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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Miniature lighted displays of holiday towns are a common site during the holidays, such as is this one done by Patricia Eisenberg and on display at the Tamaqua Library.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Lehighton business owner complained to the borough council that one of his vehicles was ticketed by the police department for being parked in front of his business.

"I live in this town and I have a business. I have no place to park my vehicles," said Nathan Andreas of Andreas Plumbing and Heating, located in the 100 block of South Second Street.

Andreas said he doesn't want to have long-term parking for his vehicles. He noted that his business is operated out of his residence, which is why vehicles are parked there.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Alpha Theta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority donated $250 to both the Tamaqua Library and a mission in Haiti. They also donated $200 to the Trinity Food Bank. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Library Director Gayle Heath, sorority members Edie Hoffman, Marilyn Felsoci, Sister Lisa Valentini representing the Missionary of the Sacred Heart, and sorority member Priscilla Hosak.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
 Larry Neff/Special to the times news

The strong wind gusts caused dangerous driving conditions for motorists on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Monday morning, stranding some motorists.

The photo on the right shows one trip that was halted by a snow drift along the southbound lane.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2011 board of directors for the Carbon County Association of Realtors was installed at their annual dinner on Dec. 17 at the Blue Ridge Country Club by Rep. Doyle Heffley. From left are, front row, Kristen Obert, Paula Fritzinger and Hugh Dugan II; and back row, Pamela Gothard, immediate past president; Cass Chies, treasurer; Joan Muniz president-elect; Darla Kravetz, president; Jim Zurn, secretary; Kimberly Rabenold, Lisa Sawyer and Rep. Doyle Heffley. Also installed was Bonnie Hoffman.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Ron Gower/Times News Santa greets children Donovan Hydro, age 2, left, and Emily Krajnak, 18 months, of Summit Hill, while looking on is Lilly Dunn of Summit Hill.

Santa arrived by helicopter during the recent Christmas on the Hill celebration in Summit Hill, sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission and the Summit Hill Fire Department.

The helicopter, a PennStar medical transport chopper, was arranged through the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

State Sen. Michael O'Pake, the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania Legislature who died in Reading Monday, forged many friendships throughout Pennsylvania, including many in neighboring Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

O'Pake died of complications from heart-bypass surgery at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, where he had remained since the Nov. 22 operation, according to longtime aide Jim Hertzler. He was 70.

A Democrat from Berks County, O'Pake was a popular legislator not only among constituents, but also with his peers serving in public office.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced upcoming blood drives for the first month of 2011.

They include:

Ÿ Sunday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St, Lehighton, call Judy Greig at (610) 577-5040.

Ÿ Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Luke's Miner's Memorial, 360 W. Ruddle St, Coaldale, contact Bill Paslawsky at (570) 645-8222.

Ÿ Monday, Jan. 17, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Slatington American Legion, 510 Main St, Slatington, PA; call Gary Levan at (610) 395-5696.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A McAdoo man had five cases scheduled for preliminary hearings this week before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, opting to waive all of the cases to court.