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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gerhard Finger, left, designed two 30-inch wide by 12-inch tall transom windows for Bob Ewashko's Gilded Cupid. The design focuses on a red-hearted shield on a teal field.

After a several-year absence, stained glass artisan Gerhard Finger is noting his return to Jim Thorpe by completing two works at the Gilded Cupid Bed & Breakfast on West Broadway.

Finger is completing stained glass transom windows for Bob Ewashko, who along with Sheila O'Neil, are co-owners of the Gilded Cupid.

Finger has designed and installed 10 stained glass windows, in both the original 1850s section and in the 1903 addition. The Gilded Cupid currently has three guest rooms. Two additional guest rooms are planned.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carbon County Conservation District announces that its annual poster contest is open to any student in Carbon County, with five grade categories, kindergarten/first, second and third, fourth through sixth, seventh through ninth and 10 through 12th grades. This year's poster contest theme is from NACD Stewardship Week, "Forests for People: More Than you Can Imagine."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Vehicles inch their way along Route 209 through the Packerton Dip in Mahoning Township this morning.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Nesquehoning teen was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on chares of aggravated assault and indecent assault on a woman in a wooded area in Lansford.

Dean Tessitore, 19, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 30 to 72 months in prison. Tessitore pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2009. The sentencing of Tessitore had been continued many times as he underwent mental health evaluations.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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James Mann, 11, left, and his mother, Jennifer Mann, of Franklin Township, play some broom ball on the Lehigh Canal in Weissport. They are part of a team which has been playing the winter fun sport each Sunday on the canal, thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures which has created a thick coat of ice.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blaschak Coal Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a processing plant and secured long-term rights to mine high-quality anthracitelcoal in Latimer, PA. The project encompasses a large area in Luzerne County, near Hazleton.

In addition to mining and processing anthracite, Blaschak will also supply rock from the site for road construction. The company expects to add up to 20 new jobs to its union workforce. The project's coal production is expected to be consumed by customers and markets currently served by Blaschak.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Eight-year-old Anna Shigo, left, and her sister, Erin, 12, of Jim Thorpe, try ice skating for the first time on the Lehigh Canal in Weissport. The continuous cold weather has frozen many bodies of water, making it ideal for such outdoor activity.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rep. Doyle M. Heffley's (R-Carbon) district office in the Lehighton Borough Annex is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is now fully operational.The phone number for his second floor office in the former Lehighton High School at 110 N. Third St., in Lehighton is (610) 377-6363.

"We're excited to open our first office in the district, and I encourage constituents to check my website and legislative Facebook page for other satellite office openings in other locations in the near future," said Heffley.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rose Walters of Willing Street in Tamaqua uses an umbrella to shield herself from freezing rain and sleet.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Formations of ice and snow appear to float on the surface of theLittle Schuylkill River, seen here running parallel to Schuylkill Avenue in Tamaqua.