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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Justin Cunfer, 15, of East Penn Township has some unusual pets, including a half-ton Black Angus heifer, two steers, horses and even a pig. The teen treats them as you would any other pet and they come to him when he calls their names.

The teen enters his pets in various livestock competitions at the county and state levels. He won seven awards at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, including the "Master Showman Award in Class Exhibited."

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Liz Pinkey

Liz Pinkey of Tamaqua and husband Stephen Behun III's decision to vaccinate their three children had its roots in a teacher's remark and babies' headstones.

She wrote a paper on childhood diseases that her teacher said would educate her classmates about illnesses they had never heard of, like measles, mumps, pertussis and diphtheria.

Pinkey knew about them, from reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories of the old days. Later, classes in immunology and virology prompted her to earn a degree in biology.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Louise Bishop pins the Valentine's Day king's cape on Allen Steigerwalt, 68, at the Lehighton Senior Center on Friday.

The Lehighton Senior Center crowned its Valentine's Day king and queen on Friday. The winners were chosen by having their names drawn from among those who had yet to receive the honor. Louise Bishop pins the Valentine's Day king's cape on Allen Steigerwalt, 68, at the Lehighton Senior Center on Friday.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Lansford Borough sewage transmission fee, normally sent by Feb. 15, will not be mailed on time due to the inability of the US Postal Service to process the mailing on Friday, Feb. 13 and the closure of the Postal Service on Monday for Presidents Holiday.

The yearly fee is scheduled to be mailed on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and is payable at the Lansford Borough Office, 1 W. Ridge Street. Borough office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love is in the air!

According to the Small Business Administration, February is the perfect time to "Be Sweet on Small Business" not just on Valentine's Day but every day in February and beyond.

It means spending money close to home for your cards, candy, flowers and dining experiences and then coming back for other purchases throughout the year.

Small businesses offer personalized customer service and unique gift options that can't be found in a large department store or impersonal online site.

Don't forget your local grocer, hardware store or appliance store.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Application forms for the Department of Revenue's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014.

Each resident who prepared or filed a paper rebate form last year not utilizing computer software should have received a 2014 application by now. Renters who prepared or filed claims last year using computer software rather than the PA-1000 booklet received letters by mail reminding them to apply for 2014 rebates and providing copies of the PA-1000 Rent Certificate.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Christopher Devosa

Two Carbon County men are among 16 people charged in a child predator sweep conducted this week by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

Christopher James Devosa, 46, of Albrightsville, is charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography, 50 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly, and released on $150,000 bail.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Seven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The following were placed:

Saturday, February 14, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Franklin Elementary school first-graders Evelyn Versuk, left, and Peighton Evangelista jump in the air as they show their favorite physical activity during a school assembly Friday morning. The school received a $500 check from McDonald's. For additional

photos see Page 5.