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Monday, December 30, 2013

Seasonal flu is now widespread in Pennsylvania, and Carbon County hospitals are prepared for the onslaught, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state Department of Health reports there were 1,159 confirmed cases of seasonal flu between Sept. 29 and Dec. 21.

Those are only confirmed cases, reported when patients have a flu test done.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Freezing rain put a treacherous glaze of ice on roads and added a new hazard for drivers this morning. Traffic was slowed down and sometimes stopped altogether on the slippery surfaces.

The Mahoning Mountain on Route 902, on the south side beyond Bugzie's Mountain Top Inn, was the scene of tie-ups on the mountain itself and on a small hill just beyond it, north of the Valley Auto Store.

Monday, December 30, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The spectacular 65,000-light holiday display of Frank Fabrizio, Brockton, might be telecast to a national TV audience in 2014.

A national television reality show is eyeing a Tamaqua area home known for elaborate holiday displays.

The casting crew of ABC-TV's Great Christmas Light Fight, a nationwide contest that debuted this year, is currently in discussion with Frank Fabrizio of Brockton regarding his spectacular 65,000-light Christmas display.

"They requested a videotape, which I sent them, and they liked it. Now I have to supply more," said Fabrizio.

Monday, December 30, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS  The Palmerton Camera Club's fall Salon winners include (front row, from left) Marc Beerman, Jim Denicola, Tony Przasnyski, Richard Wall, (back row, from left) Deborah Beerman, Jackie Kaspern, Jeannie Carl, and Renee Garrison. Not pictured are Don Schroder and Donna Kruslicky.

Winners of the Palmerton Camera Club's 66th annual fall Salon winners have been announced.

Joel Styer, of the Berks Photographic Society, judged the images. Styer will return in March with a program on Photoshop Elements.

Fall Salon winners were Deborah Beerman, Jackie Kaspern, Jeannie Carl, Renee Garrison, Marc Beerman, Jim Denicola, Tony Przasnyski, Richard Wall, Don Schroder, and Donna Kruslicky.

A program hosted by Marty Malgieri that will focus on "Travel Photography and Composition" will be held on Jan. 23.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The theft of $785 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from a residence/thrift shop in Girardville is being investigated by state police at the Frackville barracks.

The incident happened between 6 p.m. Dec. 20 and 8 a.m. Dec. 21 at 144 W. Main St.

The victim is Paul Kanigoski, 65.

No details of the incident were reported by police except to say someone took the tickets from the residence/thrift shop.

Saturday, December 28, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Linda Schoenberger, left, president of the Weissport Recreation Committee and Tammy Solt, right, treasurer, of the Weissport Recreation Committee; present a check of $100 to Lynette Moyer, center, for winning the 2013 Weissport Christmas Light Contest.

A Weissport home with an illuminated Santa and his reindeer on the porch roof brought a first place in the Weissport Recreation Committee's annual Weissport Christmas Light Contest.

Winning first place was Lynette and Arland Moyer of 302 White St.

Lynette said that she put up most of the decorations herself, except for those on the roof, which her husband did. She said it took her several days to finish decorating.

Saturday, December 28, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO In this 2008 file photo, Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Pool Pals, accepts check from Susan Lovejoy, representing Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. At left is Diane Hoffman, also a Pool Pals member. Many organizations helped revitalize the pool, with the efforts spearheaded by the Pool Pals organization.

Lehighton Area Pool Pals have proven they know their mission.

Back on July 17, 2006, a group of dedicated and committed citizens from Lehighton and surrounding communities got together for a single purpose.

"That purpose was to raise enough money to refurbish Baer Memorial swimming pool," said Mark Hoffman, organizer. " The pool had been closed due to disrepair for two years."

The group decided to call themselves "LAPP," which stands for Lehighton Area Pool Pals.

Good intentions

Saturday, December 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Frank Potoczak, representing the Lehighton Bike Nite committee, said the 2013 event netted $8,957 in profit. As a result, $3,000 was given each to the Lehighton Police Department, Lehighton Fire Department, and the Lehighton Downtown Initiative, which sponsored the event. Potoczak, center, presents check to Joe Lawrence of the Lehighton Police Department, left, while looking on is Lehighton Borough Council President Grant Hunsicker.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold First Sunday after Christmas worship at 9 a.m., which includes a Service of Healing.

The Service of Healing will be offered with prayers and the "laying on of hands" and may be beneficial to those with emotional, physical, spiritual burdens to help one's loads become lightened. The Rev. John F. Hazel, Jr., will preside. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

Sunday School classes resume at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Allegedly playing the game called "chicken" three Weissport brothers, aged 10, 8 and 5, stood on the tracks of the Jersey Central Railroad at the Weissport grade crossing yesterday, gambled with their lives and won.

Maritain A. Otto, 456 N. Third St., Lehighton, the engineer of the 130-car eastbound freight train, en route from the local yards to Jersey City, N.J., said he saw the boys on the track and thought they were caught in a rail.