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Monday, December 5, 2011

At the monthly meeting of the Mauch Chunk Town Council, the economy question was discussed with the result that it was decided to reduce the wages of borough officials and employees 10 percent, effective January 1. Street employees will be reduced from nine to eight hours per day to make the cut. The reduction fee does not affect the employees of Asa Packer Park, because they are maintained by an endowment fund provided by the late Mary Packer Cummings.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Spreading Christmas cheer during the parade are Josh Gordon, 13, playing Santa's elf, Frosty, playingLinda Heigele and Madelyn Jones, 8, who was this year's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by sleigh Friday night and flipped a switch to illuminate the Tamaqua Depot Square fountain and park.

The Santa Parade was a highlighted the 16th annual Spirit of Christmas Festival held over the weekend.

The parade, which consisted of an ATV elf escort, stopped at the Depot Square Park, where hundreds of spectators watched as Santa and Mrs. Claus helped create the light show.

Following the illumination, Mr. and Mrs. Claus got back in their sleigh to entertain children with candy and photos at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its third annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., in the elementary/middle school cafeteria. Topics will be upcoming family nights, Y-Ties wrap up, Five Below invitation, Power Walk 2012 and more.

Childcare will be provided.

A door prize will be given out and refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The sight of Santa Claus arriving via a PennSTAR helicopter thrilled youngsters at the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

Despite not having his sleigh, the sight of Santa Claus arriving via a PennSTAR helicopter thrilled youngsters during the Summit Hill Recreation Commission's annual Christmas on the Hill event held on the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

The event was followed by breakfast with Santa at the Summit Hill Community Center. In addition to acting as Santa's elves, PennSTAR crew members gave visitors tours of their helicopter.

The children at the breakfast has a chance to write Santa a letter along with visiting with him.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Carbon County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun incident resulting from a domestic dispute in Kidder Township.

Township police identified the suspect as Robert Moore, 44, of Lake Harmony.

At about 5:35 p.m. officers were called to Greenwood Road in Lake Harmony for a domestic dispute involving a firearm. Upon arrival officers observed Moore coming out of his home. He refused police commands to show his hands and then ran back into his home.

Monday, December 5, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Jazz Coral perform for a well-attended tree lighting festival in Tamaqua.

An energetic crowd watched the annual Tamaqua Beautification Association's Tree Lighting event held at the Depot Square Park, part of the finale of the four- day Spirit of Christmas Festival in Tamaqua.

Speakers included Kevin Steigerwalt, president, Tamaqua Beautification Association; Jean Ann Towle, chairman, Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas; and Micah Gursky, Tamaqua Borough Council President. Gursky said that the men should keep their eyes open for people in need while the women should strive to keep holiday traditions and values alive through our children.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

These two adorable 5-month-old Labrador and collie mix sisters are available for adoption. Hanna, left, and Lilly, right, are from the Pennsylvania Stray Save organization. They came from a rescue center, The Clemsons Rescue 2 in South Carolina. Bob Costello of Palmerton thinks they would make great police canine dogs for the town of Palmerton. In the meantime, Denise Williams of Palmerton will be fostering the pups until suitable homes can be found. They have all their shots and have been microchipped. Denise says they are great dogs and get along well with other pets and people.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There's a new business in town, Mrs. Domestic Services, a northeastern Pennsylvania commercial and residential cleaning service operated by Colleen Dykas of Albrightsville.

There's a new business in town.

Mrs. Domestic Services is a northeastern Pennsylvania commercial and residential cleaning service operated by Colleen Dykas of Albrightsville.

Dykas said Mrs. Domestic Services was born of necessity.

"I suddenly became a single parent and needed to have a flexible schedule to take care of my children," she said.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Justin Startzel and Lee Caulkins string tens of thousands of lights in preparation for Santa's visit to the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua. The jolly gent will spend some time at the playground on Dec. 11, arriving at approximately 6:30 p.m., visiting with local families. A small gift will be presented to all children 10 and younger. Festivities will include a musical light show and free hot chocolate and cookies. In addition to the gift from St. Nick, there will also be bike and toy giveaways. The playround is located at the intersection of Penn and Oak Streets in Tamaqua.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Majestic House resident Isabelle Brode, 89, shows her bell-playing abilities.

Residents at the Majestic House apartments in Tamaqua were treated recently to holiday music courtesy of the Tamaqua Salvation Army's handbell choir.

Sandy Davis, Support Service Coordinator, Majestic House, thanked all the Salvation Army members for taking the time to stop and spread holiday cheer.

Residents were also given the opportunity to learn how to play the bells.