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Friday, January 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Heidi Shollenberger, Country Harvest Family Market human resources employee, stands next to the Christmas tree that's decorated inside the store.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The second annual Holiday Tree of Giving program at Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton is proof of that.

Customers made donations through the purchase of an ornament for $2, to be placed on a 12-foot Christmas tree in the store lobby at Country Harvest. Customers could either write their name or a Christmas message on the ornament.

Friday, January 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1994 Nissan Sentra, owned by Jillian Kuntzman, of Palmerton, sustained disabling damage after Kuntzman drove it into her husband's vehicle on Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton on Thursday.

A three-car crashresulted in Palmerton on Thursday after a woman drove her vehicle into her husband's vehicle.

Borough Police Chief Randy Smith said Jillian Kuntzman, 33, of 375 Lehigh Avenue, pulled out from a parking stall at that address in her 2007 Chrysler van at around 10:45 a.m., at which time she struck a 1994 Ford pickup truck owned by her husband, Troy Kuntzman, 38, same address.

Jillian Kuntzmanalso struck a 1994 Nissan Sentra, owned by Louise Young, 61, of 45 Gap Road, Palmerton.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Many bird lovers are dismayed when birds strike their windows. These collisions can result in injury or death to the birds and are the result of the birds seeing the surroundings reflected in the glass and expecting to fly through the area in the reflection.

Friday, January 3, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The thermometer on Wentz Auto Body's sign shows 13 degrees at 8:30 Friday morning.

The National Weather Service anticipates a low of -3 degrees tonight and another plunge, to -9 degrees, on Monday night. Tuesday's daytime temperature is expected to hover around 4 degrees.

These are perfect times to stay snug and warm indoors. But for those who must venture outside, here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

Friday, January 3, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Early Thursday evening, drivers reported a two-mile backup along the Hometown Hill and a 40-minutecommute to travel two miles between Tamaqua and Hometown. Similar back-ups took place in West Penn Township, some caused by accidents. By 10 p.m., snow intensified and trafficvirtually disappeared from roads, as seen here at the intersection of Route 54 and 309. Work crews worked feverishly all night to plow roads and stay ahead of the heavysnowfall.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The following townships will accept Christmas trees for recycling:

Polk Township residents may drop off trees any time in the pull-off area just north of the municipal office building on Polk Township Road. Telephone poles are outlining the drop off site.

Chestnuthill Township's transfer station and recycling center will accept trees from residents on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Eldred Township residents can drop them off behind the township building, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Friday, January 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) applauded enactment of a new law that will help volunteer fire and EMS companies finance equipment purchases while supporting Pennsylvania's manufacturing industry.

House Bill 1706, recently signed into law, doubles the current loan limits for the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program for the purchase, repair or rehabilitation of vehicles, equipment and facilities.

Friday, January 3, 2014

With temperatures expected to hit below-zero levels over the next few nights, pet owners need to take precautions to keep their dogs and cats safe and comfortable.

While larger young dogs with thick coats can safely weather colder temperatures if they have access to proper shelter, smaller or older dogs and cats must be brought into a warm, dry place when temperatures plunge below freezing.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The American Red Cross offers these snow shoveling tips:

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.

If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don't overdo it.

Additional tips to make snow shoveling safer:

Ÿ Warm up your muscles with 10 minutes of light exercise and stretching;

Ÿ Dress appropriately;

Friday, January 3, 2014

Weissport Council will seat a new council member when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday for the first meeting of 2014.

Brenda Leiby, who won her seat in a write-in campaign during the November election, will be sworn in during at the start of the meeting. She fills the seat vacated by Tim Rehrig, who did not seek re-election.

Council members will also reorganize during this meeting.