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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. George Trexler, Washington D.C. visited with the former's mother in Lehighton. Mr. Trexler was Lehighton's first mail carrier. He went to Washington under the late Fourth Assistant Postmaster General James I. Blakeslee and became assistant director of the postal department, which is next in line to Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. Mr. and Mrs. Trexler registered at the County Commissioners office today as voters.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Lansford man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to six criminal counts after previously entering pleas in three other cases, and was immediately sentenced to a state prison term. He also faces a big restitution bill.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Stevenson, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and Marilyn Kaul, chairperson of the historic preservation and tourism task force of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, unveil the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program brochure during a news conference Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker, in Victory Park, Slatington.

A snapshot of the Northern Lehigh area at a glance.

That's exactly what those who come in contact with a brochure to cap the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program can come to expect.

The pamphlet was displayed at a news conference conducted by Northern Lehigh Future Focus Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker in Victory Park, Slatington.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Members of the Eldred Township Veterans Commission, left to right, Leon Smale, Marlene Prutzman, Janet Smith, Mary Correll, Lorraine Everett, Helen Mackes, Wilbert Kleintop and Elmer Frantz, conducted a Memorial Day observance with patriotic songs, poems, readings and the recognition of area veterans lost serving their country.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

PennDOT workers and contractors have been working non-stop over the past few days repairing roads and washout areas since Saturday's violent rain storm. Pictured is a crew working on SR902 southeastof Summit Hill.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A wet Brittany Spaniel looks down from a rocky cliff along SR309 in Kline Township as McAdoo firefighters set up their ladder truck for a rescue.

Firefighters and police in Kline Township responded to the Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township Wednesday morning after a motorist heard a dog barking and noticed it perched on a high ledge overlooking the road.

"There was no way I could reach the dog," Township Police Chief John Petrilla said. "I radioed dispatch to have McAdoo Fire Company bring their ladder truck."

Petrilla closed one northbound lane of SR309 while firefighters arrived.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
 Samantha Schubert of Scranton (left) and Caitlynn Rendon of Tobyhanna ride the Sizzler at the Community Block Party at Sam Miller Field.

The Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association held a three day Community Block Party at Sam Miller Field in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe.

In addition to rides, games, food, and beverages, there was live musical entertainment each night.

Association member Shawn Sheckler, who is the Vice President of the Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association said, "we're here to raise money for Sam Miller Field and for the youth of Jim Thorpe and the community."

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nancy Albeck of Jim Thorpe holds stereo viewer and accompanying photos of the Switchback Railroad which are part of the Mauch Chunk collection of her late father, Bill Huber. The vast collection will be solde during an auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

The late Bill Huber was not one of the residents who voted for the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to merge and change their names to Jim Thorpe at an election held May 18, 1954.

"He loved Mauch Chunk," said his widow, Dorothy Huber.

His daughter, Nancy Albeck, remarked, "He didn't want (the name) changed. He was so sad when they changed the school to Jim Thorpe."

Huber, who died on June 6, 2011 at age 82, acquired a vast collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia. He had also collected railroad items and historical items from surrounding communities.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The cause of death for a Schuylkill County man, who was tied to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat, is still pending following an autopsy that was conducted yesterday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said an autopsy on the victim, Bryan R. Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg, did not determine the exact cause of death. The autopsy was conducted at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, by forensic pathologist Dr. Neil Hoffman.