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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford and Coaldale United States Post Office Postmaster Cheryl Kistler spends her morning clearing snow from the sidewalk and entrances of the Lansford Post Office prior to sorting the day's mail.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

With wintry winds in the forecast, PennDOT is reminding drivers to slow down, pay attention and use caution on area roadways, especially during snow squalls that may occur today.

Motorists should always be alert for sudden snow squalls which can strike with little or no warning and quickly cause roads to become snow covered. Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions, virtually eliminating a driver's visibility.

If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:

· Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS After disembarking from the school bus, Luke Hartrum makes his way up the ramp to his house where his mom, Lori Hartrum is waiting for him. Confined to his 250-pound motorized wheelchair, Luke can no longer go to physical therapy because the family's van has broken down. They are hoping for a miracle of a donation of a van so Luke can continue to improve after suffering severe injuries from an accident.

Luke Hartrum, 10, zips up the ramp in his motorized wheelchair after he disembarks from the school bus. He's wearing a huge grin as his mom, Lori Hartrum welcomes him home from L.B. Morris Elementary School where he is a fifth grader.

"Here's my handsome boy," she croons.

"I love you," he says in sign language.

"He's my miracle," his mother says as she bends down to kiss his cheek.

He's a miracle because Luke died three times on June 6, 2007.

Lori, a mother of five, becomes emotional as she recalls that horrible day.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Patrick Spezialetti of West Bertsch Street in Lansford bangs snow off his brush while he clears snow off his car.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Paula Zelinka of Palmerton is working on a watercolor painting. She will be one of the artists displaying her work at the Palmerton Area Library Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 23. She is donating a watercolor painting she did of the library as one of the raffle prizes.

The Palmerton Area Library will be holding its annual Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 23 from 12-3 p.m. at the library. They are looking for artists to display their work.

If interested, bring no more than three pieces of work.

Pieces must be framed and ready to hang with a wire on the back.

Paintings should be delivered to the library no later than noon on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Each artist may set his/her own price on each work at the time of registration. If the work sells, the library keeps 20 percent and the artist receives 80 percent of the selling price.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club presented toys to the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 Tots for Tots program and also funds to the Marine Corps League's Literacy program. From left are Tom Fenon, commander of Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League 626; Kim Babcock, LALLC, Linda Benner, LALLC and Joseph Balogach, Marine of the Year, Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ray Bonetsky of East Broad Street in Tamaqua gets an early start on his shoveling chores. Bonetsky says, "It's much easier to shovel fresh snow than heavy snow, so I get it done bright and early."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Celebration organizers Rush Townshipsecretary/treasurer Perri Conville, left, and administrator Marie Skripnek prepare slicesof chocolateand vanilla cake to give guests and volunteers during their Rush TownshipBicentennialand Volunteer Celebrationheld recentlyat their township building.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jim Thorpe Police Department is hosting the third annual Policemen's Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Carbon County. Dress is formal attire. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing with music provided by DJ "Dave G" from 4D Karaoke/DJ Services and Entertainment. There will be raffles and door prizes including a flat screen TV.

For additional information, call the Jim Thorpe Borough Office at (570) 325-3025 or (570) 325-2181.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., in Lehighton.

All are welcome.