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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, in the Community Room.

The group is aimed for women with cancer-related issues to meet in a casual atmosphere to gain personal support. Contact Mary Ann Hazel at 610-824-6490, for more information.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/times news Fran Stahl's flying lessons at Arner Flying Services in Lehighton helped get her mind off her medical issues, including thyroid cancer.

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in early 2007, Fran Stahl of Tamaqua, didn't let that or other medical issues prevent her from pursuing her lifelong dream of flying.

After going through 40 appointments and medical procedures in less than six months, during which doctors successfully removed one of the affected nodes, Fran felt she needed something to take her mind off the health issues. With the confidence-building support of family and friends, she felt it was time to pursue a flying license.

"When I found I had thyroid cancer, I really faced my mortality," Fran said.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Blue Ridge Communications and Music Choice® announced today the launch of SWRV™-the first 24/7 interactive music video network that puts the viewers in control.

The 24/7 linear channel is available to Digital Basic customers on channel 796.

From creating and starring in video dedications, to voting for the next video to play, and even taking over their own show, viewers can interact with and control SWRV content through their mobile devices and online at http://www.swrv.tv. SWRV will feature primarily mainstream pop and hit-driven music videos.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development runs a "Program for International Student Assessment." Among the 34 participating countries, in 2009 American 15-year-olds' math scores ranked 25th.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan commented, when the scores were released, "The brutal fact here is there are many countries that are far ahead of us and improving more rapidly than we are. This should be a massive wake-up call to the entire country."

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Two vehicles damaged in Tamaqua crash

Drivers, passengers and garbage truck workers all escaped serious injury Friday in Tamaqua. Around 1 p.m., a Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling garbage truck, nearing the Tamaqua's Five Points intersection and being driven Gregory Peltz of New Ringgold, rear-ended the back of an older white Honda Civic being driven by Hendrick Acherman of Berwick. This impact then forced the Civic, which was waiting at a red light, to be pushed partway underneath the back of a box truck operated by Donald Royer of Milton.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Ron Fritz, right, of R.A. Fritz Plumbing and Heating, Inc. was recently named a life director of the 6,400 member Pennsylvania Builders Association. Warren Peter, PBA president, presents the award to Fritz. Fritz, a member of the Carbon Builders Association since 1986, received the honor at PBA's board of director's meeting in November in Cranberry Township.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon Builders Association installed new officers. They include, front l-r, Mike Troutman of T'nT Contracting, president; Paul Rueda of Ruedaman Plumbing; and Ben Powell of Next Federation Homes, directors; and back l-r, Dave Jones of Pencor Construction; and Mary Lorah of KNBT; directors; Steve Ohl, vice president; and Warren Peter, president of the Pennsylvania Buildings Association, installation officer.

Carbon Builders Association installed a new president, vice president and board members at a meeting held recently at Platz's Restaurant, Lehighton.

Warren Peter, president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, was the installation officer.

Installed as president was Mike Troutman of T'nT Contracting; and Steve Ohl of Ohl Fuel Oil was named vice president.

Installed as board of directors were Steve Bakos of BCH Corp.; Dave Jones of Pencor Construction; Mary Lorah of KNBT; Ben Powell of Next Federation Homes; and Paul Rueda Ruedaman Plumbing.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Brandon Fritz, Tamaqua - "I have a DJ business and over the winter I do kids' dances in the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne County area."

Now that the Christmas holidays are history, what do you do to brighten your

days during the long-cold winter?

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard Maglionico, sales manager at the Summit Ridge Development in Mahoning Township, said the development was started about five years ago and then the real estate bust occurred. He said he anticipates new homes to soon go into the development, which has new roads installed and complete underground wiring.

Five years ago, one of the most impressive housing developments in the Mahoning Valley was begun.

Along with some breathtaking views, the Summit Ridge development, located about a half-mile west of the New Mahoning intersection along Route 902, contains 76 home sites, a utility system that's completely underground, and a million-dollar drainage system.

So far, there are only nine homes – including a model which serves as a sales office – located there.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A state police forensic expert testified Friday of finding several blood stains in the basement of a Lansford man charged with killing his estranged wife.

Trooper Phillip Barletta, of the Hazleton barracks, was the lone witness heard Friday. He was on the witness stand from about 9:30 a.m. until after 4:30 p.m. when Nanovic recessed for the weekend. The panel, consisting of 12 regular and four alternate jurors, will return Monday at 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start.