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Monday, August 2, 2010

Their honeymoon got off to a dramatic start when the jumbo jetliner on which Mr. and Mrs. George Nunnermacker, who were married Saturday in Jim Thorpe, were riding was hijacked to Cuba. A bearded gunman carrying a bag he said was filled with explosives commandeered the huge Pan American World Airways plane early today on a flight from New York to San Juan. The plane was down half an hour in Havana, then flew to Miami. Aboard the jetliner were 359 passengers and 19 crew members, all reported safe.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Pottsvillke man charged with committing six burglaries in Tamaqua over a two-year period was arraigned this morning in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Pottsville and pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him. He requested a jury trial.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Engineer Ted Stevenson told the Bowmanstown council at its July 27 meeting that everyone from East Penn has not connected to the sewer. He is working on the cost per 1,000 gallons of sewage based on a budget of 90 customers per quarter. At the end of the year an audit will be done.

He is estimating 80,000 gallons and so is using the number of 75,000 because it can be adjusted by a large payment at the end of the year.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Laura Kennedy, director of passenger service on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, said she's amazed at the interest people have in trains.

The railway operates from May to December from the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station in Jim Thorpe.

She said some people ride as often as three trips in one day. Some other riders appear at least once or twice a month.

In addition, she sees riders from every state in the union as well as from foreign countries. Recently, there were riders aboard from England.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Laura Kennedy, director of passenger services, stands on a diesel engine next to Old Mauch Chunk Train Station. Kennedy said passenger train rides by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway have been increasing each year. While the trains used to run just one or two days on a weekend, they now run four days a week during the summer and often are filled to capacity.

"All abo-o-o-a-r-r-d!!"

Maybe passenger train service will never equal its popularity of past generations, but a comeback from virtually dormancy has occurred. More people are hearing the familiar boarding wail of railroad conductors as they visit small passenger tourist lines across the nation and even abroad.

One needs only to visit Jim Thorpe any weekend between May and December to see the long lines of people waiting to board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to know how popular the trains have become.

Monday, August 2, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Runners Club has presented the scholarship awards from the 19th Annual Truskey Memorial 5K Run, which was held in August, 2009 at Tuscarora State Park.

Monday, August 2, 2010

An unknown amount of narcotics were stolen from a Schuylkill County store early today.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said two white males broke into the Midway Supermarket, located at 22 Forest Lane, in Hegins, Hegins Township, about 2:06 a.m. The two used a crowbar to open a door on the restaurant side of the market. Once inside they entered the locked pharmacy using a crowbar and removed the narcotics.

Monday, August 2, 2010
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, center, welcomes area legislators and county agencies to a legislative brunch on Friday. The group spoke about various county programs that help children to the elderly and the effects budget cuts have on these programs. Speakers are, seated from left, Sheila Theodorou, administrator/CEO of Carbon-Monroe-Pike County MH/MR; Jamie Drake, treatment program manager Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission; Pat Sasserath, executive director, Carbon County Assistance Office; Jeanne Miller, director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services at Lehigh Carbon Community College; and Cheri Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging. Not seen is guest speaker Megan Croizier, caseworker supervisor, Children and Youth Services.

In Carbon County, millions of dollars are spent annually on preventive programs that help children, families and the elderly.

Because of the state deficit, these programs have seen funding cuts over the last few years.

Monday, August 2, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Autumn Kocis, 8, loves to swing and go as high as she can. Her mother, Tracy Kocis of Lehighton, helps her reach for the sky as they spend a lovely day at the playground in the Palmerton Borough Park. Autumn will be a third grader at Towamensing Elementary School in the fall but until then, she and her mom are taking advantage of these great summer vacation days.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) Friday questioned Gov. Ed Rendell's priorities after it was reported that the governor is committed to spending $20 million for a minor league baseball stadium in Lackawanna County.