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Monday, December 6, 2010

If you are a veteran from Mahoning Township, the Mahoning Township Lions Club is looking for you.

As part of the project to move the Mahoning Valley Honor Roll Monument, the club is seeking the names of veterans to be included on the monument.

"We anticipate the project to be completed by next summer," said Roger Diehl, club member. "We are seeking names of any veterans who should be included, whether they are World War II or served during any other conflicts or are current military personnel."

Monday, December 6, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe National Bank, which currently has a branch office in Coaldale, has filed an application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, New York, N.Y., to relocate the office from 100 E. Phillips St. to the vacant building, shown above, at 430 W. Patterson St., Lansford, adjacent to the Panther Valley High School Football Stadium. The OCC is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury which oversees banking regulations, including licensing matters.

Monday, December 6, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce on Friday presented a $500 donation to the Panther Valley Public Library. Council Chairman Mark Sverchek, third from left, is shown handing the check to library treasurer Noah Watkins. At left is Librarian Debi Dodson and at right is Council treasurer Martha Rex. The library, at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is open from 3:30 to 7:30 p. m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 7:30 p. m. Tuesdays; 3:30 to 7:30 p. m. Wednesdays, and from 5 p. m. to 8 p. m. Thursdays.

Monday, December 6, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas, Jennifer Frederickson, watches the annual tree lighting ceremony by the gazebo at Depot Square Park Sunday.

The frosty air greeted festival goers in Tamaqua Sunday, as the community held its 22nd annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Depot Square Park.

A crowd of close to 200 showed up despite temperatures in the high 20s, as Tamaqua's four-day Spirit of Christmas fest came to an end.

The festivities began on Thursday, with a candlelit walking tour of the borough and concluded with the tree lighting. The latter is sponsored by the Tamaqua Beautification Association.

Monday, December 6, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning hosted hundreds of its guests with their families. Serving them dinner and socializing with the musical talents of the Big Band Ambassadors filled the air with merriment. Each year the facility treats guests and families to this treat just in time for Christmas. Helen Polischak's family was just one of the families atttending. Clockwise are Helen (front), her granddaughter Jennifer Zehner, son Skip Keenly and wife Marty, Marilyn and Denny Keenly (son), and Susie and Ronnie Polischak (son).

Monday, December 6, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Lansford Alive! on Friday presented Marco's Pizza, at 10 W. Ridge St. with its Black Diamond Community Improvement Award. Business owners Francesca LoDuca, her daughter-in-law Patricia LoDuca and son Sal LoDuca have invested in the borough through their efforts to transform a drab corner in the business district into a bright, welcoming place. A large parking lot has replaced a deteriorated building at the corner of Ridge and Tunnel streets, and the restaurant, at 10 W. Ridge St., has a new facade and a spacious, inviting interior. Standing, left to right, are: The Rev.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Towamensing Township supervisors announced that both taxes and the garbage collection fee will remain the same for 2011.

They include a two-mill real estate tax, one-half of 1 percent earned income tax, $10 occupational privilege tax, $10 local services tax and $5 per capita tax.

Garbage rates are $150 for a family, $100 for two seniors and $80 for a single senior.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 is offering Driver Education Theory classes and Behind the Wheel training for qualified high school students in the following school districts: Allentown, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Salisbury Township and Whitehall-Coplay.

Winter theory classes will be begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Schnecksville.

Behind the wheel training is scheduled individually by the instructor.

Application can be found at www.cliu.org.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "The Fields."

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Well, here's an opportunity for you to see what you can do. The producers and directors of the movie, "The Fields" want you to make a 30-60 second mini-trailer for it. You must use original materials. Videos will be judged by the producers, directors and the public on YouTube.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 invites people to bring new, unwrapped toys to its Dec. 12 breakfast to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign. Please do not bring stuffed animals, however.

The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the fire company at (570)386-8866.