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Saturday, November 2, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Officer Phil poses with his special pal, Lucky Duck, to help teach important safety lessons to students at S.S. Palmer Elementary during a recent assembly.

Be safe, feel safe, and stay safe.

Those were among the lessons students at S.S. Palmer Elementary were recently taught in a fun, energized way during an assembly in the school gymnasium.

The Officer Phil Safety Program focused on important safety lessons.

Officer Phil utilized his first magic trick, a coin trick, to capture the attention of the students. Safety tips associated with this magic trick are to wear a bike helmet, fasten seat belts, and listen and follow the bus driver's rules.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mermaid "Ariel" poses with students from the Panther Valley Elementary School during the school's annual Halloween Parade, Friday. Ariel is art teacher Tonya Rivera.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tara Stauffenburg of Tamaqua, left, presents a check to Debbie Heim, co-chair of the Schuylkill County Suicide Task Force following the fifth annual Dudefest celebration. Stauffenburg created the Dudefest event in memory of her late brother after he committed suicide. With the $3,000 from this year's event, the task force has received $10,000 since the event began. It is held annually at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club.

Friday, November 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The newly competed MaryD Borehole water filtration system treats acid mine water naturally, running the water through limestone and a flushing pond. This filters out the iron and sediment found in anthracite mines.

Tours were recently taken of two projects of the Schuylkill Headwaters Association. The projects were designed to upgrade Acid Mine Drainage systems impacting the headwaters of the Schuylkill River, which begins its journey at the Tuscarora Springs in Schuylkill County.

The projects include the $600,000 MaryD Borehole Filtration System, which was completed this June, filtering 1,000 gallons of water per minute; and the retrofitted Bell Colliery AMD Restoration Phase III system, which will improve the quality of over 800 gallons per minute. AMD is highly acidic water with a low pH.

Friday, November 1, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gene Bartlett, Walmart driver, offers tips to Northern Lehigh High School ninth-graders as part of its "Committed to Safety" Program.

Share the road.

That was but only one of several important lessons Northern Lehigh High School students recently learned courtesy of Walmart.

Walmart's "Share the Road" program brought a tractor trailer to the school to demonstrate the blind spots around the vehicle, and to give students a chance to view – from the driver's seat – the truck's blind spots to gain a full understanding of the "no zones."

Friday, November 1, 2013
Rockne Newell

A lawyer who has defended more than 30 death penalty cases and a former Pike County district attorney are representing Rockne Newell, the man charged with fatally shooting three people at an Aug. 5 Ross Township supervisors' meeting.

Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti Worthington last month assigned Luzerne County attorney William Ruzzo and Pike County attorney Michael Weinstein to represent Newell.

Neither Ruzzo nor Weinstein is commenting on any defense strategies they're planning.

Friday, November 1, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS William P. Gardiner, back center, stands with a few Panther Valley third-grade students who received dictionaries. With Gardiner are, from left, Chloe Kruslicky, Sara Robin, John Ruzicka, Shoshana Gieniec, Matthew Machalik, Breanna Samoleski and Andrace Sanchez.

Panther Valley Elementary School and Our Lady of The Angels third graders are learning about the benefits of dictionaries, thanks to two local donors and the nationally known program, The Dictionary Project.

William P. Gardiner and Francis X. Koomar recently purchased 170 books and donated them to the schools.

The pair donated the books because they believe "a dictionary is the key to good communication, education, career and personal growth and self confidence."

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Slatington mobile home was severely damaged after a fire broke out Thursday night and displaced a family of three.

The fire began at around 9:15 p.m. at 5484 Harlow Court, in the Glencrest Mobile Home Park in Washington Township.

Neffs and Friedens fire companies were dispatched to the scene, at which time flames could be seen from the front bedroom.

No injuries were reported, and no other mobile homes were affected.

The American Red Cross Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter responded to the single-family fire.

Friday, November 1, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "The real" Mr. and Mrs. Santa A. Claus recently made a stop in the area for the 43rd annual Lehighton Halloween Parade. The Clauses, along with Lehighton Rotary Club and Lehighton Area Pool Pals, won first place in the parade for Service Organizations. Pictured with the Clauses is Ron Rex of Allentown, driving his antique Model A automobile. The Clauses will appear at the inaugural Lehighton Handmade Holiday Craft Show at Lehighton Recreation Center Saturday.

Lehighton Rotary Club and Lehighton Area Pool Pals are partnering to present the inaugural Lehighton Handmade Holiday Craft Show from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 South Eighth St., Lehighton.

Proceeds from the event will benefit community programs of the two organizations.

"We are excited to present this event featuring local crafters and artisans showcasing their work," said Lehighton Rotary Club Past President Erica Heery. "The talent right here in our backyard is simply amazing.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System and Carbon County Agency On Aging will co-host a Senior Health and Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Lehighton Recreation Center at 243 S. 8th St. in Lehighton.

Free health screenings will be offered, including cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and pulmonary (lung) function. EKGs, by appointment, will be offered by the Health System's cardiology department. Free flu and pneumonia vaccines will also be available.