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Friday, February 1, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Environmentalist Dan Kunkle speaks about animals of Africa to students at St. John Neumann Regional School's Palmerton campus on Wednesday. The presentation was part of the weeklong observance of Catholic Schools Week.

There they were, clad in their Red, White, and Blue attire, and in all their glory.

A sense of patriotism was indeed evident as St. John Neumann Regional School students continued their celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Wednesday.

The day featured the program: Our Nation. Along with their attire, the students made cards for those who keep us safe locally. Pupils at the school's Slatington campus heard a presentation from K. Castaneda, author of "The Easter Bunny's Secret".

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Carbon County woman was placed on probation for 24 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to one count each of resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Crystal Mae Dorwood, 49, of Lehighton, entered her plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass. She was arrested on Dec. 29, 2012, by Lehighton police for an incident in the area of S. First and Iron streets.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Carbon County officials want a second opinion on opening a county road through the former Packerton Yards site in Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

On Thursday, the commissioners voted 2-0 to file an appeal to the Commonwealth Court on the decision by the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas that denied the county's request to open a road through the 59-acre proposed industrial park. Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard was not at the meeting.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social tomorrow, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Friday, February 1, 2013
TOM APPLEGATE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ignoring high winds yesterday, these birds perch on a power line in Lansford.

Friday, February 1, 2013

When the doors opened at 6 p.m. at the Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Thursday evening it looked like residents' interest in the Navitat zip line project was waning, but by 6:30 the room was almost filled to capacity.

The Penn Forest Planning Commission quickly dispensed with approval for minutes and the first item under new business on the agenda, a reverse subdivision.

The commission also bypassed the section on the agenda entitled "Public Comment."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Student thoughts on "Imagine Peace" were brought to two-dimensional life by over two dozen students at the Pleasant Valley Middle School. Their posters, a result of participating in the Lions International 2011-2012 Peace Poster competition, are now on display in the school's main lobby above the entrance to the cafeteria. The posters will be there until the end of February.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Police and firefighters were quick to respond to a chimney fire at 233 West White Bear Drive in Summit Hill yesterday afternoon. Responders had the smoke and fire under control within a short while. Responding were firefighters from Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale and others. Firefighters from Nesquehoning and New Philadelphia were also called, as the Tamaqua fire department was busy on another call. Fire police detoured traffic around the area while firefighters placed fans at entry points to the home. No serious injuries were reported.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fire police volunteer Joe Seaver directs traffic away from a fire scene Thursday in Summit Hill. Seaver, who volunteers with the Lansford Ambulance and both the Summit Hill and Lansford Fire Police, has volunteered his time for over 40 years.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Last night's snowsquall, despite only lasting a short while, dropped up to an inch of snow on the ground. It also resulted in multiple fender benders and minor motor vehicle accidents throughout our area.