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Friday, August 10, 2012

Joseph Engler Jr. of Jim Thorpe was admitted to the practice of law before the Courts of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of that state. He is a son of Attorney and Mrs. W. Joseph Engler. He will serve in a legal clerkship under Federal District Court Judge Emmet Charles, starting Sept. 1. He is a graduate of St. Joseph's School, Jim Thorpe; Marian High School, and Boston College Law School.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Weeds and grass are growing fast during this hot, humid summer, and that's causing headaches for Lansford.

The borough closed its code enforcement office in May to cut costs, and handed police the job of dealing with property owners who fail to keep their yards under control.

John Williams, of 238 E. Ridge Street visited a borough council meeting on Wednesday to ask what the borough could do to persuade a neighbor to cut the weeds that are so thick and high they have begun to stain the siding of his house.

Friday, August 10, 2012
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Representing the West End Rotary Club (WERC) Jim Mannello, chairman of the Bear 5k run and Jill Rehrig, president, presented a check for $1,200 to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization. It is a transformational learning program for 8 to 13 year-old girls that teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Penn Forest Township

The Penn Forest Township Municipal Offices, located at 2010 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe, will be closed on Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 20-22 for employee training. Please plan accordingly.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A meteor shower occurring this weekend has sky watchers hopeful for starry nights.

The Perseid meteor shower will be best tomorrow morning - weather permitting - but also will have some shooting stars present Sunday and Monday mornings.

According to earthsky.org, after midnight is the best time for meteor-watching. The moon will be there, but getting thinner every morning.

Friday, August 10, 2012
AP Photo Fans gather under the grandstand after last Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway was postponed due to rain. The storms also sparked a number of lightning strikes, one of which killed a Lackawanna County man. Travis Rauch, a lightning-stike survivor, said he remembers seeing his life flash before his eyes.

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) A man struck by lightning at last weekend's NASCAR race in Pennsylvania said he saw a brilliant flash of white and sparks flying off his hand before losing consciousness.

Travis Rauch, 35, one of 10 lightning-strike victims at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, said he was struck while helping a fellow race fan whose canopy was blowing away outside the track. One of the bolts killed a 41-year-old man as severe storms moved into the area and cut short the Pennsylvania 400.

Rauch suffered a burn on his right hand. He was released from the hospital on Monday.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Downtown Lehighton will be converted into a motorcyclists' assemblage tomorrow.

The 14th annual Bike Night will be held from noon to 8 p.m. around the Lehighton Park. The event always attracts hundreds of motorcyclists who participate in a poker run, biker games, and merely show off their vehicles.

This year's event is sponsored by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee. Proceeds will benefit the LDIC.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 and next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Friday, August 10, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Steven M. Schock, 36, of Lehighton, walks from his preliminary hearing at District Justice Ed Lewis' office in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday afternoon. Seven charges were filed against Schock for a motor vehicle accident that caused serious injuries to Jim Thorpe Fire Chief William H. Diehm on July 7.

A Lehighton man who was driving a United Parcel Service (UPS) van that struck Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, July 7 is facing seven charges, with the most serious being aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI).

A preliminary arraignment for Steven M. Schock, 36, was held Wednesday before District Justice Ed Lewis, with bail set at 10 percent of $50,000. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15.