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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved appointments to various boards and authorities.

They reappointed Josiah Behrens of Jim Thorpe to a four-year term as Public Director of the Conservation District; Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein was appointed to a one-year term as Commissioners' Representative.

The Rev. Doris Bray of Palmerton was reappointed to a five-year term on the county Housing Authority.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting your garbage bill on your computer can save you some money if you live in Summit Hill.

Summit Hill Borough Council is making some changes on its garbage billing policy. One change is that residents who opt to receive their bills via the Internet will receive a 5 percent discount.

The Internet billing discount will replace a previous discount afforded to residents who paid their bill annually instead of quarterly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Plans are progressing to erect a monument for the Veterans of the Korea and Vietnam era at Marvin Gardens Park, off 895, in East Penn Township.

Plans continue to progress for a monument for Korea and Vietnam Veterans of East Penn Township. The monument is planned to be built at Marvin Gardens Park, near the Lehigh River, to honor veterans of these two conflicts for their military service.

The project is being organized by East Penn Township residents David Bryfogle and Frank Bokan, both veterans.

Bryfogle, a Vietnam era veteran, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He is a member of the Lehighton American Legion, Post 314; and is also a member of the Lehighton United Veterans Organization.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The final major meteor shower of every year is always the December Geminid shower, often producing 50 or more meteors per hour.

This year, the Geminids are expected to have one of the most exciting displays of all the meteor showers of 2012.

The event takes place Thursday night.

The combination of predicted fine weather and a new moon will make the meteors very visible.

The main viewing will occur between mid-evening December 13 until dawn December 14.

But the nights on either side of the peak date should be good as well.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pets and owners gathered for a group photo at the halfway point of their Costume Pet Parade around Jim Thorpe during the ongoing Olde Time Christmas celebration.

The Third Annual Paws Costume Pet Parade was held on Broadway in historic downtown Jim Thorpe on Sunday in conjunction with the ongoing Olde Time Christmas celebration being held there.

Participants dressed up their pets and then met in front of the Opera House for the parade which moved down Broadway to Josiah White Park.

After a brief stopover at the Park, the parade proceeded back up to the Opera House where pets were judged for first, second and third place winners.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Christine Obrecht, secretary, demonstrates how to use the 31-inch push/pull ram the Palmerton Fire Department Station No. 1 recently received. The equipment is used to extricate drivers from wrecked vehicles.

In the rescue field, it's imperative to have the proper equipment necessary to carry out the task.

Thanks to the receipt of a 31-inch Push-Pull Ram Accessory Kit, members of the Palmerton Fire Department Station No. 1 feel they're better equipped to make the save.

Specifically, the equipment is used to extricate drivers from wrecked vehicles, according to Larry Zawaly, assistant chief, who added the total cost of all the equipment was about $8,000.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Family Promise is planning a Carbon County wide dress-down day to raise awareness and funds for Family Promise. Organizers are asking businesses and individuals to organize a change in your dress code for a day by either dressing down, dressing up or dressing special depending on your organizations' individual situations. Funds are raised by asking participants to make donation in order to participate.

Every school, agency, business and individual in Carbon County is invited to join in making this day a fundraising success.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday adopted its 2013 budget and stated it won't have to raise taxes.

In addition, it agreed to refinance $2.4 million in construction indebtedness which will result in a minimum of $60,000 in savings to the borough.

The borough won't know the exact interest rate for the bond resale until Wednesday, but it is stipulated the refinancing can't occur unless there is at least a $60,000 savings.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Penn State Extension is offering for childcare providers a science workshop, Saturday, Dec.15, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Lehighton Annex Building, 101 N. 3rd Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. The topic is Science for All Seasons.

How can you get children excited about science throughout the year? This workshop provides ideas for incorporating science into daily activities and plans for all age groups. Participants will learn how to create outdoor learning environments to support science in every season.

Monday, December 10, 2012
Emily Gombert spends a quiet moment with Santa Claus at the Christmas in the Park event held in Lehighton.

Several hundred children and adults ushered in the holidays on Friday evening during the Christmas in the Park event held in the upper park bandshell in Lehighton.

The event was sponsored by Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee (LDIC).