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Friday, January 3, 2014

Carbon County Animal Shelter will benefit from sales at Pizza Hut from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

Anyone who wants to help the homeless dogs should stop by the Lehighton Pizza Hut on Monday.

Friday, January 3, 2014
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Erica Greer, Polk Elementary School's principal, prepares to eat a chocolate covered worm. It's the price she paid when she challenged the school to donate 300 toys for Toys for Tots. She said that if they reached the goal, she would complete a Fear Factor challenge of eating a chocolate covered cricket, chocolate covered worm, put her hand in a bunch of live worms to pull a key out that unlocked a box that held the

monetary donation to a local charity, and shoot a basketball blindfolded. "I'm

Friday, January 3, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Cars slowly make their way on snow-covered Route 443 in Lehighton Friday morning.

The coldest weather in several years will be arriving by tonight and temperatures are expected to fall below zero.

This comes after a pesky snowstorm, named Hercules by The Weather Channel, dumped anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow throughout the region.

Temperatures will plummet to as much as 3 below zero tonight, according to some predictions.

Even this afternoon, the arrival of the cold front will be accompanied by high winds which will drop wind chills to about 20 below.

Friday, January 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Heidi Shollenberger, Country Harvest Family Market human resources employee, stands next to the Christmas tree that's decorated inside the store.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The second annual Holiday Tree of Giving program at Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton is proof of that.

Customers made donations through the purchase of an ornament for $2, to be placed on a 12-foot Christmas tree in the store lobby at Country Harvest. Customers could either write their name or a Christmas message on the ornament.

Friday, January 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This 1994 Nissan Sentra, owned by Jillian Kuntzman, of Palmerton, sustained disabling damage after Kuntzman drove it into her husband's vehicle on Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton on Thursday.

A three-car crashresulted in Palmerton on Thursday after a woman drove her vehicle into her husband's vehicle.

Borough Police Chief Randy Smith said Jillian Kuntzman, 33, of 375 Lehigh Avenue, pulled out from a parking stall at that address in her 2007 Chrysler van at around 10:45 a.m., at which time she struck a 1994 Ford pickup truck owned by her husband, Troy Kuntzman, 38, same address.

Jillian Kuntzmanalso struck a 1994 Nissan Sentra, owned by Louise Young, 61, of 45 Gap Road, Palmerton.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Many bird lovers are dismayed when birds strike their windows. These collisions can result in injury or death to the birds and are the result of the birds seeing the surroundings reflected in the glass and expecting to fly through the area in the reflection.

Friday, January 3, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The thermometer on Wentz Auto Body's sign shows 13 degrees at 8:30 Friday morning.

The National Weather Service anticipates a low of -3 degrees tonight and another plunge, to -9 degrees, on Monday night. Tuesday's daytime temperature is expected to hover around 4 degrees.

These are perfect times to stay snug and warm indoors. But for those who must venture outside, here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

Friday, January 3, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Early Thursday evening, drivers reported a two-mile backup along the Hometown Hill and a 40-minutecommute to travel two miles between Tamaqua and Hometown. Similar back-ups took place in West Penn Township, some caused by accidents. By 10 p.m., snow intensified and trafficvirtually disappeared from roads, as seen here at the intersection of Route 54 and 309. Work crews worked feverishly all night to plow roads and stay ahead of the heavysnowfall.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The following townships will accept Christmas trees for recycling:

Polk Township residents may drop off trees any time in the pull-off area just north of the municipal office building on Polk Township Road. Telephone poles are outlining the drop off site.

Chestnuthill Township's transfer station and recycling center will accept trees from residents on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Eldred Township residents can drop them off behind the township building, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Friday, January 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senators David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) applauded enactment of a new law that will help volunteer fire and EMS companies finance equipment purchases while supporting Pennsylvania's manufacturing industry.

House Bill 1706, recently signed into law, doubles the current loan limits for the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program for the purchase, repair or rehabilitation of vehicles, equipment and facilities.