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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has lots of fun activities to brighten these dreary days.

*There will be a free Children's Christmas Party, from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 10. A special guest from the North Pole will read a book to the children. There will be door prizes for the children. top attend the party, children must be registered by Wednesday, Dec. 7. To register, call the library at (570) 645-3780. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Western Pocono Lions adding their muscle to the international tree planting service project in Eldred Township are, from left, Jon Evans, Lions President Charles Rush, Herman Green and PDG Bob Argot and Mary Jane Lucrezi, photographer. Jeff Hinton joined the activity at other sites.

Lions Clubs International President, Dr. Wing-Kun Tam Hong Kong, China, hopes world Lions will plant a million trees. That means planting approximately one tree for every member.

The Western Pocono Lions Club has taken that project to heart and has already planted trees at five local townships, including Chestnuthill, Eldred, Hamilton, Polk and Ross. The club has also planted one at the Western Pocono Community Library.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
2010 FILE PHOTO/ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Historical Society's Candlelit Walking Tour will be held today starting at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 116 West Broad Street. No registration is required. The tour will be led by Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society, and is the first of many holiday events being held as part of the 4-day Tamaqua Spirit of ChristmasFestival. For a complete list of festival events, look in yesterday's TIMES NEWS or visit www.tamaqua.net.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS State Sen. David Argall, seated, and state Representatives Jerry Knowles, left, and Doyle Heffley, visited the TIMES NEWS office in Mahoning Township to discuss redistricting.

Three local state lawmakers say nothing can be done to prevent legislative redistricting, which moves Summit Hill from the 122nd to the 124th Legislative District.

This means that the residents of Summit Hill will no longer be represented by state Rep. Doyle Heffley. Their new representative will be Rep. Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua.

The same state Reapportionment Plan moves Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, and parts of Monroe County to a new senatorial district.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right, Pat Candela, Cindy Johnson and Robin Serfass, members of the PV Proud team, participated in the Walk Now for Autism event.

On Sunday, October 9, over 30 members of the PV Proud team participated in the Walk Now for Autism endorsed by Autism Speaks at Pocono Raceway.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism, and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the Honor Roll in the first marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

Principal's List – 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct. They are: Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Jason Bauder, Hailey Hoffman, Kennedy Malsch, Benjamin Slaw and Kaia Slaw.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital staff Hollie Gibbons, manager, Disease Prevention Programs, top left, and Lauri Price, Community Health Nurse, center, talk with children at the Tamaqua Salvation Army about the importance of not over indulging. According the the latest National and Examination Survey, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese, while approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lane restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday along State Route 248 west between State Street and Center Street in Parryville.

There will be lane restrictions westbound for bridge repair work being performed by the PA Turnpike Commission.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas in the Park, sponsored by Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the upper park bandshell in Lehighton.

The Lehighton Band will provide Christmas music throughout the evening and a tree-lighting will be done when Santa arrives at around 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Lehighton Fire Department.

Free hot cocoa will be served to Senior Girl Scouts Troop 583. Candy canes, compliments of Lehighton Dollar Store, will be given to all children by Santa.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

State Rep. Doyle Heffley officially opened his Lansford office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

The office, on the bottom level of the Garland-Manak-Boyle American Legion Post 123, at 3 W. Ridge St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Eventually, we'll look at expanding upon that, but right now, with the state budget being what it is and my office budget being what it is, I'm very thankful that the folks here at the Legion have been very accommodating. They allow us space to store all of our equipment here," he said.