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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Walter Woods

Walter Woods, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating his 94th birthday.

Born in Patterson, New Jersey, on Jan. 17, he was the son of the late Walter Woods and Jean Johnson.

He graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Air Corps. He served as a pilot during World War II and received a number of combat medals including: American Theater Medal, Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Photo provided by LCCC LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber

There's an old Dear Abby column that's become one of the advice maven's classics. A woman writes a letter and bemoans the length of time it will take her to become a nurse, because she can only go to school part-time while she works.

"But Dear Abby, I'm 24," she writes. "In six years, by the time I finish my classes, I'll be 30."

And Dear Abby responds.

"And how old will you be in six years if you don't go back to school?"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the community room on the ground floor of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.

The fair board is presenting Jordan Behrens of Jim Thorpe as fair queen contestant at this year's Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs Convention being held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center on Jan. 21-25.

According to Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair, Behrens is the fair's first fair queen to compete at the state level.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced Monday that PennDOT has finalized all terms for the department's $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, clearing the way for construction to begin this summer on the project to replace 558 bridges across the state.

"This is an important milestone in the state's most ambitious public-private partnership initiative to date," Schoch said.

In October 2014, Penn-DOT selected Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners and its team of 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors to lead the project.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two men arrested for the January 2014 death of Coaldale resident Corey Samuels have admitted beating the victim, but each claims the other is the actual murderer.

Oliver Trizarri, 21, of 645 N. Sixth St., Reading, and Stanley Kralik, 17, of 114 First St., Coaldale, were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Sunday night and charged with one felony count each of criminal homicide, murder in the first degree, murder in the third degree, robbery, aggravated assault and theft by unlawful taking, as well as two felony counts of conspiracy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A meeting of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board that was scheduled for Monday was postponed due to the weather.

The board said a new date for the meeting will be announced.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The menu is a smoked ham and baked potato dinner.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday on drug charges.

Timothy R. Tappan, 27, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 14 to 48 months in a state correctional institution on a charge of possession of materials used in the manufacture of a controlled substance. On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia he was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in a state prison, concurrent with the first count.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A maintenance worker found a frozen 4-foot-long alligator in a creek in Penn Forest Township. It appeared the dead animal was trying to crawl out of the cold creek which feeds into the Penn Forest Reservoir. The alligator died half in and half out of the water.

Scratch marks on the creek banks indicated the reptile had been living in the area for some time.

The reservoir, which is now covered by ice, is part of a 23,000-acre watershed owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MMI Preparatory School will hold visitation night on Jan. 21, starting at 6 p.m. for students and families considering MMI for the 2015-16 school year.

Families can learn more about an MMI education and the advantages the school offers for their children. The event will begin with a presentation by school administrators, including Head of School Thomas G. Hood.

Families will learn about the small class sizes and individual attention at MMI, as well as how MMI students score hundreds of points above national, state and local SAT averages.