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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center are offering a Winter Wildlife slide program in the Lehigh Gap Visitor Center on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

The program, presented by Bud Cole, naturalist, outdoor-travel writer and photographer, will focus on the necessary essentials that all living creatures need in order to survive.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

With the impending announcement of a major snowstorm, the Palmerton Borough Police Department asks that residents adhere to the odd/even parking schedule between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. this evening.

As of tonight, residents should park on the south side/even number of the street. In the event of significant snow, the schedule will be followed for a 24-hour period after the snow stops falling in order for the borough to plow the north side of the street.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Karen Nicholas (right), assistant to the superintendent, presents Keystone Awards to Peters Elementary Principal Paul Rearden and Slatington Elementary Principal Linda Marcincin at Monday's Northern Lehigh School Board meeting. The schools received the Keystones because they met Adequate Yearly Progress in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

Elementary students in the Northern Lehigh School District continue to make the grade.

Karen Nicholas, assistant to the superintendent, presented Keystone Awards to the principals of both Slatington Elementary and Peters Elementary on Monday.

Principal Linda Marcincin accepted the accolade on behalf of Slatington Elementary, while Principal Paul Rearden accepted on behalf of Peters.

Nicholas said the Keystones were presented to the elementary schools because they met Adequate Yearly Progress two consecutive years in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A snowstorm is supposed to arrive tonight, and if you live in Summit Hill you better not toss the snow from your sidewalks or parking space into the street.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said a borough ordinance prohibits this and the police department will be enforcing it by issuing fines.

He said the last storm had 2.5 inches of snow and people tossed snow into the street. One warning was issued.

The police have now been instructed to give citations to violators of the ordinance.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The following recalls were issued Jan. 2 - 6 by federal and state agencies:

Hanging Lanterns: Quoizel Inc. is recalling outdoor hanging lanterns sold June 2008 - January 2010. The glass lantern can separate from the top support ring and fall, injuring people who are nearby. Consumers should contact Quoizel Inc, 877-316-2589, www.quoizel.com, for a free replacement.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Area School District Superintendent Barbara Conway and retired JTASD Superintendent Jake Boyer were among the individuals serving as judges during the District 7 Northeast PA DECA competition at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

More than 200 students from a variety of vocational schools and regular high schools from District 7 Northeast PA DECA attended a competition recently at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Founded in 1946, with more than a 60 year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the times news

Jay Thompson has been getting the most out of his Kawasaki ATV this winter. Friday morning he was removing snow outside Thorn's Cycles in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Alivia Paules, left, with her dog Bailey; and Kira Kuehner with her dog Doodle, kneel in front of the donations of pet food that Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital received during its new food drive. The girls donated 102.5 pounds of dog food, which they collected from their friends instead of birthday presents. The pet food collected by the animal hospital will go to food pantries throughout the county to help families who have pets.

It's always a good feeling when your actions help someone in need.

That's what Kira Kuehner and Alivia Paules, both 11, found out when they decided to help fill the shelves of local food pantries with pet food.

The two Lehighton Middle School students learned about a food drive that the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital was holding. The items being distributed to food pantries across the county were not typical. Instead of asking for donations of "people" food, the animal hospital was asking for donations of dog and cat food.

Tuesday, January 11, 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 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us