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Friday, July 2, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Democrats for Change's annual picnic attendees included Sarina Berlow, President of the Palmerton Area Democratic Club, Linda Christman, Chair of CCDC, Bar Johnston, Lehigh Valley Coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak, Justin Yaich, Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Representative of the 122nd District, and Nancy Kanjorski, wife of Congressman Paul Kanjorski who is seeking re-election to represent the 11th Congressional District.

Over 75 members of Carbon County Democrats for Change gathered for their Annual CCDC Picnic at Roy and Linda Christman's farm near Beltzville State Park on Saturday, June 26 to hear from their Democratic candidates and have fun. Featured speakers included Nancy Kanjorski, Justin Yaich and representatives of senatorial candidate, Congressman Joe Sestak, and gubernatorial candidate, Dan Onorato.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A teenage boy and his accomplice were nabbed on Thursday following an armed robbery at a Monroe Countyy business.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said a 14-year-old male from Swiftwater and Jeremy Goodson, 31, of Mt. Pocono, have been charged in connection with a robbery at Megha Tobacco Oultet located along SR611, in Mt. Pocono.

Friday, July 2, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly woman was lucky to escape serious injury or death Thursday afternoon when she drove her car off a steep embankment to a road surface below in Mahoning Township. The incident began when she tried to park her car in the lot of Oak Terrace Apartments along Oak Road. As she drove up to the concrete stop she apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car plunged through weeds and brush before plummeting over a very steep embankment to Oak Street. Her car continued onto a lawn stopping just short of a dwelling.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Carbon County Salary Board approved the following changes during its monthly meeting on Thursday. The changes are as follows:

Court administration

Ÿ Change the rate of one department clerk III from $11.60 per hour, to $11.26 per hour, effective July 1.

District Justices

Ÿ Establish the position of one district justice office supervisor I at $17.31 per hour, effective July 12.

Ÿ Abolish the position of one district justice office supervisor II at $36,127 per year, effective July 12.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., has the following new release movies available for patrons to borrow: Percy Jackson, The Green Zone, The Crazies, She's Out of My League, Remember Me, Hot Tub Time Machine, Alice in Wonderland, Lovely Bones, Princess and the Frog, Preacher's Kid, and New Moon.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Join naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails on Wednesday, July 7 at 9:00 a.m.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails cross through two creeks and run parallel to the lake. The hike features a spectacular view of the park from the dam.

Hikers will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off of Tuscarora Mountain Road, shine only. Pre-registration is required.

Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or register online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us under "calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park."

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Pottsville man accused of a string of burglaries in Tamaqua elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, on all the local charges filed against him, when he appeared before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Tuesday.

Charles Emerson Lash, 25, of 1001 W. Market St., is accused of burglarizing (twice each) the Citizen's Fire Company, the Tiki Bar and the Italian Club during a time spanning from 2007-2008.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Summit Hill man was severely injured during a Lehigh Valley Legion baseball game June 23. Kevin Hoben, Lehighton's first base coach, was struck in the left eye by a ball while pitching during batting practice before the team's game against Lower Macungie.

"It wasn't a line drive," Hoben said. "It just ricocheted off the ground and hit me."

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lansford police are investigating an incident of attempted child abduction.

The incident occurred one day last week as two children were playing outside in the 300 block of the east end of Snyder Avenue. Patrolman Chris Ondrus said two white men in a dark blue 1980s or 1990s van stopped. One man got out of the van and tried to pull a child into it. A relative of the children intervened, pulling the child away from the man.

The vehicle was seen again in the area a few days later, Ondrus said.

Friday, July 2, 2010
vinny vella/times news This mortar tube is an example of the type of fireworks illegal in Pennsylvania.

With Independence Day looming on the horizon, area residents are stocking up for backyard celebrations. Private caches of hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade are slowly forming, while the thrill-seeking youth (and young at heart) dream of summer skies illuminated by violent bursts of color.

Fireworks are a holiday staple, but Pennsylvania law prevents everything but "safe and sane" consumer products from being used. For many, this is a major disappointment, but there is a solution.

If you have an extra $500 lying around, that is.