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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tamaqua Middle School Council is one of the award winners in the 2010 Make A Difference Day announced at the public meeting of the Schuylkill County Commissioners held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The council has participated since 1999 in the County Collectibles campaign to donate canned food items to five Human Service agencies and to the 18 food pantries in the county. They had won the awards in Special Commendations from the county commissioners and a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Tim Holden in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Pete Beblavy

Rory Koons, president of the Aquashicola Fire Company welcomed members, friends and supporters of the fire company to a Christmas party held at the Blue Ridge Country Club on Sunday.

He said a moment should be spent to remember those who could not be there such as Jeff Bartholomew. "He always attends but is having a tough time. He sent a card saying he and his wife Lisa always had a great time. We hope he gets well soon." Enclosed was a check for $2,000.

Louise Koons gave the blessing and handed out gifts for a free drawing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's the day avid snow skiing enthusiasts have salivated over for months.

In what will be an early Christmas present for skiers, Blue Mountain Ski Area will open its slopes at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow for the 2010-11 winter season.

Marketing director Heidi Lutz said the ski area has met its targeted opening date several weeks after it first began snowmaking on Nov. 26.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tamaqua Borough Council has been informed that there have been some last minute changes to the central business district transportation project that is scheduled for construction next spring.

Originally, the traffic improvements were to include left turn arrows at the Five Points intersection, along north and south on SR309. At Tuesday night's meeting borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt said that after meeting with PennDOT last week, he was informed that it had repeated a traffic study on the area and felt that the left turn signals were not warranted.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Sunday School Class at St. John's Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning collected items to be sent to the troops in Afghanistan for Christmas. They turned the things over to the VFW Post 8008 for packing and mailing. Back row, accepting the gifts are Walter Breiner, VFW 8008 commander; Ted Dacey, VFW chaplain; Jim Mulholland, VFW senior vice commander; Rev. Robert Teklinski, church pastor; Eugene Hrebik, church president. Presenting the donations were class students Matt Hilbert, Bobby Stempa, Kira Thomas, Shelby Stempa, Alexsya Thomas, Brody Breiner, and Gabe Thomas.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Representatives of the Concern Treatment Unit for Boys accept the Safe Kids Appreciation Award from Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, right. Concern representatives are, from left, Jane Longazel, director of Concern Treatment Unit for Boys; Cam Yanero, youth worker 2; Justin Beamer and Keion, both students at Concern. For over a decade, the boys at Concern have helped Safe Kids in various ways.

Safe Kids CarbonCounty Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for theirdedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual award and appreciation luncheon at Macaluso's Restaurant in Nesquehoning, Evalynn Kuehner, supervisor for the Carbon County Right From The Start program and early care and education community engagement coordinator/LCCC; and the Concern Treatment Unit for Boys were recognized for their contributions to the group.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students in Dave Webb's fourth grade class at Pleasant Valley Elementary School recently wrote to Jerry Spinelli with questions and received answers from the Newbery Award-winning author. The interview was published in their class newspaper and also as a video podcast on their Web page, www.youtube.com/webbcasts. Shown with their Spinelli books are first row, from left: Daniel Weiss and Jack Robinson. Second row: Ben Jacoby, Brianna Lutz, Julia Garbacz, Andrea Janak, and Sydney Martinez. Row three: Rejhan Sabovic, Erin Connolly, Nic Mazzella, Meara Hanyon, and Dale Roberts.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
MARY TOBIA/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School Drama club members Monica Handwerk, left, and Lydia Anthony, right, practice one of their poses before the school's Palmerton Junior Senior High Drama clubs presentation of "A Night of One Act Plays." The young ladies portrayed lobsters in the play called "In The Tank."

The Palmerton Area High School Drama Club recently presented a performance entitled "A Night of One Act Plays," in the high school auditorium.

The first act was a comical performance with Lydia Anthony as Harry and Monica Handwerk as Angela and was entitled "In the Tank," by Frisino Toohey. The two girls portrayed lobsters living in a tank at a seafood restaurant.

Even though it was amusing, the girls left the audience thinking about some very serious matters about the value of life and the importance of making every moment count.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Brandi and Stephanie Bankos add the finishing touches to a swag.

The basement room that has been designated for a laboratory was used for the crafts that are provided at the annual Christmas open house held in the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The Dec. 4 open house added pine cone angels to its list of crafts, but for size and the number of people working on them, the wreaths and swags were still the most popular. Extra tables had to be set up as people continued to come.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jim Gabovitz and Carl Griffin received coservation awards from Dan Kunkle, center, of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Both have volunteer many hours at the center especially working on the trails.

Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, attended the Dec. 1 meeting of the Allentown Hiking Club to present conservation awards to two members.

The awards are for outstanding support of the mission of the center and are chosen with no set basis for that choice by the Friends of Lehigh Gap - just a matter of considering someone worthy through their support.

Janet Goloub of Trichlers, a member of the hiking club, became interested in the work at the Gap and asked Kunkle to talk at the club meeting.