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Saturday, August 20, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Rosalee Rehrig of West Penn Township holds poster showing diagram of the lungs. She said she has seen many smokers who have problems with their lungs, including breathing problems and lung cancer.

If all goes as planned, smokers buying cigarettes in the fall of 2012 will see some graphic images on the packaging.

There might be a picture of a man with a hole in his throat that has smoke emitting from it. Or an individual that has an ugly cut with staples on their chest. Or a picture showing a comparison of healthy lungs versus smokers' lungs.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled nine new warning labels containing graphic photos to be placed on cigarette packs. The packages will also include the phone number 1-880-QUIT-NOW.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dozens of drivers – sixty-five to be exact – found out that Lehighton isn't a place to go if you like to speed.

The Lehighton Police Department utilized its Excessive Speed Preventer (ESP) at six locations and found that a number of motorists were ignoring posted speed limits.

On a recent Wednesday night, the ESP machine was utilized on Bankway, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and 21 drivers were cited in a three-hour period. The minimum speed recorded was 37 mph and the fastest car was clocked at 51 miles per hour.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Shelli Holland, Jim Thorpe "I'm pretty worried about it. They definitely can do some things that they aren't doing to bring this country out of poverty."

How worried are you about the financial future of our country?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Elizabeth Bodien, poet and author, will speak about the Death of Boundaries the imagined boundaries between poetry and prose at the Black Diamond Writers' Network monthly meeting.

The meeting runs from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or the Tamaqua Public Library at (570) 668-4660.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pinochle games will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at St. Katharine Drexel Church basement. Games will also be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information, call (570) 645-4187 or (570) 645-8665.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army is sponsoring a series of seminars designed to help anyone become a better money manager. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Seminar has benefitted more than a million people, offering them the solid principle of common-sense money management course.

Find a simple way to manage your household income and expenses and avoid spending more money than you earn. Classes start at the Tamaqua Salvation Army on Sept. 8 and run each week until Dec. 8. Classes will meet from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Mountain Karate Academy, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton, awarded black belts to four students. From left are, Instructor Rich Maglionico, Sean Monk and Jeffrey Sharp, new black belts; Master Rich Gross, Devin Scott and David Scott, new black belts and Masters John Fagliarone and Paul Maglionico. The black belt test was administered on June 29 and submitted to the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association for review. The belts were awarded on Aug. 3.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Jim Thorpe man faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and theft from a vehicle.

Gregory Alan Lazorick, 39, of 30 E. Fourth St. was charged by borough police after he used a vehicle owned by David Kresge and took a Walmart gift card from the vehicle. Lazorick used the card in Mahoning Township, and so faces charges by police in that municipality.

The Jim Thorpe incident occurred between noon and 6 p.m. May 12.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
SUSAN BRYANT/Special to the TIMES NEWS Dorothy Knappenberger, left, of South Whitehall Township admires a shadow box, plaster cast of her great-granddaughter's feet and other memory items her granddaughter Mandy Mancini, right, saved to remember her daughter Seneca, who was born stillborn in 2007 as a portrait painting of her sits on the back of the sofa.

There are no words to describe the raw emotion a parent must feel after they lose an infant at stillbirth.

Thanks to the grassroots movement by a South Whitehall Township woman, the memories of those infants who die in childbirth will live on.

Recently, Gov. Tom Corbettt signed a bill to allow parents to claim a birth certificate for their infants who die at childbirth. That makes Pennsylvania the 31st state in the country to direct health departments to issue birth certificates for stillbirths in the event a parent requests one.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, cleared up a discrepancy between the amount requested for a project and the amount granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, and that means the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will receive an additional $700,000 for a much-needed improvement project.

Yesterday, Barletta announced that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport would receive a $1.1 million grant to improve the airport's access road. However, this was less than the $1.84 million airport officials were seeking for the project.