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Saturday, August 3, 2013

An electronic recycling event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Bowmanstown Borough garage, 411 Spring St., Bowmanstown.

The program is being coordinated by Bowmanstown Borough and the Carbon Builders Association.

Most electronics can be dropped off at no charge at the site location.

The event is sponsored by Advanced Green Solutions Inc., 40 Third St., Walnutport.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fire Chief Mark Ebbert shows his appreciation to Police Chief Audie Mertz who arranged the use of the township police car for rescue training for the township's volunteer firefighters.

Even after consigned to being scrapped, a police cruiser provided a service one more time.

A Mahoning Township police car recently had reached the end of its usable service and was to be sent to the scrap yard.

Fire Chief Mark Ebbert approached acting Police Chief Audie Mertz and asked if the police car could be used for training before its disposal.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Walnutport man pleaded guilty on Friday morning in Carbon County court to one count of simple assault stemming from a shooting incident that occurred more than three years ago.

Thomas Henry Smith, 55, was charged by Jim Thorpe police for the incident that occurred on March 1, 2010, at the home of Jace J. Gill, of 11 Lehigh Gorge Drive, in the Leisureland section of the borough. In a plea bargain, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person were dropped.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Haylee Seiwell, Kingston "When you go in the ocean, watch out for jelly fish and baby crabs."

If you could give your Mom or Dad advice, what would it be?

Friday, August 2, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

One bright spot of an otherwise gloomy day at the Palmerton Sidewalk Sale was Alex's Lemonade Stand, hosted by Tyler Hager, right, 8, of Palmerton, at Hager Furniture Company in Palmerton on Thursday. Pictured with Tyler are relatives Cassie Hager, 6, of Lehighton, and Bobby Hager, of Bethlehem. Tyler's stand will be open at Hager Furniture, 242 Delaware Ave., until 6 p.m. this evening as well. Tyler is hosting the lemonade stand to help raise money for pediatric cancer.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dr. Douglas Arnold, the recently retired Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent, was cleaning out his office when he came across an obituary he had saved. He was struck anew at the coincidences of life he had felt back in 2008 when he first saw the obituary for Robert R. Koehler, formerly of Saylorsburg.

Bertha (Romascavage) Koehler gave birth to Robert on June 2, 1952 at Monroe County General Hospital (now Pocono Medical Center) in East Stroudsburg.

Grace (Bond) Arnold, delivered a baby girl, Cynthia Arnold, also on June 2 at the same hospital.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Emily A. Czarick to Jeffrey A. Donadi, 16 W. Market St., Tresckow, property at 16 W. Market St., $55,000.

Franklin Township

Mary S. Storm to Brandon M. Anders, 462 Main Road, Lehighton, property at 462 Main Road, $74,000.

Nancy C. Rhyder to Nancy C. Rhyder, 82 E. Second St., Lehighton, property at 82 E. Second St., $1.

Nancy C. Rhyder to James Luckenbaugh Jr., 195 Pine Drive, Lehighton, vacant lot, $1,164.

Kidder Township

Friday, August 2, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Frederick Smith, veterans outreach specialist, American Legion in Wilkes-Barre, discusses the types of benefits that veteran Gerry Eisenbach (front), of Walnutport, is eligible for as part of the Veterans Outreach Assistance program held at the Slatington office of state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton).

Walk in, pull up a chair, and receive guidance as to what benefits may be available.

That's essentially the process local veterans underwent upon their visit to the Slatington office of state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) on Thursday.

Veteran Gerry Eisenbach, of Walnutport, saw fit to take a moment to attend the Veterans Outreach Assistance program.

"I'm seeking assisted living benefits from the VA," Eisenbach said. "I'm a widower, and I live alone."

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to endangering and terrorizing and received a state prison sentence. He was among 17 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court as follows:

Anthony R. Ades, 46, of 250 Cedar St., pleaded to two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of terroristic threats, and was sentenced to serve 15 to 18 months in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 23 days in the county prison.

His state prison sentence is to begin Monday, Aug. 5.

Friday, August 2, 2013

On a day when its main thoroughfare would normally be bustling with activity, Mother Nature stepped in and put a damper on things.

Business carried on as usual in Palmerton on Thursday, but the products that would normally have adorned storefronts along Delaware Avenue never saw the light of day.

Rainy weather marred the start of the 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale, as storefronts were bereft of any outdoor products other than a Phil's french fry stand, which never opened.