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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seven area people were among 59 who were arraigned Monday morning before District Attorney James P; Goodman at the Schuylkill County Courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Sean Konrad Anderson, 32, of 43 Heckman Street, Quakake Village, Rush Township, charged by Trooper Scott Grochowski with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when stopped last September 5 on Spencer Street, West Mahanoy Township.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For many of us, Christmas time is bittersweet. While everyone else seems to be happy, we are remembering and grieving both persons and events that had been a part of our lives in the past, but that are now changed or gone.

How do we celebrate Christmas with heavy hearts? St. John's is offering a quiet, meditative, special worship service that makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at Carbon Career & Technical Institute (CCTI) located in Jim Thorpe had a two week competition among all of the shops in the school to collect cans of food for needy families and a school total of 1,800 cans were collected. Some of the Cosmetology students who's shop collected the most with 887 cans of food in the "Battle of the Shops" are, seated left to right : Kelsea Feliciano, and Yuliya Revzina. Standing, from left : Brittani Siegfried, Kim Pera, Jazmin Dieter, Jasmine Feller, and Lindsay Hoffman.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lehighton Borough Council last night approved a new two-year contract with its eight-member police department.

It also formally adopted the 2011 budget which calls for a one-half mill tax increase.

The budget was passed by a 6-1 vote, with Councilman John Bird being the only one opposed.

A vote by council on setting the tax levy of 4.5 mills for 2011, which includes the half-mill hike, passed by a 5-2 vote with Bird and Council President Grant Hunsicker opposed.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mahoning Township residents definitely will not see an increase in township taxes in 2011 as supervisors on a 3-1 vote adopted the resolution outlining the 2011 budget which totals $1,143,588.

Chairperson John Wieczorek and supervisors Linda Benner and Travis Steigerwalt voted in favor of the budget while Supervisor George Stawnyczyj cast the lone vote against and Supervisor Frank Ruch was unable to attend last Monday's meeting.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary third-grade pupil Colby Trexler is all smiles as he is pushed by Allen Rex during the Santa's Sleigh Ride activity as part of Family Fun Night held at the school on Thursday.

They worked up a sweat, used their imagination, and were read Christmas stories with family by their side.

It all added up to another successful Family Fun Night Thursday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School, as pupils were joined by their parents to participate in various activities.

The pupils took part in gym activities, made clothespin reindeer, and had the "Polar Express" read to them.

Third grade pupil Shawn Gardner was among those fortunate enough to be read the popular Christmas story by instructor Pamela Storm.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa Claus along with some members of Nesquehoning's Junior Recreation Committee and chaperones visited MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning bringing good cheer to all. Seen are Santa Clause, Ryan Taras, 105 year old resident Anna Moore, Jacob Taras, and Richelle VanHorn. Residents each received a gift and was serenaded with Christmas tunes by Danny Farole on the guitar and accordian. Each child who entertained was treated to a McDonald's meal coupon and treats from Mayor Tony Walck.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Barnyard Buddies is a small, lap-friendly animal program," explained Donna Honigman holding Snowball, a lion-head rabbit. Honigman operates Barnyard Buddies, a subsidiary of the nonprofit ATEA, Inc., Animal Therapy and Education Associates.

A woman, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease sat, staring blankly. Then Donna Honigman of Barnyard Buddies arrived and placed a fluffy lion-head rabbit bunny on her lap.

"She immediately started petting and responding verbally," Honigman said. "It was like a door that opened through the touch in her fingers. To me, those are wonderful things because you are seeing a person staring vacantly, suddenly come to life."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Second grade students at Panther Valley Elementary School chose to contribute $120 to the Panther Valley Public Library just in time for Christmas. Through a collection by the students, the contribution helps the library stay open a little while longer. Presenting the check to Deb Dodson from the library are students left to right Molly Jones, Emily Newton, Jacob Boyle, Dodson, Louie Clauser, Jason Lin, Patrick Boyle, and Kourtney Pilla.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL player, was the guest speaker for a school wide Panther Valley Anti Bullying Program at the three schools. He told the students, "It doesn't matter what you look like...you live in America." Fitzhugh played for the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns at one time and is quite the motivated speaker. He lives in Minnesota and is married with children of his own. "Respect yourself first," he told the children at PV Elementary School. He quickly related to that age group and got them involved in his message.