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Friday, August 3, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pastor Suzanne Brooks-Cope leads St. Matthew's UCC's Vacation Bible School in an inter-active song. The kids are learning all about Daniel and the incredible adventures he had as a captive in ancient Babylon through song, stories, games and crafts.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Between $70,000 and $80,000 was stolen from a 92-year-old Lehighton woman by a flimflam artist.

Lehighton Police said the incident happened Wednesday afternoon when a male, posing as a repair man, entered the woman's home, said he would be doing needed repairs in the basement, then stole her savings.

According to police, he also stole $107 from her purse.

An investigation is continuing into whether anything else was taken from the home.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group are collecting donations this weekend for their free Tamaqua Monthly Donation Giveaway. Volunteers are asking people to consider donating leftover yard sale items towards the event, which is held the last Saturday of every month. They are accepting all types of useable donations, to include furniture, appliances, tools, clothing, toys and so on. If you are able to drop items off this Saturday or Sunday, please call Andrew Leibenguth, group president, at (570) 668-1234 anytime Saturday or Sunday to make arrangements.

Friday, August 3, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Hovering in place much like its namesake, this "Hummingbird" moth feeds on the nectar of flowers along Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, August 3, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/TIMES NEWS Involved in the program presentation at Monroe County's Interagency Council annual breakfast were: from left, Emily Day, president, IAC; Kathy Hayes, Center for Vision Loss; Joanne Kingkiner, part-time staff person for Habitat for Humanity; Mary Rehm, Habitat for Humanity; Dawn Shoemaker and Davon Carmona, Family Promise; their son, Dante; and Don Gaul, Consumer Credit Counseling. IAC member agencies made a major difference in their clients' lives.

Five families with big problems; five families that received life-changing help.

That was the theme of the Monroe County Interagency Council annual breakfast meeting.

"We wanted to do a breakfast that was uplifting," says Emily Daly, president of the organization

"We are all so aware of all the bad news, we wanted to share some good-news, so we looked to several clients who have been helped by several Monroe County agencies and asked them to share their success story."

Friday, August 3, 2012

A subsidence covering an area from Broad to Third Streets and Church to New Streets did considerable damage at 11:40 p.m. today in Beaver Meadows. It is believed 20 to 30 homes are in the subsidence area.

Persons in the borough said earth tremor sounded similar to a hail storm and it was only after examining their homes that the subsidence was realized. Colonial type posts on the property of Anna Yackanicz, 45 East Broad St., were slanted by the underground movement.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A teacher at a Schuylkill County high school has been charged with having unlawful contact with a teenage girl.

State police at Schuylkill Haven charged Matthew Ryan Pfautz, 29, of Blue Jay Drive, Stevens, Bradford County, on Thursday with corruption of minors and the unlawful contact count.

According to Trooper Chad M. Smith the charges stem from incidents involving a 17-year-old girl at Pine Grove Area High School, where Pfautz is an English teacher. The incidents occurred between Sept. 1, 2001, and May 20, Smith said.

Friday, August 3, 2012
Ino RIvera, Tail Twister for Penn Kidder Lions, presents a check for $103.50 to Barbara Fransosa, President of The Friends of Penn Kidder Library at a recent meeting.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mike Curtis and Katie Ward sell produce at the Lehighton Farmers' Market, which recently opened along the Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (bypass) in Lehighton. They represent Lyle's Produce in Brodheadsville.

Lehighton's time for an outdoor farmers' market has come.

The new Lehighton Farmers' Market is open between Lehighton Drive and Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, (the bypass) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, August 3, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic was a nightmare Thursday afternoon along SR248 after an accident closed the westbound lanes just west of the Palmerton exit. The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. as the driver of a late model Mercedes Benz apparently lost control of the car striking the concrete center barrier. The car continued on swerving to the right crossing both lanes impacting with the steel guardrails. The car reentered the roadway crossing both lanes impacting with the barrier a second time. The car continued on sliding along the barrier until it came to rest.