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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The cost for some students to eat lunch is expected to increase next year in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Superintendent Michael Michaels announced to the school board on Monday that the state has mandated an increase in cafeteria prices.

Susan Bahnick, food service director, said full-paid students in the district will see a five-cent increase in their lunch prices in the 2011-12 school year.

"We don't have a choice," Bahnick said. "The state's mandating it."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Residents of the Hometown Nursing Center reently provided Boyer's Food Mart, Tamaqua, with several handmade decorations featuring a spring theme. On Hand for the decorating day were center residents Jean McElmoyle and Alberta Strunk and activities director Felicia Porambo. Accepting the decorations for Boyer's were Mike Casell and Justin Hunsicker.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Courtesy Pennsylvania Game Commission Bob Eriksen, Regional Wildlife Biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation holds an adult gobbler captured as part of the four-year gobbler survival and spring harvest rate study that took place from 2006 through 2009. More than 3,600 gobblers were banded in three states.

If you can remember seeing wild turkeys in Pennsylvania a generation ago – a time when there were many fewer then than there are today – consider yourself a lucky observer.

Since then, the wild turkey population has rebounded, with more than seven million nationwide, and is now prevalent in every state but Alaska.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The grass might not be green and the wind might be a little chilly, but the fact that there's no ice on this pond indicates that indeed it is spring. The still water creates a perfect reflection on this pond along Ben Salem Road in West Penn Township.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A roomful of Mahoning Township residents came to complain about two large pit bull dogs owned by Joseph Frey of Orioles Drive that continue to roam the township freely terrorizing residents and killing livestock. The residents told supervisors neither the police nor the county K-9 unit have done anything to resolve the situation.

"We wanted to start here with our municipal officials [you] and ask that something be done to deal with this," said Mahoning Drive East resident Shawn Everett who lives more than a half mile away from Frey.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Monroe County home was destroyed by a fast moving fire Monday morning in Ross Township. The fire was first reported just before 11 a.m. along Princess Run Road just south of Weir Mountain Road. When firefighters from Monroe and Northampton counties arrived on scene the two story wood frame single family dwelling was fully involved in flames. Due to the remote location of the scene water had to be tanked into the site. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters, police and ambulance responded to a two vehicle accident involving a gray Jeep Cherokee and a green Chevy van that occurred in the 800 block of Barnesville Drive, SR54, in Barnesville Monday around 10:30 a.m. One man suffered minor injuries. Responding were Ryan Township fire company, rescue squad, ambulance and Police. Traffic was detoured around the accident for the duration. Names and conditons were unavailable as of press time. No serious injuries were reported.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A former Carbon County resident pleaded guilty to two theft counts on Monday in the county court.

Robert Cesanek, 23, currently an inmate in the county prison and who once resided in Nesquehoning, pleaded to theft of a firearm, as a felony three, and theft of a donation jar, as a misdemeanor three.

Cesanek admitted his part in taking a 9mm pistol from the residence of Matthew Silfies, of Delaware Ave., Palmerton, on Feb. 16, 2009.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Lehigh County driver was jailed on Monday, April 11, after fleeing police. State police at Lehighton said the incident began about 11:20 a.m. along SR248 westbound near Bowmanstown.

Troopers said Thomas L. Erzak, 22, of Whitehall, was observed opearting a 2009 Yamaha FZ-1S motrocycle in an erratic manner about a half-mile east of Bowmanstown. Troopers attempted to pull him over with emergency lights and siren activated but Erzak sped away.