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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Flu vaccinations will be available at the Diakon Living & Learning After 50 Expo, set for Tuesday at the Fairlane Village Mall.

The vaccination clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To be administered by certified Walgreens pharmacists, vaccines will be available for people over 18 years of age.

They will be available at no cost to people without health insurance, courtesy of Walgreens.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A second elderly woman has died as the result of a three-vehicle crash on Monday morning in Monroe County.

Stroud Regional police said the accident took the lives of Jean Singlemann, 78, and Mae L. Rienstra, 76, both of East Stroudsburg. Singlemann was flown from the scene to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where she was pronounced dead at 3:19 p.m. Reinstra died at the scene and was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m. by county coroner Bob Allen.

Lehigh County coroner Scott Grim said an autopsy revealed Singlemann died of multiple blunt-force injuries.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's continued efforts to modernize and improve customer service, the department has launched an online survey to collect public feedback on safety, education and mobility needs to help guide future mobile service development.

The survey is available until Nov. 12 at www.dot.state.pa.us on the "Submit Feedback" page.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 15th annual Lights On Afterschool program will take place across the country on Thursday.

In Carbon County, the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE and Career Academy will hold a special assembly for the community at 5 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe.

All are welcome to attend.

This year's theme is "10 Years and Still Shining."

Following the program, light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the SHINE Afterschool office at 570-325-2771 or email mbecker@lccc.edu.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How many photos have you taken of fall foliage?

Submit your photos to be included in our photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Upload your fall foliage photos by noon Oct. 29 at www.tnonline.com/contact/photos. All fall photos submitted will be entered into a drawing. Two lucky winners will get a $25 gift certificate for ice cream at Claude's Creamery in Palmerton.

Long after the leaves fall from trees, it will still be the season for ice cream.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco pray during a vigil in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Saturday before the two-week meeting of bishops aimed at making the church's teaching on sex, marriage, divorce and homosexuality relevant to today's Catholics.

The Vatican and Pope Francis appear to be leaning toward a more conciliatory attitude about gays and divorced people.

But recent statements by bishops in session might be ruffling feathers.

On Monday at the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, senior clerics reviewing Catholic teachings on family called on the Roman Catholic Church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

A preliminary report issued by bishops said homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Members of Andreas Post 5069 recently donated $1,000 to the DAV van program. From left are Senior Vice Commander Nevin Fritz, Commander Ernest Daubenspeck and Junior Vice Chairman James Martinez. Second row, from left, are trustee Glenn Stevens, sergeant-at-arms Carl Yacovelli, quartermaster Harold Osenbach, trustee Mahlon Shaffer, trustee Paul Stahler, chaplain David Houser and secretary Eugene Schaeffer.

When World War I ended in 1918, the nation got a close look at one of the results the more than 200,000 wounded who returned home.

All over the country, servicemen and servicewomen picked up their lives, some missing an arm or a leg, some blind or deaf, some fighting issues related to mental stress and some with breathing problems.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today would be a good day to be a duck.

Meteorologists are calling for heavy rain, and possibly even late season thunderstorms, as a front moves through the region over the next two days.

According to the National Weather Service, up to an inch of rain is possible during the day. But temperatures should remain unseasonably warm with highs near 75.

Thursday is expected to have lingering showers as the front pushes east. Total rainfall is expected to be up to an inch-and-a-half, but don't count out higher totals in some areas in the region.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A young man escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon after the car he was driving impacted a set of guardrails in Nesquehoning.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. as the man was driving south on Route 93, just after the truck runoff.

The driver lost control of the vintage Jaguar, crossing the three lanes of the roadway and impacting the guardrails along the northbound berm.

The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

Nesquehoning police are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Coaldale police are warning residents of an increase in phone scams and mail fraud.

The scams vary in nature, but most involve a suspect contacting the victim by phone and telling them they are the subject of a government investigation.

The government agency they supposedly represent varies by the victim's location.

The caller tells the victim they have to send money through various means to keep from being arrested.

In some cases, suspects alter their caller identification display to be that of a governmental agency.