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Saturday, April 21, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Louise Hayden and Marti Zulic of Blue Mountain Health System's Family Planning program with the array of contraceptive devices available.

Fewer teenagers are having babies these days, a trend that began around 1958 and has been rolling downhill, for the most part, ever since.

"Fewer babies were born to teenagers in 2010 than in any year since 1946," says a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by statisticians Dr. Brady E. Hamilton and Stephanie J. Ventura, M.A.

The study found that the numbers of births per every thousand girls aged 15-19 soared 78 percent between 1940, when records were first kept, through 1957, when the numbers peaked.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Debbie Wert, Lehighton - "No. Because of how it might affect things."

Gov. Corbett is pushing to have the Pennsylvania Lottery turned over to a private enterprise instead of having the state operate it as has been the case since the lottery was first formulated. What do you think of this idea?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The teen birth rate in the United States has been dropping, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on a five-year mission to keep those numbers declining. The initiative, in partnership with the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, began in 2010 and has four components.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Children's Activities

- Preschool story hour is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. Watch for special guest readers during National Library Month.

- Tail Waggin' Tutors Kids read to Dogs the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The program is free, but parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at 610-826-3424.

- Watercolor Painting Classes are offered two days a week. For more information, call the teacher at 610-824-4962.

Friday, April 20, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Police, Palmerton Community Ambulance, Lehighton ALS, and Pennsylvania State Police assisted John Reppert, 22, of Palmerton, after he was involved in an accident that occurred at 1:53 p.m. Thursday. Police said Reppert was operating his Black Star Motorcycle west onto Route 248 when he lost control and crashed into the mirror of a Hyundai Tiburon operated by Ashley Schmieding, 22, of Kunkletown. Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith (first from left) and officer Trevor Flexer (second from left) take down information from the scene of the accident.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Pennsylvania State Police, in a press release issued today, cautioned area residents "tis the season" to watch out for gypsies and transient criminals who have been known to prey on homeowners, particularly the elderly, through unethical business practices.

Calling the incidents a "known problem stretching across the U.S.," police said residents should be on the alert for persons trying to conduct business with them in a less-than-reliable fashion,

Friday, April 20, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS George Geissinger, Tamaqua, talks about the 1960 Plymouth Fury Junior PowerCar along East Cottage Avenue on Thursday. The miniature antique is so rare, that perhaps only a handful exist.

It has an electric motor and is the classiest thing on wheels. But to drive it, you must be 4 or 5 years old and maybe not a day older.

Tamaqua's George Geissinger has acquired a 1960 Plymouth Fury Junior PowerCar, a child's electric-powered promotional vehicle that was quite the rage at Chrysler dealerships almost 53 years ago.

Friday, April 20, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting in preparation for the Weatherly Hill Climb at the event's main sponsor, Fairway Subaru of Hazleton, are, left to right : Joe Cyburt, driver, councilman, and President of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association; Al Corazza, driver, and Fairway Subaru Sales manager; Dave Frable, Service Manager of the Hazleton Firestone store; Fred Grant, Business Development Manager DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton; John Dammeyer, Manager Lawn Specialties; and Jack Yarashas, co-owner of Carbon Beverage in Weatherly.

Organizers and sponsors of the Weatherly Hill Climb met in preparation for the event at its main sponsor, Fairway Subaru of Hazleton.

The announced dates for the event's 51st year will be the weekend of June 9th and 10th and again in September on the weekend of the 15th and 16th.

Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cyburt noted that in addition to cars and drivers challenging the one-mile hill in Weatherly, there will also be food and games provided by local non-profit groups and churches as well as a National Guard display.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A century-old stone arch bridge in Penn Forest Township is closed because its foundation has shifted several inches and its mortar is crumbling.

A study is planned for the span, after which Carbon County engineers and commissioners will be faced with deciding whether to close the bridge permanently, repair it or replace it.

The bridge, which spans Stony Creek, was last inspected on March 16, said county Commissioner William O'Gurek. That inspection alerted the state Department of Transportation to the urgent need to take immediate action.