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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Bill Richardson, a representative for Sen. John Yudichak; Lansford Alive president Mark Sverchek; Panther Valley School director Irene Genther; Water Wellness co-owner Maria Zupko; Panther Valley Life Skills paraprofessional Rebecca Chuma; and Lansford Alive member Bob Silver cut the ribbon to mark the opening of Water Wellness on Friday.

It's damp and chilly outside, but tropical in the natatorium at the Panther Valley High School, where a small group of people bob and float in the large swimming pool.

Once teetering on the edge of closure, the pool has found new life as the site of Water Wellness, a business that provides water exercise classes, swim lessons, personal/sport training, and pool parties.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Neighbors of a house on West White Street in Summit Hill, that has bricks falling and might be in danger of collapsing, found out last night there's little they can immediately do about the situation.

Summit Hill Borough Council listened to their concerns but were advised that any action against the owner of the property, or any demolition done by the borough, must happen through legal channels, which could take time.

Meanwhile, "bricks are falling down constantly," said one neighbor. "It's a safety hazard big time."

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly East Penn Township resident was killed in a one-car crash Monday morning along West Lizard Creek Road (SR895) in the township. The victim was identified as Catello Berto, 84, of the North Side Heights section of the township. He was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner Robert Miller Jr., who ruled the death accidental due to multiple trauma. The crash occurred about 10:45 a.m. as Berto was driving west and, for unknown reasons, apparently lost control. The car left the road on the right berm impacting with a stone wall.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was severely burned Monday night in a cooking incident in her home along the 100 block of south Fifth Street in Lehighton. The incident began near 7 p.m. when firefighters from Lehighton, Franklin township and Mahoning Valley were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at or near 162 South Fifth St. A quick response by the fire companies kept the damage to a minimum although a woman received severe burns to her arms. One fireman at the scene said she was frying pierogies and was burned by the grease.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, have announced the winners of the 2011-2012 "Americanism" contest.

The theme for both the poster and essay contest was, "I Am Proud to be an American because ..."

Prizes for both contests are, first place, $50; second place, $30; and third place, $20.

Poster contest winners were, third grade, first place, Lily McDonough, Shull-David Elementary School; second place, Lindsay Rohling, St. Peter and Paul School; and third place, Damon Shumway, Shull-David Elementary School.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Northern Lehigh School District could realize a cost savings through the implementation of its own speech therapy program.

Scot Engler, director of special education, told the school board on Monday that the program would cost the district $470,000 through the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 in the 2012-13 school year.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A new math curriculum for elementary-age students will cost Northern Lehigh School District $75,000.

The school board, on a 7-0 vote on Monday, approved the purchase of the envision Math Curriculum Core 2012 for students and teachers in grades K-6. Directors Donna Kulp and Natalie Green were absent.

The total cost of the materials is not to exceed that amount, and will paid from the district's Curriculum and Instruction budget.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brittney Jackson, left, Chad Schwartz and Mary Bucha received ecology awards from Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Director Dan Kunkle opened the presentation of awards to students who are involved with the environment by asking, "How many of you ever heard about the Lehigh Gap Nature Center?" The students and parents had all heard of it but some knew little about it.

The program was held March 10 in the new building that was completed two years ago. The Center opened to the public in 2003. Kunkle said a new program is to get all the environmental clubs in the schools working together.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Caring Senior Service is a non-medical service that helps you or a loved one remain safely at home. Left to right, Jennifer and Randy Fayash, owners, Tina Mikels, care manager, and Coletta Oshin, home care consultant, are ready to help their CSS clients live in healthy, happy homes.

Suppose you live alone. You are independent enough to care for yourself but you no longer drive and you have no way to get to the grocery store or run errands.

Or maybe you have a doctor appointment and you'd like to have someone there as a second pair .$of $. ears to hear what the doctor says.

Perhaps you have an elderly parent who lives with you who becomes very lonely when you leave for work.