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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.

The beggars and other topics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

A man in Tamaqua asked me for 40 cents before I went into the pharmacy. I was really shocked. He didn't ask me for a job. He asked me for money. "Give them a hand up and not a handout." Don't give beggars money because they might be on drugs. Donate to the rescue mission. There are homeless people in Tamaqua but no homeless shelter around here.

A woman in a different part of America has to beg for food! Some people want to make begging illegal. They want people to starve and die. They don't care about people. The community doesn't care.

Tour of the Town

Saturday, August 30, 2014
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Visitors to Jim Thorpe can learn about the history and architecture of some of the oldest buildings in the borough through the Mauch Chunk Historical Society's new app "Tour Jim Thorpe."
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Visitors to Jim Thorpe can learn about the history and architecture of some of the oldest buildings in the borough through the Mauch Chunk Historical Society's new app "Tour Jim Thorpe."

Smartphone app provides guide to historic Jim Thorpe

Want to know a brief history of the Harry Packer Mansion?

Love the architecture of many of the buildings in Jim Thorpe and want to know more about them?

There's an app that can help.

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society recently created the "Tour Jim Thorpe" app for iPhones and Androids.

The app helps visitors learn about the history of some of the most historic places in Jim Thorpe using their smartphones. It costs $0.99.

Tigers' defense shines in opener

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Tigers' defense shines in opener
Copyright 2014

While Northwestern coach Josh Snyder wasn't quite sure what to expect from Notre Dame, he did know what to expect from his team. In the end, that made all the difference as the Tigers opened their season with a 32-6 win over the Crusaders.

Harry Hall led the charge offensively with 139 yards rushing on 20 carries and the senior-laden defense did its job for Northwestern.

Goodnight, Jennifer Love, Daddy

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I see those four words in my Facebook news feed every night.

Every night for over a year now.

It is a message to an angel in Heaven that my friend Jim posts each night since the passing of his beautiful daughter, because he misses her terribly and his heart still aches for her.

Thirty-year-old Jennifer, who had a smile that "brightened the darkest days," waged war against cancer for three years before her body succumbed to the disease.

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.

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.

Marriage licenses

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Carbon County

Corey Scott Rohlfing and Krista Lynn Steber, of Jim Thorpe.

Carl Henry Caso, Weatherly, and Jennifer Marie Clark, Swoyersville.

Glenn Evans Gehret and Robin Sue Weiland, Albrightsville.

Corey Allen Neff and Amber Marie Zellner, Palmerton.

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.

Reader's turn: Aug. 30

Saturday, August 30, 2014
"I've had springers or Labs all my life, even got them out of the pound, and they are great dog breeds. Sometimes people give up on a dog, and it's not the dog's fault. They are good retrievers and great around the house." Jack Tuite and Sandy, Tamaqua
"I've had springers or Labs all my life, even got them out of the pound, and they are great dog breeds. Sometimes people give up on a dog, and it's not the dog's fault. They are good retrievers and great around the house." Jack Tuite and Sandy, Tamaqua

Question of the week: What breed of dog is the most awesome, and why?

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.

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.

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.

Irish open campaign at home with Rice

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Any success Notre Dame's football team has this season will depend on the offense. An offense that can score a lot of points will be the key for the Irish in 2014.

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.

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.

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.

Snerr leads Marian past WV

Saturday, August 30, 2014
bob ford/times news Marian’s Nico Agosti (27) fights off the tackle attempt of Williams Valley’s Ryan Harris. For more pictures from the Colts’ game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.
bob ford/times news Marian’s Nico Agosti (27) fights off the tackle attempt of Williams Valley’s Ryan Harris. For more pictures from the Colts’ game visit the Times News photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Last year in Marian's season opener, KJ Snerr spent most of the night sitting in the emergency room. The Colts' quarterback seriously inured his shoulder on the first play of the 2013 campaign against Lehighton and missed most of the season.

2014 however, is a much different story. Snerr showed that his shoulder is stronger than ever along with his ability to run the football. Now a running back, Snerr came up with big play after big play for the Colts on Friday night, helping them capture an 18-7 non-league victory over a tough Williams Valley team from the Tri-Valley League.

Lehighton rolls past Mahanoy Area

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MAHANOY CITY It's usually a disadvantage to have your defense on the field most of the time.

At Lehighton, though, it may be the best option.

Friday night at Mahanoy Area, the Indians forced five first-half turnovers two of which were returned for touchdowns as they opened up a huge halftime lead and cruised to a 47-12 victory in their first-ever Anthracite League contest.

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.

The joke is on PennDOT

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is there any wonder there have been so many jokes made about the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation over the years, until you drive on the roads in Pennsylvania, then you realize why.

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.

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."

ON THIS DATE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30, 1979

Few people in the village of New Columbus, known for its lovers of opera, knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue.

The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tennessee is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew.

Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

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.

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