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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Schuylkill County Bar Association during the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders recently.

The conference was held at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Rippin' Roper Eden Wickenheiser jumps rope with Towamensing Elementary School first-grade teacher Ali Spalding; and Rippin' Roper Allison Martin prepares to jump with Rodney Strohl, Towamensing Elementary's physical education teacher, during a jump rope demonstration assembly.

Several students from John Beck Elementary School of the Warwick School District in Lititz put a lot of heart into jumping rope. Known as the Rippin' Ropers, the students are part of a jump rope demonstration team that came to inspire Towamensing Elementary School as students raise money for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart.

The Rippin' Ropers' coach Tamara Oliveri, along with 13 students ranging from third to sixth grade, demonstrated several ways to jump rope at a schoolwide assembly.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Hazleton man was taken to the hospital this afternoon for treatment of a diabetic condition after the truck he was driving struck a snow bank and got stuck in the area near the Boathouse Saloon on Canal Street in Franklin Township.

The man was driving a PPL Utilities truck in the area between 221 and 285 Canal Road when his truck was stuck on a two-foot high mound on icy snow pack. The side passenger windows were both broken by a 25-mile speed sign and the rear drivers side tire was blown.

The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Further plans for taking over future responsibility of "The Gathering" was the primary topic discussed at last Wednesday's Venture Group meeting at Slatington borough hall.

In January, newly selected Chairwoman Nancy Treskot had announced that, after having been approached by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society, the group had chosen to begin handling the annual one-day fundraiser, held each October.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jim Thorpe police has announced that there will be "no parking" on Broadway and West Broadway on Sunday, March 9, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. due to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

In past years there was parking on West Broadway, however, due to the large amount of snow still laying on Broadway and West Broadway the borough feels this poses a safety issue for people attending the parade.

The no parking ban now includes the entire parade route.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lehighton Light and Power is turning to customers to recoup increased electricity costs brought on by the harsh winter.

On a 5-0 vote, borough council at a special meeting agreed to recover the charges of the Power Purchase Cost Adjustment over a fixed period of a three-month period, from March through May.

Councilmen Scott Rehrig, Darryl Arner, John Kreitz, Councilwoman Helen Torok and council President Grant Hunsicker were in favor. Councilwoman Bessie Bauchspies and Councilman Joe Flickinger were absent.

Rehrig said, "It's fair to stretch it out for three months."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

John Stoj of Albrightsville fired up his wood stove Monday night, hoping to tamp down a surging electric bill.

"I'm bordering on $400 for my electric bill," he said.

Stoj, a retiree who relies on electric baseboard heat, is keeping most of the rooms in his home closed off to save money. He bought the wood stove several years.

He's not alone. As this winter's deep freeze continues, homeowners are turning down thermostats, using space heaters and doing whatever they can to manage steadily climbing heating bills.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Joanne Scott, a volunteer at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, hangs an entry for the photography contest. Staff at the center are encouraging photographers of all skill levels to enter photos.

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is calling all photographers.

The center, located along Lentz Trail in Summit Hill, is hosting its third annual Photography Contest throughout the month of March. This year's theme is Carbon County.

Jeannie Carl, naturalist at the center, said there are three categories wildlife, macro and landscape photography.

The center will display the pieces all month to allow for visitors to vote for their favorite. Two professional photographers will then judge the entries at the end of the month.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Winners for the Cub Scout Pack 41 2014 Pine Wood Derby were: Left to right-Fifth place, Noah Bollinger; First place Arron Gardner; Third place, CJ Kern; Fourth place, Dylan Kern; Second place, Dave Hartranft. These boys are now eligible to represent Cub Pack 41 at the North Valley District Pine Wood Derby on Saturday, April 20 in Whitehall Township.

Cub Pack 41 ... start your engines.

The pack recently held their annual Pine Wood Derby at the Holy Trinity Church in Palmerton.

Nineteen Scouts, representing area Tiger, Wolf, Bears and Webelos 1 and Webelos 2 packs were present at the event to race their cars as family members cheered them on.

Each boy, along with help from family members, built their car from a block of wood made of pine, four plastic wheels and nails. The Scout is able to carve and decorate the car to their own style. The car must not exceed a certain weight.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
special to the times news Summit Hill Lions Club members who are involved in 15th anniversary activities include, front l-r, Pastor Jim Burdess, Bob Crampsie, Tom Midas, Jim McHugh, Mark Sverchek, Joe O'Gurek and Tom Ponting second row l-r, Jonathan Vermillion, Janel Tirpak, Shawn Clark and Kathy Crampsie, and back l-r, TJ Porambo, Anne Sverchek and Judy Midas.

The Summit Hill Lions Club will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on March 30.

Some members of the club met recently at the Mansion House Restaurant in Summit Hill where they paid tribute to the efforts of the club's founder and first president Jerome Rhodunda, who died in 2006.

The main speaker at the event was photographer Andy Leibenguth of Tamaqua.