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Monday, December 19, 2011

A free Christmas dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 25 at Emmanuel UCC, 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

All are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or email eucc4all@ptd.net.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reminds customers that fares are set to go up on most of the state's toll roads by 10 percent on Jan. 1, 2012 for cash-paying travelers only. Because electronic-toll rates will not go up, E-ZPass customers will pay about 17 percent less than cash customers, on average, starting next year. (E-ZPass users presently pay 7 percent less, on average, than cash customers on the Pa. Turnpike.)

Monday, December 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Customers and employees of Logan's Pub in Lansford worked hard to raise hundreds of paper train donations for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Toys For Tots campaign. Pictured are Stacey Seifert, manager, and Paul Corinchock, SCMCL Toys For Tots volunteer. Not pictured was owner Ray Seifert.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Carbon County Retirement Board is entering into a class-action suit against OmniVision Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, county solicitor Michael Ozalas outlined a communication he received from Murray Frank LLP of New York, a new firm hired by the county as one of its monitoring attorneys in respect to potential class action litigations. He said Murray Frank is recommending that the county become a representative plaintiff in a class-action suit against OmniVision.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Shopping carts overflowing with orange bags, each filled with $42 worth of off-the-rack winter fashions, rolled through the aisles of Foreman Mills in Whitehall, pushed by 17 students from Carbon County Technical Institute's Marketing class, adult volunteers, and Bill Allison and Bob Stevenson, coordinators of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club's Christmas Present Project.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

No parent wakes up one day and says, "I'm going to do something that may seem to be good for my kids, but it's actually harmful."

Yet, it's exactly what sometimes happens.

I thought I was being a good mother when I showered my daughters with a lot of Christmas presents.

From the time they were little girls, I encouraged them to look through the Sears Wish Book and make a list of what they wanted from Santa.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Pictured is an unselected Angel Tree

You don't have to look very far to see how the ailing economy is impacting charitable giving this holiday season.

Tamaqua Salvation Army volunteers are struggling to keep up with the growing number of underprivileged families in Carbon and eastern Schuylkill county needing help over the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

In this economy, it really pays to be a jack-of-all-trades.

Certainly the broad scope of work Keystone Consulting Engineers performs qualifies them as such.

Members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently heard from representatives of the Kresgeville firm, which serves as consultants to the Palmerton Borough and Palmerton Municipal Authority, among others.

Eric Snyder, a civil engineer, said the firm reviews land development plans, lot line adjustments, water mains.

Rudy Wolfe, a registered land surveyor, said the field has "come a long way."

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Brielle Gosslin

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee has some ambitious plans for 2012, according to Todd Zimmerman, the group's president who recently detailed them to borough council.

They include:

Ÿ Hosting a Community Day on May 12 at the Lehighton Community Grove.

Ÿ Sponsoring the 14th annual Lehighton Bike Night on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Ÿ A Lehighton Fall Fest at a date to be announced, but probably in October.

Ÿ Sponsoring the Great Lehighton Race in May.

Ÿ Planting flowers in the Lehighton Park.