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Thursday, March 12, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, District 17, spoke at the Rush Township municipal building Wednesday.

When U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, scheduled a town meeting in Rush Township, it's likely he didn't anticipate the scope of the questions.

During a jam-packed hour Wednesday night, he fielded questions on topics that included using higher sales tax to balance the state budget, texting while driving, increasing Social Security benefits, landing fee for airplane pilots, disposal of light bulbs, banning fracking, reforming income taxes, endangered species, supporting research into neurological illnesses, and fixing disability payments.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Saturday is a unique day for math fanatics.

March 14, 2015, (3/14/15) matches perfectly with the mathematical constant pi (3.1415), the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and Lehighton Area School District is marking the occasion with an academic festival in its high school cafeteria.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony set for 9:26 a.m. Community members are invited to attend the free event.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lansford Borough Council voted Wednesday night to authorize its solicitor to contact the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Auditor General over the Lansford-Coaldale Water Authority members collecting salary and benefits.

Council Member Tommy Vadyak said, "The authority members have been collecting benefits for years; it is clear violation of the Municipal Authorities Act."

Members said the issue has previously been referred to the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission; however there was no action taken by that body.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The new $2.8 million Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School, located along West 10th Street in Jim Thorpe, was inspected today by members of the board of education, the school building authority, the school district administration, staff and guests.

Special guests of honor were retired school district superintendent Morris, his wife, Eleanor, and son, Lawrence. The dignitaries were given a tour of the two-story facility.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy on March 28, following the school district's Easter recess.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Every Friday during Lent, Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua will sponsor a Fish Bake, at the church, which is located at 22 Lafayette St. Hours will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will include baked haddock, deviled crab cakes, cod fish cake or baked chicken with stewed tomatoes, baked potato, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, dessert and a beverage.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Take outs will be available.

For more information, call 570-668-4630.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club will hold its meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem.

The program that evening will be"Digital Communications" Ken/KB3MDT. Members and interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information or directions, go to www.dlarc.org, email KE3AW@ARRL.NET, or call 610-432-8286.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

EASTON (AP) Police are investigating the death of a man found in an eastern Pennsylvania motel room.

Officers found the man in a room at the Quality Inn on South Third Street in Easton around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A coroner says the death is considered suspicious and is being investigated as a homicide.

He would not say how the man died.

Police officers familiar with the man were able to identify him. Police didn't make the man's name or age public.

The motel remained open while police investigated. Guests were prevented from getting close to the man's room.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Using a bucket truck, Shawn Kresge of Kresge Electric hangs an American flag and two Irish flags over Broadway in Jim Thorpe. The flags were hung in preparation for the 18th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County, and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday along Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Retired Carbon County District Attorney Gary F. Dobias of Palmerton will serve as grand marshal of the event. Dobias retired on Aug.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The deadline for filing nominating petitions on behalf of people who are seeking elective offices in Carbon County ended with the close of the business day on Tuesday, closing a busy period of activity for the Carbon County Board of Elections.

The latest list of people who filed petitions includes:

Democrats

Randy Pfeiffer, 10 Bake Oven Road, Lehighton, supervisor, East Penn Township

Guy Barry, 814 Ben Salem Road, Lehighton, supervisor, East Penn Township

Corey Gerhart, 521 Packer Drive, Weatherly, Weatherly Area School Board, four-year term

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When last we "spoke," our subject was Annie, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who had presented to our veterinary hospital for an annual physical examination. She was her normal happy self, always wanting to please as we went through the examination.

Unfortunately, Annie had a problem. No one could realize she had a life-threatening condition, as she appeared completely normal to her caretakers and to us, as well. It was only because of the physical exam that we were able to find the time bomb ticking in her abdomen.