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Thursday, December 16, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Women's Club president Sue Solt, right, hands a $250 donation to Bernetta Frantz, director of Children and Family Development Services for Pathstone, which administers the Head Start program in Carbon County. Frantz holds a book, Splat the Cat, also donated by the club. Frantz said the money will be divvied up among the five classrooms in the program, housed at the Coaldale Complex. Each classroom will use its share to purchase items based on the needs of the children in that room.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Middle School Music Department held its annual Winter Concert Holiday Music Program Wednesday evening in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium. The concert was free to the community and featured performances by the middle school sixth grade band and the middle school chorus. The sixth grade band, under the direction of Mark Beltz, opened the concert with "March of the Magical Toys" by Robert W. Smith. They then played a holiday medley entitled "Name That Christmas Carol".

Thursday, December 16, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The employees of Ametek Corporation of Nesquehoning generously contributed toys for the Toys for Tots program this Christmas. Seen around boxes are Danielle Garito, Gloria Flynn, Julie Hoffman, and Melissa Riddick. Standing back are Sherry Sinclair and John Hajcak. Each year the corporation gives to the Toys for Tots in the area.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Carbon County is weighing its options on an alternative work release program that it currently has for inmates at the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, the board discussed the program, which was implemented in 2007, to help inmates who are approved for work release, lessen their sentence by doing volunteer work at nonprofit organizations.

Robert Crampsie, county controller, provided a breakdown of the revenue and expenses of the program.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Behavioral Health Associates, Inc. (BHA), a non profit health care foundation that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with behavioral and mental health needs in Carbon County collected approximately 30 bags of gently used clothing to help Family Promise of Carbon County. From left are, Larissa Kimmel, president of Family Promise; Len Ogozalek, director of partial services at BHA; Colleen Giglotti, executive director of BHA; and Jonathan Rodgers, BHA staff.

Staff members of Behavioral Health Associates, Inc. (BHA), a non profit health care foundation that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with behavioral and mental health needs in Carbon County, is striving to help the local needy members of the community who have children and are homeless.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Staff at the Carbon Medical Associates in Hometown purchased gifts for the Tamaqua Salvation Army's Angel Tree program to help the less fortunate for the holidays. Pictured from left are PA Shelley Sassaman, CMA Stephanie Seifert, CMAA Lisa Huntington, and MA Cathy Schock. A Salvation Army volunteer stated, "If anyone would like to purchase a gift or two for a local needy child via the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, please call (570) 668-0410 or stop by the Tamaqua Salvation Army at 105 West Broad St. in Tamaqua."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Saturday, Jan. 1. With the exception of the driver's license and photo center, the full-service center in Harrisburg will also be closed Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Trinity United Church of Christ sang Christmas carols, talked to residents, and provided treats and hygiene items to residents in the geriatric department of the St Luke's Miners Hospital in Coaldale. Youth members Lottie Mateyak, 8, on left, Ella Morrison, 5, bottom right, and Leah Mateyak, 7, top right, greet resident Anne Chicanavage during the holiday visit.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gerald L. Haggerty Jr., Postmaster in Summit Hill, will be retiring from the USPS Friday.

On the wall by the counter of the Summit Hill Post Office is a sign. It reads:

"Here to courteously assist you and provide the quality service consistent with your expectations of the U.S. Postal Service."

It's signed by Gerald L. Haggerty Jr., Postmaster.

"Jerry," as he is known by most of his patrons, said the sign signifies the philosophy he has adopted during his career.

On Friday, the public servant will be retiring as postmaster in Summit Hill after serving for nearly 20 years. He has been with the United States Postal Service for 31 years.