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Friday, March 8, 2013

The first step in protecting your child from potential abductors is to know what you're dealing with. Here are some important and potentially surprising facts from Parents.com about child abductions in the United States:

Ÿ Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.

Friday, March 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are about a quarter complete with the demolition of the 80-year-old nurses' residence in Coaldale. The decision was made to raze the structure after an intense investigation into options to save the building. Surviving almost 80 years, the large structure stood to the eastern rear of the present hospital building. It served the hospital from 1934 to 1973. In addition to housing nurses who cared for patients in the original hospital, some of the rooms were utilized as doctors' living quarters.

Friday, March 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Mike Boyer, a 5th Degree Black Belt Goshi Ryu Ju Jitsu instructor at Martial Arts USA in Tamaqua, uses drawings and physical activities to teach Scouts the importance of understanding what a bad stranger is and how to safely get away.

Can your kids identify a bad stranger ... or better yet, have the courage or knowledge to get away?

Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted. In 2001, 840,279 people (adults and children) were reported missing to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The FBI estimates that 85 to 90 percent of those (roughly 750,000 people or 2,000 per day) reported missing were children.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch kicked off their 2013 season with a presentation on Crime Prevention presented by Janene M. Holter of the Attorney General's Office.

Community Watch is a citizen's involvement program where citizens, in cooperation with their local police department, directly participate in the detection and prevention of crime.

Citizens involved in the Community Watch are trained in how to recognize suspicious or criminal activities and report these activities to their police department.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Walker Township board of supervisors adopted an ordinance it started drafting in December, which defines regulations for the park in Wildcat. The action was taken at last evening's monthly meeting.

The ordinance had been revised from an older one that did not include such things as fire restrictions, prohibited recreational activities, cleanup rules, and smoking and alcohol restrictions.

Friday, March 8, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 2008 Kia Optima, operated by Rebecca Kriebel, 32, of Walnutport, merged from the Palmerton area onto Route 248 West, at around 12:24 p.m. Thursday, at which point it went off the side of the road, came into contact with the guard rail, struck the median, and spun several times, before it came to rest across both lanes. Kriebel sustained minor injuries, and was transported to Palmerton Hospital. Assisting at the scene were the Palmerton Police Department, Palmerton Community Ambulance, Palmerton Fire Department, and fire police.

Friday, March 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Last night's weather resulted just a dusting of snow for most of our area. Pictured is the Seek section of Coaldale.

Friday, March 8, 2013

HARRISBURG – During the final day of the 2013 budget hearings conducted by the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) testified in support of using the proceeds from the sale of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor monopoly to address the state's unfunded transportation needs.

Knowles noted that while he strongly supports efforts to privatize the state's liquor system, he doesn't believe that there's a more deserving way to spend that money than on our roads and bridges.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Xander Nunemacher and Madison Miller; second row, Rilan Gombert, Joshua Shelton, Ava Kosciolek and Allison Slakoper; and third row, Amarynth Ruch, Michael McLaughlin and Olivia Weaver.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for January for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of self-control. The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Xander Nunemacher: "I have been trying hard to stay in my seat and raise my hand."

Grade 1, Madison Miller: "I was chosen as Student of the Month because I listened to Mrs. Boyle the first time she gave us directions."

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Albert Boscov

Albert Boscov has some incredible accomplishments.

He has created a successful chain of department stores, helped to revitalize downtowns, donated generously to worthy causes, and even provided affordable housing for hundreds of families.

Tonight, Boscov, 83, will be honored for his many achievements.

He will become the first inductee into the newly established Pennsylvania "Retailers Hall of Fame."

The induction ceremony will occur at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing, Berks County.