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Monday, November 25, 2013

The rumor mills regarding the weather have been clucking lately like a pen of turkeys.

Weather forecasters had been warning all weekend of a pending nor'easter to arrive a day or two before Thanksgiving, and already there were tales that we were going to have a foot or more of snow.

But it now appears we've dodged the hatchet.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards.The awards are open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals that have developed innovative environmental programs or have implemented projects that balance environmental stewardship and economic development.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Friday that a second superseding indictment has been returned against former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto, Pennsylvania 14th Senatorial District.

This new indictment amends previous charges brought against Musto, who is currently scheduled for trial on Jan. 6, 2014.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The proposed 2014 budget for Chestnuthill Township has no tax increase.

The millage rate will remain at 5.2 mills. Township manager David Albright said if a home is assessed at $50,000 ( of assessed value), the home owner would pay $260 in Chestnuthill Township taxes.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Lehighton woman, who was called a "career con artist" by the court, was sentenced Friday to a state prison term in Carbon County.

Patricia E. Gadaleta, 54, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution on a charge of theft by false impression and ruled it run consecutive to a two- to four-year state term she is currently serving on similar type charges, also imposed by Matika.

Monday, November 25, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Larry Hill shows just how the Nordmann fir tree's needles go back all the way to the trunk.

Innovation has kept the Hill Tree Farm successful and thriving for the past 75 years.

The Hill Tree Farm at 1434 Gilberts Hill Road, Lehighton, has been family owned since 1938 when Nelson Phifer and Joseph Gerhardt began planting Christmas trees on the side of Mahoning Mountain.

Monday, November 25, 2013
Alyssa Stubits, 8, helps her father, Kevin Stubits, package a meal of fortified macaroni and cheese during a food packaging event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Volunteers packaged 20,000 meals in just a few hours.

More than 150 people gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton on Sunday to take part in a food packing "frenzy." They packaged more than 20,000 meals in just a few hours. Every meal will remain in Carbon County to feed local hungry children, elderly and adults.

The event was sponsored by the Carbon County chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent and local businesses and community members donated approximately $5,000 to pay for the food materials, which were purchased through the non-profit food packaging company End Hunger NE and Outreach Inc.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carbon Builders Association will host a free OSHA Awareness Seminar at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the CBA office, 390 Ore St., Bowmanstown.

This seminar gives building contractors the opportunity to ask questions about OSHA and how it relates to their business.

Monday, November 25, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS An early morning fire Saturday caused heavy damage inside a home at 317 Glenwood Ave., Tamaqua, displacing three.

Two adults and a teen fled into the street in early morning darkness Saturday after fire broke out in their Dutch Hill home in Tamaqua.

Homeowner Kenneth Perpignan, Tammy Blew, and a teenage boy were awaked by smoke detectors about 1:30 a.m. and were able to make it safely outside at their 317 Glenwood Ave. house.

Flames reportedly made their way up and through inside walls of the wood frame building, half of a duplex in a narrow alley between Union and Willing streets.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Michael Sommers, Panther Valley Elementary, first grade "Spending time together with my family."

What do you like most about Thanksgiving?