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Saturday, November 13, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kim Makuvek of Kresgeville strikes a cheerleading pose as a member of Team Ra-Ras and of the NFL Alumni Cheerleaders of the Eagles, and is promoting their breast cancer awareness and fundraiser YouTube video. For every click on the video, 10 cents will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Kim Makuvek of Kresgeville could never have imagined that being an Eagles' cheerleader would someday lead to campaigning for breast cancer awareness. But, that's just what it did.

In 1984, Kim and her twin sister, Kelly, were seniors in college. Kim was attending Kutztown University, majoring in communication design, and Kelly was at East Stroudsburg University, majoring in education. Kelly was dating a young man, John Crits from Philadelphia whom she is married to today, and often accompanied him to Eagles football games.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Chrissy Micholik, Lansford "Ramen Noodles."

What's your favorite comfort food when the weather gets cold?

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton United Veterans Organization display the colors at the start of the Veterans Day Celebration program at the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Lehighton Area Middle School students honored local service men and women during a Veterans Day Celebration program Thursday.

Guest speaker SFC Kevin Long, PAARBG, retired, who is a staff member, said we owe the veterans a debt of gratitude.

"Some people believe that sports stars or professional athletes are heroes, but my heroes are the men and women who served our country," said Long.

Long said that only one percent of the total population choose to serve.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Headline-writing is an art form of the highest order. Trying to get the true essence of a story into a few words takes skill and ability.

Those who work on small community newspapers, such as The TIMES NEWS, or specialty publications smile when they hear that our colleagues on The New York Times copy desk may be called on to write maybe eight headlines on a normal night.

Journalists who have to write stories, edit them and do headlines in addition can only salivate at the thought of being able to ponder and agonize over just a few headlines during an eight-hour shift.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Richard O'Donnell lived at Penn Haven Junction until his family left in 1958, the last people to live at the isolated century-old hamlet.

Richard O'Donnell was born at Penn Haven Junction – a pretty unlikely place to be born. It may well have been the most isolated habitation in Carbon County. The closest road was about five miles away.

Penn Haven Junction, located about nine miles along the river trail above Jim Thorpe, and about five miles east of Weatherly, was accessible only by foot, boat, or railroad – most importantly railroad because above all, Penn Haven was a railroad junction for the Lehigh Valley Main and Hazleton lines, and the Central of New Jersey.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Clients of the Palmerton Hospital Adult Day Center have been collecting canned goods to donate to Christians in Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC). Pictured are clients Herman Smith (kneeling), Naomi Costenbader (in wheelchair), Marie Nikisher (back row) and Charlie Silliman, pantry coordinator.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the First United Church of Christ congregation sing during a concert held in September in honor of former Palmerton Area High School music teacher John Goodman. A second concert in honor of Goodman will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the church.

Former students, friends and colleagues will combine their voices and instrumental music talents to pay tribute to John Goodman, former music teacher in the Palmerton Area School District, on Sunday.

The second in a series of concerts will be held at the First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, at 7 p.m. The concert is organized by Richard and Darlene Nothstein of Palmerton.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Summit Hill Borough Council has yet to put together a tentative budget for 2011 and has met just once to discuss the pending spending plan.

Although the budget figures haven't been formulated, the one certainty is that the borough is facing a major deficit and a likely tax increase.

To address the budgetary concerns, council has scheduled budget meetings every Monday night from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6, as needed. The sessions are at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

Dialogue at this week's council meeting reflected the strain on members regarding spending.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A 9-year old Tamaqua boy sustained a wrist injury after being struck by a car in the borough on Tuesday afternoon.

Mary Ann Rowlands of South Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, was traveling north on South Greenwood Street at 3:50 p.m., in a white Dodge Neon. When she attempted to make a right turn on red onto East Broad Street, the car struck the youth in the crosswalk. He was transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, treated for a wrist injury and released.

Friday, November 12, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL T0 THE TIMES NEWS

A sign stating "Free Dog Poop, Come Pick Up" is displayed on both sides of the Tamaqua American Legion's outdoor sign. Those words could be a little misleading, as they are located with their breakfast dates. Ed Smith, a Tamaqua American Legion member, jokingly put those words on there to deter dog walkers from leaving "dog poop" on their sidewalk and in their grass. A resident driving by, stated it is nice to see people still have a sense of humor.