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Thursday, January 31, 2013

February is heart health month. Even though deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined 33 percent from 1999 to 2009, it takes the lives of 2,150 Americans each day. That is an average of one death every 40 seconds.

As a community service, the Slatington Public Library, 650 Main Street, Slatington, is hosting a wellness lecture entitled "Keeping Your Heart Healthy", on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Bechtel's Pharmacy, 302 Main Street, Slatington.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Four individuals charged by the Pa. Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics, with alleged drug-related offenses, all waived their scheduled preliminary hearings, yesterday.

The hearings were scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The defendants are:

* Robert John Moyer, 57, of Lansford, charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A New Ringgold man pleaded guilty to setting three arson fires in West Penn Township and received a jail sentence and face a high restitution bill in the Schuylkill County prison.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Prior to their Christmas Eve journeys, eight of Santa's helpers stopped by the home of Mildred Koons to surprise her with a floral arrangement as a gesture of appreciation for her and her late husband's dedication to the Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program. Pictured with Koons are Monroe Cressley; Jeff Kirsch; Chuck Laviolette; Melvin Muffley; Bob Schaeffer; Mike Solt; Tom Williams; and Jon Yenser.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Gretchen Laviolette reported that this year marked the 24th time that Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program helped to make the Christmas Season brighter for struggling families throughout the district.

According to Laviolette, "It is an honor to be considered the 'chair' of this program. However, it truly is a team effort." In addition to serving as Chairperson of LASD Holiday Educare Program, Laviolette is a math teacher at Lehighton Area High School .

Thursday, January 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Staff members of Blue Mountain Home Health Care are currently conducting an "in house" food collection for a patient in critical need. Pictured with some of the donations are – left to right – Michael Batovsky, Social Services; Kelly Valent, RN; Roseann Cser, Medical Records; and Inge Allen, Director.

While visiting a patient in his home, nurses of Blue Mountain Home Health Care identified a basic critical need – food – and are working to address it.

This particular patient lives alone and literally had no food in the house for himself – or for his cat. So, one of the nurses went to the supermarket to buy some food for both him and his furry friend.

Upon hearing about this situation, the staff of the program decided to conduct an "in house" collection. In addition to the food, they have been collecting cat food – and some cash. Only the staff has been contributing.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police in Carbon and Schuylkill counties are looking for two individuals involved in a strong armed robbery at the First National Pharmacy along North First Street in Lehighton. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday when some 180 Oxycodone tablets were grabbed in the pharmacy. The two, a male and female drove from the scene in a vintage pickup truck of which some witnesses were able to record the registration plate. The plate came back to a couple from Shenandoah.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a talk, "Medical Imaging Exams: Non-invasive, But Are They Safe?" on Wed., Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lehighton borough is the first Carbon County community to adopt formally a motion authorizing the observance of Daylight Saving Time. The action was taken unanimously during a meeting of the town council. Daylight time will be in effect from April 28 to October 27.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Monroe County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday afternoon admitting he threatened a police chief and a county judge.

William Campbell, 52, of Stroudsburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of terroristic threats. He was charged by Nesquehoning Officer Timothy Wuttke with threatening borough Police Chief Sean Smith, and his family, and county Senior Judge Richard W. Webb, and his family.

Wuttke filed the charges against Campbell on July 24, 2012, after hearing a message on the police station answering machine.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

With the recent conclusion of its Basic Fly Tying Workshop in January, the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now offering a unique Intermediate Level Fly Tying Workshop as a follow-up Saturday morning program to augment its winter fly-tying program.