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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Summit Hill man went on trial yesterday in Carbon County court charged with deliberately setting 16 brush fires in the Lower Towamensing Township area of the county in 2008.

Frank Duane Swartz, 45, is facing 60 felony counts including arson-danger of death or bodily injury; arson-endangering property-reckless endangerment of inhabited buildings; possession of explosive/incendiary materials; risking a catastrophe; and maliciously setting/causing fire to a forest. If convicted of the charges he facing a minimum prison term of about 20 years.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

American Red Cross, Northeastern Pennsylvania Region will hold Red Cross bloodmobiles on the following dates.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact: Shannon Ludwig at (570) 823-7164, ext. 2103; or email LudwigS@usa.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

* Friday, Dec. 9, noon to 5 p.m. Masonic Hall, 145 North 7th Street, Lehighton.

* Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1 to 6 p.m., Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, 101 West 10th Street, Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh School Board directors on hand for Monday's reorganizational meeting include (front row, l-r) Robin Distler, Natalie Green, Donna Kulp, Lauren Ganser (back row, l-r), Mathias Green, board President Edward Hartman, Gregory Williams, Raymond Follweiler, and board Vice President Gary Fedorcha.

A pair of incumbents have retained their respective posts on the Northern Lehigh School Board.

Director Edward Hartman was unanimously reappointed as board president, while Director Gary Fedorcha was unanimously reappointed as board vice president.

Hartman was nominated for board president by Director Donna Kulp, while Fedorcha was nominated for vice president by Director Raymond Follweiler.

Afterward, both incumbents congratulated each other on their respective reappointments.

Also as part of the reorganization, one new director was seated on the board.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Raider Cheerleaders who volunteered their time helping at the holiday event included, from left, Merranda Zehner, 13, Alissa Hollenbach, 12, Amy Bachert, 14, Gabby Freed, 15, Emily Ward, 15, and Krissy Gilbert, 16.

Santa greeted families during the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's annual Breakfast With Santa held on Saturday in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua Salvation Army community center as part of the Spirit of Christmas Festival.

The event also consisted of photos with Santa and entertainment by the Salvation Army handbell choir.

Event organizers Jason and Cindy Boris, who registered all the families as they arrive, were thankful to all who participated and volunteered their time for the event.

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