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Thursday, December 16, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the girl scouts who participated, from front left, are Kallia Wall, Emily Fremburg, McKayla Wall, Emma Osenbach, and Evelyn Zizelmann. Pictured from back left are Tamaqua Lion Club Sight Night co-chair Erica Dolan, girl scouts Rachael Paisley, Megan Bolton, and Tamaqua Lion Club Sight Night co-chair Sue Dolan. Other girl scouts who collected over 10 glasses, not pictured, were Alexandra Miller, Hannah Reed, Ashley DeAngelo, Kaitlyn Bender, Britney Miller, Briana Kromer, Megan Logan, Kaitlyn Van Horn, Britney Tertel, Victoria Carrell, Kyrsten Milot, Madison Kohlmeir, Kaya Lutz, Talida Lewis, Savannah Alfaro, and Courtney Miller.

Girl Scouts from Tamaqua service unit 310 collected hundreds of sunglasses for the Tamaqua Lions Club "Sight Night" with scouts. Sight Night: Scaring Up Eyeglasses for Those in Need

Thursday, December 16, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the "Give Her a Chance" forum at Pleasant Valley High School were, left to right, Dr. Jennifer Weatherford, Director of Global Initiatives and International Programs at Cedar Crest College, Paige McKinsey, PVHS senior who coordinated the event, Alice Koehler of the Peace Corps and Dr. Molly Whalen, Director of Women's Studies/Women's Center at East Stroudsburg University.

Only three out of 1,000 Afghan women can read or write.

For every 100 boys not in school in Iraq, there are 316 girls not in school.

Educated girls are less vulnerable than uneducated girls to HIV infection.

These are just a few of the facts that Paige McKinsey shared with the audience at the "Give Her A Chance" forum held at Pleasant Valley High School Friday, Dec. 10.

McKinsey, a senior at PVHS, coordinated the event for her senior project.

"This is something I'm very passionate about," she told the audience.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Boyer's Food Market, Cedar Street, Tamaqua, purchased $500 worth of new toys for the Marine Corps League Toys For Tots program for underprivileged children. The money was raised from fees collected from the store's parking lot for the months of October and November. Displaying some of the toys to be donated are, from left, Mike Casella, store manager; and employees Holly Gergar, Shelly Young and Jason Kendricks.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Scranton Diocese celebrated Mass on Wednesday, Dec. 8 with the Marian High School community on the school campus in Hometown.

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM principal at Marian extended the offer to celebrate Mass, observe the school and converse with the student body.

Over 100 students from the Hazleton School District and Scranton Diocese currently attend classes at Marian.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Schuylkill Haven Army Reserve 365 Engineer Battalion held its children's Christmas party for the second year in the gym of the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Officers of both the Army Battalion and Tamaqua Salvation Army both pointed out the enjoyment of working together for the holidays.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PennDOT representatives explain the construction of the S-curve in Hauto to Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Nesquehoning's borough taxes will increase by 2.5 mills next year.

David Hawk councilman, explained the break down. There will be no full-time police officer hired next year and the budget amount was revised.

The sanitation rate will remain the same with no increase.

Two handicapped parking places were approved. One at 155 E. Catawissa St. and the other at 146 E. Catawissa St.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Carbon County inmates can expect to pay more during their prison stays starting on Jan. 1.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, the board voted to raise the daily room and board rate; as well as the medical service rates.

The new rates, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, are $20 a day for room and board and $15 for all doctor and nurse visits. Currently, sentenced inmates are charged $15 a day for room and board; $5 a day for doctor visits; and nothing for nurse visits.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Strike a balance between the educational needs of the students with a keen eye on how it will affect the taxpayers in the district.

Such is the task faced by Palmerton Area School Board's Budget and Finance Committee, which met on Wednesday in an attempt to piece together the 2011-12 budget.

Committee members Barry Scherer and Michael Ballard were joined by Superintendent Carol Boyce. Committee members Carl Bieling and Susan Debski were absent.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Massar's Notary Service, 25 N. Railroad Street, Tamaqua, held a ribbon cutting on Dec. 15. Cutting the ribbon is owner Debbie Massar (center), who is joined by Linda Yulanavage (left), executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and Patricia Freeh Stefanek (right), chairperson of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

Massar's Notary Service, 25 North Railroad Street, Tamaqua, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its office, located across from Depot Square Park.

Debbie Massar, owner of the Notary Service, has been a regular Notary Public for four years and a full Notary for a year and a half. Prior to setting up shop on N. Railroad Street (Route 309), she operated her Notary business out of her Pine Street residence.

Massar said she was trained as a Notary by Lee Kostin of Kostin's Notary Service.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, inducted 81 members into its Future Business Leaders of America Chapter at the weekly Mass.

The Pa. FBLA theme this year is "Breaking Barriers" and the club will be raising money for "Teen Challenge," a residential center for people of all ages demonstrating a need for intensive help with life controlling problems.