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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Schools across the region have begun closing ahead of the storm that is slated to hit the area tonight through Thursday night.

As of 7:20 p.m., the following schools in the TIMES NEWS coverage area are closed Thursday:

Carbon County: BHA Schools, CCTI, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Palmerton, Panther Valley, St. Joseph Regional, SS. Peter and Paul, St. John Neumann.

Lehigh County: Northwestern Lehigh

Monroe County: Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Borough crews remove snow along South First Street in Lehighton Wednesday morning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and area municipalities were all in storm preparation mode today, as they scrambled for salt to treat the roads.

Ron Young, district press officer for PennDOT, explained that District 5, which covers Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Northampton, Lehigh and Berks counties, has 20,000 tons of salt supply remaining for the winter. Locally, there are 3,125 tons in Carbon; 1,892 tons in Monroe, and 5,931 tons in Schuylkill left.

On average PennDOT uses between 2,000 and 3,000 tons per storm, depending if there is more snow or ice.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Students who were named to the honor roll for the 2013-2014 school year at Panther Valley Middle School were announced recently by Lisa Mace, principal.

Distinguished honors

Sixth grade: Meghan Boyle, Charles Byers, Hailey Harvilla, Devyon Alan Kniese, Jessica Markovich, Michael Milkowich, Megan Pascoe, Matthew Santore, Gianna Steber, Brandon Stilitino

Seventh grade: Emily Devonshire, Amanda Fegley, Rachelle Filer, Vanessa Papay, Alexa Ruzicka, Jordan Serina, Erica Tout

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter happens.

Because of this, millions of dollars must be spent maintaining the roads during storms.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Winter Services Guide, the winter budget for District 5, which covers Carbon, Schuylkill, Northampton, Monroe, Lehigh and Berks counties, is $16.4 million.

Here are some facts from PennDOT's guide about how last winter measured up and what is available to make sure roads are drivable this winter.

District 5 as a whole

Salt used last winter in the district: 90,440 tons.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Carbon Builders Association will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Trainer's Inn, 845 Interchange Road, Lehighton.

Guest speaker is Jerry Leach of CLEAResult. His presentation will in inform builders, electricians, HVACR and mechanical contractors with rebates and incentives through Act 129.

There is a cost for the meal. Reservations may be made at 610-379-1099.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Winners of the 18th annual Lehighton Post 256, United Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen essay contest were presented prizes. From left are, Dick Fink, past quartermaster; Drew Lorenz, third place winner; Kennedy Malsch, first place winner; and Harry Wynn III, past commander. Also a second place winner was Mary Grace Wilhelm.

Three students at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, were presented cash prizes on Tuesday for their winning essays in the 18th annual Lehighton Post 256, United Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen essay contest.

Recognized were Kennedy Malsch, first place, $50; Mary Grace Wilhelm, second place, $40; and Drew Lorenz, third place, $30.

The theme was: "What Patriotism Means To Me."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Northern Lehigh Superintendent Michael Michaels discussed exactly how Governor Tom Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal would affect the district at the school board meeting this week.

Michaels said that both the district's basic education funding, as well as special education funding, would remain level.

On a positive note, Michaels said that as part of the proposed Ready to Learn block grant, the district could see an additional $271,000 over last year's figure.

However, Michaels noted that's contingent on, "If sufficient funds are available to be distributed."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Free counseling is being offered to veterans of all ages and family members, 25 and younger.

In an effort to address what is seen as a need for more access to professional counseling services for veterans and their family members, C. Ryan Counseling, LLC, a professional counseling and consultation provider, has developed a program to offer a full range of individual, marriage and family counseling services for children and adults who do not have insurance coverage for mental or behavioral health services.

Career and vocational counseling is also offered.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The 14th Annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Hennings Pond, Albrightsville.

Participants must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling 570-646-6600 by Feb. 9. There is a fee and participants must sign a liability waiver. No wetsuits are allowed.

Proceeds will be donated to April Schaefer, who is fighting a serious illness. The goal is to raise $5,000 for her family.