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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pocono Health System, with its vision to build a healthier community, will be offering a healthy free breakfast and discussion from 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Terraview, 231 Stroudsmoor Road, Stroudsburg.

Healthy breakfast and cooking stations will be provided free and open to the community.

A discussion will be held on cooking and eating more healthy.

RSVP by email to events@PMCHealthSystem.org by Nov. 6.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Taking part in Friday's grand opening of Sherry Dental in Tamaqua are, from left: Pat Freeh-Stefanek, chairman, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce; Sara Genther, Nora Tappan, Tatiana Sherry, Dr. Kile Sherry and Dr. Ronald Sherry, all of Sherry Dental; and Linda Yulanavage, Chamber executive director.

Dentistry is going digital with apparent benefits for patient and dentist.

Those innovations were on display when Sherry Dental PC held a grand opening at a 2,700-sq.-ft. dental complex in the heart of Tamaqua.

Located at 41 West Broad St., the facilities are a showpiece of adaptive reuse, occupying what was, at one time, the eastern half of the J.J. Newberry store, a popular five-and-dime of the 1950s and 60s.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Lansford man admitted setting a fire in the borough last October and was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday.

Erick Stephen Mack, 32, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count each of arson, risking a catastrophe, and recklessly endangering another person. In a plea bargain, seven counts of arson, and other charges including retaliation against a witness or victims, recklessly endangering and unsworn falsification to authorities were dropped.

Mack was charged by Lansford police with setting a fire at 332 W. Patterson St., on Oct. 19, 2012.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Parryville businessman asked Parryville Council on Tuesday night to consider asking Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a traffic light on Route 248 and Centre Street to prevent future accidents at the intersection.

Vincent O'Leary, owner of Emerald Hollow Campground Inc., said that his greatest concern about the intersection is that one day a crash will involve a school bus.

O'Leary noted that there were two bad crashes at the intersection in the past six months, with one resulting in a fatality in the vicinity of Riverwalck Saloon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Lansford man was one of four people who received hearings before Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court on their appeals from summary convictions imposed by magisterial district justices.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The 2013 gardening season could come to an end tonight if you don't cover your plants.

The National Weather Service has issues a freezing warning for our region from 2 to 9 a.m. Thursday.

A freeze warning means temperatures will dip below 32 degrees, killing exposed plants and crops.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a high of 50 degrees but it will go downhill from there.

There is a chance of rain and snow showers Thursday night into Friday morning.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe, on Tuesday announced that he has introduced legislation designed to help district attorneys investigate and prosecute illegal gambling operations involving animal fighting.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Stephen James, right, and Rudy Forman, from Heather Zakrewsky's eighth-grade class, strain during the tug of war at L.B. Morris Elementary's Relay Walk at the Jim Thorpe High School stadium. The team won the event.

More than 800 students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, enjoyed the crisp fall weather on Tuesday by taking part in the sixth annual Relay Walk. Each year the event is held at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium to raise funds for the school.

PTA President Renee Marciante said the event began as a way to raise funds for the school's playground, but after the playground was built, the PTA continued the relay walk at the request of the students.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Robert W. Monroe

A Carbon County man admitted striking a Jim Thorpe police officer while he was directing traffic and also admitted to illegal recording of movies and his part in a fight at the county prison.

Robert W. Monroe, 53, of Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases on Tuesday in Carbon County court and is facing a state prison term when sentenced in about a month.

Monroe appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika to enter the pleas in the following cases.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Several crashes occured in recent months on Route 248.

A Slatington motorcyclist died of injuries he sustained in a crash on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the intersection of Centre Street and Route 248 in Parryville. Stephen P. Papay, 56, was operating a Harley Davidson Sportster eastbound when he was stuck by a car attempting to make a left turn onto Centre Street.