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Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Leo Cabrera smiles and banters with customers as he slides plates of hash browns, sunny-side up eggs and crisp rashers of bacon onto tables at his restaurant in Lansford one recent morning.

The low-key familiarity – he knows most of the customers by name – is one of the aspects of life in a small town that Cabrera cherishes.

It was the kind of atmosphere he sought when he, his wife Margarita and their children chose Lansford as their home.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

People wouldn't blame the jury panel hearing testimony in the murder trial of a Lansford man from getting a little frustrated with the pace of the proceedings.

Friday was the 14th day of the trial of Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, charged with killing his estranged wife, Edwina Atieno Onyango, 34, in the basement of his home and then disposing of her body.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS New Tripoli Bank, located at 6748 Madison Street, New Tripoli, has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

When a customer enters its front doors, they are greeted by their name.

Talk about top-of-the-line service, which is what patrons have come to expect at the New Tripoli Bank.

Located at 6748 Madison Street in New Tripoli, the bank has been designated as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

The bank, which also has a second location at 7747 Claussville Road in Orefield, is a "full-service bank", according to David Hunsicker, president, CEO, and chairman.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A bomb scare caused Palmerton Area High School to be in lockdown mode for several hours Friday morning.

Details of the incident - provided by Superintendent Carol Boyce - are posted on the district's web site, www.palmerton.org.

Boyce said the incident was reported yesterday morning at around 10 a.m. at the junior/senior high school when "a student found a bomb threat in one of the men's bathrooms and reported it to the administration."

Saturday, January 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, wears snowshoes in a venture into the winter wonderland at the CCEEC to inspect rabbit tracks in the snow.

Snowshoeing can easily turn into the winter sport of choice for anyone deciding to give it a try.

It's low cost, low risk, opens the door to nature's winter wonderland, and doesn't require hours of lessons.

"If you can walk, you can snowshoe," explained Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. "It's a 12-step process. You take 12 steps and you're an expert."

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 29. The meeting will be held at the Friendship Fire Company, Frackville.

All county delegates are welcome to attend.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Penn State Cooperative Extension has announced the following educational programs for beginning farmers. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are designed to help farm dreamers, new farmers and diversifying farmers. More information about each class can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming/courses.

Ÿ Introduction to Soils: 6:15-9:15 p.m., Feb. 8, 15, and 29, at Berks County Ag Center, Leesport. Contact Mena Hautau at (610) 378-1327 or Tianna DuPont at (610) 746-1970.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Palmerton will save over $200,000 through the refinancing of several bond issues.

On a 6-0 vote, Borough Council agreed to enact an ordinance to refinance a $4.1 million in general obligation bonds. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

Council agreed to the measure after it heard a presentation from Scott Shearer, of Public Financial Management, Inc., of Harrisburg, and Jens Damgaard, Bond Counsel of Rhoads & Sinon LLP.

Shearer told council the borough will save $203,494 "spread out over a couple of years."

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County will hold their annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

This fun filled day provides an opportunity for anyone to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. Teams are invited to participate. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor.

Volunteers are needed as board members and as mentors.

For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.