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Saturday, January 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

American Hose firefighter Thorn Devlin takes a break while responding to a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua earlier this week. Devlin was one of the first responders to arrive on scene to quell the fire.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In my early career, I stumbled upon a book called How To Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. Written in 1954, this book described how statistics could be used to support an erroneous or entirely false claim.

I believe that the Administration has been lying with statistics from the very beginning. As an example, let's look at last July when the Obama Administration reported saving or creating over 3 million jobs, with another 500,000 to be saved or created before the end of the year.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansford council, working with auditors to get its money matters on an even keel, on Friday held a special meeting to transfer funds to pay bills.

As of Friday, the borough had $861,479.65 in its cash accounts and another $353,700.35 in sewer transmission fund certificates of deposit.

The borough's financial auditors, Maillie, Falconiero & Company, advised council to transfer money from various accounts into the general fund to pay the bills.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansford council on Friday evening reminded residents that their sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall. And, Councilman Andrew Snyder warned, do not throw the snow onto cleared streets or your neighbor's property.

A path at least 36 inches wide must be cleared. Failing to follow the rules could cost you a $50 fine or 10 days in jail if that fine isn't paid.

The area has been hit with snowfall after snowfall, with more forecast for the middle of next week. Borough crews are keeping streets clear, but residents must also do their part.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Natalie Kleintop, Palmerton - "No, I do not believe in global warming."

With the harsh winter we're having, do you believe the world's in danger of global warming?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Olive Riley of New South Wales, Australia became an active blogger at the age of 107 until her death at 108. Her "Life of Riley" blog inspired many people.

Pierre Jean (Buster) Martin, at age 102, claims to be the United Kingdom's oldest employee as a van cleaner and walked the 26-mile course in the 2008 London Marathon in 10 hours.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

St. Jerome Regional School will accept registrations for Kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2011-2012 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 4)

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS Peter and Paul and St. Richard.

SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

Lansford firefighters responded to a duplex home located at 235-237 East Ridge St. for a house fire just before 8 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived, they noticed smoke in both homes and determined the cause to be a malfunctioning oil burner motor, which was burning and emitting smoke, at the 237 address. Firefighters used a CO2 extinguisher on the motor and placed large exhaust fans at exit points to both homes to expel the smoke and minor traces of CO. No injuries were reported. Lansford Fire Police directed traffic away from the scene.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Outside of his duties at New Tripoli Bank, Willard Snyder has busied himself with these activities:

Taught adult education classes for the American Banking Institute

President of the Lehigh County Bankers Association

President of the Lehigh County Chapter American Institute of Banking

He and Lucille made arrangements for a banking convention in Nashville and received several letters of congratulations for a job well done

Chairman of Group III of the Pa. Banking Association

President of the Association of Community Banks

Saturday, January 29, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Timothy Gardner rolls a chain of rubber bands into a ball as girlfriend Jen Wright watches. When the ball weighs about 25 pounds, it will be added to Gardner's large rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum in Staten Island.

Can you help Timothy Gardner of Lehighton?

He has a dream to build the largest rubber band ball in the world and needs donations of rubber bands to do it.

Gardner has been placing layer upon layer of rubber bands on the ball that he started 11 years ago. It now weighs 420 pounds, has a diameter of two feet, and is made of more than a quarter of a million rubber bands of varying sizes and colors.