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Saturday, November 9, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Participating in handing out the Horsehead Community Development Fund grants were Bob Kuba, John Kirchner, Mark Green, Wayne Wentz, Joe Federanich, Victor Jahelka, Rory Koons, (front row) James Wimmer, George Ashman, Tess McGowan, Mata Curran and Bill Smelas.

The Horsehead Community Development Fund presented grants to eight community organizations.

James Wimmer, president, presented grants along with Bill Smelas, executive director, and board members Rory Koons and Bob Kuba.

Some were gifts and some were challenge grants. On average 30 applications are approved each year. So far in 2013, the organization has given $61,800.

"We want to help people in the Palmerton and general area," said Wimmer.

Since 1990 when the Fund was formed it has provided $37 million to community organizations.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Bartholomew, Saylorsburg "It's a bad idea. They're are already too many crazy drivers out there."

Is it a good or bad idea to increase the maximum speed limit on some state highways to 70 mph?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The federal government has set aside funding to help uninsured people and families pay for health insurance.

The amount you can save depends on family size and household income.

Here are guidelines that are used when determining if you qualify for some type of savings.

Ÿ $11,490 to $45,960 for individuals

Ÿ $15,510 to $62,040 for a family of 2

Ÿ $19,530 to $78,120 for a family of 3

Ÿ $23,550 to $94,200 for a family of 4

Ÿ $27,570 to $110,280 for a family of 5

Ÿ $31,590 to $126,360 for a family of 6

Saturday, November 9, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Young bucks practice coming of age head butting in Penn Forrest Township. When they mature, the head butting ritual will produce a dominant male who will mate and pass on his genes.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lehighton is a final holdout for the $52 services tax that other area municipalities had adopted several years ago.

That changes for 2014.

The borough council plans to adopt an ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting enacting the local services tax.

The new tax will replace the current $10 occupational privilege tax.

If adopted as advertised, exempt will be residents earning less than $12,000 per year and honorably discharged veterans with a military connected disability.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill residents, l-r, Bernard Markey, 77; Paul McArdle, 69, and Mario Iezzoni, 80, were all members of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division at different times.

Paul McArdle of Summit Hill is a roofer. He's had his business a long time.

He's always had an insignia on his truck for the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division, the unit he served in during the Vietnam era. He was stationed in Germany.

He was installing a roof on a West Amidon Street residence a couple of years ago when Mario Iezzoni, a neighbor to McArdle's customer, noticed the sticker. Iezzoni also served in the 24th Infantry Division, but during the Korean War.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
FROM THE COLLECTION OF CONRAD A. STHARE

Lehighton's old passenger station, which served patrons on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, was photographed in the late '50s or early '60s by Conrad A. Sthare of Lehighton. The station was located behind what is now the Lehighton Hi-Rise. It was torn down when the hi-rise was constructed. After being utilized as a railroad station, it was used by the former Bright's Department Store for storage.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Forgay

Former Lansford native Rick Forgay has been selected from a nationwide search to be featured in Words of Wisdom; a book series from Tennessee-based Insight Publishing.

The book features best-selling authors Dr. John Gray, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus; and Brian Tracy, Million Dollar Habits. Forgay, Gray, and Tracy are joined by other well-known authors and experts in their fields, each offering time-tested strategies for success in frank and intimate interviews.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a Palmerton native, on the red carpet at a movie premiere.

Female genital mutilation is a taboo subject that affects tens of millions of women throughout the world.

The documentary "Our World: Dropping the Knife – Kurdistan" produced by BBC Arabic TV and "The Guardian" and for which Palmerton filmmaker, Noah Berlow, served as producer and editor, began airing on BBC World News and BBC Arabic TV on Oct. 25 reaching a potential global audience of 30 million viewers.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have logged hundreds of hours in the program. They include, front l-r, Julie Foley, 500 hours and five years; Maryann Serafini, 500 hours; and l-r, Slate Altenburg, 1,000 hours; Diane Giffles, 250 hours; and John Kupec, 500 hours. Master gardeners were also recognized for creating the table centerpieces for the annual awards banquet held Thursday night at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building.