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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Stephanie Reppert, Hometown: I think it's silly. I think our consumer-driven culture is over the top. By December 26, the bathing suits will be out. Stores being open, it's not fair - the point of a holiday is that you get a day off.

Question: What do you think about stores being open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day?

Saturday, November 30, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dave Krause

Lehighton Area School Board Director Dave Krause bid farewell to the school board at the last meeting.

With 112 school board meetings under his belt, he dispensed advice on how he feels the school district can improve.

"Unfortunately, the past two years have been somewhat of a disappointment and a step backwards especially in regards to academics and facilities," Krause said.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hunters returning from an out-of-state hunt with elk, moose and/or caribou meat can also donate that to the program, as long as the meat has been processed by a licensed meat processor.

Deer meat has been part of America's diet since the time of the Pilgrims.

Three ounces of venison is healthier to eat than three ounces of beef. The venison has 140 calories, 26 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. The beef provides the same amount of protein, but has 179 calories and 7.6 grams of fat.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Photo courtesy of Hawk Mountain Hawk Mountain is working to protect two critically important parcels: a forested slope on its eastern approach, and 60 acres of riparian habitat located directly below the North Lookout in Schuylkill County.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been named the recipient of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant.

The award is one of 116 greenways, trails and recreation projects to receive dollars through Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Funds, administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and will be used to help protect a 25.3-acre forested slope that buffers Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail in Berks County, and a 60-acre riparian parcel beneath the North Lookout at Hawk Mountain in Schuylkill County.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia, 18, of Tamaqua, built benches and picnic tables for his Eagle Scout project.

A Tamaqua teen recently completed his Eagle Scout project to earn Eagle Scout status. His project included three separate project sites.

Connor Veglia, 18, has earned 48 merit badges during his active 11-year scouting career. Veglia was nominated and achieved his Order of the Arrow - "Brotherhood and Ordeal" through the Black Rock District, Hawk Mountain.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Lehighton Police Department will be getting a new police cruiser.

The borough council agreed to buy a police car that is equipped comparable to a state police unit.

The new police car, which will have a video camera and a computer, is being purchased from Sunbury Motors at a cost of $46,272. One other bid was received from Whitmyer Auto Group of Mount Joy at a quotation of $47,170.

Sergeant Joseph Lawrence of the police department said four firms were solicited to submit bids.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jim Thorpe's interborough bridge was built 50 years ago this month, but instead of celebrating the anniversary, state and local officials are counting the days until the structure can be replaced.

The bridge, which carries 8,000 vehicles across the Lehigh River daily has greatly deteriorated.

Although PennDOT intents to tear it down and build another span nearby, construction is a few years away.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Stephanie Reppert, Tamaqua, a cataloguer at the Tamaqua Public Library, uses one of the facility's computers Tuesday morning to do research.

How can a facility with less money offer more services to more people?

That's the question faced by the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 South Railroad St., a heavily-utilized resource facing a unique situation.

All public libraries are struggling to stay afloat after being hit hard by cuts in grants and state funding over the past few years. But as the second largest library in Schuylkill County, the issue is one of trying to serve an expanding population base when money is dwindling.

"We're seeing population growth in our service area," librarian Gayle Heath said.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The State Game Commission (Wildlife Management Agency) says the most inexpensive and effective way to get rid of a mouse problem is to set traps. Available at most hardware stores and feed mills, mouse traps should be baited with cheese or peanut-butter and placed at locations where mouse droppings or damage have been found. Set more than one trap and move them around until you start catching mice. Don't stop until sightings and damage stop.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Darryl Kensinger is the new pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua

Four decades ago, Darryl Kensinger pulled up a chair at the family table and bent his head for the blessing, which was a family tradition. As he listened to the familiar words, he started thinking about their true meaning.

It was an evening in August. He was 12.

"I remember clearly the moment I felt the calling, and I immediately told my parents that I wanted to preach," said Darryl Kensinger, who is the new pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. "It led to a family discussion on the meaning of words and the importance of prayer."