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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Along for the ride

Kya Norwood, 7, and her brother Narayana, 4, found Friday's snowfall perfect for sledding down the slopes of the Ashton Hill

Park in Lansford. Their 9-week old Pitt puppy, Ogre, however, didn't seem all that thrilled about his winter adventure.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news

A Lehighton Power work crew replaces a utility pole, which was damaged by a tractor trailer early Friday morning. The intersection at Ninth and Mahoning streets was closed most of Friday.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Randy Wert and some of the bicycles he is working on.

Randy Wert isn't your everyday bicycle repair man.

He donates most of the bikes he works on, thus giving hope to families struggling to survive both at home and abroad.

A Lehighton native, Wert has always had a passion for two and three wheeled man-powered vehicles, began his volunteer effort after deciding to take a bicycle repair course at the Lehigh Carbon Community College about eight years ago. His original intent was to make a little extra pocket cash repairing bikes and other small man-powered vehicles.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the times news

Pennsylvania State Police were called to a one-vehicle accident Friday on Reynolds Road, just off Wildcat Road, in South Tamaqua. The driver of a gray Chrysler New Yorker slid off a snow-covered road and impacted a tree. Tamaqua Ambulance also responded. There were no reports of serious injury.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news

Kaitlyn Bender, 10, and her Maltese Bicon Poodle "Charley" are both bundled to handle outside elements as they play in the snow. Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of Dorothy and Charles Houser of Tamaqua.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Declan Franz, 3, great-granddaughter of Marion Frantz, shovels snow on West Broad Street in Tamaqua Friday morning as several inches of snow blanketed the area.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Palmerton man pleaded guilty to drug dealing in Carbon County court on Thursday and was sentenced to a long county jail term. He was one of five persons who entered pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in pending drug cases.

Joshua Lee Kresge, 29, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Tamaqua YMCA is currently accepting applications for its youth hockey program. Volunteer coaches are also needed. For more information, stop by the Y, in the former Jamesway building, or email nzigmant@ymca-berkscounty.org or nzigmant@alum.lhup.edu.

Friday, January 7, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club honored retiring Representative of the 122nd District and Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Keith McCall, at their Holiday Dinner Dec. 14 at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. Some who paid tribute to Rep. McCall for the 28 years of service that he gave to the citizens of Palmerton and Carbon County were: Left to right, Brad Doll, Mayor of Palmerton, Sarina Berlow, PADC President, Rep. Keith McCall, Bill O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner, Marian Hoffner, PADC Secretary, and Chris Olivia, Palmerton Borough Council.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 113 trucks and 22 drivers out of service in December under a monthlong enforcement effort focused on waste haulers, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

"Our goal was to identify safety defects that can lead to crashes," Pawlowski said. "The most commonly found problems were improperly secured cargo and bad brakes. Keeping Pennsylvania's roads safe for everyone is a priority for State Police."