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Monday, September 29, 2014

Hayrides will be offered on weekends in October at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Ride times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Reservations are required. The fee is adults $5 and children 12 and under $3.

The hayrides will depart from the beach area and follow the scenic Switchback Trail at the park.

To reserve your space call the Mauch Chunk Lake Park at 570-325-3669.

Monday, September 29, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Taking part in the costume parade during the Jim Thorpe Community Watch program at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park on Saturday, are, from left, Lindsey Ward, 10; Lexie Berhard, 10; Olivia Renode, 10; Kaclyn Knoll, 1 1/2; and Savannah Parse, 4.

Several hundred people attended a program held by the Jim Thorpe Community Watch on Saturday at Memorial Park.

The event included a costume parade, games, crafts, refreshments, face painting, and other recreational activities.

Jamie Solomon, a coordinator, said the event was sponsored by the JimThorpe Community Watch. It's the third year for the festival.

She said attendance was quadrupled from last year's event.

"It's our celebration for the kids," she said. "Everything is free except hay rides and food. Money from that goes to next year's event."

Monday, September 29, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Cole Mitzen, front, and his sister, Brooke, 7, play in the water at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Jim Thorpe, on Sunday, enjoying 80-plus degree weather.

It wasn't a record-setting day, but it sure felt that way.

Temperatures reached the 80s on Sunday, well above seasonal averages, sending people to beaches.

At Mauch Chunk Lake, as many as 30 people were swimming at one point, while some others donned bathing suits and enjoyed the rays.

Some people were content in fishing boats, spending hours on the lake.

Some of the visitors to Mauch Chunk Lake came from as far away as Bethlehem, Avoca and Mifflin County.

Monday, September 29, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Shrine of St. Therese in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning will be filled with people who hope to catch a rose during the 82nd annual Shower of Roses celebration on Sunday.

Roses from heaven will fall over the Shrine of St. Therese Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus, on Sunday during the 82nd annual Shower of Roses.

The event, held at the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 15 E. Garibaldi Ave., in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, has been well-attended over the decades.

The festival restarted in 2012, four years after the Allentown Diocese closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel, folding it, along with Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception churches, into a new church, St. Francis of Assisi.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Carbon County driver is facing charges following a vehicle stop that occurred in July.

Nesquehoning police said they have charged Jonathan Paul O'Gurek, 33, of 45 W. Walter St., Summit Hill, with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operation of a vehicle without an official certificate of inspection, registration and certificate of title required, and tire equipment and traction surfaces. The charges were filed Sept. 25.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lansford police are searching for two armed suspects in an overnight home invasion.

The incident occurred at 6 Leisenring St. when at least two people armed with handguns entered the residence. They reportedly fled on foot. It is unknown if anyone was injured.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Schuylkill County woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence stemming from a fatal crash in March.

State police at Frackville arrested Shirl Marie Mumie, 37, at her residence last week and transported her to Schuylkill County Prison.

Mumie was traveling east on Route 54 in Mahanoy Township around 12:30 a.m. on March 29, when her 1997 Chevrolet C/K 1500 crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by James Hossler, 62, of Shenandoah.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman died from her injuries after being shot twice while walking her dog near Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, while a teenager and three men went to the hospital after two gunmen in the city's Fairhill section opened fire.

Police identified the 42-year-old woman who died Sunday morning as Kathryn Berry, a mother of four who worked as a home health aide. Police say she had been heading to a corner store Saturday night and are unsure of a motive. They say the suspect targeted her, however.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted between Sept. 29-Oct. 4 on Routes 209, 248, 443, 902, and 903 in Carbon County. Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911.

To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A motorcycle rider was injured at 2:20 p.m. Saturday on route 443 near Fegley's FastFil. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, according to scanner reports, and suffered head injuries and a broken arm, but was awake and alert. He was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.