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Thursday, April 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The West End Park and Open Space Easter Egg Hunt was twice the fun for twins Brody and Haley Ott, 2, of Effort.

On a perfect spring day, West End Park and Open Space Commission held its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park in Saylorsburg.

A colorful array of 5,000 eggs dotted the park's open field area. All the eggs contained candy and some eggs had the word "prize" inside, which were later awarded.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township can expand and operate as an assisted living facility/personal care home.

By a unanimous measure, the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday agreed to grant a variance to Donna Smith regarding the number of patients permitted at the property at 112 Northcreek Road.

The variance permits that no more than eight patients may reside at the subject property, which is located in a Rural Conservation Zoning District.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A trip by a Philadelphia man and two friends, who were going to attend homecoming weekend at Bloomsburg University, turned deadly when they were involved in a fiery crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last October.

Aenri Collase Dunlap, 19, who was driving the car with a learner's permit, is facing multiple charges in the death of front seat passenger Isaiah Lawler, 18. Lawler had a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

Kevin Boston, a back seat passenger who also had a learner's permit, was not injured.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Western Pocono Community Library is looking to assemble a "flash mob" for some upcoming events.

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform some kind of artistic act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

Organizer Patti Weiss says no dance experience is needed. Some parts will just involve clapping along.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Peter Car/Bethlehem Press Liberty High School was under lockdown Wednesday after a phone threat about a gunman. No guns or gunman were found.

BETHLEHEM (AP) – A lockdown was lifted at an eastern Pennsylvania school after a phone threat about a gunman prompted police to search the building and grounds for several hours.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy said police arrived at Liberty High School around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The school was dismissed around three hours later.

Police said they searched from classroom to classroom and no guns or gunman were found. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Slatington Councilman Galen Freed said the Memorial Day parade will end at Union Cemetery with the American Legion providing a program at that site. The parade was approved at the April 14 meeting.

The 2013 Community Development Block Grant work came in lower than expected but was not accepted by the county, said Alan Ringer of Lehigh Engineering. It is for roadwork and will be rebid with minor revisions.

A 2014 request for CDBG funding has been submitted.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, back, observes as the Rev. Father Robert J. Teklinski, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, center, gives a parishioner communion during the Presanctified Liturgy Monday evening.

The Russian Orthodox churches of the Panther Valley recently welcomed His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa during Holy Week celebrations.

On Monday, Bishop Gregory visited St. John the Baptist Church in Nesquehoning, and celebrated at St. Nicholas Church in Lansford Tuesday.

The stops are two of 11 visits he will make throughout the Orthodox diocese during Holy Week.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS PA State Rep. Mario Scavello gives a personal donation of $1,000 to Carol Kern, the director of the Western Pocono Community Library, after she announced a "Burn the Mortgage" challenge to raise $24,000 by Sept. 17, 2014.

On Monday Carol Kern, director of the Western Pocono Community Library, extended a "Burn the Mortgage" challenge to the West End community.

"Today we have been given a challenge to complete the balance of mortgage payments in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our founding on Sept. 17. On that date, we will still have $70,000 remaining to be paid. But a generous donor has offered to match dollar for dollar every contribution made to the library for the purpose of satisfying the mortgage this year," Kern said at a news conference held at noon Monday, at the library.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS FBI agents and state police haul boxes of documents, electronic devices and other items from the office of Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach.

Facing accusations that he misappropriated large sums of money from his office, Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. is expected to resign today.

Lukach, who has yet to be charged, may come into the office for the first time since April 8 to retrieve personal belongings, said county District Attorney Christine Holman.

Lukach, a Rush Township Democrat who has held the office for 27 years, has an unlisted home telephone number, and could not be reached for comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Lansford driver was surprised after his vehicle caught fire in Summit Hill Wednesday evening.

According to Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, at 8:15 p.m., officers, as well as the Summit Hill Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to 175 Laurel Drive, located on top of Bugzie's Mountain in the borough, for a fully-involved vehicle fire.

The driver of the 2003 Kia, Scott Reese of 213 W. Abbott St., Lansford, told police that he was driving when the vehicle started acting strangely. He pulled over and noticed flames shooting out from under the vehicle.