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Friday, December 17, 2010

Carbon retirees will receive an increase in their pension checks in 2011.

On Thursday, during the final Carbon County Retirement Board meeting of the year, officials voted to give county retirees a 90 percent cost-of-living raise on pension checks, based on the Consumer Price Index.

The cost-of-living increase will cost the county $106,000.

Last December, the board did not act on a cost-of-living increase for 2010 because the Consumer Price Index information showed no increase would occur.

Friday, December 17, 2010
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Salvation Army red kettle stand sits unmanned at a local collection site.

Unmanned red kettle stands are another sign of tough times for the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Despite many contributions from the community and other organizations, donations and volunteers are down greatly this year for the organization's annual red kettle fundraising campaign.

"We only have seven days left for our red kettle campaign, and we are only half way to our goal," Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army said.

"During the evening hours, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., we only have three out of 10 locations manned Monday to Saturday."

Friday, December 17, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS St Jerome's new music director Paul Mulhern rallies the students for their dance performance in the aisles during the St Jerome Regional School's first annual Performing Arts Christmas Concert held Thursday night.

More than 150 St Jerome Regional School students in grades kindergarten to 8th grade entertained an overflowing audience by singing and dancing Thursday during the second of two concerts held as part of their first annual St Jerome Performing Arts Christmas Concert held in the school's gym.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Weissport Area Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, will host a Christmas party at the Weissport Municipal building from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. Children and grandchildren of residents of Weissport are invited to attend. Santa Claus is scheduled to visit.

Friday, December 17, 2010

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through the house.... a traditional telling of a wonderful old story comes to Penn's Peak Radio for the second year on the office party with The Doctor!

The event will occur on Dec. 23 between 10 a.m. and noon at the Penn's Peak Radio Studios. Registration for the event is going on now at pennspeakradio.com.

Every child that is randomly chosen (7 total) will receive a very special gift and a DVD Copy of their time at the radio station from Santa and Mrs. Claus thanks to the sponsors.

Friday, December 17, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS ATV operated by Brock Mitchell, 17, of Summit Hill, is heavily damaged following an accident with a car last night in Summit Hill. Mitchell was flown by helicopter to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

A Summit Hill teen, who is the top scorer on the Panther Valley High School boys' basketball team, was seriously injured in an accident last night, after his ATV collided with a car.

Brock Mitchell, 17, of East Fell Street, was transported by helicopter to a Lehigh Valley hospital following the crash, which occurred at about 8:40 on Pine Street (Route 902) in Summit Hill.

The extent of Mitchell's injuries was not known, but reportedly one of the injuries he sustained was a fractured ankle.

Friday, December 17, 2010
Scaring up smiles in the pumpkin patch

This little Grandest Kid scarecrow only scares up lots of hugs and kisses from his grandparents, Paul and Kathy Bartell of Barnesville and David and Gayle Hadesty of Tamaqua. Joshua Paul Hadesty, seven and a half months old is the son of Dana and Heather Hadesty, Tamaqua.

Friday, December 17, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Anthony and Anne Michele Rutch, 741 E. Patterson St., won in the category of "Lighting" in Lansford Alive!'s ninth annual Christmas House Decorating Contest.

Christmas carols wafted through the cold, clear night air as members of Lansford Alive! slowly toured the borough in search of the very best Christmas displays of twinkling lights, crèches, bells and bows.

The community improvement group held its ninth annual Christmas House Decorating Contest Thursday, a challenge that saw some perennial and some first-time winners in the six categories. The winners had signs placed at the houses, and received gift certificates for Lansford Alive! member businesses.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Three Christmas Eve services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets, Lehighton. Service times are 7, 9 and 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 and each service will be preceded with 20 minutes of special Christmas music performed by vocalists and musicians from that congregation.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Byzantine Catholic Churches of the Panther Valley, St. John the Baptist, 104 E. Bertsch Street and St. Mary's, 141 W. High Street, Nesquehoning, have announced their Christmas schedule.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 – St. John's: 6 p.m. Confessions and 6:30 p.m. - Christmas Moleben;

Wednesday, Dec. 21 – St. Mary's: 6 p.m. - Confessions and 6:30 p.m. - Christmas Moleben;

Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve - St. Mary's: 6 p.m. - Divine Liturgy;

St. John's: 8 p.m. - Great Compline and 8:30 p.m. - Divine Liturgy;