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Thursday, July 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sandi Peters, vice president of the Palmerton Area Democratic Club adorns "Mary" the Donkey with some red, white and blue ribbons befitting the Democratic mascot who will be available for photos at the Palmerton and Lehighton Democratic Clubs' Annual Pot Luck Picnic, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 20 at the Holczman Farm in Ashfield.

The Palmerton and Lehighton Area Democratic Clubs are co-sponsoring an informal midsummer Potluck Picnic, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Bert Holczman's Farm, 540 Sand Quarry Road, Ashfield. Cover is available so the event will happen rain or shine.

Paper goods and ice will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their favorite dish, salad, chips, snacks or beverages, etc., to share.

A swimming pool and changing area are also available.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reveal that Carbon, Schuylkill, Northampton and Monroe counties are among those with the fewest crashes in the state in recent years.

Although Lehigh County's numbers were in the higher range, its crash-related deaths have decreased from 42 in 2012 to 30 in 2013.

According to Joe Schatz, police chief of Jim Thorpe, it is crucial that people are as informed as possible.

"We are sure to participate in all the programs that are put out by the commonwealth," he said.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

One man was taken to the hospital after his Jeep Wrangler crossed the double yellow line and struck a retaining wall outside aresidence in Mahoning Township. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Mahoning Drive and Seneca Road. Mahoning Township and Lehighton police, Lehighton Fire Department and Mahoning Valley Ambulance responded. The driver's identity had not been released as of press time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STROUDSBURG (AP) The founder of a northeastern Pennsylvania boys choir has pleaded guilty to several charges in 1996 sexual assault case and a child pornography case.

Seventy-four-year-old Kenneth Bernard Schade of Wind Gap entered the plea Monday in Monroe County to statutory sexual assault and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Other charges including rape and aggravated indecent assault were withdrawn as part of a plea agreement.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Parents who want to register their child for Head Start or Early Head Start may do so by calling 610-377-5671 or 570-645-7578.

Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5 who live in Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe or Lehighton school districts.

Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years old in the same school districts as Head Start. Pregnant women are also eligible.

The Coaldale Center, which serves the Panther Valley School district, has openings in both the center for Early Head Start and for the home-based program.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to deal with derelict properties is an issue plaguing almost every Pennsylvania community, including Tamaqua. The problem was once again discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown is hosting "How Great Thou Art" from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. This is a unique Silent Auction event that will feature only handcrafted items by local

artisans like the paintings, reclaimed barn wood frame, wooden bowl, carved cane, basket, scarf, hat and knotted quilt Renee Keiper and Kyle Strohl are displaying. Watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings; photography; jewelry; hand-dyed scarfs; sewn items; woodwork; wrought iron; and more will be featured. Entertainment will be provided by Kathy Reder,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tamaqua residents will be seeing a lot of new faces on the borough work crews over the next few weeks.

Council hired three new employees for the street department at Tuesday night's meeting, but the new hirings are not over. Council also voted to post several vacancies in house and advertise for a street worker/assistant mechanic.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Summit Hill woman has been charged with assaulting her newborn child.

According to Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, officers were dispatched to St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus in Coaldale on June 1 after hospital officials reported a suspected child abuse case in the emergency room.

An investigation determined that Ashley Orach, 28, of 10 S. Pine St., had assaulted her 5-week-old child.

She was charged with three counts aggravated assault, recklessly endangering children, simple assault and harassment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The directors of the Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce expressed grave concern that the dream of a proposed shopping mall on First Street could be doomed because of apathy.

The concern was noted following the report of Dave Hontz, chairman of the code and enforcement committee, that several inquiries to borough council have been made regarding adoption of codes in order to ensure a better Lehighton have been unproductive.

The chamber is hoping a mall can be erected in the vicinity of the Lower Lehighton Park.