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Saturday, December 22, 2012
larry neff/ special to the times news

A woman was seriously injured Friday morning after losing control of her vehicle while traveling south on Route 209 in Summit Hill. The crash occurred at 11 a.m. as the driver was descending the south side of Bugzie's mountain. The unit crossed the roadway entering the east berm where it impacted with a tree rolling onto its roof. The victim was extricated from the wreckage by members of the Diligence Fire Company, Summit Hill, and the Lansford Fire Department. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics. Summit Hill fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
 Carol Zickler/TIMES NEWS Essay winners were named at the DARE graduation in the Nesquehoning Elementary School. Prizes were awarded to, front l-r, Katrina Horvath and Gavin Brossman ($25 Walmart gift cards), Chucky Byers and Megan Pascoe (BMX Freestyle bikes); second row l-r, Nathan Ragin and Jenna Dubosky (Apple I Pads), Jake Taras and Hailey Harvilla (I Pod Shuffles), and back l-r, Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith, students Mark Clewell and Sienna Rickert (XBox 360), and principal Mary Figura.

This year the DARE program graduated 132 fifth grade students under the direction of Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith at the Nesquehoning Elementary School.

The program was sponsored by various people and organizations. Some of the sponsors were Panther Creek Cogeneration Plant (the main contributor), Kovatch Corporation, Atty. Michael Greek, the Nesquehoning VFW, the Nesquehoning Lions Club, and Mayor Tony Walck.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Buck Mountain # 2 Tunnel, the fourth worst Abandoned Mine Drainage into the Lehigh River, is undergoing a mitigation project led by Abigail Pattishall of the Wildlands Conservancy.

The 103-mile long Lehigh River, a major water artery of Northeastern Pennsylvania, flows through 10 counties, and in doing so provides environmental and recreational opportunities which attract anglers, rafters, kayakers, bikers, environmentalists and historical tourists to the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution - a river in a constant battle to overcome the environment damage of that industrial past.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Brandon Mundos displays the United States Marine Corps flag that served as a daily inspiration for him to realize a dream of becoming a Marine.

Fresh and newly minted as a recent graduate of Parris Island, Brandon Mundos stood straight and proud as a United States Marine. He wore his hard-won uniform of dress blues with dignity at the Veterans Day ceremony at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert. He was only a Marine for two days but he already felt part of a unique brotherhood. It was "a belonging" he had been searching for all his life.

His early growing up years is fodder for a Lifetime movie.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Those who don't want to be alone on Christmas or cook for just one or two people, are invited to Emmanuel U.C.C., 509 Hamilton St., Bowmanstown, for Christmas dinner.

Dinner will be served from 3-6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

No reservations are needed and all are welcome.

For more information, call (610) 852-2707, or by email at

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Lehighton Wal-Mart has contributed $2,000 to Feed A Neighbor Food Pantry of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. Girvin Janicki, right, manager of the Wal-Mart, presents check to Barry Shupp, chairperson of Mission Outreach, which administers the food pantry at the church, while looking on are, l-r, Kenneth Leffler, administrative assistant of Zion UCC, and Rev. Allen Heckman, pastor. Leffler said Wal-Mart contacted the church and said funding is available. He said he applied for $1,000 but was surprised with the $2,000 donation.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A tractor-trailer fire and a fatal accident, several miles apart but going on simultaneously, last night closed the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Mahoning Valley and Lehigh Valley exits.

The tractor-trailer fire happened first at about 7 p.m. about a mile north of the tunnel.

The Bowmanstown and Parryville Fire Departments were dispatched. Reportedly the vehicle was fully involved in fire when the firefighters reached the scene.

As the firefighters battled the blaze, an accident occurred just south of the tunnel.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
special to the times news Autumn Gilbert of Weatherly, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem's one-millionth guest, with Curt Mosel, ArtsQuest Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations.

BETHLEHEM - Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the holiday festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, welcomed the one-millionth visitor in its history when Autumn Gilbert entered the event.

Gilbert, a resident of Weatherly, was attending the event for the very first time.

In recognition of the special occasion, Gilbert will receive four Christkindlmarkt season passes for life.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
A tall reach

When you have to absolutely, positively reach your work on high, an industrial crane like this one working in Jim Thorpe might be just what what the doctor ordered.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
special to the times news St. Luke's Internist David W. Leh, MD with Tamaqua resident Matthew Zuber, Temple/St. Luke's Medical School class of 2015 during holiday reception held for medical students of Temple/St. Luke's Medical School.

BETHLEHEM – Sixty medical students were honored at a holiday reception hosted by Richard A. Anderson, President & CEO of St. Luke's University Health Network, and Joel C. Rosenfeld, MD, M. Ed, FACS, Chief Academic Officer of St. Luke's University Health Network & Senior Associate Dean of The Temple University School of Medicine .