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Saturday, December 18, 2010

A steadily eroding tax base is eating away at the edges of Lansford's financial foundation, contributing to a proposed 3.06 mill property tax increase to support next year's budget.

After months of meetings that stretched long into the night, borough council late Friday approved a tentative 2011 budget that would bring the total millage from 29.41 to 32.47.

The budget anticipates revenues of $1,575,873.01 and expenses of $1,578,161.42, leaving a $2,288.41 shortfall, even with the tax increase.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa Claus greeted the children attending the Toy's for Tots Skating Party sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555.

A Toy's for Tots Skating Party was sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555 to benefit the operation by collecting toys from those attending.

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts from the Jim Thorpe and Penn Forest areas enjoyed the skating party at the skating rink in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. The price of admission for the skaters attending was one donated toy from each one of them to go to Toys for Tots. About 65 skaters enjoyed an afternoon of skating their way around the rink to the accompaniment of Christmas music in the background.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the times news
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

@Caption Stand Alone:Franklin couple recognized

Franklin Township Lions Club President David Hawk, left, presents a plaque to Kevin and Sandy Artz of Franklin Township in recognition of their continued support of the Franklin Festival of Lights. The Artzs have been helping string lights for the festival for many years. The Festival of Lights is the club's major fundraiser. Proceeds from the lights project have been donated to several community projects, such as the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Lehighton Pool, Franklin Township Fire Company and Franklin Township Police Department.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Doug Lilly, Whitehall "I mail them. I don't electronically send them.

Do you still send as many Christmas cards as you did in the past? Or are you more into sending your greetings electronically?

Saturday, December 18, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS  Penn Lions Club members put together Christmas food baskets for 35 needy families. Members assisting with the project included, from left, Bob Neumoyer, Paul Barth, Karl Jens, Becky Neumoyer, Joe Bednarik, Scott Dudley, Judy Dudley, Edward Dudley and Liz McElwee. Marie Barth also assisted with the baskets.

Christmas is the time to help those in need.

The West Penn Lions Club members epitomize the philosophy of helping their fellow man.

During the year, the West Penn Lions are involved in a number of fundraising activities, with the money donated back to the community in a number of ways.

For the Christmas season, the club has been putting together food baskets for needy families.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A former Lehighton man has been indicted on charges that he wrote a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama.

Gregory Dale Brockman, currently housed at the state prison in Chester, also allegedly threated to eat the flesh of Obama, sexually assault first lady Michelle Obama, and then "skin her alive," according to court papers.

Brockman allegedly made the threats against Obama in a letter he handed to a psychologist in the Chester prison. He allegedly described how he would kill Obama. He even detailed his cannibalized intentions regarding Obama.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lincoln Fajardo of the H&R Block office located in Palmerton shares tax tips with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce

Just as we prepare to close the books on 2010, year-end tax time is upon us.

To that end, Lincoln Fajardo, of H&R Block, met with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently to discuss the tax implications associated with the Small Business Jobs Act, and how it will affect people this year and next.

Fajardo shared four tax tips with the chamber that pertain to: the new 1099-K procedures; slow depreciation in slow times; Roth IRA conversions; and the tax gap starts with us.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Jason Sander, Creative Services Director at Concur New Media will share his experiences of marketing as a writer through, and to the Internet's global village. He will be delivering a free presentation to the Black Diamond Writers' Network from 10 a.m. to noon, on Sat., Jan. 15, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

"New media is just about anything that isn't part of the old media: radio, TV, newspapers, or any printed material," said Jason Sander, Creative Services Director at Concur New Media.

In particular, he likes to focus on the social media-Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and MySpace.

Sander believes that marketing in this age of Aquarius requires personal intimate contact, and what better way is there than to connect with a global audience of 400 million potential "friends" at Facebook.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news