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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.

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.

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.

PV board debates e-cigs District will decide if no-smoking policy applies

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Panther Valley School District has a stringent "no smoking" policy on school grounds.

Can this policy be applied to electronic cigarettes?

The matter was discussed during a meeting of the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday. The topic came up because people were seen using electronic cigarettes during the "Meet the Panthers" program on Wednesday.

As a result, the school board's policy committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the board room to make revisions that will outlaw the e-cigarettes.

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.

Residents want disclosure on flood zone

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Representing the Raising the House charity, in memory of Towamensing Elementary teacher Blaine R. House, who passed away in May 2013, Kelli Costenbader, left, and Adrianne Allen thank council for this year's support and ask to hold 5K run in the borough next March as well.
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Representing the Raising the House charity, in memory of Towamensing Elementary teacher Blaine R. House, who passed away in May 2013, Kelli Costenbader, left, and Adrianne Allen thank council for this year's support and ask to hold 5K run in the borough next March as well.

In addition to addressing some residents' concerns about mounting flood insurance premiums within the borough, several other topics were discussed at Thursday's Palmerton Borough Council meeting.

In regard to the flood insurance, Franklin Avenue resident Patricia Bodor said when she purchased her home in 2005 and contracted additional work on it, she had no idea it was located in a high-risk flood zone.

Strong storms possible Sunday into Monday

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some showers and thunderstorms Sunday night into Sunday night into Monday could produce locally heavy rain, potentially leading to flooding in poor drainage areas.

A few thunderstorms Sunday into Sunday night could be strong to marginally severe with gusty winds.

The forecast:

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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.

Car seat check in Lehighton

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A free car seat checkup at Walmart, 1204 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., on Sept. 16. The event is sponsored by Blue Mountain Health System and the Pennsylvania State Police.

A safety specialist will be on hand to make sure the seat has not been recalled, if it is installed correctly in the vehicle and that the child fits properly into the seat. They will also provide information on new updates on car seat recommendations, as well as when to turn a baby's car seat around to face forward in the vehicle and when a child should use a booster seat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014