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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Michele Huszar recently opened Michele's Hair Salon at 170 S. Third St., Lehighton. Her shop is spacious and comfortable. She offers hair cuts for men, women and children, along with perms and color treatments.

About six years ago, Michele Huszar said she tried to fit into the traditional job scene, but found that she missed working with people and doing hair.

"I found that I didn't fit in the office work world," she said. "I missed the flexibility of owning my own shop and being my own boss. I really missed the work," she said. "I missed all my customers."

Today's she's fulfilling her ambition.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army traveled via S.T.S. bus to Pottsville to entertain residents at the Golden Living Center-York Terrace. In addition to enjoying a handbell choir from the Salvation Army's Older and Bolder group, residents also got a suprise visit from Santa Claus, who handed out candy canes. Dina Depos, program's coordinator, Salvation Army, said, "The Schuylkill Transportation System also worked in partnership with the Tamaqua Salvation Army for the visit."Vincent Ferriazi, resident, plays Christmas songs on the piano during the event. Ferriazi was a member of the American Band Stand - American Steel Peer.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Newcomer Robin Distler is the newest school director on the Northern Lehigh School Board.

Northern Lehigh School District will not raise taxes above the Act 1 index in the 2012-13 school year.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to adopt a resolution to leave the index at 1.7-percent, whereby the adjusted index is 2.3-percent.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, told the board "we're feeling very confident that won't happen."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Barbara Mooney watches as Lorraine Mineo shows her how to put a wreath together.

With beautiful weather on Dec. 3, the activities were held outside for the open house at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Kathy Romano, representing the Nature Center, said, "Bill and Lorraine Mineo graciously brought the greens. We thought we'd stay outside because it's so nice."

In addition to the greens, Mineos bring bows and pinecones to decorate the wreaths and swags.

New among the greens was Japanese variegated red pine which was shades of yellow with some green mixed on the same branch. "Aren't these beautiful," said B. Mineo.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In 2011, 712 hours were spent observing and counting hawks.

Black Vulture - 246

Turkey Vulture - 1,052

Osprey - 366

Bald Eagle - 220

Northern Harrier - 52

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3,354

Cooper's Hawk - 190

Northern Goshawk - 14

Red-shouldered Hawk - 62

Broad-winged Hawk - 8,567

Red-tail Hawk - 1,056

Golden Eagle - 74

American Kestrel - 120

Merlin - 79

Peregrine Falcon - 62

Unrecognized - 168

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Little Angels preschoolers helped to collect food for their local food pantry. Partnering with Our Lady of the Angels Academy, the preschool class was asked to donate Jello or pudding.

Front row, from left: Henry Snyder, Brigid Knepper, Isabella Horvat, Jase Horvath. Middle row: Olivia Thomas, Matthew Mullen, Michael Strucko, Connor Rehnert. Back row: Lorah Thomas, Michael Williams, Isabella Miller, Morgan O'Brien, Marissa Blasko, Micah Lawson. Absent from photo: Frank Shubeck and London Vavro.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the West Penn Lions Club held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Gathering at the West Penn Annex recently. In addition to the festive tree lighting, attending families were treated to free snacks, refreshments, music, Christmas songs and visit by Santa, who asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas. Autumn Scott, 5, enjoys the newly lit West Penn Christmas tree with Santa Claus. Autumn is the daughter of Tina and Michael Scott of New Ringgold.

Members of the West Penn Lions Club held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Gathering at the West Penn Annex recently. In addition to the festive tree lighting, attending families were treated to free snacks, refreshments, music, Christmas songs and visit by Santa, who asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Delano Township man was found guilty by a jury in drug trafficking following a one day trial Monday in Schuylkill County court.

Ronald L. Kennedy, 32, of 44 Walnut St., was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. President Judge WilliamE. Baldwin deferred sentencing to a later date and fixed bail at $10,000 percentage bail.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The seventh grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy won first place for decorating their classroom door during "Red Ribbon Week." The students made different flavor ice cream cones with the slogan "Too Cool For Drugs." Left side, front to back: Amarynth Ruch, Shawna McArdle, Britney Ziegler, Hanna Dowd and Ms. Donahue. Right side, front to back: Anthony Collevechio, William Cuevas, Joseph Stawiarski, Nicholas Maruschak, and William Cannon.