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Saturday, June 28, 2014

If you didn't know better, you'd think you'd stumbled upon a gathering for a Grateful Dead reunion tour. But that wasn't the case.

It was a show of camaraderie in the face of death; it was the dark mystery of death defied and overridden by a sea of people wearing bright pink, white, blue, red and yellow tie-dyed T-shirts to honor the passing of Jason "Jay" Michael Hahn.

His favorite band was The Grateful Dead, his favorite song, Ripple.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Nesquehoning man faces charges after police found him asleep in his vehicle, blocking an intersection.

Mahoning Township police observed a Jeep blocking an intersection with its lights out at the Carbon Plaza Mall at 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

As the officer approached the vehicle he found the driver Troy Refsnider asleep behind the wheel with a burger from Mcdonald's in his hand.

Refsnider was placed under arrest, and he refused a requested blood test.

Police said this week that Refsnider has been charged with driving under the influence and obstructing highways.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Paige Malewski,  Orwigsburg: "Yes, I do. I like Hagar the Horrible. he's a charming character, and he always does what he wants. It's funny because his wife just looks exasperated the whole time."

Do you still read the comics in the newspaper? What's your favorite one?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor has been conferred upon Kenneth M. Serfass, agent of Serfass Insurance Agency in Kunkletown, following hs successful completion of an insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certiied Insurance Counselors.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mahoning Township supervisors discussed road damage at their meeting, reviewing a three-page inventory detailing the damage that's come from torrential rains at the time.

Several roads were in need of serious repairs, and flooding was beginning to accumulate, creating difficulties for road crews to keep it under control.

Because of wetlands spilling onto the road, heavy truck traffic had begun accumulating.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Senate bill that would change the way counties have to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for retirees has passed the state Senate Appropriations Committee.

This week, the committee voted unanimously to move the legislation clarifying language in the County Pension Law relative to the calculation of cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. Senate Bill 1078 was introduced by state Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) on Jan. 16. It amends section 30 of the law.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Two students in Panther Valley Elementary School received two-day suspensions for possession of "replicas of weapons."

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday agreed to the "expulsion and suspension" to run concurrent for two days for two students, with both occurring on June 12 and June 13.

Both were half-days of school for the students.

This brings to at least four students in the past few months who were suspended for violations of the school's weapons policy.

Three of the four were elementary students.

The other was a high school student.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
MARLENE Kutza URBAN/TIMES NEWS Sasha Reis, seated, recently joined mother Marie Griffiths at Hair Mechanics Salon in Coaldale. The salon now offers a full line of cosmetology services.

Hair Mechanics of Coaldale has a new "mechanic." Sasha Reis, daughter of Hair Mechanics owner Marie Griffiths, brings her skills of manicures, pedicures and professional makeup to the hairstyling salon. Sasha, 26, is a hairstylist as well.

After graduating from Northampton Community College majoring in radiology technology, Reis decided to attend Empire Beauty School. Cosmetology has always been her first love. It's a career path she is very passionate about and takes great pride in. Reis wants to add a newer vibe and modern style to the shop.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Several Palmerton residents are fed up with the amount of money they pay for flood insurance.

One such individual is Raberta Hans, who expressed her frustrations with borough council on Thursday.

Hans, who lives at 435 Franklin Ave., said she believes she pays entirely too much for flood insurance.

A floodplain, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is any land area susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters from any source.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dear Editor,

The charm people experience in Jim Thorpe is possible because people here all work together, as a team, to make it happen. In the case of the Mauch Chunk Opera House, it would be impossible to offer a regular program without our mutual relationships with local residents, our treasured volunteers, hotels, restaurants, businesses, and banks.