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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heading down the Lehigh River is a raft crewed by the board of directors of the Wildlands Conservancy and captained by its president, Chris Kocher, center.

After three days of whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, the 16th annual Lehigh River Sojourn completed its 34-mile scenic river adventure.

The Sojourn attracted nearly 300 paddlers, beginning Saturday, June 23 with a whitewater rafting trip through the 10-mile lower Lehigh River Gorge from Drakes Creek to Glen Onoko.

It continued Sunday with a 15-mile kayaking and canoeing section from Jim Thorpe to Walnutport. The sojourn concluded on Monday with the final kayak and canoe leg from Walnutport to Northampton, with a takeout at the Tri-boro Sportsman's Club.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nesquehoning borough is seeking a judgment of over $2 million against Municipal Energy Managers Inc. (MEM), for failing to live up to its contract and receiving over $400,000 from the borough.

Yesterday Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass heard argument from borough solicitor Robert Yurchak for the judgment and heard testimony from a borough official about the monies expended on the failed contract with MEM.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Drug and theft related cases dominated last week's scheduled preliminary hearings in the office of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Michael Joseph Flaherty, 49, of 206 W. Sherman St., McAdoo, waived his hearing on charges filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnick. The charges include possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to manufacture/possess a controlled substance. Another count of criminal conspiracy was withdrawn.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary, Lehigh Township, is having its second annual yard sale July 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tables will be supplied for a fee while quantities last. We will also have refreshments for sale.

The Legion is located at 1140 Municipal Rd., Walnutport. The yard sale will be in the grove to the left of the Legion Post Home.

Anyone who has items they want to donate to the Legion yard sale table should call (610) 703-1976 to make arrangements to either drop off or have items picked up.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More than 60 representatives of the press, radio and television were conducted on a tour of the new Bear Creek Lakes Inc. resort development in Penn Forest Township this afternoon, and all in attendance were lavish in their praise of the natural beauty of the 7,000 acre tract. Josiah Behrens, well known Penn Forest dairy farmer, is president and welcomed the group, along with John Wargo, Lansford, secretary-treasurer.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two army deserters from Fort Drum, N.Y., pleaded guilty in Schuylkill County court to ransacking a number of trailers in the Red Ridge Lake Campground, located along Miller's Road in North Union Township, last November and receive a state prison sentence from Judge Charles M. Miller.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Penn State Extension of Carbon and Monroe counties will be sponsoring a 4-H Day Camp on July 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Creek Grange in Lehighton for youth between the ages of 8 and 12 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

The theme for the day will be "Acres of Adventures." Some of the activities will be bread in a bag, home grown play dough, and bigger better bubbles. There is a cost per person. The deadline to register is July 9, and space is limited.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Friends and family organized a benefit for Bo "Farmer" Jones recently at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua. Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February and will go in for surgery very soon. The event consisted of a spaghetti dinner and band entertainment by Homespun, Del and Jay and DJ Born. key volunteers Anne Kachelries and Michelle Ohl stated their appreciation to the East End Fire Company, bands, friends and contributors of the benefit. Volunteers also stated they will be holding a dart tournament to benefit Jones in late July.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Christopher Barnes, a seventh-grade English teacher at Northern Lehigh Middle School, proudly holds a copy of his first book, "180 Days".

Imagine what it would be like to chronicle each day in the life of a high school freshman.

Christopher Barnes was able to capture that progression through the self-publication of his book, "180 Days".

An English teacher at Northern Lehigh Middle School, Barnes said the idea to pen his own book came before he became a teacher five years ago.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The owners of two Monroe County businesses are facing drug and other related charges for allegedly selling illegal substances and prohibited offensive weapons at their businesses.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the two businesses subject to an ongoing investigation as Old Village Trader, located along SR611 in Mount Pocono, and Stogies Smoke Shop, located along SR196, in the Carriage Square Shopping Center, in Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township.