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Monday, July 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Donating to Tamaqua giveaway Marian students, l-r, Sadie Kosar, 16; Nice Agosti, 16; and Kaila Cherba, 15, sort through donations.

Marian High School students, staff and volunteers with the huge Men of Marian flea market opted to donate over a thousand items to the Tamaqua Community Giveaway event. The giveaway is held the last Saturday of every month at the M & M Self Storage on Rose Street in Tamaqua. For more information, call (570) 668-1234 or visit the event on Facebook. Sue Gerhard, Marian Development, helps senior John Swierczek load a doll house for a waiting patron during their event over the weekend.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a tree died of injuries in the accident. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 9:45 p.m. on Friday, July 26, along SR443 (Long Run Road), in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Amie L. Wiscount, 32, of Schuylkill Haven, was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport westbound when she attempted to swerve to avoid a deer that had entered the road in front of her.

Monday, July 29, 2013
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Even at night, this large 15-foot high lighted Holland-style windmill, located along Lofty Road in Kline Township, is hard to miss. Van Hoekelen Greenhouses, Inc., put this up a few months ago to replace a smaller one they had there, which was about half as high.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected starting with the Memorial Day weekend festivities as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

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

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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
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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.