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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cass A Chies, with Diamond 1st Realty, Palmerton, has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Chies joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

While many people will spend their weekend prepping for Sunday's Super Bowl extravaganza, one local school director will spend his in our nation's capitol.

Lehighton Area School Board director Rocky Ahner left today to participate in the National School Boards Advocacy Institute, scheduled Feb. 2-4 in Washington, D.C. The Institute will advance federal issues, as well as state issues of significance.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Relay for Life for Tamaqua and surrounding communities will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St. The main topic for discussion will be the upcoming Power of Purple event.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Drivers should be aware that Route 209, Interchange Road, has single lane restrictions in the southbound lane in the area of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, just before the intersection with Harrity Road.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has recently set up traffic restriction barriers on Interchange Road, Route 209, in Franklin Township, near the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) associated with the replacement of two turnpike bridges.

On that section of the roadway, the temporary barrier reduces the two-12 foot lanes to one-14 foot lane with a shoulder closure. No flaggers are necessary since one lane remains open.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cast members of the Towamensing Elementary School's production of "Willie Wonka Kids" dedicated their performances to their beloved teacher, Blaine House, which was just days after he passed away.

The Towamensing Elementary School community suffered a shocking loss when its beloved 5th grade teacher, Blaine R. House passed away suddenly on May 7, 2013.

"He made a tremendous impact on our children and us. He had an extremely positive influence on all he came in touch with. We wanted to pay tribute to him," says Kelli Neipert-Costenbader.

A group of parents and members of the Towamensing PTO formed a Blaine R. House Memorial Fund committee. They knew he was big into fitness and was always outside during recess, interacting with the students.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Jan. 27One morning last summer, WBRE-TV anchor Tim Kelchner got a text message from general manager Bob Bee.

"Come talk to me. Not bad," the text read.

"I immediately tried to think of all the bad things I had done," Kelchner said, laughing.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania De-partment of Transportation has scheduled the following road projects in Carbon County.


PennDOT will be doing bridge repairs on Route 209 between Ruch Road and Ridgeview Drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 3 through Feb. 7. Rain will cause delays.

Kidder Township

PennDOT will be cutting brush along Route 534 between Tannery Road and Game Commission Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Feb. 3 through Feb. 7. Rain will cause delays.


Saturday, February 1, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tony Walck, outgoing president of the Carbon County Citizen Corps Council, second from left; welcomes incoming President Tom Newman, second from right; as Vice President Howard Girer, left; and recording secretary Donna Kattner look on. Missing from photo is Megan Fredericks, financial secretary.

The Carbon County Citizen Corps Council has a new leader.

During a special meeting of the council, members chose Tom Newman as the new president. He fills the spot after former president Tony Walck declined the position because of scheduling conflicts at home and work.

Newman will be joined by Howard Girer, vice president; Megan Fredericks, financial secretary; and Donna Kattner, recording secretary.

Members of the group thanked Walck for his years of service to the group, which began in 2001.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Motorists traveling to and from Pennsylvania for the Super Bowl game and events can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of Pennsylvania state roads by calling 511 or visiting, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 600 traffic cameras.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

People registering to donate at these, or any MKBC community blood drives or MKBC donor centers from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28 can enter for the chance to win a $500 gift card to the Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie. Information for these, and other MKBC donor promotions, can be found at

Upcoming collections will be held at the following locations:

Ÿ Wednesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 6 p.m., Western Pocono Community Library, 131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville.