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Monday, September 30, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Attending a special program by the Carbon County Special Olympics at bocce ball courts in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton, Sunday, are, l-r, Maureen Foster, president of the Carbon County Special Olympics; Jake McGeehan of Penn Forest Township, who constructed the bocce courts as an Eagle Scouts project, and Jake's mother, Robin McGeehan. The program was held to honor McGeehan for his contribution to the Special Olympics. Foster was also recognized for being named the Special Olympics "Manager of the Year" for Pennsylvania.

The Carbon County Special Olympics yesterday honored a Penn Forest Township teen for constructing bocce courts in Lehighton for their competitive games.

Jake McGeehan, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, was recognized during a ceremony at Baer Memorial Park, held on the bocce ball courts that he built.

McGeehan, the son of Jack and Robin McGeehan, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 of Penn Forest and built the courts as an Eagle Scout project.

Recognized, too, were members of his Scout troop and other individuals who assisted him with the project.

Monday, September 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Saturday's event are, l-r, benefit organizer Judi Musselman, Bud Musselman, Jack Kulp and Terry Rex.

Friends and family members of Stacey Rex-Bennett and her husband James "Jim" Bennett, both of Quakake, came together over the weekend to hold two events as part of the three-event Stompin' For Stretch benefit.

Stacey is struggling with cancer, while Jim remains in the hospital after receiving a serious burn at work.

Both are the parents of two children, Breanna and Brendan.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The parade to commemorate Weatherly's 150th Anniversary is slated for Saturday, Oct. 5. The parade is expected to step off around 2:30 p.m., with participants being asked to be in place for the start of the parade by 2 p.m.

The line of march will begin at Tweedle Park, located on Weatherly's west side of town. Parade participants will be staged throughout the neighborhood that borders Tweedle Park and will be assigned to a specific street for staging.

Monday, September 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. earned 40 metals to help the state reach the highest honors in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey.

Thirty-one members of Tumble With Denise, Inc. recently competed in "The State Games of America" Competition in Hershey. There were over 10,000 athletes representing 27 sports competing that weekend in Hershey. Pennsylvania dominated the entire competition winning 471 medals.

Tumble With Denise Gymnastics earned 40 of the medals (12 gold medals) to help the state reach the highest honors.

The following Tumble With Denise Gymnasts earned medals:

Monday, September 30, 2013

A representative from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General will present a free seminar on rip-offs, fraud, scams and cons on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center.

The seminar is geared toward senior citizens but is applicable to everyone and is open to the public.

Monday, September 30, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 carry old and tattered flags that were distributed to members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization during a Flag Retirement Ceremony held Saturday in the borough park.

It was out with the old, and in with the new, during a Flag Retirement Ceremony in Palmerton.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization, in association with Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41, held the event Saturday in the borough park.

Ed Moyer, Commander, American Legion Post 269 of Palmerton, welcomed the scant crowd in attendance, and said the ceremony was a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags.

"I'd like to thank everybody for coming out today," Moyer said. "[The purpose of the ceremony] is the respectful retirement of worn out colors of our flag."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Emily Hoehne, 23, of 117 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 1:55 a.m. July 31 at Centre and Bertsch streets in the borough. Hoehne is charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom responded to a report of an erratic driver at that time in the area of Springgarden and East Ridge streets.

Monday, September 30, 2013

To promote breast cancer awareness, Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its eighth Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., warm up is at 6:30 p.m., with the walk to follow.

Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Angela Mims of Milford, two-time cancer survivor, will be the speaker for the event.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township will soon be closed to vehicles, officials said.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board announced that due to a recent state inspection, the bridge is in need of another major overhaul.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing on a bridge along the D&L Trail overlooking the remains of the Lehigh Canal Weigh Lock are, l-r, Steve Hlavka of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, John Drury of the Mauch Chunk Museum, Robert Heysham Sayre V, whose great-great-great grandfather operated the lock, and Jack Sterling of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

Robert Heysham Sayre IV, 87, a retired beef farmer and his son, Robert Heysham Sayre V, a retired veterinarian came to Jim Thorpe the week of Sept. 23 in search of the heritage of their patriarch, Robert Heysham Sayre.

Robert Heysham Sayre (1824-1907) was a major engineer and industrialist during the blossoming of America's Industrial Revolution. His achievements include: the Backtrack for the Switchback Gravity Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and the Bethlehem Iron Works-forerunner of Bethlehem Steel.