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Monday, February 24, 2014

Carbon County Association of Realtors is hosting an informational roundtable on State Bill 76 and the elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lehighton Annex building, 110 N. Third St., Lehighton. All Carbon County area taxpayers are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend.

Chairing the event are Sen. David Argall, Rep. Doyle Heffley and Chuck Liedike of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

Anyone with questions should call Kathy Henderson of the Carbon County Association of Realtors at 610-377-8121.

Monday, February 24, 2014
Steve Shinko/Special to the Times News

Chris Kerzman shows nice form as he releases the ball during the Carbon County Special Olympics Bowling Competition held Sunday at Haja Lanes in Palmerton. Approximately 50 bowlers of all ages participated in this year's event. Thirty-three participants received either gold, silver, or bronze medals for their scoring achievements. See page 5 for more photos from the event.

Monday, February 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mark and Anne Riotto, Barnesville, have a farm where they take care of a variety of animals, including horses, goats and chickens. Last year, Anne attended a workshop hosted by a county conservation district, and wrote a Manure Management plan for the farm.

Old McDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.

And on that farm he had a horse, e-i-e-i-o.

And on that farm he had a Manure Management Plan, written in the new standard format required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Although life is no longer as simple as it was in the days when Mr. Ed shared office space with Wilbur, owning farm animals and complying with regulations regarding their care isn't complicated. But there are things that must be done to get your ducks in a row.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will host two financial literacy seminars in March aimed at educating high school juniors and seniors about everyday finances to prepare them for independent living.

Brown encourages parents who have students of that age to consider signing their teen up for one of the seminars. Two identical seminars will be held.

Monday, February 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters position trucks on East Broad Street to attack a blaze on the third floor of the Majestic House apartment complex late Sunday morning.

One man suffered burns and 65 residents were evacuated two times after a stubborn fire hit a seven-story apartment complex in downtown Tamaqua Sunday and then rekindled a few hours later.

The blaze at the Majestic House Apartments, E. Broad and Pine streets, was caused by careless smoking, according to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. It erupted shortly after 9 a.m. in a rear, third-floor apartment occupied by a 60-year-old resident.

Monday, February 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWs

Evacuated resident Roxanne Reenock, left, tends to her Persian cat, Boo, on Sunday at the height of Tamaqua Majestic House fire, while another evacuee, Scarlett Roberts, worries about two cats she was unable to rescue. The animals were later reported to be safe. Roberts ran through the building and banged on doors to alert fellow residents when the smoky fire erupted at the seven-story apartment complex.

Monday, February 24, 2014
Kids consignment sale has new venue

Shoppers and consignors of The Kids Closet Semi-annual Consignment Sale will have a new venue this March.

Danielle Andreas, one of the organizers of the sale, explained that the event, scheduled for March 13-16, has moved to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Previously, the event was held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, and before that at the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fight to the finish.

That's the theme of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Upper Lehigh County, which will be held at Northern Lehigh High School's Bulldog Community Stadium.

The 2014 Community Relay Event will be held from 4 p.m. May 16 through 4 p.m. May 17 at the stadium, located at 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Actor and director Harold Ramis died Monday morning, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according to his attorney.

He was 69.

Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes."

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Police are investigating the shooting of two people in a home at 439 W. Patterson Street in Lansford.

Jack Soberick, detective with the Lansford Police Department, said a man and a woman were found with gunshot wounds Saturday evening. Police were dispatched to the home and the victims were transported to St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, with at least one of them flown to a trauma center.

The victims are possibly in their 30s, Soberick said.

Soberick said police have no clue what happened.