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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is coming up in August and we're looking for veterans to tell theirstories.

If you, or a relative, served in the war and you are willing to be interviewed, send us an email at or call 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Mark Nalesnik, left, Carbon County Emergency Coordinator, and Bruce Barton, chief of Northeast Search and Rescue, discuss strategy during search for missing 10-year-old girl in Summit Hill Tuesday.

The extensive search for a missing 10-year-old girl in Summit Hill on Tuesday had a happy ending.

The girl was missing for three hours. Her photo was posted on Facebook and the public quickly jumped in to share the word of her disappearance.

The Times News site was one of the locations where her photo was placed.

It worked.

A couple saw the girl's photo and read her description on the social media site. As they were driving, they spotted her leaning against a car.

She was only a block from where the command center was set up for the search.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Here's what you need to know to stay safe, according to the National Weather Service:

Ÿ No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.

Ÿ If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

Ÿ When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: A substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.

Ÿ Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor lightning safety

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Coffee with the Congressman," an open house program in which the public has the opportunity to meet U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Vonz Restaurant, located in the restored railroad station, 18 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh School District athletic director Bryan Geist uses a hand-held lightning detector that sends a signal into the sky and indicates how far away lightning is and how long it would take to approach.

On a July day in 2011, Curtis Lotti and his 8-year-old daughter were watching a football game at a Northampton County sports field when a thunderstorm moved through. They took cover under a tree, where Lotti held an umbrella over his little girl's head.

Suddenly, Lotti told news reporters, he was on the ground, with burns on his legs and a tingling sensation. His daughter's eye hurt and was red.

The two had been struck by lightning.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Katie Wargo/Special to the Times News Summit Hill Historical Society museum curator Maxine Vermillion, from left, presents the $100 Lee Mantz Memorial Scholarship to Panther Valley graduate Jacob Szczecina while Marian graduate Kassandra Mantz receives her award from historical society member Lyle Mantz, who is the brother of the late Lee Mantz, as widow Renee Mantz and mother Mary Ann Mantz watch.

The Summit Hill Historical Society presented Panther Valley graduate Jacob Szczecina and Marian graduate Kassandra Mantz, both of Summit Hill, with the Lee Mantz Memorial Scholarship this year for their active interest in local history and history in general.

The $100 award was presented to each graduate by Summit Hill Historical Society museum curator Maxine Vermillion as part of the 100th anniversary activities at Ludlow Park.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Joshua J. Perchak to Christian Makuta, McAdoo, property at 515 E. Grant St., McAdoo, $93,500.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to RVFM 1, LLC, 76-77 Coxeville, Beaver Meadows, property at 76-77 Coxeville, $7,500.

East Penn Township

Joseph C. Ehritz to Timothy J. Slaw, 138 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lehighton, property at 138 Thomas Jefferson Road, $199,000.

Jim Thorpe

Joseph A. Wetzel Jr. to Cartus Financial Corporation, Danbury, Conn., property at 102 Center St., $161,450.

Kidder Township

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Towamensing Elementary School has announced the students who have achieved principal's list or honor roll for the fourth marking period.

Principal's list

Students who have attained all As in all major subjects.

Third grade: Reilly Burke, Montanna Costenbader, Reiley Dorward, Riley Fallon, Julia Finley, Kira Hauser, Jason Jacoby, Jaylee Jenkins, Elizabeth Levering, Elizabeth Morgan, Natalie Mosier, Taylor Richard, Alysa Roe, Cole Serfass, Hannah Serfass, Gianna Vartholomeos,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Do you decorate your home in red, white and blue to show your patriotism?

Upload your photos at and we'll include it in a photo gallery online. We'll print the best of them in the paper too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chestnuthill Township supervisors on Tuesday night heard concerns about a waiver needed to clean the Merwinsburg Hotel.

Nancy Christman, president of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society, told the supervisors that she and the historical society members would not sign a waiver. The waiver is needed for the members to clean the Merwinsburg Hotel, which the township owns and is in the process of restoring.

"It's not that we don't want to clean the hotel. We do. We just don't want to sign something we don't understand," Christman said.