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Thursday, February 13, 2014
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty John Shuster, skip of the United States team, center, delivers the stone during men's curling competition against Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Do you think you can throw a stone?

Can you sweep with a broom?

Throwing a stone and sweeping with a broom are unique skills that are acquired while playing the sport of curling.

"Anyone can try curling," says Joshua Sophy, president of the Anthracite Curling Club. "All you need is a pair of old sneakers and some warm, loose clothing. We have both men and women who play, ranging in ages from 18 to past 60 years old."

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lehighton Area School District Wellness Committee is working to promote a healthy lifestyle not only for students, but for employees and the entire community as well.

"Most people think wellness has to do with the food in our kitchens, but it's more than that," said Wellness Committee Chairman Rocky Ahner. "Wellness promotes a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, and education."

The mission of the Wellness Committee is to promote student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A construction project converting the swimming pool at Panther Valley High School into classroom space could be completed by May 2015.

The project will cost an estimated $5.6 to $5.8 million.

An update on the project was given to the Building and Grounds Committee of the school board Wednesday night by two representatives of the project architect, "The Architectural Studio" of Emmaus.

Curtis D. Santee, principal for the Architectural Studio, outlined the schedule:

Ÿ March 7 - Project goes out on bids.

Ÿ March 25 - Pre-bid meeting.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The night before a looming snowfall, snow removal was a hot button issue at the Lansford Borough Council monthly meeting Wednesday evening.

A full council, including newest member, Samantha Yasson, a former council member who was sworn in Tuesday to fill a vacant seat, listened as a packed room of concerned citizens voiced their opinions regarding the snow removal in the borough.

Resident Don Gildea brought up the issue of side of street parking and removal on narrow alleyways, noting that he had received three tickets after the storm on Feb. 5.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

One by one, the campers were reunited with their parents, who piled their luggage into waiting vehicles and headed for home. As the hours passed, it became obvious that no one was coming for one 8-year-old girl.

Turns out that it was really a lucky thing that her parents had mistakenly marked the wrong pickup time on their calendar. As the little girl waited with one of the camp counselors, that counselor took out her guitar and began to teach her how to play.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to extend a $9,711-a-month contract with HealthCare Services Group until the end of the year.

The company provides housekeeping management and supplies for Rest Haven, the county nursing home.

All three commissioners, Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier, George F. Halcovage Jr. and Gary J. Hess, voted in favor of the extension.

All three also voted to extend until Feb. 28, 2015 a $53,619 annual management fee contract with Sodexo to provide meals for the facility.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township's fire company is about to turn 85 years old.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Brent Green announced on Tuesday that the Aquashicola Fire Company will celebrate the milestone March 1.

The board unanimously agreed to pass a resolution, and present a plaque, to the fire company located at 270 Little Gap Road.

The fire company was established in 1929, and incorporated in 1956. It provides fire protection for over 3,200 residents, which comprises 1,207 households, across 21.2 square miles, according to its web site.

Road crew complimented

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Jeffrey Palmer and Taylor Haldaman shovel out a parking spaceon Pine Street in Tamaqua this morning. The duo laughed but were concerned last week when a photo of Taylor's mom ran in the TIMES NEWS, showing her shoveling out a spot so she could get to workat the Tamaqua AAA office. This storm they decided to save her the work and aggravation. They will return, if necessary, to make sure she gets home safely later today.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Lehigh County judge has dropped criminal charges against two Lackawanna County men who promised local towns a windfall of savings by buying street lights from PPL instead of leasing them. The company operated by the men, Municipal Energy Managers, would upgrade and maintain the lights and seek better energy rates, they told the towns.

However, after the towns, which include Tamaqua, Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe, and Stroudsburg, took out hefty loans to pay for the contract, but the deal fell through.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's the calm before the storm.

To be safe though, many businesses across the Lehigh Valley have shut down operations today. Snow emergencies are already in effect in a number of municipalities in Berks and Northampton counties.

Locally, Carbon County commissioners decided Wednesday that only essential personnel would need to respond to work on Thursday. Court cases scheduled for today will be rescheduled.

All schools are closed today.

As of 5 a.m., a snow had already begun falling in the region, covering roadways.