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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's one down, two Keystone Exams to go, for Northern Lehigh High School juniors.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas updated the school board on Monday of the status of the exams.

Nicholas said juniors began their second round of the exams this week in the form of the Literature and Algebra I. Last month, they took the Biology component of the exam.

"I'd like to commend all of our students and administration; it went off without a hitch," Nicholas said. "Our students did a great job with the exams."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Summit Hill Police Department is getting a new cruiser.

Last night the borough council voted 3-3 on the purchase, with Mayor Paul McArdle casting a deciding vote to make the purchase.

"Just knowing the condition of the cars, I have to go 'yes' on this," the mayor said in making his decision.

The car, a Ford Interceptor, will be purchased through the state's Costars program from the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning at a cost of $29,345.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Several Northern Lehigh School District administrators have been taken to task over an incident last month in which terroristic threats were made against students at Slatington Elementary.

Stacey Olewine, of Slatington, distributed copies of her letter, as well as a printed copy that denoted a time line of worldwide school and mass shootings since 1996, to the school board on Monday.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Borough of Lansford is accepting applications for the following volunteer (nonsalaried) positions:

They are one three-year seat and two alternate positions on the Zoning Hearing Board; one six-year seat on the Civil Service Commission, and one position on the Police Pension Board.

The borough is also accepting applications for one salaried seat on the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority for a five-year term.

Applications or letters of interest will be accepted in the office of the borough secretary, 1 W Ridge Street, until 3 p.m. Feb. 13.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Andrew Lohinecz Jr. of West High Street, Nesquehoning, returned home from Iceland where he spent three weeks visiting Eystelan Arason, Arason's wife Val, and their daughters Christy and Lisa, at their home in Reyjkavik, Iceland. Eystelan conducts an RCA Shop in Iceland. Lohinecz is a retired air force member and is now employed as a civilian in the Air Force. He is located in Washington D.C. The Nesquehoning traveler said that when he was in Iceland, there was no snow. In fact, there was more snow in the states when he left and returned from the trip.

Monday, January 14, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, which serves Carbon, Monroe, Wayne and Pike counties, a "Technology Tuesdays: Using the 'Team Design Approach'" free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers will be held on Jan. 22, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Using a team when planning your dairy lets you get the best ideas from all advisors at once. Learn how to put a team together and who should be on that team.

Also learn what some of those members, like the lender, want to see during the planning process.

Monday, January 14, 2013
This photo, The Doors of Jim Thorpe, by Tamaqua native R. Thoman Berner, was selected for the 2013 member directory of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association announced late last week that two photos by Tamaqua native R. Thomas Berner were selected winners in the 2013 PNA member directory and the 2013 PNA calendar contests.

One of the images is local, taken in Jim Thorpe.

The 2013 PNA calendar cover will feature a photograph titled Big Valley Barn. The image depicts a bucolic scene of wheat shocks drying in a Mifflin County, field in July.

A second photograph, titled The Doors of Jim Thorpe, was selected for the 2013 PNA member directory cover.

Monday, January 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS In addition to a warm safe haven and temporary shelters, SWiC offers a 24/7 hot line for any victims of domestic violence at (800) 282-0634. Pictured are Sally Casey, executive director, SWiC, with a hot line staff member.

Since 1983, victims of domestic violence in Schuylkill County have had a warm place to go to escape the physical and emotional scars caused by domestic violence.

"Our mission is to provide comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families, conduct public information and educational activities, and foster social and systems change to eliminate personal and institutional gender-based violence," said Sally Casey, executive director, Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC).

Monday, January 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel responded to the southern intersection of SR309 and SR443 in West Penn Township around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday after two vehicles collided, sending one man to the hospital. Township police reported that Robert Bailey, of Snyders, the driver of a silver Buick Century, turning southeast onto SR443 from SR309, turned into the path of William Harrison, also of Snyders, who was driving a green Subaru Outback north on SR309. It was noted that a thick fog also hung over the area. Also in the Subaru were William's wife, Ronda, and their six-year old girl. The Harrison family was treated by paramedics on scene, while Bailey, who was bleeding, was treated on scene and transported via ambulance to the hospital. Also responding were West Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning Ambulance and Lehighton Ambulance. West Penn fire police directed traffic around the area until both vehicles were towed. Police Chief Brian Johnson is the investigating officer. Paramedics carry Bailey to an awaiting ambulance.