Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Several defendants didn’t bother to appear for their preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer on Nov. 29, including a McAdoo man who was charged in three different cases.

Robert Matthew Wills, 35, of 535 S. Kennedy Drive, was due in court in connection with a July 27 incident, in which he was charged with criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. That charge was filed by McAdoo Patrolman Frederick Lahovski.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

As the holiday season nears, area groups are busy helping the less fortunate.

Email to let us know what the wish list is for your nonprofit group.

Please be sure to include your contact information so people can fulfill your wishes.

We will compile everyone’s lists and run them in the Times News through December.

Care Net of Carbon County

• Lawn mower

• Snowblower

• 2 laptops

• All-in-1 printer (able to print double-sided) fax/scanner/color copier

• Desks

• TVs with, or/and, DVD players

• Work tables

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Pink, blue, purple and white trees painted with a colored stain are intermingled among the natural green Christmas trees on Walker’s Tree Farm in Lehighton. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

Stores are filled with Christmas ornaments in a multitude of colors. And often they are grouped by color to make it easier to do theme trees.

Some stores also have colored, artificial Christmas trees to mesh with the whole themed-tree idea. But what if you get it home and decided one year of a pink tree is enough?

New this year is a stain that allows Christmas tree farmers to paint live trees. The latex-based stain is food grade, explained Bill Fetterholf, owner of Tree Teck Inc. and Pioneer Evergreen Farms in Orwigsburg.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Educational comedian Keith Deltano will be presenting a workshop for parents, “Bullyproof Your Child,” at Panther Valley Junior/Senior High School at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

The program will teach parents how to protect their children online, filter web content, and monitor social media. It will also share how to create resilient children that can survive in a culture that seems to be intent on tearing them down.

Deltano has worked as a schoolteacher, youth worker and military police officer.

Learn more about him at

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Bo stretches on top of a tower at Carbon County Friends of Animals, which is offering reduced rates for cat adoptions over the holiday season. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS LEHIGHTON

Carbon County Friends of Animals is trying to make Christmas a little cheerier for some cats this holiday season.

The nonprofit shelter, located at 77 W. 13th St., Jim Thorpe, is reducing its adopting fees for the holidays.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

PPL has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.

Based in Allentown, PPL earned the designation as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for its top marks in the annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s survey.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Jerusalem United Church of Christ Trachsville will present the Dave Clark and Jayme Thompson musical, “The Light Before Christmas,” at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

The musical focuses on a group of students who are decorating their science classroom for a Christmas party. While doing so, they discover the true meaning of the holiday doesn’t lie in the lights on the tree or the accompanying festivities.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Suzie Farley, vice president corporate secretary, holds a poster-size copy of the Oct. 7, 1916, article in The Morning Press announcing the opening of a new bank, the East Stroudsburg Building and Loan. The newspaper was the precursor to The Pocono Record. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

eing around for 100 years is a big deal, whether it’s a birthday or a business.

ESSA Bank & Trust, headquartered in Stroudsburg and branch locations in Brodheadsville, New Tripoli and Blakeslee, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Nov. 10. Instead of giving out trinkets to commemorate the anniversary, ESSA opted to make $600,000 in donations to three nonprofit organizations.

The organizations are:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance has several federal and state loan programs available for small businesses in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

The interest rates are fixed ranging from 1 to 4 percent. Small businesses can receive subordinate financing, 50 percent funding or $200,000, whichever is less.

These low cost loans offer lower down payments and standard loan term maturities for machinery and equipment, land and building acquisition, construction and renovation.