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Saturday, October 18, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Dr. Michael Martinez, of Carbon Surgical Associates, works on a tattoo removalon Holly Holland recently at his Palmerton office.

Tattoo removal just got a whole lot faster.

That's thanks to a breakthrough tattoo removal, which allows people to erase unwanted tattoos.

PicoSure is the name of the laser. Its name comes from the fact that the laser energy is sent at a trillionth of a second, a picosecond.

It is the first one of its kind, and is FDA approved for laser tattoo removal, age spot removal, wrinkle reduction and the treatment of acne scars.

The services are being performed at Carbon Surgical Associates in Palmerton, as well as TruSpa and Skin Care Center in Palmerton.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
AP Photo/File In this February 2014 file photo from a still image taken from a hotel security video released by TMZ Sports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punches his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In an Atlantic City, New Jersey, hotel elevator this past February, NFL star Ray Rice and then-fiancee Janay Palmer argued.

That argument escalated into a physical altercation between the pair as Rice punched his soon-to-be wife, knocking her unconscious.

Initial videos released showed the aftermath of the incident with Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator by the shoulders.

One month later, the couple exchanged vows as disciplinary action against the Baltimore Ravens running back weaved its way through the court system.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Earlier this year, the state house approved the 2014-15 state budget and fiscal code.

The spending plan includes $10.5 billion in K-12 education spending, representing the highest total in our state's history.

The figure includes funding increases for each school district in Carbon County, adding up to more than $2.1 million in additional funding compared to last year.

In addition, the budget calls for an increase of $20 million for special education, which is the first increase in six years.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Many of us suspected that there would be a day when Ebola would arrive in the United States, and indeed it has. A man who traveled from Liberia was recently diagnosed and died in Texas.

While not an epidemic in the United States at this moment, the first case diagnosed in our country is proof that Ebola could someday come to Pennsylvania.

That's why we must be extremely serious about being prepared and taking appropriate precautions.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, located in Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 at the church.

The meal will be served at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

All are welcome to enjoy. There are no takeouts.

Transportation or delivery for the homebound can be made available by prior arrangement, at least four days ahead of the dinner.

For more information, and or arrangements, call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586 before Nov. 18.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 106 will host its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on South Street.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Five defendants entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Boat theft

David Allen Anthony Jr., 26, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a county jail term after pleading to receiving stolen property.

He was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for his part in the theft of a boat from property along Towamensing Trails in Penn Forest Township on Sept. 7, 2013.

Anthony said he did not participate in the actual taking of the boat but did help in hiding it and knew it had been stolen.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced the bid opening for the operation of the Beltzville Watercraft Concession in Carbon County.

Statewide, DCNR Bureau of State Parks has more than 150 concession lease agreements that cover concession operations such as food and refreshment sales, watercraft rentals, bicycle rentals, restaurant operations, golf course operations and whitewater rafting operations.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is seeking nominations for its 2015 Gallery of Hope.

Any female or male breast cancer survivor residing within BCNEPA's 13-county service area can be nominated. Visit www.bcnepa.com/hope before Nov. 1 and click on "Nominate a Survivor" to submit information about a friend or family member for consideration.

The 2015 honorees will be announced in January.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

What happens at the Tamaqua Tulip House in autumn? Mum's the word. The 405 N. Lehigh St., home of John "Wes" and Doris Kehlor, which typically features up to 8,000 tulips every spring, takes on a purple and white glow of mums. Other blooms on hand are aster,

impatiens, mandevilla vine and begonias. The Kehlor house is a brick Cape Cod-stylecottage that's been featured in national publications including Good Housekeeping and Country Garden magazines.