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Monday, May 12, 2014

Experts from Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Penn Forest Township will present the Butterfly Experience at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly.

RSVP by May 16 to Lisa Marie at 570-427-4500.

A $1 donation at the door will go to Dream Come True, which fulfills dreams for chronically and terminally ill children.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Got spring fever?

Crusaders for a Cause is hoping so and has planned four fun-filled days of activities to unleash that pent-up excitement.

The organization will stage its ninth annual spring carnival Thursday through Sunday in the Palmerton BoroughPark.

Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2-7 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

May 15 and May 18 are Kids Ride Special Day, which comes with a rides discount.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A 72-year-old Berks County man died after falling into the Lehigh River near Slatington Sunday morning.

Laverne S. Hunsicker of 14 Pheasant Drive, Greenwich Township, was fishing in the river when he fell.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Hunsicker was pulled from the river at about 9:20 a.m. He was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Craig Hanz at 10:15 a.m.

Grim said the incident happened about 50 yards south of the Route 873 bridge in Washington Township.

An autopsy is scheduled on Hunsicker today.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The college basketball coach who died in a fiery hot air balloon crash at a Virginia festival Friday spent her summers in Lake Hauto.

Ginny Doyle’s family, from the Philadelphia area, have owned a house on Lake Drive since the 1970s.

The Lake Hauto association sent an email this afternoon about Doyle, 44, who was an associate women’s basketball coach at the University of Richmond.

“Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Ginny Doyle, who was killed in a Hot Air Balloon accident, Friday evening, in Richmond, Va,” the email said.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC, which rebounded this season from a stubborn ratings slump, will try to build on its gains with a dozen new series that include dramas starring Debra Messing and Katherine Heigl and a pair of comedies produced by Will Ferrell.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A powerful spring storm dropped more than a foot of sloppy, wet snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Mother's Day, and forecasters warned that instability ahead of the cold front created conditions ripe for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Plains states.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — A motorist who police say was drunk and racing another vehicle has been jailed on charges he killed a Philadelphia School District police officer who was driving to work on his motorcycle.

The officer, 47-year-old Gregory Hayes, was a married father of two. He was wearing a helmet when he was thrown from his motorcycle after it collided with the truck that pulled into his path driven by 31-year-old Salome Seay, of Upper Darby Township.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania church whose first pastor helped union coal miners win a key labor victory against mine owners in the early 1900s is set to close.

The Diocese of Scranton says the last Mass will be celebrated June 29 at Holy Saviour Church in Wilkes-Barre.

The church has been a worship site of St. Andre Bessette parish, which was formed when Holy Saviour and two other parishes consolidated three years ago.

The parish of Holy Saviour was formed in 1895 and the church building to be closed was dedicated in 1909.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dr. Charles K. Herman, chief medical executive and chair of surgery at Pocono Health Systems, is the lead editor of a new textbook released at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery held in San Francisco.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Here's a snapshot of motherhood in Pennsylvania between 1991 and 2011, compiled from data released by the state Department of Health.

In Pennsylvania

The total number of births fell by 15.32 percent.

Births to married women during that same period fell by 29.01 percent.

Births to unmarried women rose by 15.08 percent.

Births to unmarried women under age 20 fell by 31.85 percent.

Births to unmarried women over age 20 rose by 34.66 percent.

Births to married women under age 19 fell by 81.38 percent.