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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dr. Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC, presents Sister Bernard Agnes IHM, principal of Marian Catholic High School, with a defibrillator on behalf of the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The presentation was made on Jan. 20, when Dr. Martinez spoke to the Marian faculty and staff providing information and tips on how to deal with a sudden cardiac arrest and other medical emergencies. Dr. Martinez is a cardiologist with the Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown. He is a 1997 graduate of Wright State University of Medicine and a 2001 graduate of the Mayo Medical School.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday at 7 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford, will hold an informal worship: a spiritual, peaceful evening service with Holy Communion. All are welcome to this relaxed, brief musical evening prayer.

For those who wish to come early, a free simple supper is served at 6 p.m. followed by a brief adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m.

On days when Panther Valley schools are closed or dismissed early for inclement weather, this service/supper is canceled. If the weather is questionable, please call the Rev. Marjorie Keiter at 570-645-0356.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

There is a chance that most of the $200,000 investment lost by the Panther Valley School District when Sun Savings & Loan, a San Diego, Calif. firm was declared insolvent last July, can be recovered.

The school board received that encouraging news from its legal counselor attorney Thomas McCready when it met in regular session last night then, acting on his recommendation, the directorate hired San Diego attorney Patrick C. Shea to carry on negotiation with the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) and all other parties involved.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The concept of an elementary center received mixed reactions from 35 people attending the Franklin Elementary School PTO meeting on Tuesday evening.

Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver said, "We want an open dialogue with the community so we look at all of our options and then determine the best way to go for our students and community."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Carbon County woman entered guilty pleas in four pending cases on Tuesday morning in Carbon County court.

She was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to appear before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Accused's mother

the victim

Emily Anne Fatzinger, 22, of Palmerton, pleaded to two counts of access device fraud and one each of receiving stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/BOB FORD The supermoon on June 22, 2013 was bright in the sky. This  Thursday, the moon will again be unusually close to Earth. Weather permitting, we'll see the thin crescent of the new moon stage.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie ... that's a supermoon.

On Thursday, for the second time this month, the moon's orbit will bring it unusually close to Earth. Don't fret, it's not that close. The moon will still be about 225,000 miles away.

Also, don't expect a full, bright disc. Thursday's supermoon is a new moon, meaning it will be in alignment between the Earth and the sun, and so will appear as a thin crescent. A full moon is when the Earth is aligned between the sun and the moon.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rush Township's Zoning Hearing Board has denied a local company's plan to ferment, bottle and sell wine. All three board members, Cathey Schimpf, Thomas Kline and Wayne Postupak, voted against the request.

Seitz Brothers, a pest control business, has two locations in Rush Township, along Route 309 between Hometown and Tamaqua, and on Hunter Street in Hometown. Seitz wanted to add the wine aging and bottling operation to the Hunter Street location, but the board denied the request for a variance for two reasons.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among the Northern Lehigh High School Band members who will participate in this year's Lehigh County Honors Band Concert held on Saturday at Southern Lehigh High School are (front, from left) Abigail Messinger, Kasey Wayda, Samantha Miller-Brown, Jamie Miller. Back row, Zac Schlegel, Marc Beleno, and Zach Rex.

Their musical talents are that of the highest ability.

Which is why it's only fitting that a group of Northern Lehigh High School students have been chosen to participate in this year's Lehigh County Honors Band Concert.

The 56th annual concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Lehigh High School. The snow date is Sunday.

The Host director this year is Douglas Bolasky, band director, Southern Lehigh High School.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The 14th Annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Hennings Pond, Albrightsville.

Participants must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling 570-646-6600 by Feb. 9. There is a fee and participants must sign a liability waiver. No wetsuits are allowed.

Proceeds will be donated to April Schaefer, who is fighting a serious illness. The goal is to raise $5,000 for her family.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A former church treasurer in eastern Pennsylvania is accused of bleeding the church coffers of more than $300,000. The Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1iMeP4w) said Wednesday that 51-year-old Ann Marie Ballentine is facing felony theft charges.

She had been treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Easton. Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said the investigation began earlier this month. Court records indicate the thefts began in October 2006.