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Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple is releasing a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Monday, September 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Horse-drawn carriages from the 1800s and a horse-drawn sleigh hit the auction blockSunday in Mahoning Valley when barns of the Kresge Farm, once home of Wos-Wit Foods, were cleaned out. The covered carriage in the foreground sold for $350; an open carriage with vintage lanterns fetched $440.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tamaqua is the latest in a growing number of school districts in the state and nationwide which are rewriting tobacco use policies to include electronic cigarettes.

Existing Tamaqua School District policy prohibits tobacco use in school buildings and property, as well as on any property, buses, vans and vehicles owned, leased or controlled by the school district.

"We are adapting our tobacco-use policies to include smokeless cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes as well as look-alike items on school property and at our events," district Superintendent Carol Makuta said.

Monday, September 15, 2014
@$:Mahoning Township police are looking for information about this driver who was traveling at 90 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Mahoning Township Police are looking for a motorcyclist who was speeding Sunday night on Route 209.

Police were conducting an aggressive driving enforcement on Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe just before 6:30 p.m. when they spotted a motorcycle passing within an intersection at a speed of 90 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

The motorcycle passed multiple cars, and failed to stop for officers.

The motorcycle turned onto Route 903 where officers lost contact as it left Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News A 1983 Mazda driven by Henry Pascucci pulls up to the starting line at the Weatherly Hill Climb on Sunday. Pascucci posted a 66.481-second run in the Improved Touring A class.

The Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association wrapped up its 2014 season this weekend with the second of two annual events in Weatherly.

Around 86 drivers made runs on the one-mile, six-turn course, which has been hosting hill climbs since 1960.

"It was a great weekend," said Joe Cybert, Weatherly Hill Climb Association president. "We had spectators out at every turn. I think it was a very nice turnout."

It was a tale of two days for event organizers.

Monday, September 15, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center dietary manager Calvin Doward throws himself into his work as he competes in the staff pie-eating contest at the center's third annual fair on Friday.

Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton, held its third annual fair on Friday. Residents gathered in the courtyard to enjoy music via the center's administrator, Mike Mickey, who brought his automated accordion. They snacked on cotton candy and popcorn, enjoyed balloon animals, games, a dunk tank, and visited with horses from Strohl's horse farm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Walnutport's Borough Council discussed issues pertaining to the canal last week.

Walnutport Canal Association President Doug Boerher said he and three other association representatives attended the meeting to discuss a donated tract of land, demolition of an old boathouse, the future of Lock 24 and problems with Lock 23.

Boerher said David Kaul had approached the association last month about a landlocked 1.5-acre piece of land, far north of North Railroad Street, located between the railroad tracks and the canal.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday approved the first reading of a policy that forbids the use of electronic cigarettes on school property.

The policy is a revision to a section of the school rules which govern pupils and tobacco use. The entire school district campus is designated as a nonsmoking area.

A second reading must occur before the policy takes effect. That could happen at the board's next meeting on Sept. 25.

Last month, board member Anthony DeMarco reported that smokeless cigarettes were observed in use at the "Meet the Panthers Night."

Monday, September 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Delano Swartz, 79, of Palmerton yet again tries his luck on an instant lottery ticket at Pappy's Corner Store in Bowmanstown.On Sept. 5, Swartz purchased a $10 Aces high ticket from the store and won $25,000.

It's been said life is all about choices.

Delano Swartz of Palmerton recently made a choice that paid off in spades.

On Sept. 5, Swartz began the day much like he would any other ordinary day with a few bucks to spare on instant lottery tickets.

In what would be a precursor of things to come, Swartz played a $5 Funky 5's ticket at Pappy's Corner Store in Bowmanstown, and won $40.

From there, he traveled to the Sunoco gas station in Palmerton, where he bought another Funky 5's ticket, which brought him another $100.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School Board on Thursday voted on hirings and contracts.

Board hires

The board voted, 8-0:

Ÿ To approve hiring Lydia Buck, substitute secretary/bookkeeper; Eric Samson, security officer-casual; Mary Ann Kelliher, substitute teacher, English 7-12/substitute paraprofessional associate/secretary.

Ÿ A sabbatical leave of absence to Joseph Agolino, PVI teacher, effective Sept. 5 through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Ÿ Granting tenure to Kevin Horvath, Loretta Snyder and Matthew Gould.