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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Lisa Sasserath Boehm of Hellertown submitted this photo of a sunrise from Flagstaff. We'd like to publish your photo here. Go to www.tnonline.com to submit your photo.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
(AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing) Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates gas line explosions. Here's a listing from the NTSB database of gas line explosions in Pennsylvania. Details of the explosions were not available for the years before 1990.

Feb. 9, 2011 in Allentown: A UGI natural gas explosion killed William Hall, 79; his wife Beatrice Hall, 74; Ofelia A. Ben, 69; Ben's granddaughter, Katherine Cruz, 16; and Katherine's 4-month-old son, Matthew Vega. The explosion was at 13th and Allen streets.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marlene Basiago, owner of Helping Hand Clinic in Summit Hill, seated on the universal gym, is retiring after 39 years as a physical and occupational therapist and 24 years as a business owner. She donated her rehabbing equipment to Panther Valley School District. With her are PV students, from left, Hunter Davidyock, Richard Nase, Brendan Beshock, Czar Founds and Michael Horan; as well as Kristin Black, PV athletic and activities director.

Marlene Basiago, owner of Helping Hand Clinic in Summit Hill, has been helping the Panther Valley community for nearly 24 years.

She has rehabbed dozens of Panther Valley athletes, faculty, and alumni over the years; given back to the community through donations to schools and area organizations, and volunteered at her church and at the Panther Valley Public Library.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Three generations will mark the 50th anniversary of McFarland and Sons Garage, which was purchased by the late Calvin McFarland on March 17, 1964. From left are Kyle McFarland, his father Troy, and grandmother Shirley.

McFarland and Sons Garage in Lehighton will mark 50 years of business on Monday. The garage offers general auto repair, towing, state inspections and custom exhaust work.

While the business has expanded multiple times, one thing has stayed the same: The business continues to be owned and operated by family members who share a passion for automobiles.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School, built in 1929, will close at the end of this year.

It was made official Thursday night that Polk Elementary School will close its doors at the end of the 2013-2014 school year in June. The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted 9-0 to close.

"I'm sure everyone sitting here doesn't want to do this but the economy and the declining enrollment makes it necessary," said director Susan Kresge. She noted that it was easier to grow than it is to shrink.

Russ Gould, board president agreed it was sad to close the school. He had been a student at Polk and has a lot of good memories.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The annual St. Patrick's Day Tea was held Sunday evening in the auditorium of St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Tamaqua, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America, Court St., Jerome 1143. There were 75 persons in attendance.

The auditorium was decorated with an Irish motif, as shamrocks, green hats, and cutouts of typical Irish people ornamented the walls. The tea table has a centerpiece of green carnations, greens and ornamental St. Patrick's Day figurines.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:Baxter Baxter is a dark tabby, 2-3 years old, and is available for adoption at the Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe.

These felines, as well as over 100 others, are currently available for adoption at Carbon County Friends of Animals, 900 Walnut Ave. (Route 209), Jim Thorpe.

The shelter hours are 1 to 5 p.m. every day.

CCFOA is a non-profit, no kill shelter that is run by volunteers and donations from the community.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Gov., Tom Corbett congratulates Pocono Raceway  President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky on the results of an economic study that showed Pocono Raceway impact on the state  at $257.5million

LONG POND Pocono Raceway was honored Monday at a ceremony in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Harrisburg for the economic impact that the raceway provided Pennsylvania in 2013. Gov. Tom Corbett and leaders of the state senate and house of representatives acknowledged the $257,500,000 economic stimulus resulting from the events held at the raceway last year.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Horse Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at New City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

The topic for the evening will be the Lehigh Valley County Animal Response Team. The guest speaker will be Anita Patterson, a member of Lehigh Valley CART.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information concerning the Lehigh Valley Horse Council call 610-837-7294 or 610-704-4130.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors held an in-depth discussion on the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school calendar at Thursday night's school board meeting.

Superintendent Carole Geary said the last day of school for students is scheduled for June 13 and tentatively the teachers' last day would be June 18.

"But we'll put off voting on that until our next board meeting on April 10. We'll wait and see about the weather until then," Geary said.