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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Plum Organics is voluntarily recalling specific pouch products within its Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash and Kids lines after discovering a manufacturing defect that may cause spoilage in some pouches. The Plum Organics line is sold at Target, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and a variety of other grocery store chains.

Recalled products can be identified by the "Best By" dates ranging from Aug., 5 2014 to Dec. 8, 2014 and the letters "AT."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Smoke coming from the roof of a gas station caused some tense moments late Monday.

Tamaqua Fire Department and Tamaqua Rescue responded to 20 Center St. for a 9:48 p.m. report of smoke coming from a commercial building. A caller to 911 reported dark smoke coming from the roof of J&J Sunoco gas station.

It was determined that an oil burner malfunction was the cause.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mountain Karate Academy will appear on the Dream Come True Telethon - Blue Ridge Chapter at approximately 5:18 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Mountain Karate Academy will present a check of $1,661 to help fund dreams for sick children.

The Dream Come True Telethon will air from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon will be aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 90 in the Tamaqua area.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Slatington may soon get a new borough manager, according to council members at Monday's borough council meeting.

After an executive session that lasted until 9:45 p.m., the council reconvened and stated it had discussed legal, real estate, Slatington Borough Authority agreement, and personnel matters during the session.

When they brought up the topic of possibly hiring a new borough manager, President Daniel Stevens, who said he may be interested in the position, immediately dismissed himself from the meeting room before further discussion ensued.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Flanked by his parents, Dave and Rachel Kannapel, Chase Kannapel, 2, of Yardley, shows his spirit as he waves this flag before the start of the Veterans Day dedication held in Palmerton on Monday.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization dedicated 244 new names and blocks to the veterans memorial in the borough park Monday, bringing the total to 3,821 honored.

Steve Vlossak, judge advocate of American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, said the dedication was to honor and remember all those who have served our country; especially those veterans who gave their lives for us, as well as Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Superintendent Barbara Conway

Jim Thorpe Area School Superintendent Barbara Conway announced Monday that she plans to retire on June 30, the end of the school year.

Conway, now 62, joined the school district as elementary school principal two weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. She was named superintendent in 2007.

Since then, the district has become a cradle-to-college education system: The nationally-recognized SHINE afterschool program has its roots there, and the district now looks forward to becoming home to Lehigh Carbon Community College's Carbon County campus.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Victor Izzo/Special to the Times NEWS Present at the National Special Olympics Competition meeting for Special Olympics of Carbon County were, left to right : Jeff Grohotolski, Track Coach; Ryan Lee, track athlete; Brandon Lee, Track Coach; Chad Kurtz, National's Coach; Dan Klein, track athlete; Amy Williamson, track athlete; Shane Ahner, bocce athlete; Delina Rodrigues, track athlete; and Dave Rodrigues, Competition Coordinator for Special Olympics of Carbon County.

For the first time ever, Special Olympians from Carbon County have qualified to participate in the National Special Olympics Competition to be held next year in Princeton, N.J.

Athletes, coaches, and volunteers gathered together Saturday because there is a registration book which must be completed by each athlete and they wanted to review it page by page to be sure its filled out accurately.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vandals appear to be running amok at the Ginder Playground in Summit Hill.

Jodi McAndrew, the current chairman of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, told the borough council last night that there's "a major, major issue with vandalism."

Some of the damage that has been done, according to McAndrew, is:

* Swings have been broken.

* A newly installed ride was broken to the extent that it now presents a potential safety hazard.

* Shingles were torn off a pavilion that was constructed as an Eagle Scout project.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Diabetes Health Fair, a free community event, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The state Department of Health will be offering free or low cost shingles vaccine for people 50 years of age and older, who are uninsured or under-insured. Pre-registration for the shingles vaccine is required at 570-325-6106.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Feed the People is offering an early Thanksgiving dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 20 at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. The menu features turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and tossed salad. For more information, call 570-657-1480.