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Monday, March 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Part of the 60-man team, Dan's Rowdy Raiders, sit on their cardboard motorcycles waiting to go down the slope. These motorcycles traveled in front of their very-large cardboard half-track. The team put a total of 600 combined man-hours into their creations.

Chilly weather didn't stop more than 5,000 spectators and 300 team members with more than 25 sleds, from taking part in the sixth annual Day Off at the Slopes Cardboard Classic Friday at Jack Frost Mountain in Blakeslee.

The event, hosted by radio station 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia, was attended by highly-motivated team participants and their rambunctious spectators who came from numerous surrounding states, as well as Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh, Schuylkill, and Northampton counties.

Monday, March 7, 2011
See-through view from the inside of the building.

After building the visitors' center at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, director Dan Kunkle found birds were flying into the windows and dying. His solution was a type of film called CollidEscape found online. He said more commonly available is WindowPerf. For the visitors' center, the film was cut into the shapes of raptors. It comes in rolls. The back is peeled off and it sticks to the glass. The material is see-through from the inside and white on the outside. Kunkle says birds flying into windows is the No. 1 human-caused bird killer.

Monday, March 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Last night storm provided thearea with a thick layer of sleet on roadways. Pictured is SR209 in Coaldale covered with sleet and heavy snow early this morning.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Unilever United States, Inc. today announced a limited recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Monday, March 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PennSTAR 5 flight paramedic Travis Byerly demonstrates the proper way to load a patient onto a helicopter.

Coaldale firefighters and PennSTAR 5 crew, out of the Carbon County Base in Lehighton, took part in joint landing drills recently at the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital helicopter landing pad.

Firefighters learned many aspects of working with a medical support and transport helicopter, such as preparations, lifts and carries, loading, night-vision goggle usage scenarios, unloading and other technical intricacies of working around a helicopter.

PennSTAR tries to limit the time on the ground to less than six minutes

Monday, March 7, 2011

Eight Tamaqua area residents were among 65 who were arraigned Monday morning in the office of District Attorney James P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse and were charged with criminal offenses. All pleaded not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Monday, March 7, 2011

A basketball game pitting Lehighton students against Lehighton faculty Thursday, March 10 at the Lehighton Area Middle School gymnasium. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 6:00 p.m. There is a fee for admission.

Monday, March 7, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Workers enter the Wabash Tunnel at an access point near West Broad and Berwick streets Friday morning. The men refused to identify themselves and ordered the media to leave, saying, "Get out of here," with one worker actually running away from view of the camera. Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt said the workers are from A One Service of Shenandoah and are in town to begin testing on the wild cat sewers located along the Wabash Creek. The firm was hired by borough council at their February meeting.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Members are asked to note the change in location. Any individual or organization interested in becoming a craft or display vendor at the 2011 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held August 10-14.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District officials are thinking about building a new junior high school. Eight school board members unanimously authorized superintendent Raymond C. Kinder to start interviewing architects who would be interested in working on the project. Board President Larry Neff said the architects will help them decide whether to construct a new junior high or renovate the current building.