November 27.......................... 3.1 December 22...........................0.5 December 24...........................1.6 December 26...........................2.0 December 27...........................0.5 December 29...........................3.5 January 15...............................0.2 January 16...............................2.0 January 25...............................1.0 Janaury 28...............................1.0 February 1...............................1.5 February 2...............................1.0 February 5...............................0.6 February 8...............................4.8 February 13.............................0.5 February 15.............................0.5 February 19.............................1.0 TOTAL...................................25.5
Pen Argyl March 3, 2013 4.10
Scale High 9.7 - 12 Medium High 7.3 -9.6 Medium Low 4.9 - 7.2 Low Medium 2.5 - 4.8 Low 0 - 2.4
Pius X Boys will play Old Forge next
The Pius X boys (20-3) basketball team will travel to Lackawanna College in Scranton to play Old Forge (13-12) 6:00pm Friday night in the First Round of the state interdistrict play. The winner of that game will play the winner of Lebanon Catholic and Sankofa Freedom Tuesday March 12.
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These Witch Hazel blooms are a sign that spring is just around the corner. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Spring is Coming Time Changes March 10
The arrival of March is the true harbinger of spring. The days are now much longer than on the shortest day of the year which was December 21. Today we have two more hours of daylight than we did at Christmas and daylight will continue increase everyday until June 21 when the amount of daily light begins to decline. If you don’t already know, the time will change to Daylight Saving Time next Sunday, March 10. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on that day. If you’re not still not convinced that spring is near, take a walk in your yard or the woods and you’ll see some of first plant growth of the year already in progress, like the blooms on the witch hazel here at the Town Topics’ office. Today, is also the first day of spring sports practice for local schools. The first Slate Belt high schools sporting events will take place March 13 when Notre Dame visits Bangor and Pen Argyl travels to Palmerton for boys tennis matches. Baseball and softball get underway March 22 and 23 while Track commences March 26. Finally, mark March 20 on you calendar at the first official day of spring 2013..
East Bangor Pastie Pickup
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church at 136 W. Central Ave., East Bangor, PA will hold a pastie sale. The selections include beef w/wo onions and broccoli-cheese w/wo onions. To order, call 610-588-1745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, March 3rd. Pasties must be picked up at the church on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:30 p.m.
Cybersecurity Talk at NCC
Northampton Community College will host a program on cybersecurity on Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in Room 220 of the College Center at 3835 Green Pond Road in Bethlehem. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s national Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, “Stop.Think.Connect.” It will focus on how individuals and entire communities can protect themselves against growing cyber threats. The session will include remarks from two cybersecurity experts and will cover both general and technical aspects of cybersecurity. One of the presenters will be Kristina Dorville, a graduate of Liberty High School who now works for the Department of Homeland Security. The program will be free and open to the public as well as to students, faculty and staff.
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Brady Plante (20) of Pius X drives the baseline, during the Royals' 57-55 loss to Mahanoy Area for the District 11 Class A championship played Friday night at Stroudburg. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory..
Brian Torres (23) of Pius X shoots in the paint, during the Royals' 57-55 loss to Mahanoy Area for the District 11 Class A championship played Friday night at Stroudburg. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
37-Pound Fat Cat Needs a New Home
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — At 37 pounds, Biscuit is about the right weight for a 4-year-old — human, that is. A St. Louis-area animal shelter is trying to find a new home for the sweet tabby with a sweet tooth. Biscuit's salad days were spent pigging out, and now at roughly three times the weight of a healthy adult cat, he's restricted to about a cup of diet food per day. His first owner, a disabled woman who fed him lots of treats, brought him to the St. Charles Animal Control shelter about a year ago because she could no longer care for him, Teresa Gilley, the shelter's lead animal control officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Another woman took him in but had to return him about a week ago because her new apartment doesn't allow pets, she said. Gilley said the tubby tabby isn't crazy about his new low-calorie diet, but he has begun adjusting to it. When he arrived, Biscuit could only take a few steps before lying down and panting, but now he's showing increased energy. Biscuit is neutered and is believed to be about 4. Gilley said he's easygoing and loves being petted. Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
Ex-Con accused of sneaking into jail
NEW YORK (AP) — Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneaking back in. Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano, 36, was arraigned in Manhattan on Saturday on charges that he impersonated a Department of Correction investigator. Officials say that for at least a week, Matagrano used phony credentials to get into multiple city lockups, including Rikers Islandand the Manhattan Detention Center, where he mingled with inmates for hours. Investigators said the case was still unfolding, but some of the allegations were detailed in a criminal complaint describing Matagrano's entry into the Manhattan jail on Thursday. It said that when questioned, Matagrano had admitted to arriving at the jail at around 3:30 p.m. and gaining entry by showing a gold shield and saying he was an investigator from the department's intelligence unit. According to the complaint, he stayed until 11 p.m., giving cigarettes to inmates and smoking with them in a common area. He is also charged with stealing a radio from an office while inside. Surveillance cameras recorded video of Matagrano during the visit, the complaint said. Matagrano has a rap sheet that includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse. He's on the state's sex offender registry. It's not clear why he wanted to get into jails, but he had previously been caught posing as a Board of Education worker to enter two schools and rifle through student files. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in connection with that case.
Helicopter blows deer to safety
The National Post When a deer and its offspring were trapped on an iced-over Nova Scotia harbour, a provincial helicopter pilot came up with an ingenious solution to saving them — by literally blowing them away. In January, Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources were contacted by local biologist Ian Waugh, who noticed the doe and its fawn struggling to stand on the ice of the Antigonish Harbour. The ice was too thin for the rescuers to walk out and reach the deer, so helicopter Dave Farrell improvised a solution — using the downwash from his chopper’s rotors to push the deer along the ice to the safety of the shore. As Farrell approached, the fawn ran to the safety of the shore, but the doe stayed put. As the wash began pushing it towards safety, the deer initially struggled against it, but eventually gave up and began sliding smoothly. Farrell, who had performed the rescue trick before, told CBC News that deer usually cooperate with the move. “Once they realize that they’re moving, they kind of just flatten out and they don’t struggle too much. I think it’s a lot less stressful for the animal, just to relax and let the downward motion push them across the ice,” he told the broadcaster.
Fact vs. fiction: 5 misconceptions about laser hair removal busted
For people considering laser hair removal for the summer, there's good news - now is the perfect time to start. Easily hidden under typical cool weather clothing like bulky sweaters and leggings, skin is shielded from the sun and thus in perfect condition for hair removal. However, many men and women are on the fence when it comes to investing in long term hair removal due to several common misconceptions. Here are the top five laser hair removal myths busted by Dr. Paul Flashner, chief medical director for American Laser Skincare: 1. Doesn't treat all skin types Today there are more advanced technologies, such as the GentleMax Pro system, which delivers a wide range of treatments for effective hair removal on all skin types. Each treatment focuses on the individual, and the system prompts a series of questions about the person's skin tone and overall makeup to help determine optimal settings for best results. It leverages two fast and powerful lasers: the Alexandrite and the Yag, for customized results on all skin types, light and dark. It is important to note that if you are considering laser hair removal, you should first work closely with a skincare consultant to understand what treatment options work best for your individual skin. 2. Too painful No pain no gain? The leading edge technology in laser hair removal has enabled a more comfortable experience for those nervous about the "ouch" factor. It delivers an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin, delivering a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the area. In addition, many of our clients report that the system's cool pulse provides increased comfort during treatment. 3. Too expensive While laser hair removal does require a more substantial upfront investment, long-term results significantly trump traditional routines such as shaving or waxing. Studies have shown that women spend, on average, $10,000 on shaving over their lifetime, with waxing more than doubling the investment, especially when done by a professional. Laser hair removal can help save time and money over the course of a lifetime, and aesthetic service providers like American Laser Skincare offer a true personalized experience based on real, effective and achievable results. 4. Requires frequent clinic visits and treatments GentleMax Pro treatments are separated by a window of four to 12 weeks depending on the treatment area and the individual's hair regrowth cycle, making long-term hair removal a much less tedious and time consuming task. In order to be ready for summer, now is the perfect time to start. 5. Need to let unsightly hair grow in between treatments Laser treatments target the root of the hair rather than the surface hair so you are able to shave in between treatments and not worry about growing any unsightly hair. "Anyone is who is thinking about getting laser hair removal wants to experience fast and effective results," says Dr. Flashner. "The technologies available now target faster results, fewer treatments and less discomfort. Now is the perfect time for people to make sure they'll be beach ready by summer." Laser hair removal treatments are available at all 100+ American Laser Skincare clinics across the country. For more information or to book a free consultation, visit www.americanlaser.com for a full list of local clinics. For additional tips and useful information about hair removal, visit www.hairremovalforum.com.