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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lansford residents are invited to join a strong coalition of folks who are making the town a better place to live and work.

Lansford Alive is conducting its annual membership drive. The all-volunteer nonprofit community improvement group is working hard to bring the borough back to its former vitality by encouraging business, providing fun community events and recognizing residents who contribute to a positive standard of living.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department

Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department celebrated "Christmas Around the World" at its 19th annual holiday music program on Thursday evening to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the arts.

According to Thomas Weidner, fifth and sixth grade band and chorus director, "Our students have been working very hard since late August to present an outstanding program to the Lehighton community."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Two visitors brought questions for Polk Township supervisors a the board's mundane Monday meeting this week.

The first to speak was Ian Saviet, a Life rank Boy Scout from Troop 113, which meets at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

He asked if the township could give him a little area of land which is not being used on which he would like to erect a monument to honor local Iraq and Afghanistan service personnel as his Eagle Scout project.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Pat DeLong recently published her second book, "The Amethyst Crystal." In addition she added to and made improvements in her first one, "Life and Times of Billy 'the Kid,' the Amazing Life of an Ordinary Kid."

In early December she visited the East Penn and Franklin Elementary schools and parts of each book were read to the students. Her sister Jill, a former East Penn teacher, accompanied her to the school and did the reading.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Shawn E. Clark believes that funerals shouldn't break the bank.

"People pay for funerals with their hard-earned dollars, they shouldn't have to use their life savings, too," he says.

With that philosophy, Clark introduced the Shawn E. Clark Funeral Home, 200 East Bertsch St., Lansford. The business opened its doors this week, operating out of a well-known corner property that's served as a funeral home for almost 80 years, starting as Holmes Funeral Home in the 1930s.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Missouri firm has purchased Jack Frost/Big Boulder ski resorts, Blakeslee, from Blue Ridge Real Estate Company for $9 million.

Peak Resorts Inc., of Wildwood, Mo. has operated the resorts since 2005.

"We're really excited to finally have this deal done. They are really important places to us, and we're thrilled to have them," said Peak Resorts Chief Operating Officer Jesse Boyd.

The sale of Jack Frost/Big Boulder, formerly owned by Blue Ridge Real Estate, was finalized on Friday, Dec. 16, Boyd said, and made public Monday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Beaver Meadows man, who was in Carbon County court on Monday for DUI charges, may face additional charges after he appeared before Judge Steven Serfass intoxicated.

Thomas Allan Gerhard, 49, initially entered a guilty plea for one charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident occurred on Oct. 4, 2011, along Broad Street in Beaver Meadows. At that time, tests showed that Gerhard's blood alcohol content was .30. This was his first offense.

At the time of sentencing, Serfass questioned if Gerhard was currently under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students at the RushElementary School in Hometown made Christmas cards for troops overseas.Students from each class from left are Brock Roberts, 5, Shaina Ristila, 6, Nolan Dietrich, 7,Landan Preister, 5,Megan Logan, 7, Tyler Petrucci, 6, Adam Green, 6, Tavio Pavia, 7, Kyra Thomas, 6, and Sophia Walker, 6. Picturedin back, from left, are nurse Elaine Fowler and teachers Diane Michalik and Charise Fiorilla.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Carbon County Court of Common Pleas will host the annual swearing-in ceremony for all Carbon County officials on Jan. 3, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. prevailing time, in courtroom 1, Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

This year's ceremony will include the swearing in of Joseph J. Matika as the 19th judge of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas and will also include the swearing in of President Judge Roger N. Nanovic following his retention election. Others sworn in include the Carbon County commissioners, row officers and court officials who were elected this past November.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Over 900 youth with 996 horses participated in performance and production classes and special events at the 52nd Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show held recently at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

The state show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance and production projects.