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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard is recovering well after surgery last week, his colleagues said.

The commissioners, on Thursday, reported that Gerhard, who was not present at this week’s commissioners’ meeting, was recovering after taking ill before Thanksgiving. Gerhard required bypass surgery and is currently at home with his family in Packer Township.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many HealthCare.gov customers will face higher costs next year, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday in a report that shows average premiums rising modestly.

However, officials said millions of consumers who are currently enrolled can mitigate the financial consequences if they are willing to shop around for another plan in a marketplace that's becoming more competitive.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. That strain tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations, especially in the elderly.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Route 54, between Ametek and Kovatch Mobile Equipment in Nesquehoning, is reopened as of 8:24 a.m.

The road was closed this morning with signs posted on the road at the intersections of Stock Street (Route 54) and Park Avenue; as well as off Route 209.

According to a Nesquehoning Hose Company Facebook post, the portion of roadway was shutdown at 5:45 a.m. because of a crash that occurred in the area overnight.

Check the Times News for updates.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A decision as to when Palmerton will hold its second annual Christmas in the Park event will be made at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The event is currently scheduled to be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the borough park.
However, due to the potential inclement weather that has been forecast, the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee may move the event to Sunday, from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The intersection of Routes 54 and 209 was shut down early this morning as a result of a one-car crash late Wednesday night, along Route 54 in the area of Ametek.

A Nesquehoning man is facing charges after a reported high-speed crash that closed Route 54 in the borough Wednesday night and early Thursday.

The road was reopened just before 8:30 a.m.

The incident began at 10:39 p.m. Wednesday when Nesquehoning officer Timothy Wuttke was dispatched to a crash along Route 54 near Ametek.

Wuttke said a black Dodge Neon with heavy driver's side damage was blocking the westbound lane of travel, facing south.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This beautiful embroidered quilt held by Lynda Aulenbach, left, and Emma Hittner, right, will be raffled off by the Ladies Aid Society of St. John's UCC Dec. 15. It was hand-quilted by the Ladies Aid Society.

Have you ever admired a hand-sewn quilt and wished you could do that?

Or maybe you already quilt but would like to get out and enjoy the fellowship of others.

Well, the quilting gals of the Ladies Aid Society of St. John's UCC, 891 Columbia Ave., Aquashicola invites anyone who would like to learn, or wants to enjoy the companionship of others, to come quilt with them on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. You do not have to be a member of the church or the Ladies Aid Society.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Cast members of "It's a Wonderful Life" include, seated, front, Owen Mendez, Mr. Potter; middle row, from left, Emel Rasim, Violet Peters; Daniel Russo, George Bailey; Savannah Mickel, Aunt Tilly; Abby-Rose Emes, Mary Hatch; Kylee Tirado, Mother Bailey; Alex Crispo, Ellie; back row, Dalton Alexander, Clarence; Jon Anthony, Harry Bailey; Jon Hillanbrand; and Sean Gibson, Mr. Gower.

Never give up.

Perhaps equally as important is to never take our loved ones for granted.

Therein lies the underlying theme of the Palmerton Area High School Drama Club's fall production of "It's a Wonderful Life."

Showings are today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission charge.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection has identified a home in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County with the highest home radon level ever measured in Pennsylvania.

DEP encourages all area residents to have their homes tested for radon. This is especially important now that homes are winterized, limiting the amount of fresh air that will be entering those structures.

The concentration measured was 3,715 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Additionally, several other homes in the area have had measured concentrations over 1,000 pCi/L.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says media organizations can't get access to documents they've sought about how PPL crews responded to an October 2011 snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands without power.

A Commonwealth Court judge on Wednesday overturned an Office of Open Records decision, saying that both the Public Utility Code and the Right-to-Know Law provide the legal basis for the Public Utility Commission to withhold the records.