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Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.

It was out with the old, and in with the new, during a Flag Retirement Ceremony in Palmerton.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization, in association with Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41, held the event Saturday in the borough park.

Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, welcomed the scant crowd in attendance, and said the ceremony was a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today," Moyer said. "[The purpose of the ceremony] is the respectful retirement of worn out colors of our flag."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Emily Hoehne, 23, of 117 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 1:55 a.m. July 31 at Centre and Bertsch streets in the borough. Hoehne is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom responded to a report of an erratic driver at that time in the area of Springgarden and East Ridge streets.

Monday, September 30, 2013

To promote breast cancer awareness, Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its eighth Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., warm up is at 6:30 p.m., with the walk to follow.

Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Angela Mims of Milford, two-time cancer survivor, will be the speaker for the event.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township will soon be closed to vehicles, officials said.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that due to a recent state inspection, the bridge is in need of another major overhaul.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing on a bridge along the D&L Trail overlooking the remains of the Lehigh Canal Weigh Lock are, l-r, Steve Hlavka of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Robert Heysham Sayre V, whose great-great-great grandfather operated the lock, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

Robert Heysham Sayre IV, 87, a retired beef farmer and his son, Robert Heysham Sayre V, a retired veterinarian came to Jim Thorpe the week of Sept. 23 in search of the heritage of their patriarch, Robert Heysham Sayre.

Robert Heysham Sayre (1824-1907) was a major engineer and industrialist during the blossoming of America's Industrial Revolution. His achievements include: the Backtrack for the Switchback Gravity Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and the Bethlehem Iron Works-forerunner of Bethlehem Steel.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The local boroughs have lifted the quarantine for infantile paralysis.

There were twenty-one special trains on the Jersey Central and eight on the Lehigh Valley, besides that thirty-two regular trains, run from all points to the Allentown fair last Thursday. There were 10,000 more paid admissions than on any Big Thursday since the 50- cent rate of admission was inaugurated, notwithstanding that the children under 16 years of age were barred by the infantile paralysis embargo. This total receipts for the day amounted to $34,120.05.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Shawn Kane

Dangling from rope-supported scaffolding hanging from the top of City Hall, seven stories above the trafficked streets of Philadelphia, seven-year-old Shawn literally learned the ropes of the masonry trade from his father, James Kane.

"We were on rope swings," Shawn Kane said. "They don't use them much anymore."

You usually think of window washers when you think of the type of platform Shawn and his father were on. The platform was attached to the roof by steel hooks, and six-inch diameter hemp ropes that passed through huge pulleys on each end.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Mahoning Township police supplied these photos from a video of suspects believed to have charged $900 on a stolen credit card.

Mahoning Township police said over $900 was charged on a stolen debit card at a store in the township.

Police said that on August 30, suspects utilized stolen debit card numbers to successfully charge items on the account of a 53 year old resident of Nazareth.

Police said the suspects drove a white minivan and used forged duplicate cards in the theft.

They attempted to use several other forged cards which were declined before making the successful purchases using the victims account information, police added.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 a.m. to noon, Parryville Volunteer Fire Co #2, 359 Main Street, Parryville. Call (484) 560-0470.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, 1022 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton. Call (610) 377-5845.

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lehigh High School, One Bulldog Lane, Slatington. Call (610) 767-9832.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ryan Township Fire Hall, 945 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville. Call (570) 225-5364.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Warren Wehr, 83, sits behind the wheel as his brother Tom Wehr, 89, stands beside him. The Lehighton men both still drive, although less than they did when they were younger.

Tom Wehr learned to drive at 16, when Bing Crosby crooned "Only Forever," and pork loin roast went for 49 cents a pound.

The now 89-year old isn't ready to hang up the car keys just yet.

When will he know when it's time to stop driving?

"I haven't figured that out yet," he says. "My memory is good and everything, so I don't think I have a problem so far."

Wehr's brother, Warren, is 83, and also drives.

When will he know it's time?