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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Motorists who normally travel Pohopoco Drive will find a detour in effect today.

Mimi Doyle, public information manager of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, has reported that the turnpike underpass at Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township will be closed and traffic detoured today until 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it will depend on the weather. There will also be nighttime traffic restrictions northbound on the turnpike from April 7-10.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS "Join the Super Smile Team" was the theme of a poster contest for elementary students, held by the Vermillion Dental Office of Summit Hill. At the dental office are employees and contest winners. They are, front from left, Mary Helen Shelton; contest winners Jacob Shelton, 11; Sara Collevechio, 11; Madison Heckman, 11; and Zach Kleinhagen, 10; Dr. Jennifer Vermillion; and Shari Hoffman. Back from left, Alesha Vermillion, Dr. Richard Vermillion, Cathy Citro, Susan Cheehan, Jainel Damian, Patti Hudicka, Jan Daubenspeck, Tammy Faenza and Dr. Lou Vermillion.

Four winners were announced for a poster contest with the theme of dental care.

The contest was conducted by the Vermillion Dental Office in Summit Hill.

Entries were from students in grades one-five in Panther Valley Elementary School, Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford, and patients of the Vermillion Dental Office.

Scores of entries were received, and judging was done by the National Honor Society of Panther Valley High School under the direction of Rick Morgans.

The winners were:

Ÿ Jacob Shelton, 10, of Summit Hill.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Peter Wyatt Phelan, center, member of Boy Scout Troop 145, Lehighton, attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is standing with his parents, John Phelan and Fenna Millen.

Peter Wyatt Phelan of East Penn Township was recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony.

Peter is a member of Boy Scout Troop 145, which is led by Scoutmaster Ben Glueck and meets at the schoolhouse adjacent to the Mahoning Valley Fire Company. He has completed 25 merit badges in a variety of subject areas, as well as his Eagle Scout project benefiting Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, which took 126 hours to complete.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony for students who joined the National Art Honor Society. Inductees are, front frow from left, Medina Saeed, Sara Lucas, Keegan Farrell, Carolyn Brennan, Madison Luchi and Cassandra Bluth; back from left, Sarah Jamack; Charles Seidel, assistant head of school; Lisa Ferry, art instructor; Mark Dryfoos, guest speaker; Thomas Hood, head of school; Joseph Synoski; and Gabriellia Nunez Becker.

MMI Preparatory School held an induction ceremony for students who joined the National Art Honor Society.

This is the third year for the MMI Chroma Chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

During the induction ceremony, assistant head of school Charles Seidel welcomed guests, and art instructor Lisa Ferry explained the purpose of the art honor society.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A new Facebook page has popped up titled "Taxpayers United for a Safe, Debt free school."

According to information posted on the site, the group formed to protect the taxpayers in the Lehighton Area School District from higher taxes, by supporting fixing the four local elementary centers and using asset management to repair the present buildings and not incur more debt, versus building a new multimillion dollar elementary center.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The founder of a boys choir based in northeastern Pennsylvania is heading to trial on charges alleging he sexually abused a member of the choir nearly two decades ago.

Authorities say 74-year-old Bernard Schade had a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and statutory sexual assault.

He's accused of raping a boy in 1996 who was under the age of 16. Authorities said the man came forward with the allegations last month.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Lehigh County man, with nine driving under the influence convictions, was sentenced to a lengthy county prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court. He was one of two men who previously pleaded to DUI charges to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Nesquehoning incident

James Rowlands, 50, of Allentown, was sentenced to serve 14 months to five years in prison on the DUI charge. He was also sentenced to serve 90 days in prison on a driving under suspension-DUI related count, consecutive to the DUI charge.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Party leaders in the Pennsylvania House imposed a ban Wednesday on most types of cash gifts in response to recent allegations that some state representatives accepted cash from a confidential informant in a criminal investigation.

The House Bipartisan Management Committee adopted a new ethics rule that prohibits cash gifts, although money from specified close family members and non-lobbyist friends is allowed, and the document specifically allows members to continue to accept campaign contributions that are "otherwise authorized by law."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

When emergencies strike, knowing how to handle special situations is key to helping the people in need.

That's why the Eastcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center is hosting a Mental Health First Aid course from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

The event is free and open to anyone. Registration is required by calling the Lehigh Carbon Community College Jim Thorpe campus at 570-669-7010 and leaving your name and telephone number.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Customers of the Rainbow Buffet restaurant at the West End Plaza on Route 209 in Brodheadsville are stopped in their tracks at the door with a sign that reads, "Closed By Order" of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services as of March 28.

The sign says it is "temporarily closed" due to the violation of "insect/rodent infestation."

The restaurant is owned by Shao Rainbow Restaurant Inc. A call placed to the restaurant resulted in a recording saying the line was no longer in service.