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Monday, December 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIIMES NEWS Ciera Steigerwalt, 14, and her brother Josh, 9, clear the ice from their grandmother's car this morning in Lehighton.

Jack Frost may not have dropped a lot of snow overnight, but students in many area schools still got a break today.

As of 8 a.m., Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Weatherly and Pleasant Valley school districts, as well as Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe were closed; while Tamaqua Area School District was on a two-hour delay.

The reason for the closures and delays was evident as many woke up to a thin layer of ice on roadways, sidewalks and vehicles.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Criminal charges were filed against Kyle Scherer, 26, of 220 Peter Ave., Palmerton, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and retail theft. The incident occurred on Sept. 13 at 11:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Criminal charges were filed against Leanna Altemose, 27, of 322 Delaware Ave., 2nd Floor, Palmerton, for possession of drug paraphernalia. The incident occurred on Aug. 30 at 6:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue.

Speeding

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Palmerton is in search of members to fill out the ranks of its new municipal fire company.

On a 5-1 vote, borough council on Thursday agreed to advertise an ordinance that would establish the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company. Councilwoman Holly Sell was opposed. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company would work in tandem with West End Fire Co. 2 as members of the Palmerton Fire Department.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS:Leery of the Grinch
Saturday, December 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ana Susko

This Christmas will be one of mixed blessings for the Susko family of Jim Thorpe.

Anastasia (Ana) Susko, 7, was diagnosed with D.I.P.G., a rare and serious pediatric brain cancer on Oct. 1. She has been given a 35 percent chance of survival for the next two years.

Ana, a second grader at L.B. Morris Elementary in Jim Thorpe, wants to experience many things in her life and her family wants to allow her to do as many of these things as possible, from plane trips, roller coasters, hang gliding, swim with dolphins, and more.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim McHugh, the new manager/chef at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall is on a Restaurant Impossible quest to reinvent Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall and turn it into a go-to destination.

If you are a "foodie," you may be taken aback by the resemblance between Jim McHugh, the new manager/chef at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall and celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible series.

Like Irvine, McHugh is on his own "Restaurant Impossible" quest; his mission is to reinvent Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall and turn it into a go-to destination for weddings, conventions and a variety of large catered events.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
JOE NIHEN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The monument of Civil War soldier Lansford Foster Chapman stands in the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery.

Our local cemeteries are places of rest for those who have gone before. The persons buried there have left their life stories for us to discover. One such story is that of Lansford Foster Chapman who lost his life during the Civil War in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Kelly Fritz, a teacher at Mahoning Valley Elementary School, presents an envelope with $517 which was raised by Shull-David Elementary students for the Trees For Troops progam.

This year marks the ninth year area Christmas tree growers have been involved in the Trees For Troops program, and Drew Yenser, from Yenser's Tree Farm, hopes it will be the year that they make their biggest contribution.

The final tally won't be known until next week, but Yenser expects to surpass last years total of 461 trees.

The final batch of trees will be pulling out on FedEx trucks on Monday morning, with their final destination being Fort Polk in Louisiana and Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

By Ron Gower

rgower@tnonline.com

Ever since 9/11, it seems that the word "hero" has been used so frequently. Instead of merely referring to someone who does an heroic act as a "hero," we sometimes group entire vocations in the category such as firefighters and police officers.

There's no question that firefighters and police officers often perform heroic duties. Saving a house from burning down is an act of heroism, especially if you're the occupant. Yet, isn't that a fireman's job?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eldred Township honored supervisor chairman Clair Borger for his 25 years of service to the township, upon his retirement. They gave him a $100 MasterCard giftcard and a wind up bulldozer toy with Santa inside.

Tracy Brotzman thanked Supervisor Borger for his years of service and said he enjoyed working with Clair.

Helen Mackes said she will miss Borger and how he has helped her through the years.

The supervisors approved the 2014 budget, with no tax increase. The General Fund is at $776,203, no tax increase, and the State Fund is $183,832.26, with no tax increase