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Saturday, May 4, 2013

State Sen. David G. Argall on Thursday released his weekly recap of Senate activity:

The Senate concurred on House amendments on Tuesday and sent three bills to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Harry Miller, 91, of Tamaqua, is proud of Prince, his 7-month old male Shitzu. Not for hisconstant love and affection, but rather that he can talk. Miller says that every morning, Prince asksfor a treat by speaking the words "Yum Yums." Miller,a veteran of WWII, retired from Bethlehem Steel.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Darkness didn't prevent a group of guys from playing a game of hoops during last night's warmer weather at the Willing Skate Park in Tamaqua. Pictured jumping for a shot is Derek Vandermartin, 19, of Tamaqua.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A needs assessment survey for the Act 537 sewer project had estimated a cost of $11.5 million to install a public sewer option for West Penn and Walker townships when it was conducted a decade ago; after being reevaluated, the cost of the project is now estimated to be $1.29 million for a nonpublic option.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I spent 10 minutes this morning trying to find a pair of knee-hi stockings that didn't have holes or runners. Or as in some cases, holes AND runners. And that was nine minutes more than I had to spare.

"What the heck?" I asked myself as I threw another one on the pile that was beyond redemption. I wondered why I took off a holey mess the last time I wore it and didn't throw it away but instead put it in the laundry to be washed again.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

According to the 2013 County Health Ranking survey, done for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, Carbon County scored 42 (up from 56 in 2010) and Schuylkill 53 (up from 60 in 2010) out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The rankings factor a number of measures, including alcohol and tobacco use, access to care, education, employment, family and social support, income, and community safety. The 2010 rankings are in parentheses. The lower the number, the healthier the county.The top 10:

1. Chester (Chester)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I have been writing my weekly column for several years now. From time to time I review my past columns to ensure that I stay fresh and original. There is nothing worse than a writer who shouts the same message everyday from the rooftops. My goal with this column has been to provide the readers with my comments on America and our way of life. Today, I looked at an old article, originally written in 2011. I asked a simple question: Where are the jobs! (http://www.tnonline.com/2011/sep/03/where-are-jobs).

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for February 2013 and March 2013. Certificates of Achievements were presented to students in grades 1-5. In addition to the certificates, each student received a Student of the Month Magnet, a "Kids Are Special" bumper sticker and a meal coupon from McDonald's. Students realize this is a special achievement and strive to achieve this recognition.February Students of the Month

Friday, May 3, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Chapeau, bonnet, bowler, headpiece ... all are names for what is commonly called a "hat." Hats are the newest display at the Palmerton Area Heritage Center thanks to the Palmerton Area Historical Society. There will be an opening reception on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Center, located at 410 Delaware Ave. There you will be able to see several hat styles and hat boxes and photographs of hats from the 1800s to the present, like these from the '40s, 50s' and 60s.

Friday, May 3, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System Director of Nutrition and Environmental Services Stephen Palmieri stands in the decontamination tent, set up on the grounds of Gnaden Huetten Hospital.

Keeping patients safe goes well beyond medical training for Blue Mountain Health System. Several times a year, staff goes through drills that reinforce their knowledge of how to immediately respond to emergencies, including armed threats, widespread illness or disasters.

In addition to the routine emergency drills at Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals, staff participate in training at the federal Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.