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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DOYLESTOWN (AP) Officials say a woman from western New York state was killed over the weekend when her kayak overturned in the Delaware River in suburban Philadelphia.

The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports the 50-year-old woman from North Tonawanda was kayaking with relatives as part of an annual outing.

But officials say fast-moving water prevented them from stopping at Prahls Island in the Virginia Forest Recreation Area, and the woman's kayak overturned and she became stuck.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua's Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Bungalow Park on Monday opened to residents of the Panther Valley towns for the day while the Lansford Community Pool was repaired.

A friendly gesture of neighborly support took place in the Panther Valley-Tamaqua area during one of the hottest days of the year.

On Monday, some patrons of the closed Lansford Community Pool beat the heat in neighboring Tamaqua.

The Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Bungalow Park opened its gates to neighbors from Lansford, Coaldale, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning. Almost immediately, both the main pool and the children's pool were busy.

"We've already had quite a few," said manager Adrian Bumbulsky on a sweltering Monday afternoon in muggy, 90-degree heat.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Late last year, the Lehighton school board announced its intention to renovate the four elementary schools in the district.

In April, they voted to switch the project to build a new elementary center instead, which school officials said will cost the same amount as the previous plan. The cost would be $32.5 million, plus another $20 million for work on the middle school and high school.

The motion to approve the switch was passed with a close 5-4 vote.

Board member Rocky Ahner, who voted against the plan, is concerned that the project is moving too quickly.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The S.S. Palmer Elementary School announces the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.

HONOR ROLL

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a concert at 10 a.m. Thursday in the middle school auditorium.

The sixth-eighth grade combined band will perform several pieces, including "Linus and Lucy," "Surprise Symphony," and the rock hit, "Shout."

Selected clarinet, percussion, flute and trombone students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

The highlight of the morning will be the first performance of the beginner band.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Republican Party held a reorganizational meeting on June 20 at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe. Jeremy Glaush, left, was re-elected chairman. Other officers include Lee Becker, who was re-elected as secretary and chaired the reorganizational session; Kay Becker, re-elected treasurer; and Kristen Marks, newly elected vice chairwoman.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A car went off the turnpike, just past the Lehigh tunnel and went over the embankment, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

When crews reached the car in West Bowmans, everyone was O.K., according to scanner reports.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Lansford Community Pool will reopen to visitors Tuesday.
Mary Ann Krajnak, manager of the pool, said that repairs are complete so it will be back to business tomorrow.
She thanked residents for understanding the situation, as well as thanked the staff at the H.D. Buehler Memorial (Bungalow) Pool in Tamaqua for honoring Lansford pool passes Monday.
The Lansford Pool was forced to close after a problem with a pipe arose. The water level of the pool was dropped to allow a contractor to come in and fix the problem.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fire and ambulance crews answered calls to help a snake bite victim at Glen Onoko Falls Saturday night.

The 23-year-old woman was at the third falls, near the top, said Lehigh and Lausanne Rural Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Keith Koch.
The calls went out at about 8 p.m. to Franklin Township, Trachsville and Nesquehoning fire departments, he said.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Kunkletown man who turned a gun on his kidnapper and shot him in the stomach has had his hearing reduced for the second week.

On June 5 at 3 p.m., Albert Jonathan Guzman, 22, of Effort, was shot in the torso by Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, of Kunkletown, according to police.

Frantz was placed under arrest on two counts of aggravated assault and is being held in Monroe County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

District Judge Jolana Krawitz has reduced his bail to $25,000.