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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council said last night it will look outside the town's police department for a new chief.

The council, by a 5-2 vote, agreed to draw up specifications for the position and advertise in publications such as borough newsletters for applicants.

Previously the council asked members of the department to submit applications for the post. Four members of the eight-man department were interviewed last week.

The council went into executive session last night and afterward made its decision.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning recently donated $285 to the Autism Foundation. The donation was a result of a car show held on the grounds of the facility. Pictured at the presentation were MapleShade guest Mary Reiter, age 101 on that day, who still enjoys reading and knitting; Susan Hydro, activities director; Stacy Ludwig, who is Autistic and performed an Irish dance; Kim Infante, marketing/admissions director; and Mimi Ludwig, president of the Autism Society.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS State, Lehigh County, and Slatington Borough officials participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 6.2-mile trail at the new Slatington Trailhead. The trail completes the Lehigh Valley portion of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Lehigh County.

The legacy of Slatington's Asher Boyer lives on through the completion of the Lehigh Valley portion of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

State, Lehigh County, and borough officials dedicated a 6.2-mile trail of the D&L National Heritage Corridor at a ceremony Monday at the new Slatington Trailhead.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Street Machine Association held its recent car show at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley to benefit the upcoming Out of the Darkness suicide prevention and awareness walk, which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). AFSP raises awareness on suicide and depression by raising money for research and education to prevent suicide from taking place, and to provide assistance and a safe outlet for survivors of suicide. The walk will be held at the Hometown Farmer's Market and is set for Saturday Sept. 17. Check in will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley varsity cheerleaders who competed at the Universal Cheerleaders Association cheer camp recently are, front row, from left, Theressa Eckhart, Kasey Gray, Stephanie Blum, and Cara Shubeck. Middle row, Amber Strock, Emily Horvath, Sarah Marouchoc, Sarah-Mary Tucker, and Kaitlyn Matula. Back row, Storm Hughes, Rylie Krapf, Katie Kabana, and Brielle Poeldnurk.

The Panther Valley varsity cheerleaders brought attended Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) cheer camp at Pine Forest's Trails End facility Aug. 16-19.

Approximately 800 cheerleaders attended from 37 teams, including 22 varsity teams.

PV placed fourth among all varsity teams with a dance that they brought from home on the first evening of camp. During camp, they learned cheer, dance, and stunt material, as well as crowd-leading techniques and school spirit ideas.

PV earned all Superior ribbons during their evaluations during the week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The General George S. Patton Jr. Post 5069, Andreas, held their installation of officers during their all veterans picnic held Sunday at the Cheese Grove in Andreas. Post officers pictured from left are Eugene Schaeffer, adjutant; Harold Osenbach, quartermaster; Glenn Stevens, one year trustee; Ted Bogosh III, assistant service officer; Nevin Fritz, Junior Vice Commander; Andrew Leibenguth, Senior Vice Commander; Ernest Daubenspeck, Post Commander; and Ted Bogosh, chaplain.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for daytime single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the Lehigh Tunnel, this week. The southbound tube will be closed for maintenance work Wednesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. It was also closed Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The Lehigh Tunnel is located between the Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit 74). The work is weather permitting and subject to change.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Family members of Cody Wentz took part in the Cody Wentz Memorial Walk and Festival in Weissport on Saturday. From left are, front row are, Ariel Shiffert, Nolan Barbara and Caitlin Roth; and back row, Victoria Shiffert, William Shiffert, Kayla Everett, Heather Wagner, Nichole Rivera, Jerry Wentz, Lisa Shiffert, Bill Shiffert, Diane Everett, Kelly Wentz, Brittany Blose, Jennifer Wentz and Terry Wentz.

Family members and friends took part in the Cody Wentz Memorial Walk and Festival in Weissport on Saturday. The event was coordinated by Cody's mom, Lisa Shiffert, to bring awareness to the growing drug problem in the Lehighton area.

The event raised approximately $3,000 and the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lehighton High School drug program in memory of her son, Cody Wentz, who died from an overdose of drugs on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Slatington man, who was found dead in the middle of SR873 in Washington Township early Saturday morning, died of multiple blunt force trauma according to an autopsy report released by Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim.

Bryan Kanu Mayes, 31, of 8135 SR873, also died of stab wounds to the body, Grim stated in a press release.

Mayes was found dead about 1:10 a.m. When police arrived they found a man kneeling over Mayes' body. He was identified as Robert Charles Sloss, 26, of Pottstown, Montgomery County.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A consistently high point winner in all facets of the closely-contested competition, Miss Beth Alison Begel, 17, daughter of Bruce and Kay Begel, Weissport, emerged as the 1982 Miss Carbon County Pageant Queen as the Carbon County Fair formally opened in Lehighton. First runner-up honors went to Lynette Roberts, 18, of Lehighton, while Lisa Ockenhouse, 16, of Jim Thorpe, claimed second runner-up honors and was also named "Miss Congeniality" by the 19 other contestants.