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Monday, August 11, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS David B. Bryfogle of AMVETS Post 106 speaks at the ceremony to mark the start of the Vietnam War. At right is Harry Wynn, past president of Vietnam Veterans of Carbon County. For more photos, see the gallery at www.tnonline.com.

The hundreds of thousands of young men drafted to fight a war in the steamy jungles of Vietnam arrived home, weary and shocked, to hoots of derision and shouts of "baby killers."

They were boys, really, most barely out of high school when they were drafted.

But that shameful episode of American history taught us well, M. Jay Barry, commander of the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County, said at a ceremony held Saturday in Lehighton to commemorate the start of the Vietnam war.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Carbon County man was injured in a motorcycle accident in Schuylkill County over the weekend.

State Police at Schuylkill Haven said that a crash occurred at 4:25 p.m. Saturday along Route 2029 at Payton Street in EastNorwegian Township.

The crash occurred as Joseph Semanoff, 59, of Lehighton, was traveling north on Route 2029, when he negotiated a right-hand curve in the roadway and lost control of his 2014 Kawasaki.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is offering a unique way to help the Wounded Warrior Project.

Proceeds from a beginner yoga class will benefit the project in memory of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who died July 11, 2012. She was the daughter of Wayne and Cheryl Leone of New Ringgold.

The classes will be held from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Sept. 8.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Tamaqua Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Tamaqua Elementary School library.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed one day.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Zachary Hess

Police have identified the man involved in a fatal motorcycle crash that took place Friday along Route 54, just east of Shawn Avenue.

According to investigating officer Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, Zachary Hess, 28, Brockton, lost control of a Honda motorcycle and struck several trees.

Witnesses said they saw sparks coming from Hess's motorcycle before he crashed. Hess was not wearing a helmet.

Frederick said the crash is still under investigation.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The West Penn Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the West Penn Park.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Becky Neymoyer, right, of West Penn Township, with her patriotic pal, Martha Moyer of Jim Thorpe, said that lines were always long at Dale's Concessions.

A record-breaking crowd helped make this year's Carbon County Fair the most successful in its history.

More than 50,000 visitors came out to support the 15th annual event held at the fairgrounds along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

"This is the best year we've ever had," said Bob Silliman, fair president. "Every year we try new things that helps attract people."

Monday, August 11, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Emergency crews respond to the 200 block of Delaware Avenue just before 10:30 a.m. today for reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. One man was taken to the hospital for a head injury.

A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a vehicle this morning in Palmerton.

According to Palmerton Chief of Police, Randal Smith, Annette Wargo, 76, of Palmerton, was driving west on Delaware Avenue just before 10:30 a.m., when she struck Carl Eckhart of Palmerton, with the left side of her vehicle. Eckhart was standing somewhere in the middle of the street between 242-248 Delaware Ave., in the vicinity of Hager Furniture Co.

Eckhart's head struck Wargo's windshield.

Monday, August 11, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Bieniek escaped serious injury Saturday morning after he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe while driving along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill.

A New Ringgold man escaped serious injury following a one-vehicle crash in Summit Hill over the weekend.

According to Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, John Bieniek, 47, of 41 Schuylkill Road, was traveling east along East White Bear Drive in the borough just after 7 a.m. Saturday when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

Bieniek's vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe, went off the roadway, snapping a telephone utility pole and striking a tree.

Bieniek said he was not injured.

The Tahoe was towed from the scene by Krajcirik's Automotive and Towing in Lansford.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lansford Police are investigating a three-car crash that occurred last Thursday.

According to officer Chris Ondrus, Jason Seekins, 37, of 117 W. Ridge St., Coaldale, was driving a 2004 Subaru west on the 300 block of W. Abbott Street at at 10:38 p.m. Aug. 7 when he lost control and drove head on into a parked yellow 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The Cobalt was pushed onto a red 2007 Cobalt, both owned by Mike Rehatchek of Lansford.

Seekins told police he just had new tires installed and thought his alignment was off.