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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Palmerton church will be the sight for a prayer/vigil service in honor of the victims and their families of the Connecticut school shooting.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Carbon County officials are looking to help grandparents raising children.

During the recent meeting of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative, a group of agencies that aims to help children and their families through developing programs and making resources available, listened as Jan Cohen, M.Ed., family resiliency educator for Penn State Extension in Susquehanna, discussed the topic "Parenting a Second Time Around: Kinship Care in the 21st Century."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Staff and patrons of Freddy's Pub in Tamaqua helped contribute to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's (SCMCL) annual Toys For Tots campaign. Pictured from left are bartenders Jeanette Major, Shawn Bush, who celebrates her birthday Thursday, and SCMCL member John Suzadail.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Father Vasyl Chepelskyy and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 104 East Bertsch St., Lansford, and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 141 West High St., Nesquehoning, announce the following services in celebration of the Nativity of Christ.

Saturday Dec. 22, 4 p.m.: Vigil Divine Liturgy for the Sunday before Christmas (St. John Church)

Sunday Dec. 23, 8:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy for the Sunday before Christmas (St. John Church)

Sunday Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy for the Sunday before Christmas (St. Mary Church)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Abraham Greenley, who turns 6-months tomorrow, sits surrounded by bicycles, skateboards and thousands of other donated Angel Tree toys given away to needy families this morning during the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual toy, food and winter clothing distribution. Abraham is the son of Salvation Army volunteers Melissa Latham and Matt Greenley.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – Mourners overlapped at back-to-back services as funerals began in earnest in a Connecticut town that lost 20 of its children and seven adults to a gunman, with emotions and tempers in tatters amid a global crush of media attention to a community once known mostly for its bucolic atmosphere and sterling school system.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Former Tamaqua schoolmates Victor Merkel and Ann Arner Frommer joined forces to pen a novel about a local man's heroism in World War II.

Two Tamaqua area natives and graduates of Tamaqua High School have co-authored a book about a local man's heroism during World War II.

Victor Merkel, Class of 1960, and Ann Frommer, Class of 1957, have produced "Tailgunner: War Defines Us If We Let It."

The work fulfills Merkel's longtime dream to honor his eldest brother, Walter C. "Buck" Merkel, Jr., for service to his country during World War II.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fire in the unit's block of North Walnut Street in Lansford yesterday resulted in two households being displaced.

Two Lansford families are displaced, a family pet killed and Christmas presents destroyed following a row home fire that started yesterday at 5 and 7 North Walnut Street.

"The firefighters' quick response prevented the whole block from going up in flames," said neighbor Walter Counterman. "They are all heroes."

Nicole Stove, who lives in 5 North Walnut Street saw smoke shooting out of electrical outlets of her home and called 911.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Three MMI Preparatory School students were selected to participate in Marywood University's Junior Wind Band Celebration held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. From left: Aaron Harman, Garrett Kost, Sarah Moyer and MMI music instructor Tina Lizbinski.

Three MMI Preparatory School students were selected to participate in Marywood University's Junior Wind Band Celebration held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The Marywood University Junior Wind Band Celebration is an outreach program designed to provide support to school band students and their directors. It features numerous events designed to provide challenging instruction, motivation and inspiration to band students. More than 140 students participated in either the Honors Band or the Celebration Band during the two-day wind band celebration held at Marywood.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Four area people were among 30 who pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in the Schuylkill County Court.