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Friday, January 3, 2014

With temperatures expected to hit below-zero levels over the next few nights, pet owners need to take precautions to keep their dogs and cats safe and comfortable.

While larger young dogs with thick coats can safely weather colder temperatures if they have access to proper shelter, smaller or older dogs and cats must be brought into a warm, dry place when temperatures plunge below freezing.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The American Red Cross offers these snow shoveling tips:

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.

If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don't overdo it.

Additional tips to make snow shoveling safer:

Ÿ Warm up your muscles with 10 minutes of light exercise and stretching;

Ÿ Dress appropriately;

Friday, January 3, 2014

Weissport Council will seat a new council member when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday for the first meeting of 2014.

Brenda Leiby, who won her seat in a write-in campaign during the November election, will be sworn in during at the start of the meeting. She fills the seat vacated by Tim Rehrig, who did not seek re-election.

Council members will also reorganize during this meeting.

Friday, January 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Newly elected West Penn Township Supervisor Ted Bogosh was sworn into office last week by District Judge Stephen Bayer. Holding the Bible is Mary Hoffman, while the new supervisor's father, Ted Bogosh, watches the ceremony.

Friday, January 3, 2014
Carbon monoxide detectors are not expensive but do save lives.

As northeastern Pennsylvania heads into the coldest months of winter, with the threat of heavy snow and ice storms knocking out power, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning rises as people fire up heaters and generators.

The appliances generate the colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly if inhaled.

In October 2012, an Albrightsville man died and other family members sickened after a generator in an attached garage leaked carbon monoxide fumes into their house.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The following students have achieved principal's list or honor roll for the first marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

Principal's list

Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third grade: Reilly Burke, Logan Connelly, Reiley Dorward, Riley Fallon, Kira Hauser, Jason Jacoby, Elizabeth Levering, Owen Lundy, Natalie Mosier, Elizabeth Melber, Elizabeth, Morgan, Ella Nesfeder, Richard Taylor, Alysa Roe, Cole Serfass, Trey Sterling, Gianna Vartholomeos

Friday, January 3, 2014

People cannot smell, taste, or feel carbon monoxide. Therefore, its presence may not be evident until symptoms develop. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

Fatigue

Dizziness

Headache

Rapid heart rate

Irregular breathing

Nausea and/or vomiting

Thought impairment or disorientation

Wheezing/bronchial constriction/pesistent cough

Chest pain in persons with coronary artery disease

Death can occur in the absence of some or all of these symptoms. In this case the victim simply "falls asleep" and never regains consciousness.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Lansford Businessmen's Association continues to voice strong protests to a proposed hi-rise site in the community's business district on West Ridge Street, where in 1967, a $250,000 fire, the worst in Lansford's history, leveled a number of business establishments and apartment dwellings.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Three public officials elected in November's general election were sworn in Tuesday in the Schuylkill County courthouse. More than 200 family members, friends, a full compliment of judges, and state and county officials attended.

Taking the oath was newly elected District Attorney Christine A. Holman, who became the first woman elected district attorney of Schuylkill County.

Friday, January 3, 2014
BOB FORD/times news Cars travel slowly on Route 443 in Lehighton Friday morning.

Snow stopped falling shortly after 4 a.m. this morning and now it's time to shovel out.

Don't wait too much longer. It's only going to get colder.

The coldest weather in several years will be arriving by tonight and temperatures are expected to fall below zero.

This is after a pesky snowstorm dumped between 6 to 10 inches of snow throughout the region.

Readers reported 7 inches of snow in Lansford, 10-plus inches in Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville/Penn Forest Township and 8 inches in south Tamaqua, with drifts above 2 1/2 feet.