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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rush Township police and Hometown Fire Company are working together to hold their first ever Rush For Kids 2011 overnight toy collection event Thanksgiving night into Black Friday outside the Hometown Walmart. The 10-hour event consists of a toy collection and boot drop, all to benefit the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots campaign. The event will start at 9 p.m. and end at 7 a.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The picture shows the many items that came with the Friendship dolls. Alan Pate told about them at the Palmerton Area Historical Society meeting.

Miss Kagawa toured Pennsylvania before returning to her permanent home in Raleigh, N.C. She was one of 58 Friendship dolls sent to the United States in 1927 - an exchange gift for the 12,789 toy dolls sent to Japan from this country.

Alan Pate, a researcher of the dolls, called and wanted to visit the Palmerton Area Historical Society archives to see if he could locate some information about the dolls. Betsy Burnhauser asked if he could speak at the meeting.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mark W. Stemler, owner of Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Center St., Parryville, spent a good part of his day on Tuesday in Carbon County Court. It resulted in a 60-day continuation until resolution of the issues that began shortly after he began making modifications and additions to the restaurant about two and a-half years ago.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law Monday legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work while putting more cash in the hands of companies with government contracts.

The legislation, which creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans, marks the first proposal from Obama's $447 billion jobs bill to be signed into law. The rest of the package of new taxes and spending has largely failed to garner support from Republican lawmakers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tamaqua area residents are invited to the inaugural Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast on Dec. 3 at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwoods sts.

The ecumenical event is sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce and newly formed the Tamaqua Area Fellowship Network.

An Advent message, music and a candle-lighting ceremony are part of the breakfast program.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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St. Gabriel Italian Club of Summit Hill donated $1,400 to the Summit Hill Fire Department, and the club's auxiliary donated another $200, so that the fire department can purchase a new hydraulics forcible entry tool. Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said the tool will help with forcible entry into buildings with industrial-style doors. Hoben, center, accepts check from Vincent Valentini, president of the St. Gabriel Club. Looking on are, l-r, Larry Black, fire company president; Victor Leonzi, St.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the St. Gabriel Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary in Summit Hill recently presented the Carbon County animal shelters with supplies and pet food. Members and recipients are, kneeling from left, Mary Leonzi and Ashley Pelo, auxiliary trustees. Standing, Mallary Fredericks, auxiliary member; Becky Rickert, auxiliary member; Doris Doyle, Carbon County Friends of Animals; Rebecca Bailey, Carbon County Animal Shelter; Dana Dunbar, Carbon County Friends of Animals; Snitzer Bennyhoff, auxiliary first vice president; Beth Turner, auxiliary president; and Angela McGlinchey, auxiliary secretary.

The Carbon County animal shelters recently received donations of supplies and pet food from the St. Gabriel Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary in Summit Hill.

Beth Turner, president of the auxiliary, said the group placed donation boxes at the club for members to donate items for the animals. Donations included everything from cat litter to newspapers and food.

One cash donation was also received by a member who wished to remained unnamed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton area Christmas tree growers met to discuss the annual Trees for Troops program, which kicks off Friday and continues through early December. Shown are, from left, Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Springs Tree Farm, Jay Michalik, Dana Beisel of Christmas Tree Hill, Nevin Frey, and Lee Walker of Walker's Tree Farm. Other tree growers participating are Hill's Tree Farm and Yenser's Tree Farm.

Visit any mall and you'll see that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

For most area tree growers, the Christmas season begins on Friday. That's when they open their fields to retail customers.

One of the most popular programs among area tree growers is Trees for Troops, which provides trees to military families and military bases.

The program is coordinated by Yenser's Tree Farm of Mahoning Township and has six other tree farms participating.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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This strange looking white birch tree stands out as its branches reach into the sky over Coaldale.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Community Library's director, Carol Kern, left, announces the names of those who have donated $1,000 or more to the library in a dedication ceremony.

The Western Pocono Community Library held a dedication ceremony, honoring people and organizations that have made a donation to the library of a $1,000 or more.

Name plates were added to plaques that hang on the wall for all to see when one enters the library.

Carol Kern, the library's director, said that the board just held it's 37th annual meeting and it was with gratitude that they thank everyone for their financial donations.

"Just look around and see where your funds have gone," she said with pride of the beautiful building.