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August 2014

Update-Names released in fatal Franklin Township crash

Monday, September 1, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to Times News

The Carbon County Coroner's office released the names of two individuals killed in an early morning crash Sunday in Franklin Township.

Christopher Mattera, 23, and Brian McGovern, 25, both of Wilmington, Delaware, were pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County deputy coroner Robert Miller.

Autopsies on both are scheduled for Tuesday.

Police said at 2 a.m. a Jeep Cherokee was going east on Forest Street, just past the entrance of the former Kriss Pines Trout Hatchery.

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

Three teens killed in Wayne County SUV crash

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — An SUV rollover in northeastern Pennsylvania has killed three Philadelphia-area teenagers and injured three others.

Northampton police Chief Michael Clark says the crash killed Ryan Lesher, Cullen Keffer and Shamus Digney, incoming sophomores at Council Rock South High School in Newtown. The Courier-Times (http://bit.ly/1tQYa3E) reports he doesn't know if the three injured teenagers were Bucks County residents.

The crash happened Saturday morning in Paupack Township, Wayne County, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.

Mahoning man found, arrested for beating nephew

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Daniel Stahler Jr.

Mahoning Police have arrested a man on assault charges stemming from an assault of a 5-year-old boy Thursday.

The child’s uncle, Daniel Sterling Stahler Jr. of Mahoning Township, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

The child told police he hugged Stahler's dog too hard. He said Stahler then threw him, hit him with his hands, and a door.

Stahler fled the residence when the child’s mother said she was calling police. Information provided to police showed the child suffered a fracture to the ocular cavity.

Allentown police chief's son charged for alleged road rage

Sunday, August 31, 2014

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the son of a Pennsylvania police chief was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at Lehigh County Detectives.

WFMZ-TV (http://bit.ly/VWFGl8 ) reports that 22-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald was arrested Friday night after what authorities described as a road rage incident.

Fitzgerald is accused of pulling a gun on two detectives after he allegedly "brake-checked" the detectives several times. Police later found the suspect stopped in the parking lot of a nearby mall.

Storms in Northeast delay flights, outdoor events

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Department of New York said. The men were being treated at a hospital, and the extent of their injuries was unknown.

Rovers roll over Bears

Saturday, August 30, 2014

EASTON - Easton proved to have more firepower in its East Penn Conference opener with Pleasant Valley, as the Red Rovers scored the first five touchdowns of the contest, en route to a 49-14 mercy-rule win.

In a game that saw the Bears unable to finish tackles and execute on opportunities early on, Easton managed to take advantage and roll to the big win.

Kidder orders storm runoff study

Saturday, August 30, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Supervisors have contracted for a study of storm water runoff and how it affects Lake Harmony.
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidder Township Supervisors have contracted for a study of storm water runoff and how it affects Lake Harmony.

Residents of Kidder Township living on and around Lake Harmony made themselves heard in July and the township supervisors responded by voting to hire ARRO, the township's engineers, to conduct an extensive study of the storm water runoff in the township. ARRO will be paid $19,500 for the study.

Lake Harmony is a private, glacial lake in Kidder Township. The lake is not open to all residents of the township.

McMichael Creek bridge closed

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania 715 Bridge over McMichael Creek in Monroe County will be closed and detoured to allow workers to make repairs to the stone arch. The posted detour will route traffic on Camp Akiba and Sterling roads. Expect delays and use caution driving through the area.

Why not male teachers?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm disappointed with the Panther Valley Elementary School. It's sad that there are very few men who have the same amount of training as women teachers, who cannot find jobs.

Chickens at the West End Fair

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This sister and brother duo won ribbons at the West End Fair for their 4H entries. Sophia Alcamo, 11, a sixth grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary and her Buff Orpington, Stella, took a first place. Vinny Alcamo, 14, a Pleasant Valley High School freshman and his Luna, a mixed breed Bantam, won a second place. The fair ends its seven-day run today.

What really makes a home

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's 4 p.m. on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon, and I'm sitting in the dentist's office, waiting to have a crown installed over a broken molar. I'm pretty relaxed this dental practice is known for its gentle manner and I'm soon drawn in to the real estate reality show on the flat screen television on the opposite wall.

Carbon approves personnel moves

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of personnel actions during their Thursday meeting.

They include:

Hires:

Ÿ Madison K. Heffelfinger of Jim Thorpe, part-time cleaning person, Buildings and Grounds, effective Sept. 2.

Ÿ Ryan A. Richards of Nesquehoning, programs coordinator, Planning and Development, effective Sept. 2.

Resignations

Ÿ Cameron L. Davidson of Jim Thorpe, part-time corrections officer, Corrections, effective Sept. 9.

Ÿ Jeffrey S. Gold of Richboro, law clerk, Court Administration, effective Sept. 12.

Penn-Kidder Library Center opens to a new chapter

Saturday, August 30, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Skyla Hendricks, 6, of Albrightsville, practices her medical skills as she pretends to take the blood pressure of Claire Farnschlader, of Lake Harmony, at an open house held Saturday at the Penn-Kidder Library Center, Pine Point Plaza.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Skyla Hendricks, 6, of Albrightsville, practices her medical skills as she pretends to take the blood pressure of Claire Farnschlader, of Lake Harmony, at an open house held Saturday at the Penn-Kidder Library Center, Pine Point Plaza.

One day a couple of years ago, Barbara Franzosa sat in a restaurant in Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville, and mentioned to the owner how much she missed the public library near her former home.

"Two people at other tables said, we miss our libraries, too. So I said, well, should we try to start one? And they said yes," she said.

On Saturday, after years of planning and hard work, the Penn-Kidder Library Center opened in its new home next to Mauch Chunk Bank in the plaza, on Route 903 near the intersection Route 534.

Contests a highlight of Carlisle show

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CARLISLE – Last year the Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Show was organized to fill the void left by the cancellation of the annual February outdoors show in Harrisburg . As it turned out the first-year show stood on its own merit and is back again this year, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7, at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

Marriage licenses

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Schuylkill County

Caitlyn N. Ruch and John T. Pilla, both of Andreas.

Megan L. Ingraham, Tamaqua, and Kyle M. Berezwick, Mahanoy Plane.

Trisha Marie Sockwell, and Kevin M. Rehrig, both of Tamaqua.

Franklin makes PSU debut in Ireland

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just two seasons ago, I was writing my Penn State column for the 2012 season opener against the Ohio Bobcats. I remember writing about Bill O'Brien's first day on the field as head coach of the Nittany Lions like it was yesterday. Basically, because it literally feels like it was yesterday.

Now, fast forward to the 2014 college football season.

Here's looking at you

Saturday, August 30, 2014
 LISA LAPOS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LISA LAPOS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Big Bird Rufus showed up in our garage last winter and was right outside our garage eating our azalea bush in the high snow. He would feed off the top branches that were sticking out of the snow. Because of our dog, he has since relocated himself from our garage area, down to the front wooded area of our lot. He loves all people that he sees. Submit your photos at tnonline.com and we'll put them in our reader gallery and print the best ones in this space.

No Header!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Financial burden is too much for taxpayers

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

I would like to comment on an article I read in your paper dated Aug. 18, regarding the Lehighton School Board's attempt to acquire another grant based on the number of children on the school lunch programs.

Per the article there are currently enrolled 44 percent of children in the middle school and 32.7 percent in the high school that meet the guidelines for the state's free or reduced lunch program. Under the National School Lunch Act, free meals are provided for students from families with income below 130 percent of the federal poverty level.

Lansford church holds free dinner

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Feed the People is serving a community dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance) Lansford. All are welcome to join us for dinner. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Potty talk

Saturday, August 30, 2014

If you have a squeamish stomach, or if the subject matter is too uncouth for you, then please read no further, because I'm going to talk potty.

No, not dirty. Potty. Like in toilet. Latrine. Commode. The Head. Hopper. The John. Lavatory. Loo. Necessary. Outhouse. Porcelain Throne. Pot. Privy. Reading Room. Restroom. Throne. Water Closet. Little Girl's Room. Just a few of the 101 names for the potty that I could find online.

Learning from local woman's success

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius, the emperor of Rome who may have been even better known as a philosopher, wrote that successful living is "more like wrestling than dancing."

Today, the world is different. Today, we need to change that image and the simile to metaphor.

Today, successful living is not like anything. Successful living is juggling.

You need to juggle sometimes precariously your family life, a full-time job, and community commitments while somehow managing to maintain a healthy level of emotional and physical fitness.

A century of learning Students still attend classes at old Packer building

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The original entrance to the Mary Packer Cummings Memorial School, built in 1914.  The school is located just off Route 209, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. For more photos, see our gallery at tnonline.com.
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The original entrance to the Mary Packer Cummings Memorial School, built in 1914. The school is located just off Route 209, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. For more photos, see our gallery at tnonline.com.

Students using the lengthy fire escapes at the old Packerton High School like an amusement park ride are a thing of the past.

The fire escapes are gone, but the memories remain as the nearly 6,000-square-foot building, located just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

"There is still a lot of history here," said Donald "Duke" Blauch, current owner. "Unfortunately to keep everything up to code, a lot of things had to be updated and replaced, but it comes with the territory when you have an old building."

Segan sets NW scoring mark

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Northern Lehigh's Tiff Yesik (3) and Catasauqua's Christina Cauley (21) battle for control of the ball.
Northern Lehigh's Tiff Yesik (3) and Catasauqua's Christina Cauley (21) battle for control of the ball.

On the opening day for a number of fall sports, several TIMES NEWS area teams had strong starts to their respective seasons.

The Northwestern boys and girls soccer teams picked up wins, as Sarah Segan set the all-time record for goals scored.

The Lehighton boys soccer and volleyball teams also opened with victories, as did the Pleasant Valley boys soccer, girls soccer and field hockey teams. The Northern Lehigh girls soccer team also opened with an impressive win.

VOLLEYBALL

PM East-Lehighton

Gurcsik-Pinkey

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Joseph Pinkey and Eileen Gurcsik
Joseph Pinkey and Eileen Gurcsik

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Eileen Gurcsik of Allentown and Joseph Pinkey of Tamaqua.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Mary Gurcsik of Tamaqua. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kutztown University, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration from DeSales University.

She is employed as a customer service lead for ULINE in Breinigsville.

One show of support for clinic

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville donated this picnic table he made for VALOR Clinic for the enjoyment of its soon-to-be clients, all homeless veterans.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville donated this picnic table he made for VALOR Clinic for the enjoyment of its soon-to-be clients, all homeless veterans.

Frank DeStenfano of Albrightsville just can't understand the mentality of someone who would cause damage to VALOR Clinic in Jonas.

"It is such a good cause. So many people have been volunteering here, painting, constructing, making it look nice for our veterans. Who does that kind of thing?" he wonders.

He's referring to the recent vandalism to the former Jonas Hotel which is now the VALOR Clinic, a program for homeless veterans which will open Oct. 1.

3 killed, 3 hurt in SUV rollover in Wayne County

Saturday, August 30, 2014

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a rollover accident in northeastern Pennsylvania has killed three people and injured three others.

WNEP-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lBUwcS ) the crash occurred late Saturday morning in Paupack Township, Wayne County.

State police say an SUV went off the road and then rolled over. The coroner says one person died at the scene and two others died at a hospital. The extent of the survivors' injuries was not immediately known.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

Birth: Gillespie

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Camryn Layne Gillespie
Camryn Layne Gillespie

A daughter, Camryn Layne Gillespie, was born at 8:54 a.m. on May 14, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown to Loren and Patrick Gillespie of Jim Thorpe.

She was 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Camryn was welcomed home by an older sister, Logan, who is 3.

Maternal grandparents are Clifford and Kathleen Hurley of Jim Thorpe. Maternal great-grandmother is Evelyn McGavin.

Carbon swears in first female DA Jean Engler takes over for Dobias

Saturday, August 30, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Assistant District Attorney Jean A. Engler, right, places her hand on the Bible, held by her siblings, attorneys Joseph and Jane Engler, during her swearing in ceremony as Carbon County's new district attorney. Engler, who is the first female district attorney in the county, replaces Gary F. Dobias, who served in the position for 22 years, eight months.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Assistant District Attorney Jean A. Engler, right, places her hand on the Bible, held by her siblings, attorneys Joseph and Jane Engler, during her swearing in ceremony as Carbon County's new district attorney. Engler, who is the first female district attorney in the county, replaces Gary F. Dobias, who served in the position for 22 years, eight months.

Jean A. Engler is Carbon County's first female district attorney.

On Friday afternoon, Engler was sworn in by the Honorable Richard W. Webb in front of family, friends, colleagues and former District Attorney Gary F. Dobias, who retired from the office Friday. Engler has served in the capacity of first assistant district attorney since January, and as an assistant district attorney since 1989.

President Judge Roger Nanovic welcomed everyone to the event.

He then turned it over to Webb, who called Engler to the floor.

CCEDC is hosting challenge for entrepreneur hopefuls

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Do you have a business idea, but don't know if it would work?

If so, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation is challenging you to follow your dreams.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, CCEDC will host the first Build Your American Dream Challenge, an eight-session challenge aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs with business ideas work through the process of starting a small business.