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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Natalie Kleintop, Palmerton - "No, I do not believe in global warming."

With the harsh winter we're having, do you believe the world's in danger of global warming?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Olive Riley of New South Wales, Australia became an active blogger at the age of 107 until her death at 108. Her "Life of Riley" blog inspired many people.

Pierre Jean (Buster) Martin, at age 102, claims to be the United Kingdom's oldest employee as a van cleaner and walked the 26-mile course in the 2008 London Marathon in 10 hours.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

St. Jerome Regional School will accept registrations for Kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2011-2012 school year beginning Monday of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 4)

St. Jerome Regional School is a Christ- centered Catholic School open to all, serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS Peter and Paul and St. Richard.

SJRS, in partnership with each school family, strives to form a community of faith living and teaching the gospel message. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

Lansford firefighters responded to a duplex home located at 235-237 East Ridge St. for a house fire just before 8 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived, they noticed smoke in both homes and determined the cause to be a malfunctioning oil burner motor, which was burning and emitting smoke, at the 237 address. Firefighters used a CO2 extinguisher on the motor and placed large exhaust fans at exit points to both homes to expel the smoke and minor traces of CO. No injuries were reported. Lansford Fire Police directed traffic away from the scene.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Outside of his duties at New Tripoli Bank, Willard Snyder has busied himself with these activities:

Taught adult education classes for the American Banking Institute

President of the Lehigh County Bankers Association

President of the Lehigh County Chapter American Institute of Banking

He and Lucille made arrangements for a banking convention in Nashville and received several letters of congratulations for a job well done

Chairman of Group III of the Pa. Banking Association

President of the Association of Community Banks

Saturday, January 29, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Timothy Gardner rolls a chain of rubber bands into a ball as girlfriend Jen Wright watches. When the ball weighs about 25 pounds, it will be added to Gardner's large rubber band ball in Snag Harbor Museum in Staten Island.

Can you help Timothy Gardner of Lehighton?

He has a dream to build the largest rubber band ball in the world and needs donations of rubber bands to do it.

Gardner has been placing layer upon layer of rubber bands on the ball that he started 11 years ago. It now weighs 420 pounds, has a diameter of two feet, and is made of more than a quarter of a million rubber bands of varying sizes and colors.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Friends and family pictured with Harold "HT" Fryer Jr. (rear, center) are from back left Kelly and Ed Boerner, Harold, his girlfriend Ashley Palsgrove, and Tim Zeigler. Pictured sitting from left are Donette Miller, Jenny Zeigler, mother Mary Ann Fryer, and bone marrow donor and sister Brittany Fryer.

After enlisting in the Navy last August, Harold "HT" Fryer Jr., 19, a 2009 Tamaqua graduate and student athlete, never thought he'd be dealing with a serious medical condition only weeks into his boot camp training.

While in high school, Fryer, from New Ringgold, had no problem keeping up with the grueling demands of being a football player for four years. He also held different jobs, including Nothstein Auto Repair, Zeigler Contracting, and Koch's Turkey Farm.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate rate increase requests for Tri-Valley Water Supply, Inc. for its Stone Ridge, Cypress Park and ElDo Lake divisions, serving portions of Carbon and Monroe counties.

The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the requests. The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

A final decision must be made by Sept. 1, 2011.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Willard Snyder sits at a desk that was original furniture with New Tripoli Bank. It still has the nameplate for William Betz. The desk is now in the museum.

After 50-1/2 years of working at New Tripoli Bank Willard Snyder decided it is time to retire.

He intends to do some traveling – a few countries in Europe but mostly in this country, and put more time into working with the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society. There are six great-granddaughters who claim their share of his time.

He grew up on a farm near Normal Square and graduated from Lehighton High School. He was active in 4-H projects including baby beef, dairy and poultry. At a Penn State summer school the Carbon County poultry judging team placed first.

Friday, January 28, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society held it first meeting with its newly elected officers for 2011. Front row, left to right are: Janet Hermann, secretary; Steve Hlavka, president; and Brooke Au Buchon, vice president. Back row: Christie McGorry DeGiosio; Vince DeGiosio; Jack Sterling; Nichol Schreiber, treasurer; and Susan Sterling. Not in attendance: Bill Allison, Dan Hugos, Tara Kubas, Rob Rabenold and Joe Wetzel.