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Saturday, December 14, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Emergency entry kits given to local police departments by the Panther Valley School District helps officers gain access to barricaded buildings.

It was a year ago today that Adam Lanza, clad in black fatigues and a military vest and carrying a semi-automatic rifle and two pistols, shot open the locked door of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., walked to the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, and began firing.

When it was over, 20 small children and six adults lay dead. Lanza, later determined to have been mentally ill, turned the gun on himself.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
lisa price/special to the times news Scott Evans cleans chimney at a Tamaqua residence. Ignoring your chimney can lead to fires, said Evans.

Scott Evans repositioned himself, bracing his legs and getting a better grip on the fireplace damper, reaching up inside the chimney from inside the house. The damper was closed but crooked, and would need to be straightened before he could open it.

Evans was able to reach a hand around the rectangular shape of the damper, but even with that additional leverage, it still wouldn't budge.

"It felt really heavy and I just couldn't move it," Evans recalled. "I decided to get up on the roof and look down into the chimney from above."

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Schuylkill County will have a new district attorney beginning the new year.

A judge has dismissed the petition which challenged the district attorney election.

Attorney Christine A. Holman defeated incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in the Nov. 5 election and will become the first elected female district attorney in Schuylkill County.

Byrnes still holds the position as being the first woman district attorney but she was appointed two years ago to fill the vacancy of James P. Goodman who became a county judge.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

What makes creosote

Chimneys expel the by-products of combustion, such as smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbons, tar fog and assorted minerals. As those things flow up a chimney, condensation occurs. Creosote is the resulting residue which sticks to chimney walls. The burning of unseasoned wood, which has water trapped in the cells of the logs, can contribute to the buildup of creosote.

Signs of a chimney fire

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Pa., will be the contractor completing the $28 million Route 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald J. Young Jr., district press officer for Penn DOT Engineer District 5, said via phone on Friday that Allan A. Myers was the successful low bidder, submitting a bid of $28,183,312.02. It was one of seven bids received for the bridge replacement.

The next step before construction can begin is a preconstruction meeting. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18, at the Engineering District 5 office in Allentown.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Here's a snapshot of some of the security enhancements schools are putting into place to keep students and staff safer:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Carbon County railroad will receive $2.5 million for the construction of a bridge.

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Co. from Carbon County as well as six other railroads and five businesses will split $20 million for rail freight improvement projects, stimulate economic development and reduce traffic congestion.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
ED MORAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Linda Leavall, author of Holding on Upside Down - the Life and Work of Marianne Moore at a recent book signing in New York City.

A new book explores the life of the teacher that most influenced Jim Thorpe. Her name was Marianne Moore. Moore would go on to be one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

The book, "Holding on Upside Down the Life and Work of Marianne Moore" by Linda Leavell, briefly focuses on the period from 1911 to 1914 when Marianne Moore taught at the United States Indian Industrial School at Carlisle during the peak of the school's athletic fame; the period before, during and directly after Jim Thorpe won gold medals at the 1912 Olympics.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ginny Smith, Bowmanstown "I send less and less. I used to do 40, now I do maybe 15."

Is it important to mail Christmas cards to friends and relatives? Do you mail as many as you did five years ago?

Saturday, December 14, 2013
AP PHOTO A simple series of black and white pictures becomes an elegant holiday wreath when glued to a cardboard ring and embellished with a bit of faux holly. The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there's no need to huddle around a dusty album.

The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there's no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations.

And once you've gone through the trouble of scanning and reprinting originals, it's easy to make duplicates that can be turned into to gifts for family members.