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Friday, December 3, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS In this scene Anne (Kaitlin Brown) meets Rachel Linde, a neighbor, left, (McKenna Sickles) who made some disparaging remarks about Anne's appearance and Anne quickly lets her know she is not pleased, much to Marilla's discomfort (Brenna Norlander) and Matthew's delight (Adam Parham).

Pleasant Valley High School will present its fall drama, "Anne of Green Gables,) on Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. in the new auditorium.

Under the direction of Dan and Marcie Mulligan, "Anne of Green Gables" features a cast of 29 students who retell the much-loved story of Anne Shirley, an adopted orphan girl with a giant imagination and an unbridled enthusiasm that lights up her new found home on Prince Edward Island. This is a must see show for the whole family this holiday season.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Julius Charles Enoe, 31, of Reading, who faces criminal homicide, lost his appeal in Schuylkill County court to prevent the district attorney from seeking the death penalty if he is found guilty by a jury.

Judge Jacqueline Russell ruled, "Because the law provides that where 'evidence exists to support any aggravating factor, the prosecutor's discretion in proceeding with the case as capital should not be disturbed'"

Friday, December 3, 2010

The seventh annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township. Everyone is invited to stop by and drop off an new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive. There will be a large Chinese auction, hot dog sale, complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the the event. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, coordinated by the Carbon Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 996.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Carbon County officials discussed a challenge that they will face as 2011 unfolds.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed funding cuts on state and federal levels that will create obstacles for the county to operate in the black.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, pointed out that there are numerous reductions in funding in the weekly agenda, including losing thousands of dollars in human services funding.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Panther Valley Public Library has scheduled a sleighful of December activities. The library, at 117 E. Bertsch Street in Lansford, will offer Crafts for Kids from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Friday, December 3, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A historic Tamaqua Holiday Walking Lantern Tour was provided to the public via Tamaqua Historical Society volunteers on Thursday through the downtown as part of the many activities planned during the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas. They also stopped at the Burkhardt Moser Log Cabin, the first home in Tamaqua, which is located to the rear of 307 E. Broad St. If you missed this tour there are more tours of the Moser Log Cabin this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, December 3, 2010

AccuWeather.com reports for millions of people hoping for a white Christmas this year, AccuWeather.com Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi has good news, especially for residents of the East.

Bastardi says that more than 50 percent of the country may be covered with an inch or more of snow on Christmas Day, which is quite a feat considering the average coverage is usually between 25 and 35 percent.

Looking at the current snow cover across the U.S., it is evident that we have a long way to go in order to get more than half of the country whitened by Christmas.

Friday, December 3, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

MaryEllen Salerno, president of the Carbon County Republican Club, stands in front of large poster containing a quote by former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, at the GOP office on South First Street in Lehighton. Other photos show office decorated for the Christmas holiday season.

Friday, December 3, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Tamaqua firefighters, fire police, and other emergency personnel responded quickly to a pull box alarm call of a garage fire in the center and rear of the 400 block of E. Union St. Reportedly, aresident in his garage was smoking and accidentally lit his recliner on fire. Fire Chief Tom Hartz Sr. was walking his dog when he noticed the smoke and called for a response. The resident, also noticing that his recliner was on fire, extinguished it. No one was hurt.

Friday, December 3, 2010
 LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Dave Shallcross, the Community Liaison of the PA Office of Attorney General, Public Protection Division, was a guest speaker at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County's Annual Holiday Program and offered several holiday safety and shopping tips.

"The holiday season is here. Don't let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it's an opportune time for crime," advised Dave Shallcross, the Community Liaison of the PA Office of Attorney General, Public Protection Division. He was a guest speaker at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County's Annual Holiday Program and offered several holiday safety and shopping tips.