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Monday, April 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernian members Matthew P. Stinson Jr., left, and Dr. Clement McGinley help fill baskets Saturday morning at Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse. The baskets, which contain all that is needed for an Easter dinner, get distributed to Catholic churches in Carbon County to be given to a needy family in the parish.

The Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians is in the Easter spirit, and it's spreading.

Six members of the club got together Saturday morning to put together Easter baskets for needy families in Carbon County. The baskets contain everything needed for an Easter feast, including a ham, vegetables, potatoes, dinner rolls and even dessert.

The AOH put together 10 baskets that were delivered to all of the Catholic churches in the county. The churches then distribute them to a needy family in their parish.

Monday, April 14, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Frank Rudy, Committee Chair, and Dale Osenbach, Scoutmaster, far right, both of Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755, present a certificate of appreciation to West Penn Township Police Officer Glenn Laninger, an Army Reservist who returned in March from a one-yeardeployment to Afghanistan.

It's a long way from Clamtown to Afghanistan, and back.

Clamtown Boy Scout Troop 755 convened a Court of Honor Sunday for West Penn Township Police Officer Glenn Laninger, an Army reservist who returned last month from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

"As a Boy Scout you're taught respect for the flag and our country," said Scoutmaster Dale Osenbach. "Those that live in the township are proud of him, and we are lucky to have him as a police officer here."

Monday, April 14, 2014
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A Tamaqua man has admitted in Schuylkill County court that he raped a 5-year-old child, and took inappropriate photographs of another, even younger, child in 2001.

Robert L. Raeder, 46, will serve 10-20 years in state prison for his crimes.

Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced Raeder on April 2 on charges of rape of a person under age 13; aggravated indecent assault, incest and two counts of corruption of minors.

Monday, April 14, 2014
John Bush of Flagger Force directs traffic at the railroad crossing in Weissport during the reconstruction of Bridge Street today. Bush said that Flagger Force was contracted by J.D. Eckman to provide flagging services.

Weissport is asking the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to refrain from using a vibratory compactor when workers resurface Bridge Street in anticipation of the McCall bridge detour.

"We're worried about broken lines," said council member Brenda Leiby.

She said she spoke recently with project manager Calvin Ulshafer, who told her that if Weissport is concerned about water lines or gas lines, officials need to send an email asking PennDOT not to use the tool, which would compact the ground but could break pipes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A free "Maximizing Your Social Security" workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at SS. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Registration is at 6:30 p.m.

The program will conclude with a question and answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Joe Henry, a member of the Beltzville Lions Club, who will share information prepared by Allianz Insurance Co.

The seminar is sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club

Monday, April 14, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Essay contest winners were honored at Thursday's Tamaqua area D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies. Each student wrote an essay and then voted for the best in each class. Winners for the 2013-2014 year are, front from left, Molly Murphy, Terra Steigerwalt, Sophia Boyle and Page Gittens; second row, instructor Sgt. Dwayne Hacker, Alexus Warne, Caitlin Smith and Kayla Weiser. Samuel Sterns was also an essay winner.

For the past 20 years, Tamaqua's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has been holding graduation ceremonies for fifth-grades students in St. Jerome's Regional, West Penn Elementary and the Tamaqua Elementary schools.

Starting out in 1990 as Tamaqua "Drug Busters," the program has evolved over the years, changing with the times, which included steep budget cuts.

On Thursday, 217 students took the pledge to remain drug free during a program held in the Tamaqua School District Auditorium.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A lunar eclipse, which will turn the moon a coppery red, will be occurring early Tuesday morning.

According to NASA, this will be one of the most spectacular sky events of the year, weather permitting.

The National Weather Service is calling for showers tonight.

The eclipse will begin at 1:58 a.m., with the totality occurring at 3:05 a.m.

The moon is expected to turn reddish at about 2 a.m. and remain that way for over an hour.

This begins a unique series of four eclipses, called an eclipse tetrad. The next will be on Oct. 8.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling northbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Pocono (Exit 95) Interchanges, to be prepared for a single-lane traffic pattern to be in effect from today through 3 p.m. Thursday.

At 8 a.m. today, construction crews will establish a single-lane pattern northbound , closing the right lane between milepost A90 - A91.5 for slope remediation. Once the pattern is set it will remain in place until 3 p.m. Thursday.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Moderate to heavy rainfall is possible late Monday night and especially Tuesday. This could lead to pockets of brief poor drainage street flooding. Rain may change to a period of accumulating snow Tuesday evening as temperatures plunge from the upper 50s early Tuesday. Isolated northwest wind gusts to 45 mph are possible Tuesday night.

Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 9 to 16 mph.

Here’s the forecast:

Monday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 20 mph.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.

Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Utah home until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, investigators said.