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Saturday, July 14, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig speaks during dedication program in memory of the late Wilbur "Cap" Bauchspies. Seated, front l-r, are Bessie Bauchspies, the widow of the honoree; State Senator John Yudichak, State Representative Doyle Heffley, former State Representative Keith McCall; back l-r, Lehighton Chief of Police Neil Ebbert, Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett, and Rev. Chris DeForest, who is seated behind McCall.

For 28 years, the late Wilbur "Cap" Bauchspies led the Lehighton Police Department as its mayor.

Yesterday, Bauchspies was given permanent identity with the department, when the police headquarters was dedicated to his memory and officially named the "Wilbur A. 'Cap' Bauchspies Borough of Lehighton Police Station."

"The symbol of Lehighton borough's strength is named after Wilbur Cap Bauchspies," remarked State Senator John Yudichak.

The senator said there was "no stronger supporter for Lehighton borough than Cap."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

O Nightie, My Nightie,

You are my friend.

You cover my jiggles,

You cover my rear end.

From numerable washings,

You are soft beyond measures,

I wouldn't call you threadbare,

But you can see all my treasures.

Even though you are old,

And have a few tatters,

Your value is gold,

Despite the paint spatters.

I know I should replace you,

But good gosh almighty!

I'd be nothing but blue,

If I threw away my Nightie!

Saturday, July 14, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Craver, the new Carbon County animal warden, holds Lennon, a 6-week-old black Labrador mix that is up for adoption at the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning. Craver said she believes that to make the shelter successful, the community needs to be involved. She is open to suggestions and looks forward to working with the county at the shelter.

Carbon County Animal Shelter has a new animal warden.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to name Debbie Craver, who has been working at the shelter part-time for the last two months, as the new county animal warden, effective yesterday.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that Craver has been "going above and beyond" with her efforts at the shelter.

He added that the county plans to get Craver certified as the animal warden as soon as the state holds a certification class.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lansford police have charged a Berks County man who was driving a classic MG with driving under the influence and related charges.

John Britton Jr., 59, of 1375 Pershing Blvd., Reading, faces charges from an incident which took place on June 9 at 10:56 p. m. on W. Patterson Street Charges of DUI, driving under suspension-DUI-related, driving without a license, careless driving, driving without insurance, carrying and exhibiting a driver's license on demand, registration to be exhibited on demand, and driving on roadways laned for traffic were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
 AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Endangered poison dart frogs reproduce at Butterfly Sanctuary.

The staff at the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is about to become the proud godparents of up to two dozen offspring on the endangered species list. The happy couple-or threesome … oops, it seems an explanation is in order.

One year ago, the Butterfly Sanctuary in Penn Forest Township opened a terrarium featuring an exhibit of poison dart frogs. They populated the exhibit with three species – one species the Phantasmal tricolor poison dart frog, the red-striped possessor of one of the world's most deadly toxins, ultimately produced the clutch of eggs.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A concerned Carbon County citizen is asking for the commissioners' help with the voter ID process.

During the monthly meeting of the county election board, Roy Christman of Lehighton, approached the board, asking if they could send a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that asks the license centers to expedite the process in obtaining an identification card for voting purposes.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Rockin' Rescue Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and will bring pet lovers, education and resources together at the Lehighton Park.

Along with music throughout the day, there will be a variety of animal rescue groups and shelters on hand with pets available for adoption. All non profit animal rescue groups are invited to set up for adoptions, education and rescue. Among the rescue groups is Rescue Ink, who is starting to shoot a new season on television.

Friday, July 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pastor Claude Ruba talks to parishioners and visitors during a recent service at the church's new Lehighton location.

After 13 years of providing church services in the cafeteria of the Lehighton Area Middle School, parishioners of the Crossroads Community Church in Lehighton have opened their doors to a new home. The new location, 580 Coal St. in Lehighton, offers parishioners a large 160 seating area, classrooms, nursery, a java nook, office space, walk-in closet and more.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a jail term for drunk driving which will be served in a state prison.

Robert Carl Weiss, 51, was sentenced to serve a total of 92 days to six months in jail on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge and driving while under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on July 9, 2011, by state police at Lehighton, after being involved in an accident along Hahns Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .38BAC.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Telethon Committee of the American Cancer Society is collecting pledges from this year's telethon that was held April 14-15.

If you have not paid your pledge, please make your check payable to the American Cancer Society and mail it to 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford, PA 18232.