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Monday, February 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrea Lewis, of Harleysville, takes part in the LUGE run Sunday during Winterfest at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

People who crowded Blue Mountain Resort's Winterfest didn't have to step onto a football field for it to take on a Super Bowl type-feel.

Whether it was to go ski, tubing, or take part in the USA Luge Challenge, visitors flocked to the fourth annual event held this past weekend at the resort near Palmerton.

Gordy Sheer, United States Luge Association director of marketing and sponsorship, said the USA Luge Challenge is an important program.

"It's something very unique," Sheer said. "We don't have anything like this at any ski area in the U.S."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Above, Schnogadahl Sammi I predicted six more weeks of winter Sunday at sunrise. She may be a stuffed groundhog, but she saw her shadow and channeled her prognostication to Harold Kreger, left, of Grundsau Lodge Nummer Sexa (Groundhop Lodge Number 6). Kreger gave the prognostication in Pennsylvania German, while Lodge Vice President Robert Andrews, center, translated for the crowd that gathered in back of Cherry's Sunset Family Restaurant, Kresgeville.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lydia Gowin, Antigone Gonzalez and Sophia Sarnowski perform a cappella during the annual talent show for students at Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Students at Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, presented the school's annual talent show on Friday at the Lehighton Annex building.

Many of the students sang, but several others played the piano, danced or performed a gymnastics routine.

Among the singers were Lydia Gowin, Antigone Gonzalez and Sophia Sarnowski, who sang on stage together, while Emily Moore sang a solo.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a measure this week to expand reporting requirements for individuals who have been categorized as sexually violent predators.

House Bill 1874 would require businesses that provide counseling services to sexually violent predators to notify the district attorney of the county and the chief of police of the municipality where the provider is located that such services are being offered.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A large part of a Lynn Township house was destroyed Friday night in a fire that started in the front of the structure and went through the roof, officials said.

No one was hurt, but the Groff family of four and their dog were displaced.

The blaze was reported about 8:25 p.m. at the two-story wood-frame house at 7127 Old Orchard Court in Lynn Township, according to New Tripoli fire Chief Peter Christ.

Christ, one of the first firefighters on the scene, found the home in flames.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Feed the People is serving a community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. All are welcome.

For more information call 570-657-1480.

Monday, February 3, 2014

State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) is offering Northampton County veterans an opportunity to discuss individual issues through her continued partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion.

The latest in a series of outreach meetings will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hahn's district office, located at 354 W. Moorestown Road, Nazareth. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs at that time.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS An attempted armed robbery took place at this Wells Fargo ATM on Saturday night.

Franklin Township Police are searching for a man who attempted a robbery at the ATM at the Franklin Township branch of Wells Fargo Bank at 145 Interchange Road in Franklin Township. The ATM is open 24 hours a day.

Thomas Beltz, police chief, said that the male victim was at the ATM at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when another man approached him from the rear.

The victim, who police said is from Lehighton, said that the man said he had a weapon, but police have reported that following an interview with the victim that no weapon was seen.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The House unanimously approved a measure this week to allow nearly 40,000 Pennsylvania seniors to maintain access and allow nearly 10,000 additional seniors to qualify for the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs.

House Bill 777 would allow seniors who would be bumped from eligibility by Social Security cost-of-living adjustments to stay in the PACE and PACENET programs and also would deduct Medicare Part B premiums from one's income in order to increase eligibility for both programs.

Monday, February 3, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN A bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning, a broken leg and puncture wounds to its body was euthanized Wednesday, despite efforts from rescuers trying to nurse it back to health.

"We gave him every chance to try to recover," Peggy Hentz, owner and wildlife rehabilitator at Red Creek Wildlife Center, Schuylkill Haven, said Thursday.

The eagle was recovering at the center after being found in December by a state Game Commission officer from Lebanon County.