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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Community Library Storybook Theater will present "The Phantom Tollbooth" on Thursday. There will be a Meet the Author at 5 p.m., a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the play begins at 6:30 p.m. Some of the cast members are, from left: Kodi Clifford (Milo), Megan Bush-Weiss (Tock), Michael Lamberti (the Humbug), Ambrose Cavalier (Dodecahedron) and Augustin Cavalier (Mathemagician.)

The kids from Western Pocono Community Library's Storybook Theatre bring laughter to the stage in their upcoming performance of "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. Dinner with the author and show will be on Thursday, July 17, if the author is well after a recent illness. Meet the author at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the show is at 6:30 p.m. at the library, at 131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, across from the Pleasant Valley Middle School. Please call to reserve for dinner at 570-992-7934.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township has a new set of wheels at a cost of $21,000.

At a special meeting on Monday, the township's board of supervisors agreed to purchase a 2008 Ford F-350 from Penske Truck Leasing, of Reading, Berks County. Supervisor Ron Walbert was absent.

The township had budgeted $50,000 in this year's budget for the truck, which replaces a 1996 bucket truck that supervisors previously said was not fully functional and was a safety hazard.

In other business, supervisors:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ernest Troy Freeby of Lansford was convicted of murdering his wife, Edwina Aiteno Onyango, a native of Kenya.

The state's highest court has refused to allow a convicted Carbon County murderer to appeal a decision by the state's Superior Court, which denied his appeal of his trial and sentence.

In a one-line order the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied the petition of Ernest Troy Freeby of Lansford to appeal the decision of the Superior Court.

In December 2013, the Superior Court upheld the conviction and sentence of life without parole imposed on Freeby.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

The animals aren't gathering two by two. Yet.

With even more rain forecast for today, our region continues to to slog through this soggy summer.

The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of heavy rain today, and a 60 percent chance tonight.

The drenching rains are putting a damper on outdoor activities, delaying baseball games, picnics and hikes.

At Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, Andrea Jacoby said the rainfall is making it tough to plan this week's Vacation Bible School activities.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clothing giveaway

St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Old Stage Road in Albrightsville, will begin its clothing giveaway on Wednesday.

The church will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other days and times are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information call Shirley at 570-325-3523.

Smoke detectors

If you are in need of a smoke detector for your residence, the Jim Thorpe Fire Department will give you one for your home. For more information, contact Bill Diehm, deputy chief, at 570-325-3890.

Class of 1964

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Wyoming Trail Council, a Native American organization, will be hosting a powwow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Camp Rotawanis in Drums, near the town of St. Johns. This event is open to the public with grand entry at noon on both days.

American Indians of many tribes will be representing their style of ancient and modern dance while wearing the regalia associated with the various dances and customs.

Native American vendors will be selling their hand crafts including blankets, furs, jewelry, knives, art and food.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Coaldale Advisory Council reported that Water Street (Route 209) in Coaldale is again cracking and sinking because of mine subsidence.

The street, resurfaced last October by the state highway department, has several cracks of sufficient width and depth to warrant extreme caution by motorists.

The borough council will also be asked to repair openings in other streets within the community where damage has been caused by subsidence. Thus far, the major portion of damage has been on Water Street, although damage is now being reported on both Ridge and High Streets.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. July 17 at the church.

On the menu will be hamburger barbecue, macaroni salad, potato chips and ice cream.

For more information call 610-377-2675.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Downpours like these don't have to stop you from having a good time.

It's summer and it's raining.

That means the kids are climbing the walls and moms and dads are pulling out their hair trying to find something fun to pass the time until the sun shines again.

Here are some ideas to make rainy days a little less painful.