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Thursday, April 4, 2013

People who have an unlicensed cat roaming the streets of Palmerton could be cited for violating an ordinance passed in November and could be fined, according to Palmerton Chief of Police John Rupell. Rupell said, "Our biggest concern is that they carry disease, mess up yards and porches." Owners of cats had from Jan. 1, 1987 until yesterday to have their felines licensed at the borough hall. Licenses still can be purchased to avoid a fine of $5 for the first offense, $10 for the second offense, and $25 for the third. The cost of a license is $1.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Emma Procita gives the egg pinata an eggs-tra hard whack at St. Matthew's UCC's egg hunt as the other children egg her on. They anxiously await to see if it was successful because it was filled with candy. Each child got a chance to hit the pinata until it burst. Pastor Suzanne Brooks-Cope, standing closest to the pinata, had the children go according to their ages, youngest to oldest, and in order of their birthdays.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Joseph Greco, 2nd Assistant Chief of American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, offers these tips on preventing brush fires:

Ÿ Be sure that smoking materials are disposed of properly, such as in a fire-resistant containers. Do not throw them on the ground or into vegetation.

Ÿ If you have a campfire or bonfire, it should be attended at all times, and be sure it is completely out.

Ÿ Avoid burning on windy, dry days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is too easy for open burning to spread out of control.

Ÿ Leave fireworks to the professionals.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Employees of Washington Township who call off sick there can't then use that sick day to work at another job.

During a meeting Tuesday, supervisors passed a resolution (2013-03) which makes that amendment to the township's personnel policy.

In other business, supervisor's opened four bids on the township's used dump truck. The bid was awarded to the high bidder, Randi Bult, who purchased the 2004 truck for $6,100.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club members Cindy Kern, secretary, left; and Linda Schumack, second from left; presents Shaun DiCostanzo, center, with a Student of the Month certificate for the month of March at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were his parents Bonnie and Michael DiCostanzo of Albrightsville. Shaun is an eighth grade student in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Zakk Dolan, 2, of Tamaqua, looks closely at the Easter Bunny's large feet during a recent egg hunt in Coaldale.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters and local residents stopped a brush fire from spreading along Shandy Lane in Walker Township over the weekend.

The mild days of early spring bring the urge to clean up yards. The sun is high in the sky, shining down through yet-bare branches, the days are longer and warmer, and a brisk breeze is invigorating. But those very conditions that make for perfect spring weather also fuel destructive wildfires.

So, please, resist the urge to burn those piles of debris: That garden hose and rake won't contain fast-spreading brush fire.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee discuss matters at their first ever meeting Wednesday inside Palmerton Borough Hall.

Palmerton has jump-started plans to add new Christmas decorations to its downtown, and lights around its park.

That's after the newly-minted Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee held it's first-ever meeting Wednesday inside borough hall.

Chaired by Joe Federanich, the meeting began with an introduction of the 15-member panel, which consists of merchants, businesses, borough council, Palmerton Community Festival, and interested citizens.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The fourth annual Lehighton School, Community, Education, Safety Day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, June 13. The event is sponsored by the Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The fourth annual Lehighton School, Community, Education, Safety Day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, June 13. The event is sponsored by the Lehighton Area School District, Title One Department and Lehighton Memorial Pool.

The event is fun and free for local families. There will be free swimming, food and activities. The event is open to all Lehighton Area School District children and their families.

Adults are required to accompany children through eighth grade. Unaccompanied children will not be allowed to participate in the planned activities.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is offering watercolor classes this spring. Artist Kay Stauffer is the instructor for these five-session classes. Two separate classes, beginner on April 18 to May 16, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; and intermediate-advanced on May 15-June 12, Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.; will be offered.

Classes are limited to 12 people; please pre-register, as it is on a first come, first served basis. There is a fee. For class information: call 610-762-7979.