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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Wednesday, millions of Christians will mark the beginning of Lent.

According to the Diocese of Allentown, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the six-and-a-half week penitential season of Lent, ending on Easter, which is Sunday, April 20, this year.

"On Ash Wednesday, Catholics receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of the cross, the sign of baptism; to remind them that Lent is a time of baptismal renewal," the diocese explained. "These ashes are often made from burnt palms left over from the palms distributed on Palm Sunday the year before."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather at 7 p.m. Friday to celebrate World Day of Prayer.

In the Lehighton/Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton. The service is sponsored by Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

The church is handicapped accessible.

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A Frable family tradition of making fasnachts results in the final step which is to enjoy  eating them. Left to right, Kara, Chelsea and Lou Salerno and Collette Frable.

What does it take to keep a tradition going?

Love and lots of dedication.

For Pennsylvania Germans, one of their delicious traditions is making fasnachts the day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday or Fasnacht Day.

Years ago, it was a way to use up lard and sugar before the time of fasting for Lent.

The recipe calls for using mashed potato water, lard, yeast, flour and sugar as the main ingredients.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School District will be celebrating reading during the week of March 3 through March 7.

On Wednesday Penn Kidder Campus will be celebrating a "Book Fiesta" from 6-8 pm with guest author Kathy Long.

On Thursday L.B. Morris Elementary will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday from 6:30-8 p.m.

Help celebrate the love of reading.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Schuylkill County plans to change its radio communications systems for law enforcement from analog to digital, a move that will cost West Penn Township about $44,000.

During a meeting Monday, West Penn Chief Brian Johnson told the supervisors about the anticipated cost. Each portable radio, worn by an officer, will cost $6,500 and each mobile radio, in a vehicle, will cost $7,737. The total cost for outfitting the township is $70,340, but the county was able to get a discount which takes $26,273 from the bill.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine's new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where more than 80 anti-government protesters were killed last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way.

Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government's acting president, prime minister, foreign minister and top parliamentary officials. Speaking to reporters afterward, Kerry urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stand down and said the U.S. is looking for ways to de-escalate the mounting tensions.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Surrounded by veterans and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Governor Tom Corbett today kicked off the new Veterans Designation for Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and identification cards.
 
The designation, an American flag with the word “Veteran” beneath it, will appear on the front of the license or identification card.
 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 stores in the U.S. as its troubles continue to grow.

The struggling electronics retailer made the announcement Tuesday while reporting a wider quarterly loss after a disappointing holiday season. Its stock tumbled 14 percent in midday trading.

CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closures would leave RadioShack with more than 4,000 U.S. stores, including more than 900 dealer franchise locations. The company didn't immediately identify which stores will be closed or how many jobs would be affected.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has awarded a $34.3 million contract to Trumbull Corp. of Pittsburgh, the low-bidder for a design/build project to replace the Emerald Bridge on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) located at milepost A68.53 in Lehigh County.

The Emerald Bridge is located approximately 11 miles north of the Lehigh Valley Interchange (exit 56) and seven miles south of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (exit 74) and carries Turnpike traffic over Main Street (State Route 4018) and Trout Creek in Washington Township.

This project is funded by toll dollars.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

An Albrightsville woman's car is missing from her driveway, state police at Fern Ridge reported.

The car, a 2007 Hyundai Sonata, is silver with a black bumper and front quarter panel. The owner, Joann Victoria Clark, had the car parked at her home at 71 Beaver Drive, Indian Mountain Lakes, Penn Forest Township. The vehicle was unlocked. The car was taken between 1 and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 3. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 570-646-2271.