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Saturday, March 24, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A flowering forsythia bush reaches peak bloom along Cumberland Avenue in Hometown. With spring and summer blooming in mid-March, allergists say this year could be among the worst for allergy sufferers with itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing and head congestion. In Washington, D. C., cherry blossoms are blooming one month early, throwing a wrench into plans for the Cherry Blossom 100th Anniversary celebration, where a centennial parade is set for mid-April.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bruce Miller, a service technician for Charles S. Snyder Inc., has achieved factory certification as a Gold Level service technician from STIHL Inc., a leading manufacturer of chain saws and handheld outdoor power equipment.

"This is our second technician to complete the gold level certification", said Ann Fogel of Charles S. Snyder Inc.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County pastors joined Bishop John D. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, back, second from left, for the kickoff of the 2012 Bishop's Annual Appeal on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill. The pastors include, front, from left, Rev. Kenneth Medve, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Church, Lansford; Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Summit Hill; and Msgr. John Chizmar, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Church, Lake Harmony; and back, same order, Rev. William Campion, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Palmerton, Bishop Barres, Rev.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Allergy season has come early and hit with a wheezing vengeance in parts of the South and Midwest this year, thanks largely to an unusually warm winter. Abundant pollen is causing watery eyes, sniffles and sneezing.

Doctors say the spring misery stretches from Mississippi to Ohio and from Georgia to Texas, where drought conditions have exacerbated the problem. Forecasters and allergists blame the unseasonably warm weather, and few cold snaps, for causing plants to bloom weeks early and release the allergy-causing particles.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A contemporary Tenebrae Service titled "The Shadow of the Cross", will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton. Tenebrae is the Latin word for "shadows" or "darkness." The sanctuary choir and guest musicians, featuring piano, cello, oboe, flute and French horn, will remember the last three days of Holy Week during this ceremony.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Eight defendants in pending criminal cases pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Thursday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Ryan Heiser, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of burglary, as a felony one. He was arrested by Lehighton police for breaking into the home of John Kuller on April 26, 2011. Kuller died two days prior. A Kuller family member discovered the entry. Taken in the break-in was a set of Rosary beeds.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an adult homemaker assistance program available to residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 18-59, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Warm weather means more juicy, charcoal grilled hamburgers, and most local folks want theirs with cheese, onions, tomatoes and ketchup, not "pink slime."

News reports surfaced some weeks ago revealing that some fast food restaurants have stopped using the material, which is finely ground connective tissue and beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to prevent E. coli and salmonella contamination, a material few customers even knew existed.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an elderly home help assistance program available to residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 60 and older, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include: light housekeeping; laundry assistance; and/or shopping assistance.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Allison Sandholm and her husband, Kristofor

Imagine waking up and thinking you were 17 again and not remembering the last 12 years of your life.

It might sound like the latest movie at the local cinema, but it's real life for a former Coaldale resident and her family.

Allison Sandholm, formerly Allison Shokey, thought everyone was playing a bad joke on her two years ago when she woke up in a hospital bed and didn't recognize anyone in the room. The Schuylkill County native remembers waking up to a woman sitting in a chair.

"Everything was a blur," recalls Allison. "I immediately asked to see my mom."