka, who said the expansion includes a turf area for ladder and cone drills.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Chechel family of Brodheadsville visited Santa Claus (Bob Eckert) at Chestnuthill Township Park. They whispered what they wanted for Christmas and Santa said he'd see what he could do for Megan, 7, Jacob, 4 and Billy, 9. He gave all the children, about 200, a bag full of goodies that included a coloring book and crayons. Hot chocolate and cookies were served.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Santa Claus paid a visit to the Summit Hill Heritage Center recently where he greeted children and adults who were shopping at the Christmas Extravaganza and Rummage Sale. Members of the Panther Valley Public Library worked the kitchen to raise funds for the library, while members of the newly-formed group Feed the People worked some of the tables to raise money for their new soup kitchen project. All other proceeds benefitted the Heritage Center.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Electric car charging stations are coming to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, transportation officials said Wednesday

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced a $1 million grant to Car Charging Group LLC. The company will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas.

Two kinds of charging stations will be installed in three phases. There will be Level II charging stations, which can charge a car in about four hours, and Level III charging stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes.