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Monday, August 1, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are three of many fire trucks located at the staging area along Pole Road in Schuylkill Township.

Firefighters responded in force around 3 p.m. Sunday to a large brush fire that started in the area of Pole Road, one mile off North Catawissa Road, in Schuylkill Township, near Tuscarora.

Reportedly, the fire claimed more than 500 square feet of shrubbery and a piece of heavy equipment.

Responding in addition to the Forestry Department and local police were firefighters, brush trucks and tanker trucks from Tuscarora, Delano, Mary D, Tamaqua, Hometown, Quakake, Brockton and others.

Monday, August 1, 2011

An 88-year-old West Penn Township man died after he fell from his boat at Mauch Chunk Lake over the weekend.

On Saturday, around 1:30 p.m., Edward W. Sestakauskas, who was fishing on the lake, fell overboard after his boat capsized. He was found unresponsive and was life flighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he passed away.

Attempts to reach the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission were unsuccessful as of press time.

Sestakauskas was the husband of the late Anna (Crevanus) Sestakauskas. He was an Army veteran, having served in World War II.

Monday, August 1, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS John Drury of Jim Thorpe, who is active in rehabilitating old buildings, shows a picture of the old judging stand at the former Carbon County Fair in Lehighton to the Lehighton Borough Council. The stand still exists and Drury would like to see it restored.

John Drury of Jim Thorpe, who has been involved with rehabilitating old buildings for nearly 45 years, is urging Lehighton Borough Council to save a judging stand that is more than a century old. The weathered, wooden structure had been utilized at the old Carbon County Fair when it was held in Lehighton.

Drury also feels that a historical society should be formed in Lehighton.

Drury said he has been involved in giving new life to old buildings since 1969.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What can I do to protect myself against the flu?

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older, especially people at high risk for developing serious complications from flu, get vaccinated each season.

What are other steps that can be taken to prevent flu illness?

Ÿ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since Feb. 24, 2010 when CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for "universal" flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
ron gower/times news

Three-year-old Mia Matika reaches for tube while swimming at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool. According to Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, the pool has been crowded most days this summer because of the hot weather. The pool was completely renovated and has various sprinklers and slides, as well as a large area for toddlers like Mia.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Coaldale man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home received a state prison sentence imposed by President Judge William E. Baldwin in the Schuylkill County Court. Six others who pleaded guilty were also sentenced.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

An East Stroudsburg man is behind bars after being arraigned on 60 counts involving sexual assaults on three young boys.

The incidents in question allegedly occurred in Gilbert.

Shawn Michael Kyttle, 20, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge JoLana Krawitz of Stroudsburg.

The youth were ages 3, 5, and 6.

Kyttle was arrested after Trooper Patrick Finn of the Lehighton barracks of the state police and Kate Croll of the Monroe County Children and Youth conducted an investigation of the sexual assault of the three children.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing left toright are Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan andPast President Barbara Belón. Seated are Virginia Ellen, a New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue volunteer, and two of her friends who are looking for families to adopt them.

Virginia Ellen, a New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue volunteer, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club.

She discussed the dog rescue, which is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Australian Shepherds and Aussie mixes in the United States and Canada.

Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant.

Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.For more information, call (610) 377-9706, e-mail LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Jenna Trilli, Lehighton Area School District - "Yes. I want to meet my new teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman."

Now that it's almost August, are you looking forward to going back to school? Why or why not?