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Monday, December 20, 2010

A tax collection agency that was used by six taxing entities in Carbon County to collect delinquent taxes, is speaking out against statements made by the Carbon County Commissioners earlier this month.

Michelle Portnoff, president of Portnoff Law Associates of Norristown; and Alan Portnoff, founder of the company, talked about various statements that they said were misleading about the company and the delinquent tax collections process and regulations.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Tamaqua Area Water Authority has issued a water boil advisory for its customers in one section of Hometown. Due to a water main break on Sunday, Dec. 19, the Authority is advising its customers to boil their drinking water until further notice. As a precaution. residents are cautioned not to drink the water without boiling it first.

This water boil advisory applies to all Tamaqua Area Water Authority customers located on the following streets in Hometown: Beechwood, Clarryan, Elizabeth, Laurelwood, Locust, Sherwood, Rymin Road and Ardmore Avenue south of Locust Street.

Monday, December 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS SCMCL members Joe Sweeney, left, and Leon Frohnheiser help Salvation Army volunteers unload 540 hams in preparation for the SCMCL and Salvation Army Toys For Tots and food distribution.

Hundreds of deserving families waited in line outside the Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Lehighton, as 534 local families, consisting of 2,229 children, were given a brighter Christmas this year during the first of two annual Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League (SCMCL) Detachment 626 Toys For Tots and Tamaqua Salvation Army holiday toy and food distributions held Saturday.

Monday, December 20, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A female motorist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon after losing control of her sport utility vehicle along Little Gap road in Lower Towmensing township. The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. as she was traveling east near the intersection of 57 road. For some unknown reason her SUV swerved to the left, crossed the roadway entering the north berm where it impacted with several trees before rolling back onto the road. She was extricated from the wreckage by members of the Aquashicola Fire Company then treated at the scene by members of the Palmerton ambulance and Lehighton paramedics.

Monday, December 20, 2010

At a joint meeting of the officers of the Community Improvement Association of East Mauch Chunk and directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the question of securing new industries was discussed and it was decided to advertise the fact that the inter-boroughs have buildings for factory purposes, together with two railroads for transportation, reasonable power facilities, and a skilled class of workers. No effort will be spared toward securing new or additional industries.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Two New York State men who are charged with assaulting a Tamaqua man in the state game lands in Walker Township were arraigned Monday morning in the district attorney's office at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville on criminal charges and both entered pleas of not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them and requested trial by jury.

Monday, December 20, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Peter Kupec of Lansford stands next to his elaborate Christmas creche. This is the first time he's set up the creche since his wife of 54 years, Bernadine, passed away in June 2009. The couple loved to sit and gaze at the creche, which Kupec said kept them mindful of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition to the creche, Kupec's home features displays of angels - "Bernadine loved angels," he says - decorated trees, garlands and lights.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro of Lehighton, is with her parents, Todd and Amber, at Scholarship Competition Day at Cedar Crest College.

Kaitlyn Shapiro of Lehighton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Shapiro, was selected as one of the top five finalists for the top prize of a full-ride, four-year Trustee Scholarship valued at approximately $125,000 at Cedar Crest College.

She was selected based on her academic standing and performance during the competition.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news Pictured at the Summit Hill LAA with a portion of the new toys collected for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots, from left, are LAA paramedic Dale Longenbach, EMT Scott Greenawalt, paramedic Mark Janner, and Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League member Joseph Balogach Jr. Co-organizer not pictured was Kelly Janner.

The Lehighton Ambulance Association (LAA) collected boxes of new toys as well as monetary donations from local hospitals and communities for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign.

Helping make the campaign happen were members of the LAA, Lehighton Gnaden Huetten Hospital, St Lukes Miners Memorial Hospital, Palmerton Hospital, Lansford Ambulance, Lansford's Horvat's Garage, Mahoning, Valley Ambulance Association, Summit Hill's Hilltop B & L, Summit Hill Recreation Committee.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club made donations to three organizations during a presentation Thursday night at the Summit Hill Community Center. Lions members, back, from left, Judy Midas, chairwoman of the club's scholarship committee, Dr. Kenneth Vermillion, president, and Joseph O'Gurek, treasurer, presented $200 donations to The Salvation Army, Tamaqua, and the Summit Hill Recreation Commission and Fiore Department. Accepting the funds on behalf of their organizations were, front, from left, Jese Gindhart, kettle coordinator, and Maj.