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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Positive student virtues are recognized at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, through the Student of the Month program. The students who have exhibited the virtue of Citizenship for the month of October are: Kindergarten – Valerie Blasko, Grade 1 - Edward Mullen, Grade 2 - Tatianna Zeleniak, Grade 3 - Thaddeus Karnish, Grade 4 - Max Vermillion, Grade 5 - Scott Faust, Grade 6 - Hanna Dowd, Grade 7 - Emma Macaluso, and Grade 8 - Chad Dubosky.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Chamber Singers of Philadelphia Biblical University will be presenting a Christmas concert at Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg on Saturday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.

The program will include sacred and secular choral repertoire from various periods, primarily classical and predominately a cappella.

There is no charge, but a love offering will be taken. For more information and directions, please visit www.mounteatonchurch.org or contact the church office at (570) 992-7050 or office@mounteatonchurch.org.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is offering local residents the opportunity to share in the joys of Thanksgiving through a free Thanksgiving Day meal. Turkey and all the trimmings will be served tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the SAL Center, 115 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Delivery options are available for the disabled and the elderly.

To arrange for home delivery, call (570) 668-0410.

For more information, call (570) 668-1234.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at the Tamaqua Elementary School recently collected more than 969 non-perishable food items for the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Mrs. Setser had the winning class with almost 200 cans collected. The winning class also received a special party in appreciation for their charitable efforts. Pictured from left are Tamaqua Elementary School Assistant Principal James J. Fasnacht, students Kevin Cochran, 11, Carson Schoener, 10, Tyrone Rarich, 11, Courtney Hoffman, 10, and Skylar Clouser, 11.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Lehighton man has once again taken Borough Council to task for its operation of the borough annex.

Resident Edward Conarty Jr. on Monday again questioned council as to how many tenants are inside the annex at North First Street.

Conarty said he has discovered discrepancies of the tenants' payments compared with the balance listed in their leases.

Councilman Dale Traupman told Conarty there are seven tenants. Of those, Traupman said only one, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, doesn't have a lease.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The students of St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, are participating in the Marine Corps Toys For Tots program now and during the month of December. New and unwrapped toys collected will benefit underprivileged children at Christmas. The Student Mission representatives who helped coordinate the program included eight graders Annette Ritzko, Bridgette Rossi and Rachel Meier. Displaying some of the tops already collected are, from left, Alex Collura, Kindergarten; Justin Gunderson, grade 4; and Anthony Fairchild, Kindergarten.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Chris Botek, owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm, prepares to cut 20-foot Douglas fir that is bound for the Blue Room of the White House.
Monday, November 22, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS JoAnn and Neil Pilston of Walker Township with Diesel. The couple is caring for Diesel until his owner, a Vietnam vet who has been hospitalized for a year, can once again take care of him.

It's a sunny Friday morning, and Vietnam veteran John Donato lies in his bed in his room in the Veterans Medical Center in Lebanon.

He's been there close to a year, waiting for surgery to repair a large hole in his stomach and fix his small intestine, residual damage from last fall, when his hernia strangulated and became infected.

Donato, 60, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 22, just after graduating from Penn State University with a degree in anthropology. He served 18 months in Vietnam.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS World-renowned organist Mark Laubach presents the beauty of the organ during a memorial concert held recently at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton in honor of former Palmerton Area School District music teacher John Goodman.

They came from far away to salute a man who at one time had a profound impact on their lives.

Indeed, standing room only was the rule of the night at the second in a series of two memorial concerts held recently at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton.

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Twenty-four zoning permits were issued in October by the Schuylkill County Zoning Officer for a fee of $8,410 and the estimated cost of construction is $2.5 million. Those obtaining permits were:

Brian DiCello and Angela Skrobak, East Brunswick Township, new home, $222,000; George R. and Mary M. Knight, North Union Township, modular home with attached deck, $255,000; Leo J. Bufford, Delano, storage shed, $2,800.