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Monday, July 29, 2013
AP PHOTO A helicopter crash in a remote, wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of five people, state police said Sunday. The crash apparently happened Saturday night after radar and communication contact with the helicopter was lost, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The helicopter had taken off from a central New York airport with five people on board, according to the FAA, and was bound for the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township.

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) Moments after a pilot told air traffic controllers he was losing altitude, his helicopter crashed in a rugged, wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania, killing five people including a child.

Wyoming County coroner Thomas Kukuchka said the pilot contacted a nearby tower at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday saying he would attempt to return to another airfield nearby.

"That's when he went off radar," he said Sunday.

The names and ages of those on board have not been released, but Kukuchka said three men, a woman and a child were on board.

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 1993

A developer is proposing to construct 28 apartments in the former Lehighton Area Junior High School on North Third Street, but such a project has serious hurdles to cross.

The Pa. Department of Environmental Resources has already made it clear that it will not approve such a project because the community's sewage treatment plant is already overloaded.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Boomerang enthusiast Joe Lankalis will offer a brief lecture on the history and use of boomerangs at 6 p.m. on July 31 at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. He will also demonstrate throwing techniques.

Attendees will test their own throwing and catching skills with custom-made "rangs" and take home an indoor "Roomerang."

Registration is required. A donation is requested.

CCEEC is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Summit Hill. For directions or to register, call (570) 645-8597.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The search continues for the body of a boater who officials presume drowned after falling from his boat last Monday on Beltzville Lake.

A call to Beltzville State Park's office this morning confirmed that the body of the man, whose name has not yet been released to the media, has not been found as of press time.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed all boat launches at the lake until further notice. Swimming, picnicking and hiking are still available.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Hailey Hoffman, 8, gets cherries painted on her face during Maddyfest by Panther Valley Cheerleader Kayla Boswell, 13. Maddyfest was held at the Lansford Little League field to raise funds for fire prevention programs and to remember Madison Arner, 7, who passed away following an electrical fire that destroyed her family's McAdoo home last month.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

In Pennsylvania, the other States of the Union and the United States of America, the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments, has always been the primary basis of our laws.

The framers of the state and federal Constitutions, and other founding documents, understood, thought, spoke and wrote in the language of English common law. Christianity is, and always has been, part of Pennsylvania's common law. [Updegraph v. The Commonwealth, 11 Serg. & R. 393 (Sup. Ct. Penn. (1824)].

Saturday, July 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Emergency crews tend to injured children after a tractor trailer rear-ended a school bus yesterday filled with children just north of the Schuylkill/Luzerne County line in Hazleton Township on Interstate 81. The tractor trailer, owned by Fox Transportation of Hometown, sustained only minor damage.

Thirty-seven people, most of them ages 6 to 14, were treated at area hospitals following a three-vehicle accident involving a school bus, tractor trailer and small car on Interstate 81 southbound in Hazle Township yesterday.

Emergency personnel were called to the area just north of the Schuylkill/Luzerne County line, near the Haul Road bridge, around 10:30 a.m. for a report of a tractor trailer rear-ending a school bus.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Yes I Can" workshop leader and Master Food Preserver Dawn Olson (left) snaps beans with Nancy Grotevant, district director Penn State Cooperative Extension Monroe County.

With all the rain early in the season followed by an overabundance of sunshine, gardeners throughout Carbon County are getting ready to harvest a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.

They're great - but the problem is that they often all mature at once. It's feast in the late summer, and famine in the winter.

"Yes I Can" is Penn State Extension's solution. It's a food preservation workshop that's been touring northeastern Pennsylvania and soon will be coming to Carbon County.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning borough workers, Matt Miller and Leonard Michlovsky paint the intersection lines in theborough. The work is scheduled to be done before school starts to enable children to walk to school safely. All of the street lines will eventually be painted.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik, left, is presented with a "Commander's Area Command Significant Achievement Award" by Eric Temarantz, criminal investigator at the Fern Ridge Barracks of the Pa. State Police. Nalesnik was honored for his participation in a murder investigation with the state police.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik has received a special award from the Pa. State Police for his assistance in a homicide investigation.

He was given a "Commissioner's Area Command Significant Achievement Award" during a presentation this week at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The certificate, signed by State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan, reads:

"This award is presented to you acknowledging your outstanding accomplishments that have distinguished you among your peers, and a direct reflection of your commitment and dedication to the state police."