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Monday, November 29, 2010

S. Sgt. Robert Jones of Mauch Chunk, missing since the fall of Bataan, died on May 31, 1942, according to word received today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, from the War Department. Confirmation of the soldier's death establishes the fact that he was the first man from this community to give his life in World War II. His death brings to 23 the total of war dead from the Mauch Chunks. S. Sgt. Jones is survived by his parents, who had five sons in the service.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David Perkins, right, choral director of Lehighton Area High School, chats with Kirk Arner, a senior who has been selected to the Pa. Music Association's District 10 Chorus, and Michael Perkins, a freshman, who is one of five Pennsylvania students named to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Choir. Michael is the son of David Perkins.

Two students in the Lehighton Area School District have attained special honors – a freshman who will be part of a national chorus and a senior who is selected to participate in a district chorus.

Michael Perkins, the son of David and Beth Perkins and a student at Lehighton Area Middle School, was selected from over 1,200 applications to the American Choral Directors Association's National Junior High Honor Choir in Chicago.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Santa's coming and he's not waiting 'til Christmas Eve.

He arrived this weekend on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, riding on the train every weekend through Dec. 19. Rides are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday except on Dec. 11 when the train won't be running.

He's coming next weekend to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, and Summit Hill.

In Jim Thorpe, a Christmas parade kicks-off the holiday festivities at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a tree lighting ceremony in Josiah White Park.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
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A Penn Forest systems engineer and two co-workers received a patent for their solution to a software problem.

U.S. Patent No. 7,814,420 was issued to co-inventors Christopher A. Lunemann, Jim Thorpe; Mark W. Trush, Elkins Park; and G. Brent Gerhart, Plymouth Meeting. The recipients applied for the patent as employees of Honeywell, Inc. in Fort Washington.

Chris Lunemann has been commuting to Honeywell for 16 years, most of which have been from Penn Forest where he bought land in 1994 and built a home in 1996.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia officially welcome the arrival of the Christmas tree at the North Portico. Walking behind the first lady is Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton.

WASHINGTON (AP) – 'Tis now the season at the White House.

A day after celebrating Thanksgiving, the White House shifted into Christmas mode on Friday as Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha accepted the gift of an 18 1/2-foot Douglas fir from Carbon County as the official White House Christmas Tree.

The tree was hauled through the White House gates by horse-drawn carriage and presented to the Obamas by Christopher Botek. It was grown on his family's Christmas tree farm in Lehighton – the second time the farm has supplied the White House with its official tree.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Unemployment statistics are in for last week and the news in not good. There were 439,000 new victims added to the unemployment insurance rolls. Economists say that this was slightly better than expected and is cause for joy. I look at the families affected by these job losses and I am concerned for them and for our nation. Americans want to work. They want to support their families by their own labor and their own efforts. This morning, I heard the Secretary of Labor suggest that we need to again extend unemployment insurance benefits or 2 million people will be kicked off the dole.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
John Mateyak, Tamaqua - "My wife and I have already started. We have about 10 gifts so far, but we have children and seven grandchildren to shop for."

"Do you expect to get your Christmas shopping completed early this year? "

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Trina Marie McGovern, daughter of Mrs. Mary McGovern, Tamaqua R. 3, and the late John McGovern, is representing the Carbon-Tamaqua Area in the 1988 Pennsylvania Junior Miss State Finals. Twenty-five outstanding high school senior girls drawn from local and at-large programs across the commonwealth are participating. Currently attending Tamaqua High School, Trina hopes for a career in business. She will perform a novelty tap dance for he Creative and Performing Arts presentation.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
 Panther Valley JROTC cadets fold the American flag. CHRIS PARKER/ TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley JROTC Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins slowly lowered the 10-foot-by-16-foot American flag from its pole at the Coaldale Complex this week.

As the flag approached the end of its tether, Bevins and several other cadets deftly caught it, making sure it did not touch the ground.

With crisp, sure movements, the cadets folded the flag, which will be kept by Coaldale World War II Committee member William Gaddes until it is once again raised in May.

"We take it down after Veterans Day," he said.

Saturday, November 27, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Eckert, chairman of the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas, and Parade coordinator Karen Freese hold sign announcing the event which will run on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

Jim Thorpe's three-week-long Olde Time Christmas will begin with a parade passing the brightly lit seasonly-decorated shops along Broadway next Friday.

The parade kicks off the festival at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 from Immaculate Conception Church on West Broadway and, at 6 p.m., arrives at the festivities at Josiah White Park. Olde Time Christmas continues through December 20, with many events on the three weekends of December 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19.