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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Monroe County coroner's office has identified the victim of a fatal lightning strike that occurred Sunday at the Pocono International Raceway at Long Pond.

Coroner Bob Allen said Brian F. Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, Lackawanna County, was killed by one of two lightning strikes that occurred at the track near the conclusion of the NASCAR Pennsylvania 400 race.

Zimmerman was pronounced dead in the emergency room at the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, at 6:11 p.m. Allen said Zimmerman was standing next to his car when he was struck at about 4:56 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This month's local TV report by Senator Argall focuses on the 'Senator for a Day' program which he hosted at Penn State University's Schuylkill campus in May. The program included 11 local area high schools from the 29th Senatorial District.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO) will present a unique community music festival on Sunday, Aug. 19.

It is the 'Summit Hill Hootenanny!'

This first time community event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Ludlow Park, 114 W. Ludlow St.

What is a Hootenanny?

The Summit Hill Hootenanny is a celebration of the folk music, history, culture, crafts, food and beauty of the borough and the surrounding area.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thirteen area residents were among 80 who were arraigned on criminal charges Monday morning before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Gilberto Luis Rodriguez, 34, of 623 Arlington St., Tamaqua, formerly of York, charged by Tamaqua Patrolmen Thomas Rodgers and Anthony Stanell, betweem last March 7 and 12 with five counts each of delivery of a controlled substance (CS), possession with intent to deliver, and possession, and four counts of criminal use of a cell phone.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, Aug. 12 is the deadline for area residents to contribute to a community-wide effort to collect gently used Tamaqua Area school uniforms, backpacks and school supplies for the 2012-2013 school year. Because of the current economic difficulties, the project's goal is to ease the burden of having area children properly dressed for school.

Monday, August 6, 2012

At the monthly meeting of Lansford town council, Chief Burgess Corrie Breslin ordered members of the town council to appear before him within 10 days or pay a fine of $8 for their alleged parking violation on Saturday, July 28.

Burgess Breslin, who claims poor cooperation from the council as well as the police department, said the borough police department was parked in a restricted area.

After Burgess Breslin made his charge, the borough solicitor told the councilmen to forget about the matter and not pay any attention to the summons.

Monday, August 6, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton High School girls basketball team wash a vehicle as part of the Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event hosted by the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club on Saturday.

Soaps and suds.

That was essentially the scene as the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club hosted a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event.

In return, Dodge made a $20 donation to PHS Basketball Parents' Club for each person who took a short test drive at the event, held Saturday at the Leon George Bus Company along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Three Canadian citizens died in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 81 in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, early Saturday morning.

State police at Frackville said the crash occurred about 2:15 a.m. at mile marker 118.6. All the victims were from Quebec.

Troopers said Joceyln Caron, 52, was northbound when he fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle went onto the west berm and traveled about 300 feet through the grass median before striking a dirt embankment which separates the north and southbound lanes.

Monday, August 6, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Caroline Sterling, 7, of Palmerton, has her fingerprint taken by Pierce Wagner, of the Lehighton Legion No. 621, as part of the CHILD ID PROGRAM (CHIP), during the Kids Fair Saturday in the Palmerton Community Park. Seated next to Wagner is District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Perhaps there's no more important task than to ensure the safety of our children.

To that end, significant steps were taken in that direction as part of a Kids Fair held Saturday in the Palmerton Community Park.

The joint project was sponsored by Lehighton Lodge 621 Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, and the Community Services Committe of the Carbon County Association of Realtor's.

Paula Fritzinger, chairperson of the CCAR Community Services Committee, said the event centered around the safety of the children in communities throughout the county.

Monday, August 6, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Frank Hager Sr and his grandson, Robert Hager, of Hager's Furniture, load a couch into a customer's vehicle on Saturday, the final day of Palmerton's 41st annual Sidewalk Sale.