Tuesday, September 27, 2016

For many Lehighton residents, it was a quick stop to pick up keys, screws and other household items.

But, come 5 p.m. Friday, Lehighton Hardware will shut its doors for good after more than 90 years in business.

Store co-owner Scott Griffith cited increased operating expenses, along with lower profit margins, rising taxes and increased competition as the primary reasons why the decision was made to close the store.

Griffith, who lives in Chicago, co-owns the store with his two sisters, Jane, of Villanova, and Georgene, of Schnecksville.

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while we meet someone and there is instant chemistry and a new friendship blooms.

That was the case for me when I met my new friend Andy. I knew Andy and his wife, Pauline, had an interesting story to share, so I set up an interview, even though I had never met them before.

Andy went for 60 years before he met someone he wanted to marry. It was a good deed on his part that brought Pauline into his life. Andy has a pontoon boat he uses to travel the 26 canals in his community.

In a report released this past July by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia field office, we were staggered to find that 3,300 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania last year. This is a nearly 25 percent increase from a year earlier. The way things are going, DEA projections predict that there will be another substantial increase in drug overdose deaths this year.

The Collings Foundation believes nothing tells the story of World War II quite like a chance to get close and personal with weapons of the air.

The nonprofit, educational group from Stow, Massachusetts, was started in 1979 to support living history. Their idea is to allow the opportunity for not just exhibits, but interaction to enable the public to learn more about heritage through direct participation.

In the beginning, the foundation promoted antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festival.

Mortgage foreclosure

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Columbus, Ohio, has filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Reginald Fordham, South Richmond Hill, New York, over a property at 286 Penn Forest Trail, Lot 1665, Albrightsville.

Sought is judgment in the amount of $117,028.84, plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs.

Judgments recorded

The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, has placed on record a judgment entered in its favor by Magisterial District Justice William Kissner of Palmerton.