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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Their versatility and caliber of performance will no doubt prove they're far from a one-trick pony.

With three different plays on tap, the Palmerton Area High School Drama Club figures to impress the masses.

The Drama Club will perform "A Night of One Act Plays" tonight at 7 o'clock in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.

Brent Harris, drama coach, said the students have decided to take three completely unrelated plays that each range from 20 to 35 minutes and perform them for the audience.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors and staff members say goodbye to longtime supervisor Maureen Vanek, seated, as she retires from the board. Standing, left to right, are Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman, Supervisors Charles Hosler and Linda DeCindio, Township treasurer/secretary Mary Bubel, and code enforcement officer Dan DeCindio.

Schuylkill Township will be losing a dedicated member of its board of supervisors at the end of this month.

Supervisor Maureen Vanek read her letter of resignation at last night's meeting. Citing health reasons, she said that it has been an honor to serve the residents of the township as their supervisor for 13 years. Prior to that she served as the township's tax collector for 12 years.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A contract was awarded to Wexcon Inc., of Mohrsville, replacing a water line on Wood Street, Cumbola, Blythe Township, by the Schuylkill County commissioners in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. The contract is in the amount of $60,627.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Flash flooding in Hometown yesterday made it difficult for drivers to travel. Quakake Fire Company, Hometown Fire Company, Hometown Fire Police, Rush Township Police and borough workers worked to clear streets and block access to flooded areas. Pictured is a fire hydrant on Wyoming Street.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mark National Influenza Immunization Week by offering free public influenza vaccination clinics on Dec. 9, 10, and 11 in communities statewide.

Carbon County residents can register to receive a flu vaccine at the Department of Health's Jim Thorpe site, located at 616 North St. The office will hold the three-day clinic from 2 to 7 p.m., Dec 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 10; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 11. Registration is required for vaccines.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon County fire police maintain traffic control after shutting down the entrance to the new Walmart superstore in Mahoning Township due to a major power outage involving parts of East Penn and Mahoning townships.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pamela Bisbing of Stroudsburg, instructs a craft workshop at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County's Annual Holiday Program. Participants made three different holiday paper crafted projects: a snowman decorated votive, Post It note pad holder and a tote bag gift card holder. Judy Nansteel of Lehighton, center and Bette Stout of Lehighton, in the process of making the tote bag gift card holder, say they enjoyed everything about the event, from the workshops to the seminars.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Former pastors of St. John's Church in Mahoning Township (Lutheran and United Church of Christ congregations) who participated in 160th anniversary service in November are, front l-r, Kathy Brearly, Nancy Kuhns, Valerie Reinhold; middle l-r, Wilbur Albright, Charles Kampmeyer, Dody Siegfried, George Hein, Thomas Irwin II; back l-r, Kurt Garbe, Manny Stivers, David Knoebel, and Jim Covert.

St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, celebrated 160 years of United Church of Christ and Lutheran congregational worship on Sunday, Nov. 7, with a special afternoon service.

The service featured special musical selections from St. John's "Jammin' for Jesus" praise band and the senior choir, both under the direction of Colleen E. Rudelitsch, church music director and organist.

Also featured was an anthem by the unior choir and a vocal solo during Holy communion by Rebekah McFadden, junior choir director.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when he lost control of his car and struck a home in Palmerton. The crash occurred near 5:30 p.m. as he was traveling west on Mauch Chunk Road. He apparently lost control swerving to the left, mounting the sidewalk impacting with the front porch of a home at 876 Mauch Chunk Road. The Palmerton Fire Department responded to the scene.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Commonwealth Court has affirmed a lower-court ruling in favor of the Panther Valley Education Association on behalf of a temporary professional employee whose contract was not renewed.