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Friday, February 8, 2013

The 13th annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Henning's Pond, Albrightsville. Interested individuals must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling (570) 646-6600 by Feb. 12.

Friday, February 8, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The scene in Summit Hill Thursday after two children and a man were struck by a car.

Summit Hill police said the investigation is continuing into an incident in which three people two elementary school sisters and a man were struck by a car at a bus stop Thursday morning.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. said charges are pending against the driver of the car, but won't be filed until the investigation is complete and he consults with members of the Carbon County District Attorney's office.

He identified the driver as Maxine Royer, 53, of 44 W. Walter St., Summit Hill.

Friday, February 8, 2013

A mother is speaking out after her two young girls were hit by a female driver yesterday morning in Summit Hill as they walked to their school bus.

"Both my daughters Jessica (age 8) and Jacquelynn (age 7) are fine," said mother LeiLani Williams of Summit Hill. "Both girls have minor cuts and bruises. Jessica has a small hairline fracture in the pelvic area and is expected to heal on its own.

"I had just gotten off work and made pancakes for the girls," said Williams. "I had them dress real warm and told them to be careful.

Friday, February 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Danette Roberts talks with participating parents and guardians during the first of eight parenting classes. She stressed that there is no cost for these classes. To register, call (570) 668-1192 and leave a message.

A Homes of Honor parenting series is currently being offered at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street.

The series, taught by Danette Roberts, are held every Tuesday at 7 p.m., with March 28th being the last day.

The discussions revolve around being a better parent, having a closer relationship with your child and improving family communication.

Friday, February 8, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Compassionate Care Hospice, a nationwide hospice program specializing in quality of life and family support for patients with a terminal illness, will hold an open house on Feb. 14 to mark the opening of its new office in Jim Thorpe. Local staff members include, front row from left: Geraldine Bender, RN; and Loretta Kistler, MSW, LSW, social worker. Back row from left: Monica McElhenney, patient care coordinator; Lori LaRizzio, RN, community nurse liaison; and Dr. Edward Miller. Not shown is Nancy Munn, program director.

Local families needing end of life care have a new option in Carbon County. Compassionate Care Hospice, a nationwide hospice program specializing in quality of life and family support for patients with a terminal illness, now has an office in Jim Thorpe.

Until now, Compassionate Care Hospice has been serving members of the Carbon County community through its Allentown office. The decision was made to open an office in Jim Thorpe because the Allentown branch noticed a growing need for compassionate, family-based hospice care in our area.

Friday, February 8, 2013
A sign seen through a screen on the front door of the home reads "A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous materials was seized at this location on 2-6-2013. Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to law. However, there still may be hazardous substances or waste products on this property, either in the buildings or in the ground itself. Please exercise caution entering these premises. Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control."

Two Summit Hill residents have been charged as a result of a drug raid by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office in the borough Wednesday evening.

According to Lauren Bozart, deputy press secretary of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control executed search warrants at 428 W. Iron St., Summit Hill on Wednesday on suspicion that the residents were operating a methamphetamine lab in the home.

Friday, February 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

These ice formations sit perched above SR309 between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill. Our area isn't expected to receive above-freezing temperatures until Monday.

Friday, February 8, 2013

A very large gathering of Lehighton people witnessed the unique spectacle of an airplane wedding in commemoration of the first airship to be built by the Jensen Aviation Corporation. "Sam" Hughes, a mechanic for the firm, was married to Jennie Fisher of Pottsville, with Rev. Wyatt officiating. The wedding took place in an Allentown cabin plane shortly after the new Jensen plane, piloted by Sandy Underwood, had been given its first test. Underwood thrilled the crowd with a score of breath-taking stunts. It required 20 minutes to perform the ceremony.

Friday, February 8, 2013

On the heels of the recommendations of the Child Protection Task Force, which included funding for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) as priority, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) to create a sustainable funding stream for these vital treatment programs across Pennsylvania.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The hardest part about finding Nemo, the winter weather monster that is scheduled to slam the Northeast tomorrow, is determining its path.

Weather stations have been reporting conflicting forecasts for Northeast Pennsylvania and the Carbon County area over the last few days because current weather models are shifting rapidly and contradicting each other.

According to Tamaqua Area Weatherman Ryan Fannock, who posted the latest model projections early this morning, NAM models are showing one to three inches of snow for the area while GFS models are showing two to five inches.