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Monday, February 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large metal clad barn was destroyed by a raging fire Sunday morning in Lehigh Township, Northampton County. The barn was owned and operated by Lorah Farms located just south of SR248 along South Cypress Drive. Heavy flames and smoke were shooting from the structure when firefighters from three counties arrived on scene. A backhoe was utilized to remove the metal siding to gain access to the large amount of hay burning beneath.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Think you've got what it takes to help promote Palmerton's centennial celebration?

If so, then every effort should be made to compete in a poster contest to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of the incorporation of the borough.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Historical Society, the contest is open only to those who reside in the Palmerton Area School District.

Cindy Gasper, historical society member, said "Palmerton is filled with many artists."

Monday, February 14, 2011

The House passed a package of reform measures last week that will now go to the state Senate for consideration, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), a supporter of the bills aimed at reforming state government and creating more openness, transparency and accessibility.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Zach Vozzo of Coplay has his arm signed by Army Pfc. Robert Solt.

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One Ironton Elementary School fourth-grade student received a special visit recently from a soldier stationed at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany.

Army Pfc. Robert Solt, 20, a graduate of Panther Valley High School, surprised his sister, Cheyanne, in her classroom.

Solt, who serves with the 1st and 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 4th Squadron, then answered questions from students, their teacher Debbie Schneck and Darlene Uherick, North Whitehall Township clerk.

Monday, February 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

American Hose and East End fire companies were called to a section of three row homes located at 308-312 E. Broad St. (SR209) in Tamaqua after smoke detectors in two of the homes started going off. Affected families were temporarily evacuated during the search. Although visible smoke wasn't present a strong burning odor was permeating throughout the homes. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to inspect the homes. Fans were used to expel the odor and help direct the odor to better trace its origin. Firefighters also accessed the roof to check the chimneys.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Penn Haven Gun Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3907 Buck Mountain Road in Weatherly.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Panther Valley School Board went on record to endorse the Palmerton School Board's efforts to have land set aside for conservation and educational purposes. H. Francis Rosen, supentendent of the Palmerton Area School District, inaugurated a drive to have the federal government put aside land in the Beltzville Dam project area for use by school districts to promote the practices.

Monday, February 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A male Cardinal and a Dark-eyed Junco visit a bird feeder outside the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill. Birds from the north fly south to Pennsylvania to join with those that don't migrate.

Each fall, not only do birds fly south from Pennsylvania, and fly south through Pennsylvania, but some birds actually fly south to Pennsylvania, according to Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

In the midst of January, birds of many a feather fill the trees outside the CCEEC, each waiting its turn to swoop down to one of the center's bird feeders.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The southernmost six-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Montgomery County is scheduled to get a major overhaul starting later this month when construction begins to rebuild and widen the toll road from four to six lanes. Work on this massive, $151 million reconstruction project will commence Feb. 28 and is expected to last nearly three years until completion anticipated in late 2013.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mountain Karate Academy tested five students for black belt status. From left are, Rich Maglionico, instructor; Josh Johnson, Shawn Truhe, Paige Steigerwalt, Zander Karpowicz, Anthony Maradeo; and Master Paul Maglionico.

Mountain Karate Academy, Lehighton, recently tested five students for black belt status.

The students Josh Johnson, Shawn Truhe, Paige Steigerwalt, Zander Karpowicz and Anthony Maradeo were awarded their black belts at a ceremony that took place on Feb. 9.

Mountain Karate has been a charter school with the EUSAIMAA since 1990, and recognized as Charter School of the Year for Pennsylvania in 2008.

Following the ceremony, the students were feted with a small reception at the school.