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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Family loses cat in Parryville fire

A Parrryville family is being helped by the Red Cross after a fire damaged their home at 326 N. Fireline Road, Parryville. The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

James Brown Jr., lieutenant with the Parryville Fire Company, said Gary Conklin, his wife, Mindy; and two children are mourning the loss of a pet cat, which perished in the fire. Brown said one of their pets did survive, but he didn't have any information about the pet which was rescued.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performers auditioning for Sign Language Network flank producers. Clockwise from bottom left: Nicolas Zablotsky, an unknown applicant, Gabrielle Fritz, Raymont Anderson, producer Theressa DuBois, talent manager Sheenah Niobe, David Konyk, Samantha Midkiff, Brooke Stern, and Sophie Burkhart.

Actors, singers and dancers are being auditioned for 200 openings to support a new Lehighton-based Sign Language TV network scheduled for a February 2014 kickoff.

The as yet unnamed channel will provide 24-hour broadcasting on a national basis on both cable television and Internet streaming with sign language support for the deaf on all programming- news, weather, drama, variety and talk shows.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Some of the most prominent landmarks of the town of Jim Thorpe are seen in this photo. St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Carbon County Courthouse, and the Asa and Harry Packer Mansions.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proudly displaying their "Chain of Promise" are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors, from left, third graders Tyler Solt and Rachael Carr and fourth grader Hailey Miller. The paper chain signifies that each classroom has made a promise to "Make healthy choices in life no bullying and no drugs."

Elementary schools throughout Lehighton Area School District recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong event emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

"This is the second year the elementary schools have participated in this nationwide celebration," said elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. "This year's theme is 'A Healthy Me is Drug Free.'"

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Trinity Thrift Store's annual Christmas sale will include many low priced items appropriate for gifts, like these Santa decorations.

On a tight budget? Start your Christmas shopping this weekend at the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton. The store will is hosting its annual Christmas sale at Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall now through Tuesday.

The sale will be held today, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It's a chance to find unique gifts at low prices and to help feed local families with your purchases.

Every dollar received will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Harrison Hoppes, the former 1953 Lehighton High School Senior Class President and Valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton. During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president and director of operations in a variety of high-tech companies.

Harrison Hoppes is back. The former 1953 Lehighton High School senior class president and valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton.

During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president, and director of operations in a variety of high tech companies.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Stephanie Reppert, Hometown: I think it's silly. I think our consumer-driven culture is over the top. By December 26, the bathing suits will be out. Stores being open, it's not fair - the point of a holiday is that you get a day off.

Question: What do you think about stores being open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day?

Saturday, November 30, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause

Lehighton Area School Board Director Dave Krause bid farewell to the school board at the last meeting.

With 112 school board meetings under his belt, he dispensed advice on how he feels the school district can improve.

"Unfortunately, the past two years have been somewhat of a disappointment and a step backwards especially in regards to academics and facilities," Krause said.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hunters returning from an out-of-state hunt with elk, moose and/or caribou meat can also donate that to the program, as long as the meat has been processed by a licensed meat processor.

Deer meat has been part of America's diet since the time of the Pilgrims.

Three ounces of venison is healthier to eat than three ounces of beef. The venison has 140 calories, 26 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. The beef provides the same amount of protein, but has 179 calories and 7.6 grams of fat.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Photo courtesy of Hawk Mountain Hawk Mountain is working to protect two critically important parcels: a forested slope on its eastern approach, and 60 acres of riparian habitat located directly below the North Lookout in Schuylkill County.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been named the recipient of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant.

The award is one of 116 greenways, trails and recreation projects to receive dollars through Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Funds, administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and will be used to help protect a 25.3-acre forested slope that buffers Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail in Berks County, and a 60-acre riparian parcel beneath the North Lookout at Hawk Mountain in Schuylkill County.