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Monday, December 6, 2010

Towamensing Township supervisors announced that both taxes and the garbage collection fee will remain the same for 2011.

They include a two-mill real estate tax, one-half of 1 percent earned income tax, $10 occupational privilege tax, $10 local services tax and $5 per capita tax.

Garbage rates are $150 for a family, $100 for two seniors and $80 for a single senior.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 is offering Driver Education Theory classes and Behind the Wheel training for qualified high school students in the following school districts: Allentown, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Salisbury Township and Whitehall-Coplay.

Winter theory classes will be begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Schnecksville.

Behind the wheel training is scheduled individually by the instructor.

Application can be found at www.cliu.org.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "The Fields."

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Well, here's an opportunity for you to see what you can do. The producers and directors of the movie, "The Fields" want you to make a 30-60 second mini-trailer for it. You must use original materials. Videos will be judged by the producers, directors and the public on YouTube.

Saturday, December 4, 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.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Detective Henry Woods, center, investigates the robbery scene at We R Cigarettes with fellow officers.

The first Friday of the month is usually a busy day for Ed Paperman, who operates a check cashing business out of his Tamaqua cigarette shop and mini-mart.

Paperman got more business than he expected Friday morning, but it was not the kind of business welcomed at his store, We R Cigarettes on Mauch Chunk Street.

Three masked gunmen entered the store shortly after 9 a.m. Customers were told to get down on the floor while one of the men leaped over the counter and forced Paperman at gunpoint to hand over the contents of his cash register.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Cub Scout Pack 138 of Jim Thorpe rode along with Frosty the Snowman during the Olde Time Christmas Parade in Jim Thorpe

Three weekends of Yuletide celebration kicked off in Jim Thorpe last night with a parade and ceremonial tree lighting by Santa Claus.

The Olde Time Christmas in Historic Jim Thorpe festivities opened with a parade beginning at the Immaculate Conception Church, and proceeding down a seasonally-adorned Broadway, which was brightened by holiday lights on trees, decorated homes and stores.

The parade was headed by Grand Marshall Mark Rosenberger, head coach of the Jim Thorpe Area High School football team.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Several weeks ago, Ben Bernanke decided that we needed some quantitative easing. What that really means is that the Federal Reserve is going to create $800 billion out of thin air and cause massive inflation. He believes that this cash infusion will create jobs in the marketplace and improve our economy. Bernanke, who spent most of his life in working in academia and government, currently serves as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In my opinion, he has no hands-on experience or understanding of what makes a company, business or small enterprise work.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Barry Gangwer of Weatherly presented "The Nativity Story in Music" Thursday night at the Bethany ECC Church in Tamaqua. The event was also part of the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas festival. Gangwer uses a variety of musical presentations to describe the events and characters of the Christmas Story. Barry has presented over 25 programs as part of the Weatherly Area Community Library's Music Appreciation program. He plays the oboe, English horn, and clarinet with the Lehighton Band and Zions Opera Worksop Orchestra.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lehighton Area Library is forming a book discussion group. The first informational/organizational meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Anyone interested is invited to bring suggestions. Call the library at (610) 377-2750 for details or to sign up.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Five defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.