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Saturday, December 4, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Promo for the movie made in Kunkletown, titled "The Fields," written by Kunkletown's own, Harrison Smith.

A young boy spends the fall of 1973 on his grandparents' farm in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They are terrorized by a presence emanating from the miles of cornfields surrounding their home. His grandmother constantly admonishes, "Stay out of the corn." So of course, he wonders, what is in the corn?

Saturday, December 4, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cloris Leachman, left, gets some direction from "The Fields" directors, Tom Mattera, center, and David Mazzoni, in checkered hat.

During the making of any movie, there are moments that stand out. For the production and cast members of "The Fields," here are a few highlights they recall.

Cloris Leachman, actress: "When I ate at a lovely tavern (The Jupiter) in the town of Kunkletown."

Bev Appleton, actor: "Had the opportunity to play opposite one of the great ladies ... Cloris Leachman."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Christmas Gathering at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Road, Lehighton. Lehighton Council will be furnishing beverages. Those attending should bring a favorite hors d'oeuvres, snacks or desserts to share with Chamber members. Also, feel free to bring an adult beverage.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

HARRISBURG - Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) today announced that residents of the 122nd Legislative District can contact his Tamaqua district office with any state related questions or concerns while Rep.-elect Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) is preparing his district office.

"Changing from one legislator to another takes time," said Knowles. "I am happy to help while Rep.-elect Heffley gets his office up and running. Residents of his district can feel free to call or visit my Tamaqua office during the transition."

Saturday, December 4, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At audition, Madeline Millard performs for choreographer Theressa DuBois of Lehighton's Deaf Welcome Center, as Lisa Giordano, wife of lead singer CMG and mom, Stephanie Millard, enjoy.

A dance music video for the deaf.

What?

Well, what seems not to be possible, is possible and has happened in Carbon County thanks to a collaboration of New York City-based dance music recording artists and Lehighton's Deaf Welcome Center.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
(Photo-illustration by Al Zagofsky) @Caption Stand Alone:Jim Thorpe Irish Hat Was Jim Thorpe Irish? Thousands of revelers in the town that bears his name would swear to it on St. Patty's day. Yet, his biographer has doubts.

"Was Jim Thorpe Irish?" asked Rita O'Donnell as she queried from a porch walk on Broadway in the Historic District of Jim Thorpe. "A visitor asked me and I didn't know what to say," she continued. "Wasn't he Native American?"

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.