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Thursday, March 8, 2012

It could cost Palmerton Area School District over $100,000 to upgrade its high school restrooms.

The district received eight bids on Wednesday, which saw CMG of Easton Inc., turn in the apparent low proposal of $103,000.

That bid was $4,000 less than the next lowest proposal of $107,000, turned in by JBM Mechanical, of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Local photographer Tom Storm will speak at the March meeting of the Palmerton Camera Club on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 5th & Lafayette, Palmerton.

Actually, 'local' photographer is a misnomer. Tom has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, taking photographs wherever he goes. He is well-known for his photography workshops, especially his Jim Thorpe walkabouts teaching his students how to find excellent photos as well as how to take them.

His work has been displayed in Jim Thorpe art galleries.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was killed and a four-year-old child riding with him was injured when the all terrain vehicle (ATV) he was riding crash in a wooded area of the county.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday off of Acorn Lane, quarter-mile east of SR183, in Wayne Township.

Troopers said Dennis Reichert, 57, of Minersville, was operating the ATV with the child passenger on a dirt road when he lost control when he apparently attempted to avoid a collison with an animal.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two days after a major snowstorm, Summit Hill remains marooned. The snow drifted so high in the streets that traffic was completely tied up. Snow shovels are engaged in opening the streets. Traffic to Lansford was kep up from the outskirts of Summit Hill. The snow drifts are reported four feet high. Traffic via Lentz Trail is reported in good shape except at Carl Gehring's farm, where there is only one-way traffic through a snow drift.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A law that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow prohibits drivers in Pennsylvania from texting or reading while operating a vehicle. Here are the salient points of the law:

Ÿ Prohibits as a primary offense all drivers from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based message.

Ÿ Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Angelo Greek. Second row, Rebecca-Lynn Graham, Brian Bauer, Rachel Chuma, Erika Dubosky, and Rilan Gombert. Third row, Tristan Blasko, Allison Amodea, and Joseph Stawiarski.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named "Students of the Month" for February. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of tolerance. The following are quotes from each student.

Angelo Greek (Kindergarten): "I listen to what my friends have to say."

Rebecca-Lynn Graham (first grade): "I am always nice to other people. I always say nice things about everyone. I am very polite to everyone."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced today that it will continue pursuing a potential conversion to a cashless, All-Electronic Toll (AET) collection system due to the numerous advantages the system could offer motorists and the agency, including enhanced safety, a cleaner environment, improved customer convenience and operational efficiencies.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Keep your eyes on the road and your thumbs off the phone.

Pennsylvania's law prohibiting texting while driving goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow. Violators risk a $50 fine.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed the legislation into law on Nov. 9, 2011. The law makes reading or typing a text message while driving a primary offense, meaning that a person can be cited solely for violating that law instead of along with another citable infraction.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The 17th annual Skippy Dietz Rabies Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad Building, 105 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. The clinic is dedicated in memory of Sandi Dietz who passed away November 2, 2008.

Shots for both dogs and cats will be available for $10 a shot. All animals must be in a cage or on a leash.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Blue Ridge Communications today announced the launch of HBO's new authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® and MAX GO®.

Blue Ridge's 20,500 customers who subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax will now have free, unlimited access to the corresponding new online services at any time, on any computer in the U.S. with a high-speed Internet connection as well as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch®, select Android™ devices and platforms such as Samsung Smart TV™.