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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Two Marines were presented with the Four Chaplains Award for their service and dedication given to local organizations and religious traditions while serving with the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626. Pastor Robert Johnson, Lehighton, and Al Cheese, Andreas, received the prestigious award during the VFW Post 5069's All Veterans Picnic held recently at Cheese's Grove in Andreas.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from back left are Stephanie McCarroll, Frank McCarroll, Tara McCarroll-Stauffenberg, Tom McCarroll and Michele McCarroll. In front is Kenny Stauffenberg.

The third annual Dudefest was held recently at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club in Clamtown to promote suicide prevention and awareness.

Tara McCarroll Stauffenberg, who has organized the Dudefest every year, has held the fundraising event in honor of her brother Cory McCarroll, 32, who took his own life in June of 2009.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Roger Ochs, President of H.D. Vest presented Juliann Longhi of Longhi Financial of Hometown with the H.D. Vest Excellence Award during a forum in Incline Village, Nev. Also attending was John Longhi.

H.D. Vest Services recently recognized Juliann Longhi, a financial services professional in Hometown, as one of its most successful advisors. In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President Roger Ochs presented Longhi with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession," said Ochs. "These advisors have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other advisors in our firm."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Yes, you better look before you sniff this flower because this pollen-coated busy-bee may just have a painful surprise waiting for you if you disturb its work.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A vehicle that officials said was being pursued by police crashed into a home in Walnutport on Saturday morning, claiming the life of a Palmerton man.

Officials said James Diehl, 24, died in the incident, which happened around 3 a.m.

State police at the Bethlehem barracks said the man was attempting to flee police at the time.

His red Honda Civic went out of control, flipped over and crashed into the porch of the home located at 238 Main St.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A 19-year-old Monroe County man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in the 2010 death of an 86-year-old Allentown woman after a two-vehicle collision in Allentown.

On Aug. 26, 2011, Allentown police charged Terrick Bowden, of 1301 Beech Lane, Kunkletown, with causing the death of Evelyn Leibach, who died three weeks after her vehicle was struck by Bowden's vehicle on Basin Street in Allentown.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A worker was seriously injured Monday morning after falling from a roof at a construction project in Kidder Township. The incident began at 9 a.m. when the worker fell from the roof of a home at 15 Hemlock Drive in the Holiday Pocono developement along SR534. The worker was working for the Seitz Construction company of Lake Harmony, falling an undetermined distance to the ground. It was reported the 40 year old victim was unconscious after the fall.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, speaks recently at Northern Lehigh Middle School.

Sometimes the most ordinary things can teach the most useful lessons.

That was one of the strategies shared recently with teachers and staff in the Northern Lehigh School District

Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, gave a presentation as part of an in-service day held in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium.

The program was about "Effective Teaching of Reading", at which time Rasinski focused on "The Important Book", which was originally authored by Margaret Wise Brown in 1949.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monroe County residents who have served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, Seabees or Coast Guard are invited to join a local unit of the Navy Club of the United States of America.

The club is being started by Navy veteran Bob Siesputowski, who in 2009 launched a Carbon County unit.

Any member of a waterborne service is eligible to join.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Area School Improvement Plan was presented at Monday evening's school board meeting. The School Improvement Plan is designed to improve student PSSA scores.

Superintendent Barbara Conway presented the 2010-2011 PSSA Preliminary Results.

To make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) students needed to score 67 percent proficient or advanced in mathematics and 72 percent proficient or advanced in reading. To make AYP schools also need to have 95 percent exam participation, 90 percent attendance, and an 85 percent graduation rate.