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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania priest who was caught having sex with a 15-year-old boy in a parked car is going to prison.

A judge in Lackawanna County on Tuesday sentenced the Rev. W. Jeffery Paulish to spend eight to 23 months behind bars.

The 57-year-old priest pleaded guilty in January to one count of felony corruption of minors.

Paulish was an assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.

Police said he was spotted by police in a parked car with the partially undressed teenage boy.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The point person for state budget matters among Pennsylvania House Republicans says it's possible that a budget bill could be introduced early next week, kicking off the amendment process ahead of the new fiscal year's June 1 start.

House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph said in brief remarks on the House floor Tuesday that revenues have been "very disappointing and troubling" and called the spending plan a work in progress.

The Delaware County Republican is vowing to have a budget passed by the end of the day June 30.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Crusaders For A Cause President Christina Obrecht, second from right, and treasurer Larry Zawaly, first from right, present a check to Palmerton Borough Councilman Kris Hoffner, center, who is joined by borough manager Rodger Danielson, first from left, and Councilman Jeremy Barbosa, second from left. Crusaders For A Cause donated a portion of proceeds collected at last month's spring carnival to be used to purchase a new flagpole for the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company.

A portion of proceeds from a spring carnival will be used to purchase a new flagpole for the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company.

Several members of Crusaders For A Cause gathered at the fire station Monday to present borough officials with a check from proceeds raised at the event.

Christina Obrecht, president of Crusaders For A Cause, said that just under $5,000 was raised from the carnival, held last month in the borough park.

"We've been allowed to use the park all these times," Obrecht said. "And we wanted to give back to our own fire department."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

There will be sealed contract bid openings at Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company today at 4 p.m. The fire company plans to build a truck garage on the fire company's lot at 597 Kunkletown Road.

The fire company put out three contract bids: the supply and construction of a truck garage building and sitework; supply and construction of electrical items; supply and construction of mechanical items such as heating and ventilation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
A truck owned by C. Bird Jr. Trucking of Weatherly is heavily damaged after  striking a tree near the Wash Shanty Curve on Route 209 in Nesquehoning Monday  afternoon. The driver of the truck was slightly injured. Traffic was disrupted for several hours.

A triaxle dump truck crashed into a tree Monday afternoon as it was climbing the Route 209 hill near the Wash Shanty Curve in Nesquehoning, disrupting traffic for several hours.

Nesquehoning Chief of Police Shawn Smith said the driver told him a front tire blew, causing him to lose control of the truck.

The truck, owned by C. Bird Jr. Trucking of Weatherly, left the right side of the highway and struck a large tree, causing major damage to the truck cab and injuring the driver.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

West Penn Township is going to hold off on planned culvert replacements in seven locations, citing budget constraints.

During a meeting Monday, Supervisor Ted Bogosh said that taking action on the culvert replacements should be put on hold until after the township has an exact cost for planned road repair and materials.

The township has been advertising for the work and materials, and bids will be opened at 8 a.m. June 9.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Members of the Carbon County Tourist Promotion Agency as well as the executive committee of the Western Poconos Vacation Bureau took tours of St. Mark's Church and Asa Packer Mansion.

They predict a successful tourist business for the area in the future and were in awe at the beauty of the church and the museum.

The group reported hearing plans by a New York firm, Ondine Productions Inc., to make a movie using the mansion as the setting. A group of about 25 people are expected to arrive sometime during June and July to begin filming.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Lisa Price/Times News Nichelle Pucklavage and Jared Sharpe, valedictorian, lead the Tamaqua Area graduates on Friday.

During a ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 147 Tamaqua Area High School seniors made the transition to graduates. Jared Sharpe was valedictorian and Tyler Ruch was salutatorian. Sharpe is headed to the University of Delaware and Ruch to Penn State University.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Melvin Jones Award was presented to, second from left, Mildred "Millie" Hawkey, while the Lion of the Year Award was presented to, third from left, Ana Maria Melo. Pictured with them are, first from left, Liz McElwee, first vice district governor; and, fourth from left, Sharon Kimmel, vice district governor.

They give and they give, and they give some more, never asking for anything in return.

This time, the shoe was on the other foot, as several members of the Palmerton Lions Club had recognition bestowed upon them.

The accolades came during the organization's annual installation of officers, which was held recently at the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton.

Vice District Gov. Sharon Kimmel was the installing officer.

Robert Silliman is president. Vice president is Nick Hawkey, second vice president is Dolores Unangst and third vice president is Mildred "Millie" Hawkey.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This playground in Parryville is scheduled for an upgrade thissummer.

Parryville Borough Council members met Monday evening to discuss upgrading the area park and a townwide cleanup.

The council passed a resolution to apply for a grant to give the park, located just off the Route 248 entrance to Parryville a much-needed facelift early this summer. Although a distinct price estimate for the project remains unknown, the grant will cover $60,000 of expenses.

In order to receive the grant, 15 percent of the $60,000 must be raised in the next three years. The council said $4,000 is already available, leaving $5,000 to be collected.