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Friday, January 31, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents $10,000 to support Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids Mobile Dental Van. From left are, Dr. Sheila Smith, DMD, Mobile Dental Van; Christine Zavaskas, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Karen L. Kroboth, RDH, CDA, Mobile Dental Van; Emmalyse Vavra; Bryce Miller; and Justin Miller, CDA, Mobile Dental Van.

February is designated by the American Dental Association as National Children's Dental Health Month, and The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is funding a program that provides dental exams and education to at-risk children in Carbon County.

The recent $10,000 Blue Ribbon Foundation grant was awarded to Blue Mountain Health System, Inc. to support the Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids Mobile Dental Van.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Women in Business will hold its February meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at P.J. Whelihan's at Platz's.

Pam Reilly, representing Mary Kay, will discuss the importance of taking care of your skin.

Women are invited to attend and meet and network with other Women in Business in Carbon County.

For additional information or to make a reservation, call Kasara McLaughlin at 610-379-5000 or email

Carbon County WIB convenes every second Thursday of the month for lunch at rotating locations throughout Carbon County.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Touchdown Club meets

The Jim Thorpe Olympian Touchdown Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the high school.

Parents, friends and other relatives interested in the football program at the school are invited to attend the monthly meetings.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Bitter weather and frequent snowstorms continue to plague the region this winter. Below normal temperatures coupled with the snow have especially made winter travel more treacherous than usual. With that in mind, state Rep. Julie Harhart would like to share some safety tips for motorists.

It is a smart idea to pack an emergency kit for your vehicle in case you become stranded. A basic emergency kit should include nonperishable food, water, blanket, a small snow shovel and warm clothes. You should also include a flashlight with batteries and a candle with matches.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Much to its delight, St. John Neumann Regional School is the benefactor of a $50,000 donation.

The gift is a welcome addition that will support needed areas of child development, according to Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal.

"This anonymous donor shares the school's goal of guiding growth in every child, while partnering with parents, grandparents, and friends of the school community," Sister Stephanie said.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jim Thorpe residents will begin to see equipment being moved in for the 903 Bridge project in February.

According to a correspondence to the Carbon County Commissioners from Allan A. Myers of Worcester, the contractor for the $28 million project, work will begin on Feb. 10.

Traffic will continue to travel on the existing bridge until the new bridge is complete. Traffic will then be rerouted onto the new bridge before the demolition of the current bridge takes place.

Friday, January 31, 2014

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, gave a budget message a few days before Gov. Tom Corbett.

"I wouldn't play games with the Pennsylvania Lottery," Yudichak said Thursday when talking to senior citizens in Hazleton.

The lottery raises money for senior citizens, and Yudichak said the governor spent $4.6 million in the past three years trying to privatize the lottery.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites the public to an evening of Candy Bar Bingo, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1st at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free hot dogs, soda, and hot chocolate will be served. This event is family friendly and all ages can play.

Admission fee is one candy bar per person.

For more info contact Pastor Mark at 610-714-9834 or go to

Friday, January 31, 2014
An adult deer, such as this Pennsylvania doe, eats about ten pounds of browse a day during the winter months.

For Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer herd, the path to winter starvation may be sprinkled with corn kernels.

Deer love corn; in fact, area farmers often bemoan the damage deer wreak on their corn crops. But farmers harvested the corn by mid-November, which means that deer haven't nibbled that staple in recent months.

When well-meaning humans dump out a pile of corn, hoping to help the deer eke out an existence during the winter months, it can kill them. That's what killed a trophy bull elk earlier in December. And in Pennsylvania, it's against the law to feed elk.

Friday, January 31, 2014
Former zinc site getting 248 access

Heavy traffic volume along a roadway in Palmerton that leads to the site of the former New Jersey Zinc Company's west plant could soon be reduced.

Borough council President Terry Costenbader announced Thursday that it was his understanding that the temporary access to the former NJZC west plant was approved and the paperwork sent from Allentown to Harrisburg.

"That ought to take quite a bit of traffic off Hazard (also known as Mauch Chunk) Road," Costenbader said. "That's what we're really striving to do is take that traffic off there."