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Thursday, December 20, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A 200-pound Pennsylvania black bear found itself the center of attention in Jim Thorpe Wednesday after it scurried up a tree alongside Route 209, right past the Route 903 intersection. Motorists stopped along the shoulder of the busy highway to take photos of the bear, causing dangerous driving conditions for other motorists traveling in the area.

A Pennsylvania black bear found itself the center of attention Wednesday afternoon.

At around noon yesterday, reports began coming in that a bear was meandering along Route 209 in Jim Thorpe, right past the intersection of Route 903. Heavy traffic scared the approximate 200-pound bear, who fled to the safety of a nearby tree.

Motorists began stopping along the busy highway to look at and photograph the bear, who was now about 40 feet off the ground.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

For the sixth consecutive year, Nesquehoning McDonalds along with Meed's Methodist Church have partnered with generous residents from the Panther Valley area to once again operate the Angel Tree. The Angel Tree ministry helps to make Christmas just a little bit brighter for area children who might not otherwise receive any presents on Christmas morning. Bertha Shreffler of Meed's appeared overjoyed as she sorted through all of the toys, clothing, diapers and gift cards that were donated to the approximately 34 children enrolled in this year's Angel Tree.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Members of the 2012 Tamaqua Raider Football team, head coach Sam Bonner, and other members of the coaching staff were honored for their season accomplishments, including a 10-0 league record, at this week's borough council meeting. On hand to award citations were Councilman David Mace, State Rep. Jerry Knowles, and State Sen. David Argall.

The 2012 Tamaqua Blue Raider football team, that went 10-0 in league play, was honored with citations from the Tamaqua Borough Council, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania Senate at this week's borough council meeting. Head coach Sam Bonner, members of his coaching staff, and several members of the team were on hand to receive the citations from Councilman David Mace, the chairman of the recreation and youth committee, State Rep. Jerry Knowles, and State Sen. David Argall. All three spoke of the pride that the town has in the accomplishments of the team.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Cheryl Laub, local Toys For Tots coordinator, with the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps LeagueDetachment 626, lifts a heavy load of toys for an awaitingfamily during Wednesday's TamaquaSalvation Army food and toydistribution.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During their annual Family Christmas Dinner, Damien Council # 598 and Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971 of the Knights of Columbus put together food baskets to give to some local families who may otherwise have no Christmas Dinner. Seated , left to right, are Francis Heery, John Dedinsky, and Francis O'Donnell. Standing, left to right, are Bob Bochantin, members of the Bradley family – Joe, Charmaine, Dave, and Johnny – and Richard Klepper.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Students, parents and staff of St. Jerome Regional School collected and donated toys to the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League campaign. Pictured from front left are Amelia Dalkner, Alyssa Porambo, Morgan Miller and Nadiya Sieger. Middle right, from left, are Sabrina Pratt and Paige Pratt and principal Mary Ann Mansell. Pictured from back left are Mary Dakosty, students McKenzie Habel, Mary Williams, Paige Triano and Christian Slane.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS As of late last night, the gymnasium of the Salvation Army was filled with thousands of gifts in preparation for today's distribution.

Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army are stating their high appreciation to all the kind people that came through over the past few weeks to purchase or collect toys for area children via the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, as well as winter clothing and food items.

"The community really came through with flying colors during our Angel Tree and food drive," said Dina Depos, Programs Director, Tamaqua Salvation Army. "A few days ago, we were really worried we wouldn't have enough to help everyone," said Major Margaret Johnson, Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the New Columbus Fire Company stand around the $12,000 battery operated combination Jaws of Life. The tool not only serves as a cutter but is a spreader as well. It can operate for 15 minutes of continuous use. It can take two and one half minutes to cut a door off of a disabled vehicle. The fire company is the only one in the immediate area who now carries a battery operated Jaws of Life. Seen are Mike Hrebik, Tyler Schlier, Jim Nardozzi (fire chief), Joe Folk, Rich Staneck, and Josh Jacobs.

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.