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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

George Ashman, the Historical Society acquisitions person, was given an Irving Jelly etching by Connie and Bob Reinhart at the Dec. 12 banquet of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

He said it was being passed down and has found a permanent home with the society.

Member Mary Beth Beers said when she was a kid it didn't take much to make Christmas.

A dozen oranges were bought from Moony's for 69 cents. A big tree was brought in.

She is collecting Christmas memories for a book to be published.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Twenty-eight years ago, one of the hottest gifts beneath local Christmas trees was the 'Game of Tamaqua.'

Today, at least one of those games still exists, and in near-perfect condition.

Carol Umbriac of Lake Hauto discovered the 1983 game in a closet and took it to her job at Nancy's Fresh Cut Meats, Hometown, where employees and visitors enjoyed a trip down memory lane. The item is proving to be a conversation piece.

"I don't think it was played much," said Umbriac. "I can't remember."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Although the Panther Valley School Board on Tuesday approved a proposed $23,452,501 budget for next year that calls for a 5-mill property tax increase in Coaldale and a 2-mill jump in Carbon County, officials urged people not to panic because the spending plan has yet to reflect money expected from state gambling revenue.

The school board voted 6-2, with Mickey Angst and Irene Genther opposing, and Bill Hunsicker, Koreen Nalesnik, David Hiles, Anthony DeMarco, Michelle Markovich and president Jeff Markovich in favor.

Both Hiles and Demarco cautioned taxpayers to stay calm.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Christmas spirit appeared to have embraced the Panther Valley School Board on Tuesday, bringing the two warring factions together in unexpected harmony.

The board, currently composed of eight members with the resignation of Anthony Pondish, has been split on a contentious 4-4 on almost every issue.

But last night, peace reigned. Mostly.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Less than a year after undergoing some major changes, including requiring applicants to pay for the installation of the signs and designating the spaces as parking for the applicant only, Tamaqua's handicap parking policy is reverting back to most of the provisions of the old ordinance. Councilman Dan Evans, chairman of the parking and traffic committee, suggested that the $120 fee that was required with the application for a space be eliminated. The $120 was to help defray the cost of the installation of the signage, and had not been charged prior to February.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Borough Council has finally passed a balanced budget, however, it contains several drastic and some unexpected measures to meet the $229,000 deficit that existed prior to last night's meeting. Earlier this month, council discussed laying off one full time police officer. Despite several audience members' protests, council went ahead and approved the budget that contains that layoff. Additionally, the borough's community center is going to be put up for sale, a move that council members hope will generate $178,000, in addition to eliminating the costs of maintaining the building.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Senior students Zach Confer and Danielle McArdle were looking for a meaningful experience for their required Senior Project at Jim Thorpe Area High School, and a way to honor in memory of their friend Hunter K. Wolfe of Jim Thorpe.

In this season of gift giving, they organized "Hunter's Hope Toy Drive" in memory of Hunter, who lost his battle with leukemia in July.

The two students visited schools in the Jim Thorpe area, asking each student to bring in one unwrapped toy.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A multi-lot subdivision plan in Towamensing received the green light as long as additional conditions are met.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Planning Commission, the board voted to give Richard Morrissey, owner of The Shire at Emerald Hills, conditional plan approval for his proposed subdivision, located on Koch Road in Towamensing Township. The property abuts the Carbon/Monroe County boundary line. Plans call for subdividing 33.6377 acres into 20 lots.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 purchased and wrapped new toydonations for Access Service's Life adult and youth programs, which in totalbenefits over 1,100 children and adults with disabilities in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Anyone wanting to open their homes to a disabled child or individualis encouraged to call (570) 366-1154.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.