Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nesquehoning was a bustling hub of visitors Saturday during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour.
The seven churches of the borough, as well as the site of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was torn down following the church consolidation a few years ago, opened their doors to tours and to tell the rich history that lay within the walls.
Bill Gardiner, historical society member, said that the event was "the greatest idea," citing that people from Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Whitehall and beyond came to see the beauty that the churches possess.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The cold air was heavy with a cathartic expression of collective grief.
They gathered Saturday at 6:30 p.m. around the gazebo in Palmerton Borough park, arriving in groups of two or
three or more, typically with heads bowed.

All expressed the same sentiment: "I can't believe this happened."

The candlelight vigil was arranged by Melissa Hollenbach, Palmerton, mother of two of four teens killed Friday night in a fiery-two car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Four teenagers were killed Friday night when their car strayed into the oncoming lane of Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township and hit another car, injuring its occupants, driver Stacy Peddigree, 18, of Lehighton and passenger Tim Shiner, 22, of Palmerton.

State police at Lehighton say speed was a factor in the horrific crash.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

At about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman kneels before a scorched tree rising from a patch of blackened earth along Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, her sobs echoing through the chill air.

A group of people huddles around her, hands in their coat pockets, some with their shoulders hunched, all with tears trickling down their faces. The sharp, acrid smell of burned fuel lingers.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

State police at Lehighton are withholding the names of four people killed Friday night in a horrific crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township until relatives have been notified.

According to a news release issued at 1:32 a.m. today by Trooper Fiorey, the two-car crash happened at 8:25 p.m. Friday at 1650 Dairy Road. Ages have not been released, but based on Facebook and Twitter posts it is believed the victims were teens.

Two others were taken by Lehighton and Palmerton ambulance crews to hospitals further evaluation.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford
Saturday, December 20, 2014
larry neff/special to the times news

A member of the Aquashicola Fire Department is next to burned vehicles on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, Friday night. The fiery crash claimed the lives of several people. Identification of the victims wasn't available last night.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The true meaning of Christmas can sometimes get lost with all the commercialism this time of year.

What is the real meaning of Christmas?

Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets?

Is this really Christmas?

Every so often you come across a person who really knows what this season is all about.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A police officer looks over scene of fatal crash Friday in Lower Towamensing Township. Reports from the scene said three - possibly four - people died in the two vehicle collison on Dairy Road.

A fiery crash Friday night on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, about a mile from Palmerton High School, has resulted in the deaths of several people.

Unconfirmed reports at the scene indicate that as many as three – possibly four - people were killed.

Neither the dispatcher at the Lehighton barracks of the state police nor the Carbon County Telecommunication Commission would verify the report.

A state police reconstruction was on the scene at presstime.

Police expected Dairy Road to be closed most of the night. Dairy Road is a narrow, two-lane street.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened Wednesday along Route 940 in Mount Pocono.

Police are looking for a white man driving a dark colored pickup. The incident happened near Devil's Hole Road.

The victim was walking on the shoulder of the road at 6 p.m. when the man pulled over and and threatened the victim, who was able to escape.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 570-895-2400.