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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine Street, Palmerton (Bowmanstown) will host a free Better Budgeting workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21.

Do you want less debt and more money to spend? Then this workshop is for you. Using Crown Financial resources, Mimi MacCrindle points the way to better household budgeting. For more information, contact Julianne Heiney at Faith Alive UMC at 610-852-2805 or fasgm@ptd.net. Online registration at www.faithaliveumc.com. Click on small group Bible study for web registration.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The May 2 East Penn supervisors' meeting began with an executive session to discuss litigation.

Under public comment Harvey Keiper asked what the result was of the hearing on zoning violations at Troxell trucking.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said there were three separate orders. There is a fine of $115,500 for storing commercial vehicles at the building previously used as a schoolhouse and community center. The same amount was for raising pigs on the property along Route 895, with an injunction that he may not get more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Through the efforts of a student teacher, Megan Wagner, arrangements were made to hold a fire safety program for afternoon kindergarten students at Panther Valley Elementary School. Wagner is observing since January at the school and is in her second year at Lehigh Carbon Community College and selected "Community Helpers" as her theme. She made fire prevention packets and name badges for the students. Helping Lt. Matthew Miller with the hose are students Connor Stefanick, Ethan Reisteter, Natalie Kerestes, Miller, Shoshana Gieniec, and Bradley Hood.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The general public is welcome at a free memory screening conducted by health care professionals to be held at Shawnee Ridge Senior Living community in Shawnee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14. It is a joint effort of BrightStar of Stroudsburg, Shawnee Ridge Senior Living, and Compassionate Care Hospice, in conjunction with The Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Contact persons are Cindy Pittinger or Celia Elizabelar at (866) 421-9476.

Refreshments, presentations about Memory Loss, and how to maintain quality of life will be part of the event.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Palmerton Area Historical Society's general monthly meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 9. This is the annual "Mystery Trip." The group will car pool and leave from the parking lot across from Hager's Furniture Store.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bristol-Myers Squibb initiated a voluntary recall of one lot of 1,000-count bottles of Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) Crystalline 5 mg tablets. Bottles of 1,000 tablets are distributed to pharmacies for further dispensing to patients in prescription quantities. The lot number affected in the United States is 9H49374A with an expiry date of Sept. 30, 2012.

The recall is a precautionary measure based on the company's testing of tablets from a returned bottle. A single tablet was found to be higher in potency than expected.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is the Pines Motel sign which toppled onto a fence justnorth of the Ginther intersection of Rush Township following numerous daysof high winds.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS PPL donated three young trees to the Lehighton Area Middle School environmental center in celebration of Arbor Day. Students who assisted with planting the tree were, from left, Thomas Phelan, Daniel Baka and Seth Bednar. Instructing the students with the proper way to plant a tree were, from left, Phil Walnock, PPL vegetation manager; and Brian Deeken, PPL regional forester. Also Mayor Donald Rehrig proclaimed April 27, 2011 as Arbor Day in Lehighton and Frank Snyder, regional forester, Department of Community and Natural Resources, proclaimed Lehighton as Tree City USA for the 18th year.

As some students at the Lehighton Area Middle School filled a hole with dirt to plant a weeping red bud tree, other students learned from their peers why trees are so important to the environment.

Joe Yescavage, seventh grade science teacher, said some of his students were teaching other students about the purpose of trees.

"My students are doing the teaching today," said Yescavage proudly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Dink, a long haired Dachshund mix, retrieves a stick at McCall's farm in Mahoning Valley. Dink was rescued from Allentown and currently lives in Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Marie Tennant, Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America 2010, will be the guest speaker at the next Older and Bolder session at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The session is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Wednesday, May 4. Ms. Tennant will discuss the annual Senior America pageant. The Pennsylvania competition, open to all Pennsylvania women ages 60 and older, will be held July 24 in York with the national competition to be held in Atlantic City in October.

The public is welcome to attend the free Older and Bolder meeting.