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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Penn Forest Township Planning Commission Chairman Allen Heydt presents a plague to Herbert L. Green for his 29 years of service to the planning commission.

Penn Forest Township supervisors learned Monday evening that the hydrology report provided by Hanover Engineering for the new township park may not be accurate.

"There are significant fundamental engineering mistakes. These mistakes make the design unacceptable for construction," claimed Bruce Haige, PE of Haige Engineering.

Haige was hired by Bear Creek Lake Association to review the plans for the park, which is being constructed on Route 903 directly across from Bear Creek Lake.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blue Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, 18 Church Road, Jim Thorpe, is hosting a mixer for the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Take a tour and visit live butterflies in the indoor Flutterarium where expertly trained docents will answer questions and amaze you with butterfly facts.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Pennsylvania State House has adopted a resolution to urge the United States Postal Service to issue a coal miners postage stamp.

The Coal Miners Stamp Committee of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the state-formed Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee have agreed to begin a nationwide campaign to educate and inform the American public on the stamp project.

Although the Resolution was clearly aimed to support Pennsylvania's historic coal heritage, the text of the document focused on the continuing riskiness of coal production and its most recent tragedy in West Virgina.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Many area residents were among of 92 defendants charged with criminal offenses who were arraigned Monday morning in Schuylkill County court before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Robert Lee Raeder, of 107 Gay St., Tamaqua, charged by Trooper Edward Lizewski with rape of person under age 13, unlawful contact or communication with minor, aggravated indecent assault, incest, corruption of minor, indecent exposure, unlawful contact or communication with minor, indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Members of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center are looking for extra help today preparing for tomorrow's Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic concert to be held at the center.

Some tasks include cleaning, making more room and so on. Volunteers are encouraged to stop anytime from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tomorrow's free concert starts at 7 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine Street.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Pick-up truck burns West Penn Fire Company Lt. Josh Holmberg uses foam to extinguish a burning pickup truck on Route 443 in West Penn Township last evening.

The 500 block of Clamtown Road (SR443) in East Brunswick Township was closed for a half hour last evening as firefighters worked to extinguish a pick-up truck on fire. Firefighters on scene said the truck was fully engulfed when they arrived. Responding were state police, West Penn Township Police and firefighters from New Ringgold and West Penn. No injuries were reported. Firefighters and fire police closed that section of SR443 for the duration.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Site of hit and run accident in Mahoning Township.

A Lehighton man is facing charges following a hit-and-run accident which occurred Sunday night in Mahoning Township.

Tyler Recica, 23, was charged with accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property, careless driving, and driving vehicle at safe speed.

According to police in Mahoning, on June 30, police responded to a hit-and-run accident that occurred sometime during the night on Mahoning Drive West.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

For those who are visiting the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport there is good news.

The parking lot will be paved this summer.

Presently the parking lot surface is a layer of fine dirt with potholes throughout, but bids for the paving project have gone out and the paving of the parking lot should happen soon.

Members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission said that the project had been anticipated to be completed by the end of June, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the project is now slated for July.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summit Hill Heritage Center which will be hosting a free program on July 4 starting at 11:30 a.m. with selected patriotic speeches from the American Revolutionary period culminating in a noon reading of the Declaration of Independence as it would have been read after being passed by the Continental Congress in 1776.

Monday, July 1, 2013

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) Friday announced that they have successfully secured $2.5 million in state funding for the Attorney General's mobile street crime unit.

The funding, included in the $28.375 billion 2013-14 state budget, will allow the office of Attorney General to implement a mobile street crime unit that will disrupt and dismantle criminal gangs in Pennsylvania.