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Monday, October 31, 2011

An Orwigsburg man serving time in a state prison on arson charges had his appeal of his conviction denied by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Carl Jeffrey Zehner, 54, was found guilty by a jury in September 2008 of intentionally setting fire on the evening of July 16, 2007, in front of the home of Michael P. Lonergan. borough manager, who had terminated his water service for failing to pay his bill. The property suffered fire damages. The trial was held in the county court.

Monday, October 31, 2011
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Coaldale youth ignore the unusual snowfall as they throw snowballs at each other. Pictured are Kasey Willis, 11, Matthew Robert, 10, JennaWillis, 14, KyannaDilliard, 9, LeAnn Labenburg, 13, Caitlin Heilman, 14, and DevinHoffman, 15.

Monday, October 31, 2011

HARRISBURG -Attorney General Linda Kelly on Thursday joined with her colleagues from all 50 states, along with Consumer Protection agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council to launch a new national public service campaign urging young drivers to stop texting while driving.

Kelly said the nationwide education campaign about the dangers of distracted driving will feature television, radio, outdoor and digital public service announcements, along with online messages using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Monday, October 31, 2011
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Tis the season to remember your neighbors. Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30's over the next few days. It only takes a few seconds to call and check on your friends and neighbors. Non-powered phones should still work in case of a power outage. Don't automatically think your neighbors are fine. Also, use common sense if you light a candle. Pictured volunteering to clear snow from neighbors' properties on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua is Harold Moseley, who routinely checks on his neighbors.

Monday, October 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Priscilla D. Brennan, Master of Arts, Landscape Design, gathers beside a sign that promotes her Professional Landscape Associates business in Schnecksville. The entity was chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

It's been said a home is the most important investment a person can make.

Which is why it makes only perfect sense for a homeowner to want to take the necessary steps to enhance the value of their home.

With over 25 years of experience, that's where Professional Landscape Associates of Schnecksville comes into play to offer its expertise.

Owned by Andrew J. Brennan and Priscilla D. Brennan, the entity has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news Five years ago, Sal Cannarella, proprietor of Alice & Sal's Hair Designs & Tanning in Penn Forest Township, installed three tanning beds in his shop. Due to increased demand, he increased the number of units to six.

The Pennsylvania State Senate has approved a bill regulating commercial tanning salons, restricting the use of tanning booths by minors, and requiring parental consent and a doctor's written permission for their use by anyone younger than 14 years old.

Following on a February 2011 effort by the American Academy of Pediatrics for tanning booths to be off limits for all minors, Lehigh County State Senator Pat Brown's legislation, Senate Bill 349 – the Indoor Tanning Regulation Act – seeks to regulate rather than ban such use by minors.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Students from the Palmerton campus take a stroll down the 200 block of Delaware Avenue on Friday as part of a Walkathon conducted by St. John Neumann Regional School.

Horns honked and casual passers-by obliged as they gazed at students draped in their school colors and armed with homemade signs

It was evident to anyone who observed as they traversed throughout downtown Palmerton on Friday that St. John Neumann Regional School students wore their emotions on their sleeves.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

People's EC Church, 216 Wagner Street, Lehighton, will host a Trick or Treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the church parking lot. The event will feature the opportunity for children, ages 13 and under, to safely trick or treat in the parking lot of the Fellowship Hall. Children are encouraged to come in costume. The event is free and open to the public. A rain date has been set for October 30, from 3 to 5 p.m.

People's E.C. Church will hold Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will welcome Santa Claus to Lehighton on Friday, Dec. 2. The organization will give away bicycles, candy canes and other items to the children that attend this event.

Girl Scouts will hand out hot chocolate, the Lehighton Fire Department transports Santa, and the Lehighton Band will play Christmas tunes. The organization is seeking sponsors to contribute toward the cost. Contact the Lehighton Area Council by Nov. 12 at (610) 377-2191 or to get additional information.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Pictured volunteering their time during a recent dinner fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus (KOC) Council 2711 in Coaldale are Dan McHugh, Grand Knight, on left, and Bill Zammer, trustee.