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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.

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.

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.

Child severely beaten

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police throughout Carbon County are looking for a 31-year-old male, a suspect in a case involving an assault on a 5-year-old boy and the theft of a gun and bullets. Friday afternoon police were called to a home at 138 Mauch Chunk Road in the Packerton section of Mahoning Township where the assault and theft occurred. The mother of the child reported the child suffered a fracture of the eye socket, his ear drum was damaged and his hair was pulled out by blotches by his assailant, her brother.

When did we all become guys?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

I would like to challenge your readers a little bit.

How far back did all this start? I'm talking about the phrase we hear every day in the marketplace, on the street and in the restaurant. It is: "Hi, guys!"

My wife and I are in our 70s, and whenever we enter a restaurant (the only luxury we will enjoy) the servers come over and say, "Hi, guys!"

My wife looks at me and says, "When did I turn into a guy?"

Did all this happen in the '40s, when women stopped wearing dresses and started wearing slacks?

Haven pulls away from PV

Saturday, August 30, 2014
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer (55) and Schuylkill Haven's Preston Gehring go after a fumble in the Hurricane backfield. For more pictures from the Panthers' game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Dylan Moyer (55) and Schuylkill Haven's Preston Gehring go after a fumble in the Hurricane backfield. For more pictures from the Panthers' game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Schuylkill Haven head coach Mike Farr always worries when he has to play Panther Valley at the PV Stadium.

For three quarters on Friday night, Farr was still waiting for his Hurricanes to take control against first year head coach Matt Davis' Panthers.

And they did.

Will Casella scored four of Haven's five touchdowns on the night and helped his team pull away from the Panthers for a 34-12 in the Anthracite Football League opener for both.

The fat lady sings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An old show business saying states that "It's not over until the fat lady sings." There can be a few different interpretations of that statement, but the one I choose to use is this: This fat lady is singing. My time as a newspaper columnist is over.

Yes, I tried everything to keep writing. No, it hasn't worked. The Dragon works a little, but it has become increasingly difficult for me to correct words using the program. I have knocked out entire columns after meticulously preparing them for publication.

Rednecks have their festival

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

If a decorative washer and dryer pair are at an entrance, and the bar stools have been fashioned from toilet seats, you might be at a redneck festival. The annual Weissport Redneck Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend. Among the events is photography with horror flick characters. Front, covered in Spandex, is Chase Faulstick, Palmerton. From left are Adam Driscoll, Scranton, seated "victim" Cody Hunsicker, Lehighton, and Charles Knight, Palmerton. They were in a booth for Halls of Horror, Palmerton.

Welsh-Donohue

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sarah E. Welsh and Joshua R. Donohue
Sarah E. Welsh and Joshua R. Donohue

The parents of Sarah E. Welsh of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Joshua R. Donohue of Jersey City, New Jersey, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Janet V. and David S. Welsh of Lansdale. A graduate of North Penn High School and Susquehanna University, she is employed as the regional educational executive at L'Oreal in New York City.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mary Ellen Donohue of Lake Hauto and the late Ricky H. Donohue, and the grandson of Beryl and Charles "Brum" Donohue of Tamaqua.

Regionalize the police department

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

In regard to the police department in Franklin Township, a resident has said he moved into the township because the township has a great police department.

I'd like to know where he came from, because I do not think he moved here only because of the police department. I believe he moved here to get away from the crime in the city or the suburbs. Unfortunately the crime in the city is also moving into the area.

Grants available for nonprofits

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Applications for grants from The Henry L. Mickley Mabel S. Fravel Charitable Trust are now being accepted for the year 2014.

Applications are available at Slatington Borough Hall, Washington Township Municipal Building and First Niagara Bank at 502 Main Street Slatington.

The two main criteria are: the organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the money must be used for recreation in Washington Township and/or the borough of Slatington.

Yoga class, ride to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Amy O'Brien of Mahoning Valley leads her yoga class through some stretching exercises at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The yoga class will be held as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8

Since July 11, 2012, six people have remained alive thanks to the generosity of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who was an organ donor when she died as the result of an accident that day in Richmond, Virginia.

Leone, then 21, was a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia. Born in Lehighton and a graduate of Marion High School, Leone was much decorated and was posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist.

ATV crash in northeastern Pa. kills 1, injures

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MESHOPPEN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say an all-terrain vehicle carrying four people struck a rock wall and rolled over, killing one of them.

State police say the three others were injured in the accident Friday night in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County.

Officials say 38-year-old Jeremy Mowry of nearby Meshoppen died of his injuries.

Police haven't yet identified the cause of the crash.

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.

Lehighton couple wed 60 years

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz
Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz

Mr. and Mrs. James Wentz of Lehighton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

They were married in Zion United Church of Christ on Aug. 28, 1954, by the Rev. Alton Leister.

Mrs. Wentz is the former Shirley Hill, daughter of the late Robert and Geraldine Clay Hill of Lehighton. Mr. Wentz is the son of the late William and Beatrice Shellhammer Wentz of Parryville.

They have four children: Garry, Gregory and Scott, who is married to Patricia, all of Parryville, and Sherryl Armbruster of Lehighton.

They have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

No Header!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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.

New NCC campus open in Tannersville

Saturday, August 30, 2014
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Northampton Community College campus opened Monday.
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Northampton Community College campus opened Monday.

Close to 2,000 students will make history this week when they become the first students to take classes on what may be the only brand new full-service college campus in the country.

Some of them even showed up early for 8 a.m. classes on Monday, the first day of the semester to participate in a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony heralding the official opening of "NCC Monroe" a branch campus of Northampton Community College.

"I'm speechless," said Student Governance president Carla Garis as she surveyed the buildings and the spacious courtyard.

Arway urges EPA to help Susquehanna River

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway is seeking help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help identify the factors contributing to the poor health of the Susquehanna River and begin taking steps to improve the river's condition "before it becomes too late to repair the damage."

Medicare part D enrollment

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a Medicare Part D open enrollment program with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the ground floor community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

About the NCC CAMPUS

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ÿ Advanced building envelope materials and lighting system controls that minimize energy usage.

Ÿ Solar panels that will provide about 40 percent of the campus annual electrical needs.

Ÿ Geothermal system that will provide 100 percent of the cooling and heating requirement.

Ÿ It is located on 78 acres of land with spectacular views of Mount Pocono and the Delaware Water Gap,

Jim Thorpe 'runs over' Minersville

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MINERSVILLE After graduating two all-state quarterbacks in the last two years and starting this season with two signal callers who had a total of five games varsity experience between them, Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger still felt confident that his team could step up and defend its AFL title.

Friday night's 35-0 victory over Minersville is an indication that his belief may prove to be true.

Fishing for fun at the fair

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

Jayson Reece, 4, of Philadelphia, and Charlotte Hummel, 3,of Walnutport, were fishing for some fun at the West End Fair. And boy, did they catch some big fun. Charlotte says she liked playing games, and Jayson's highlight of the day was holding an alligatorat the "Kachunga & The Alligator Show" which is a daily attractionall week at the fair. The fair, located near Route 209 in Gilbert,concludes tonight. For more photos, see our gallery @tnonline.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.

3 ways insurers discourage sick from enrolling

Saturday, August 30, 2014
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C.

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling.

Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul.

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.

VALOR Clinic battles vandalism

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Baylis shows the broken Jonas Hotel sign post that someone destroyed, just one incident of a series of vandalism at the newly formed VALOR Clinic for homeless veterans.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mark Baylis shows the broken Jonas Hotel sign post that someone destroyed, just one incident of a series of vandalism at the newly formed VALOR Clinic for homeless veterans.

Mark Baylis is stymied. He just can't understand why anyone would want to cause damage to VALOR Clinic in Jonas.

VALOR's co-founder is referring to a series of vandalism incidents that has recently occurred since volunteers began renovating the former Jonas Hotel in July.

First there was flooding on the first floor.

The first time it might have been an accident, but by the second and third time, it was determined someone was opening all the radiators' bleeding valves.

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.

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