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Monday, February 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, hosted an assembly, "Circus of Life" with Mark Stolzenberg, on Friday, Feb. 4 as part of Catholic Schools Week. Stolzenberg used his talents as a professional clown to teach the student body about character-building skills, such as never giving up and visualizing your goals. Here, Stolzenberg chooses a student to assist him in a circus act.

Monday, February 7, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center, Route 903, Jim Thorpe March 1st from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. This class is the four hour refresher class. Proof of completion of a previous AARP or other driver safety course within the last 36 months must be provided for admission to the class. The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The most contemptible of all thieves, the chicken thief, is again in our midst here in Lansford. A good load of shot well aimed is the only reliable cure for such a disease. Last week, a poor woman lost six young chickens. At the present price of eggs and feed no one can afford to raise them for the benefit of the good-for-nothing samples of humanity who are indulging their appetites at others expense. If you happen to catch them visiting, you shoot, and don't shoot to scare them either. The world is better off without such people.

Monday, February 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The melting and refreezing of ice and snow are making sidewalks and roadways treacherous places to travel. Charlie "Charles" Bartusik of Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua makes a water canal as he chops through ice and slush outside his home to allow the melting snow and ice to flow freely into a street drain.

Monday, February 7, 2011
George Taylor/times news Dr. Amir Ghali of Lehighton is closely following events in Egypt, from which he emigrated in 1975 and which remains home to a number of his relatives.

The current upheaval in Egypt, which threatens the stability of the entire Middle East, holds great interest to Dr. Amir Ghali, a Lehighton dentist who still has family living in the beleaguered country.

Due to the discrimination against Christians in his native land, Ghali came to America 36 years ago, just one of a number of Egyptians who took advantage of the open door of opportunity. That opportunity no longer exists for the estimated 79 million Egyptians who have seen their country torn apart by two weeks of demonstrations.

A country in turmoil

Monday, February 7, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wes Keller, forest fire specialist supervisor DCNR-Forestry at the Penn Forest Fire Control Station with Dudley, a Golden Retriever being trained for search and rescue. Keller holds specialized wildfire personal protection items that can be purchased with Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act grant money, from left: backpack containing a canteen of water, MRE packets of food, medical gear, a compass, and a fire shelter; lightweight Nomex shirt; and wide-brimmed lightweight helmet with goggles.

Six Carbon County volunteer fire companies received a total of $22,305 to help guard against the threat of forest fires. The announcement was made by Wes Keller, forest fire specialist supervisor DCNR-Forestry at the Penn Forest Fire Control Station.

Monday, February 7, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Area School District was to receive a grant to repair drainage issues on the high school football field. That grant was recently rescinded.

Jim Thorpe Area School District was awarded a Community Revitalization Program grant from the Department of Community and Economic Growth (DCED) in November of 2010. On Jan. 10, of this year, the school district found out the grant money it was supposed to receive had been rescinded.

This Community Revitalization Program grant was to be used in the school district to repair the football stadium and field. The stadium's drainage system had deteriorated over the years, making for muddy, sloppy conditions whenever it rained.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will be presenting Valentine cards to residents of The Summit at 6 p.m. Friday and to the residents of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sue Anthony, club member, will be in charge of the events.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Palmerton Area School District is set to revisit next year's spending plan.

The school board's Budget and Finance Committee was scheduled to meet this afternoon to further discussion on the 2011-12 budget.

Last month, the board agreed to advertise the preliminary budget, which calls for an 8.15 percent, or 3.56-mill, increase in their property tax rates next year.

Monday, February 7, 2011

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) is encouraging local agencies and organizations that were promised state grant funding last year to check the status of those awards, as many were rescinded at the close of the Rendell administration.

Heffley has heard from a number of groups that have contacted the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) about their grants in recent weeks. Most of them are being told they are no longer in line to receive that funding.