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Monday, January 23, 2012
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Lansford mail carrier Deborah Norton walks through unshoveled sidewalks to deliver mail. Officials regularly stress residents to shovel their sidewalks and treat them with salt if needed.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS  These fifth grade students are all smiles as they participate in the fifth annual Book Swap recently at Slatington Elementary.

Swap and shop.

That's what fifth-grade students at Slatington Elementary did for their fifth annual Book Swap held recently at the school.

The event, whose motto was "Give a Book, Get a Book", was held under the direction of fifth grade instructor Donna Marushak.

Over a one-week span, Marushak said the students brought in used books to trade in, and received a ticket for each book. They then organized the books into genres and authors, she said.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Bud Wychulis displayed a humerous winter attitude when he made and displayed this "Snowman For Sale" sign outside his home on 5th Street in Coaldale.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Aunya Goepfert, 7, gives her dog Zuess, a 5-year-old Great Dane, a hug while playing in the snow in Coaldale.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Brandon Stilitino, 9, enjoys the recent snowfall while sledding down "Granny's Lot" hill in Lansford.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Saturday's snowfall made for a great opportunity for Paul Macenka to take out his newly restored 1972 M35 2.5 ton cargo truck and troop carrier – aka Deuce and a Half among military buffs – out for an off-road experience in the mountains of Coaldale. Macenak, who enjoyed the company of his girlfriend, Karen Phillips, during the ride, stated he gets about 8 miles to the gallon on his "classic car."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Area individuals whose lives were touched by Joe Paterno remember him as a man who put family, academics, and ethics above football.

"I think it's a sad day not just for the university, but for college football and humanity as a whole," said Rob Mikulski, a Panther Valley High School graduate who played for Paterno from 1984 to 1986.

Mikulski, who now coaches at East Stroudsburg University, played center and defensive tackle for Paterno. The Lansford native said Paterno stressed sportsmanship and family.

Monday, January 23, 2012
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PennDOT workers were out in force all weekend clearing roads of ice and snow. A plow truck driver clears snow on Center Street in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 23, 2012
AP Photo An American flag and a Penn State scarf adorn the statue of longtime football coach Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Sunday. Paterno died Sunday at age 85.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Happy Valley was perfect for Joe Paterno, a place where "JoePa" knew best, where he not only won more football games than any other major college coach, but won them the right way: with integrity and sportsmanship. A place where character came first, championships second.

Behind it all, however, was an ugly secret that ran counter to everything the revered coach stood for.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Ronald Rabenold

Ronald Rabenold, a resident of Franklin Township, Lehighton, has announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 122nd Legislative District. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the April 24 Primary Election.