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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thefts, fires, destruction of property doesn't sound like small town occurrences.

Unfortunately it happens more than many Bowmanstown residents realize, and some are fed up with it.

Councilwoman Kara Scott of Ore Street is ready to spearhead the currently forming neighborhood crime watch. The increase in crime was the main topic of discussion at this month's borough council meeting.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A preliminary hearing for a Lehighton man who allegedly threatened to kill a borough police officer and spat all over the inside of a police cruiser ended minutes after it started Wednesday when his attorney requested a competency evaluation.

Todd Allen George, 34, of 470 N. Second St., Lehighton, faces charges of terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct/obscene language, and public drunkenness.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Peter Kern, president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses the importance of zinc to the industrial development of the region to members of the chamber earlier this week. Kern is a former vice president of Horsehead Industries.

Zinc: The hidden metal that went on to become the lifeblood of Palmerton.

Peter Kern, chamber president, discussed with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday the importance of zinc to the industrial development of the region.

Kern, a former vice president of Horsehead Industries, told the chamber he gave several presentations in recent months at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum attended by over 130 guests.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Summit Hill GAR will be holding a cleanup on Saturday morning, April 14 at 9 a.m. if the weather is nice.

Anyone wishing to volunteer some of their time would be welcome to pick up debris in the cemetery and get it ready for the upcoming season. Please bring garbage bags and wear gloves if you have them.

Contact David at (570) 657-0792 for more information.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wendi Rigler of Tamaqua with her dog Maggie, a Chihuahua. She credits her family, friends, and Maggie with forming a strong support system when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Wendi Rigler believes she is very lucky.

While she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she was lucky enough to find the cancer early. A doctor's hunch led to a prompt diagnosis and treatment. She has suffered few side effects from treatments.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Keith G. Billig, mayor of Bowmanstown, has issued a burn ban in the borough of Bowmanstown until further notice.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crocheting and knitting are processes of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands.

Crocheting uses a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time, stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles. It may have evolved in Arabia, South America or China but it became popular in Europe in the 19th century.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police officer Jason Lorah directs traffic around a disabled tractor trailer late Wednesday afternoon along SR443 near the intersection with Mountian Road. The incident began just before 6 p.m. as the operator was attempting to pull from a private lot onto SR443 east. The rig bottomed out along the berm of the roadway blocking traffic for an hour. Some cars and light trucks were able to travel along the grassy berm, larger trucks just had to wait it out. The rig was finally freed by a heavy wrecker of Soley Towing.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tamaqua Boy/Girl Scouts, as well as other participating organizations, are looking for help during their community cleanup scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday in Tamaqua. On Saturday, all volunteers will be meeting at North and Middleward Playground, Washington Street, at 9 a.m. Volunteers will then spread playground mulch, rake leaves, clean up garbage and perform any other needed tasks. Organizers added that if the weather is warm enough, they may also be doing some painting. Organizers also ask volunteers to bring wear old clothes and bring rakes, if possible.