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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko announced that there will be free parking from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 at all regular parking meters in town. A two hour parking limit, however, will be enforced to allow residents and visitors access to downtown Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jim Thorpe's 2012 budget, which was approved by borough council late last week, carries no new tax increase.

Council also discussed the adjustment of the sewage rates for borough residents at that meeting. During public comment, residents questioned the sewage rates and how much they will change.

Council members will meet this evening to continue discussion of the changes in the sewage rates. Any changes to the sewage ordinance will need to be voted on at a public hearing before any final action is taken.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It is now official.

Summit Hill has moved from the 122nd to the 124th Legislative District.

It's the only town in Carbon County which won't be represented by the 122nd Legislative District, whose state representative is Doyle Heffley.

Summit Hill will now be represented by Republican Jerry Knowles of Tamaqua, whose district comprises eight Berks County municipalities and 19 Schuylkill County municipalities.

The state Legislative Reapportionment Commission voted 4-1 to approve the redistricting of 50 Senate seats and 203 legislative seats.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Children attending the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary Christmas party held Sunday at the Lehighton American Legion brought gifts for the soldiers in Afghanistan. Debbie DeCindio, a member of the Lehighton Legion Auxiliary said that the gifts will be mailed to an active duty military woman stationed in Afghanistan to share with her platoon. From left are Santa Claus, Niko Jacoby, Trinity Borrelli, and Debbie DeCindio. The Legion Auxiliary also sent a box of gifts from the organization's members.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Harry Miller Jr. last night announced his resignation as a member of Summit Hill Borough Council.

Miller wasn't at the meeting, but presented a letter of resignation which he stated was effective immediately.

The council accepted his letter and said it will accept letters of interest from anyone who is interested in filling his seat. The vacancy will be filled during a Jan. 3 meeting of the council.

Miller has served several terms as councilman and has been very active in the community, including revitalizing the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Since 2006 the bingo players at the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company have collected Toys for Tots. On Wednesday the toys will be collected and taken to Lehighton for distribution "in our own backyard." Among those donating toys were Charley Johnson, Sue Johnson, Madeline Getz, Carol Napodano, Joann Reiff, Lorraine Carter, Z Citsay, Judy Knappenberger, Mary Stierle and Shannon Cola. Linda Ciecka (not pictured) heads the collection committee with Gene Getz sharing the responsibility as well as being the caller. Bingo players come early for dinners on Saturdays.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A female driver, who was five-months pregnant, sustained unknown injuries this morning after she drove over a large pocket of ice, hit a tree and crashed her SUV into the woods in Middleport.

Just after 8:15 a.m., emergency responders were called to the intersection of Washington Street and Mountain Road in Middleport for a call of a vehicle in the woods. The identity of the driver, the only one in the blue Chevrolet Trail Blazer, was unknown as of press time. She was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

St. Jerome Regional School students held a Goodies For Troops collection recently at the school in Tamaqua. Pictured are St. Jerome Principal Mary Ann Mansell, students Julia Whitbeck, Kennedy Young, Emma Kuczynski, Dante Agosti and mission representatives Heather Getten and Molly Carnish, both in center.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Liam McLaughlin bites into a slice.

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, thanked four young adults who donate their time with a Christmas pizza party on Monday.

Liam McLaughlin, Kyle Frank, Brittney Encke and Auriel Wendling, all of whom attend classes at IU21, enjoyed pizza, cupcakes and brownies before opening their gifts.

The young men and women dust shelves, organize books and peel stickers from books that are slated for sales.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Eighteen-month old Carter Renninger, the son of Briana Renninger and the grandson of Ed and Sharon Renninger, shares his moment with Santa at Penn's Peak.

The Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe was transformed into a winter wonderland Sunday as about 600 people attended the third annual Breakfast with Santa.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, the event featured a breakfast buffet and the opportunity for children to win prizes.

The children who visited with Santa Claus had their memorable moment saved to disc, courtesy of Photography by Lynn.