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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A 1.5 mill tax hike is anticipated in Summit Hill for 2011.

The borough council held a workshop session last night and six of the seven council members seemed to favor the 1.5 mill hike. Councilman John O'Gurek initially was in favor, but then said he feels a 1.2 mill hike might be enough.

Formal action on passing a tentative budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the borough hall.

The 1.5 mill increase would bring the total millage to 16.1 mills in 2011.

Monday, November 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames light up the sky over Mahanoy City this morning as fire destroyed four row homes and left 15 people and 13 cats homeless.

Billowing smoke and flames filled the Mahanoy City skyline around 12:30 this morning as firefighters from many surrounding communities fought a fast-moving fire and kept it from spreading to other row homes located in the 1100 block of East Pine Street.

"All the firefighters did a great job of stopping the fire before it claimed the entire block," one witness to the fire said.

The fire displaced four families, 15 people, living from 1113 to 1119 E. Pine St.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Big Creek Grange on Saturday, Dec. 4.Set up begins at 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and a bottle of cold soda.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University.

Monday, November 29, 2010
Rescued kitten needs a home

This cute 4-6 month old kitten was rescued from that fire in Mahanoy City this morning. The family owned 13 cats. This cat was the last one to be rescued. His name was DJ. He was soaking wet and shaking when he was rescued. Now he's looking for a new home. If you're interested in adopting DJ, you can respond to: andyleibenguth@tamaquaarea.com.

Monday, November 29, 2010

In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Three Tamaqua businesses were broken into right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Borough police responded to an alarm from the kitchen area at the Restaurant at the Station at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Officers discovered a broken window on the northwest side of the building. Once inside they found a large rock on the floor in the bar area. Several wine glasses were broken and the cooler was dented. Owners did an inventory and learned that two cash registers were missing. The building was secured.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hopefully boys and girls in the Palmerton area have been nice, because a certain someone is making his list and checking it twice.

Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, courtesy of a fire truck, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand.

Goodie bags will be given out to all children, who will also have a chance to win a Toys R Us gift card, or a Child's Membership to the Palmerton Pool in 2011.

The annual event is sponsored by the Palmerton Fire Department and the Aquashicola Fire Department, and the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Monday, November 29, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Penn Kidder Lions club honored Cullen Konya, front, their student of the month for the month of November at their breakfast meeting at Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Konya is an eighth grade student at the Jim Thorpe Area School District/Penn Kidder campus. Also at the presentation were, from left, club president Manuel DaCosta, Bion Konya, father; Grandmother Vicki Mowery and lions treasurer Brad Grissinger.

Monday, November 29, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Santa encourages carriage riders to sing along with him as he sings a number of holy Christmas songs.

On Sunday, New Philadelphia enjoyed its 16th annual Christmas Festival organized by the New Philadelphia Community Organization.

The day-long free community event consisted of ice carving, craft show, caroling, manger scene, cookies, and even sleigh "carriage" rides with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Jessica Mary Claus.

Hundreds of riders waited in line to ride with Santa and Mrs Claus in a Leiby's carriage which was pulled by two large Belgian Horses, standing in for Santa's reindeer.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Five area men, including three from Tamaqua, and three area women were among 22 people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.