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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This morning's steady downpour and numerous flash floods made driving around our area treacherous. Pictured is Rt. 54 flooded in Barnesville.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Four area residents were among 14 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin this week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Using a variety of recorded music, a program about the events and characters of the Nativity Story will be presented free of charge on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 223 East Broad Street in Tamaqua.

The program is one of the opening events for Tamaqua's "Spirit of Christmas" celebration, which runs through Sunday.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Tamaqua woman was one of nine people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Jacquelyn Russell recently.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Santa Claus visits the Tamaqua Salvation Army during one of his annual breakfast appearances, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission. Breakfast With Santa is one of the events in Tamaqua's four-day Spirit of Christmas festival, Dec. 2-5.

Tamaqua is kicking off its annual Spirit of Christmas Festival on Thursday, Dec. 2.

The four-day festival runs through Sunday, Dec. 5.

The fest combines the efforts of several organizations, including the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, Tamaqua Historical Society, Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission and Tamaqua Beautification Association.

Several popular attractions will once again be held during this year's festival, including the Santa Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas tree and cookie contests and the community tree lighting.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton, is hosting its annual Christmas Festival and Holiday Gift Shop this weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 4; and Sunday, Dec. 5 the school will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.There will be a guest appearance by Frosty the Snowman.

More than 30 local businesses will be offering items for all your holiday needs. There will be clothing, food, gifts, decorations, fitness items and toys.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 invites people to bring new, unwrapped toys to its Dec. 12 breakfast to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign. Please do not bring stuffed animals, however.

The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the fire company at (570)386-8866.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A homeowner on Pine Creek Drive, SR54, in Hometown, was surprised to notice that he doesn't have a way to enter or exit his driveway after a large tree collapsed over it recently.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The following recalls were issued Nov. 21-24 by federal and state agencies:

Carafes: J & H International is recalling Kitchentrend stainless steel carafes sold at Macy's September -October 2010. The handle can come loose from the body of the carafe and cause liquid to spill, posing a burn hazard. Consumers should return the carafe to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers can also contact J & H International, 800-770-3214.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

* Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4 to 8 p.m., East Stroudsburg Elementary, 30 Independence Rd, East Stroudsburg; call Lisa Oser at (570) 595-7790.

* Thursday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Palmerton High School, 3525 Fireline Rd, Palmerton; call Carol Andrews, (610) 826-3155.

* Friday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4:30 p.m., Ahart's Market, Routes 115 and 940, Blakeslee; call (570) 646-8155.

* Monday, Dec 6, from 3 to 7:40 p.m., Weis Market, 100 Weis Lane, West Hazleton; call (570) 455-0612.