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Monday, November 25, 2013

A Rush Township business hopes to get a variance which will allow it to bottle and sell wine in Hometown.

Seitz Brothers Property Holdings, which presently operates a pest control and mold remediation company from a location on Claremont Avenue (SR309), Tamaqua, purchased the former Draper & Yost plumbing supply property at 1101 Hunter St. in Hometown earlier this year.

Monday, November 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Family practice physician Dr. Syed Zia, left, has opened his new office, Blue Mountain Family Medicine, in Palmerton. Here, he performs a mock body fat analysis check on Alissa Mathisen, physical therapist at Blue Mountain Health System.

A new family practice physician's office in Palmerton has opened in style.

Blue Mountain Family Medicine, located at 555 Delaware Ave., Suite 1, greeted visitors on Thursday with an open house/health fair.

Those who attended had the opportunity to meet Blue Mountain Health System's new family practice physician, Dr. Syed Zia, MD.

Zia said his practice will treat patients of all ages for acute care, complex physical issues, and behavioral issues.

"It's a nice, pretty town," Zia said. "They have a need for a primary care physician."

Monday, November 25, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS George Roberts and Nick Hawkey, hosts on the Dream Come True Telethon take the time to thank Leilani Bennett, Hugh Bennett, Tony Badamo, Gary Grauvogel and Lori Grauvogel, members of Blue Mountain Kodas; Wayne Halliday, organizer of the United Dream Ride Legion Riders, Greg Heller, Deborah Shaver, John DeFazio, Frank Mittermeier and Everett Shaver, for the donation of $15,676.50, that was raised during the United Dream Ride on Sept. 15.

How does the local chapter of Dream Come True raise enough money each year to make children smile?

It's the little donations that make up a lot of the funds that help make dreams happen, but it's the big donors who make the biggest impact. This year's telethon raised $74,749.

The largest donation of $18,255, raised during the 26th annual Lehigh Township Benefit Festival and Car Show held Oct. 6 at Becky's Drive In was presented by Barbara Finley, who has been an employee of Becky's Drive In for nearly 40 years.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Franklin Township residents will not see any changes in garbage collection due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A recount of votes cast in the Nov. 5 General Municipal Election for the offices of district attorney for Schuylkill County, supervisor for Schuylkill Township, and mayor of Mahanoy City will take place tomorrow in the juror lounge in the rear of courtroom seven at the courthouse in Pottsville. The recount will begin at 9 a.m., according to an order issued by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carbon County's municipalities and school districts will receive a share of a $75,000 settlement.

During a recent meeting of the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee, which is comprised of representatives from every municipality and school district in the county, the board voted to accept the settlement offer from Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, the insurance company handling all bond claims against Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, former earned income tax collector.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative will present a bigger and better "Christmas in the Park," an Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton, rain or shine. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with Christmas Carols while Senior Girl Scouts Troop 583, provide hot cocoa.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carbon County Fair will hold its annual Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Mahoning Valley Ambulance. This event is open to fair board members, volunteers, Lions, Lioness, and diamond level sponsors and their family and friends.

The ticket includes dinner, a visit from Santa, and live entertainment by Robin and Jim, featuring Robin Sands Seip. Music from the 40s through the present will be offered with dancing. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-325-8685.

Monday, November 25, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driver of this car was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Rush Township. The driver, whose name has not been released by police, was traveling west on Pine Creek Drive (SR 54) around 5 a.m. when he lost control and crashed into this utility pole. Trapped in the vehicle for 30 minutes, he was extricated by members of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, assisted by firefighters from the Hometown, Quakake and Ryan Township Fire Companies. Rush Township and Tamaqua Police, as well as Hometown and Tamaqua Fire Police also assisted at the scene.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The ninth annual Christmas in the Country event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, at Country Inn and Suites, Route 209, in Franklin Township.

Everyone is invited to drop off a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive or canned goods for the food drive.

There will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, as well as complimentary cookies, punch and coffee. Santa will visit during the event.