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Thursday, October 11, 2012

GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN'S Food Markets, following a recall by Clemmy's Ice Cream, announced it removed from sale Clemmy's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream due to possible salmonella contamination in the peanut butter.

The following product is included in this recall:

Ÿ Clemmy's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream, UPC 89450900231, 16 oz., with sell by dates of 02/13 through 08/14

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Robert A. Baldassari

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has been around a long time, but six years ago it put into motion a plan, a "rebranding of the Poconos" according to bureau Vice Chairman John Kiesendahl of Woodloch Resort.

Now the efforts of the PMVB and its staff, its partners and the "thousands of dedicated employees in the industry" is paying off.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS "Children and teens are able to get a hold of prescription medications, because parents, grandparents and other family members don't take the time to lock up their medications," said Janene Holter, senior supervisory special agent of the Office of Pennsylvania's Attorney General.

Have you noticed changes in your child's behavior? Or does he or she have friends that you suspect might be abusing prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs? Whatever the reason don't ignore the issue.

The problem is more common than most parents or guardians think. According to TheAntiDrug.com, more teens are abusing prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana. In 2008, more than 2.1 million teens ages 12-17 reported abusing prescription drugs. And among 12- and 13-year-olds, prescription drugs are the drugs of choice.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of various fire departments recently accepted $500 donations from the Black Diamond Parrot Head Club of Summit Hill. Accepting for the Nesquehoning area fire departments are, from left, John Leinthall, firefighter with the Lake Hauto Fire Company, receiving the check from Alyssa Bartelt, Parrot Head Club member; Rick Franco, co-vice president of the club, presenting a check to Jim Nardozzi, New Columbus Fire Chief; and Mary Ann Franco, co-vice president of the club, presenting to John McArdle, Nesquehoning Fire Chief.

The Black Diamond Parrot Head Club of Summit Hill always likes to give back to the community.

This year, the club chose six area fire companies Nesquehoning Hose, Lake Hauto, and New Columbus Fire Companies in Nesquehoning; Diligence Fire Company No. 1 in Summit Hill; Coaldale Fire Department in Coaldale and American Fire Company No. 1 of Lansford as the recipients of the proceeds raised by its annual Margaritaville Open golf tournament, held this past August.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Each year Palmerton Exchange Club members "kidnap" an out-of-state honeymoon couple from Honeymoon Hideaway near Kresgeville and give them a tour of Carbon County, courtesy of ex-president and Mrs. Samuel George. They then return to Blue Ridge Country Club where they are feted at a party, including dinner and gifts. The couple kidnapped were John and Nancy McCauley of Ontario, Canada. They were given tours of Beltzville Dam, Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, Asa Packer Mansion, Courthouse, Flagstaff Mountain, and other points of interest.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Beliza Ortiz, left and Jackolyn Munson, right, of Albrightsville, enjoy some refreshments after what Ortiz described as the "scary" demonstration put on by the firefighters

In observation of fire prevention week the fire fighters of the Lake Harmony District 17 put on quite a show Wednesday night. Using a donated old model Ford Bronco, the team simulated a rescue by neatly slicing the roof off the vehicle, after which they set it on fire.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

General Mills today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars containing peanuts. This action is being taken as a precaution because peanut pieces in the products may have been sourced from Sunland, Inc., a peanut supplier that recently expanded its recall of peanut ingredients.

This voluntary recall includes six-count boxes of Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars with the following "Better if Used By" dates printed on the top of the box: 01NOV2012 and 02NOV2012.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A thick brown tree stump is covered by a thick layer of green moss inside the dense forest of the Owl Creek reservoir in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Hometown Fire Company spent time Tuesday teaching both elementary students and community members about safety, as well as the importance of having smoke and CO detectors. They started off their day giving presentations to students at the Rush Elementary School. Later in the day, they held an open house at their fire company, offering advice and tips to the public. Also participating were Rush Township Police and Fire Police.Rush Township's youngest cop suited up Tuesday night during open house at Hometown Fire Company. Bryce DeAngelo, 9, Hometown, dons a bullet-proof vest and learns more about the tools of law enforcment from Officer Corey Herring.

Volunteer firefighters with the Hometown Fire Company spent time Tuesday teaching both elementary students and community members about safety, as well as the importance of having smoke and CO detectors.

They started off their day giving presentations to students at the Rush Elementary School.

Later in the day, they held an open house at their fire company, offering advice and tips to the public.

Also participating were Rush Township Police and Fire Police.

Rush Township's youngest cop suited up Tuesday night during open house at Hometown Fire Company.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Bruce L. Krasley

A former Palmerton and Tamaqua principal has been sentenced to jail for distributing child pornography.

Bruce L. Krasley, 62, of Allentown, was sentenced on Tuesday to serve three to 23 months in jail by Lehigh County Judge Kelly L. Banach.

As part of his sentencing, Krasley will be allowed to enter the county's work-release program to perform his mandated 300 hours of community work service and undergo treatment.