Friday, September 4, 2015

Local News

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Lehighton Shade Tree Commission has come up with an idea to help honor the borough’s sesquicentennial celebration. That concept is 150 trees for 150 years, an idea that was shared at the History of Lehighton, Part 2, event held last month.

Shade Tree member Kenneth Leffler said that the partnership the committee has made with the sesquicentennial committee is for the common goal of not only remembering the borough’s history, but to make sure there is more history to be made and memories to cherish.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The committee members for the 11th annual Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company horse show are, from left, Bruce Berger, Julie Rhodes, Charles Getz, Mary Walsh and Colleen Gower. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

Eleven years ago the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company wanted to buy a safety van and needed to come up with a way to make the down payment of $10,000.

Charles Getz, the owner of the farm adjacent to the firehouse suggested a horse show. He has hosted the horse show every year since its inception.

The horse show will take place rain or shine on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will be at the Getz Farm, located at the intersection of Route 534 and North Old Stage Road, Albrightsville. Admission is free for spectators.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here comes the bride all dressed in white. And, don't look now, but here come thousands of bicyclists not dressed in anything.

Nude and body-painted participants from this year's Philly Naked Bike Ride cruised through the wedding day photo shoot of lovebirds Ross Cohen and Blair Delson.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UPPER BERN, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a Pennsylvania chicken farm fire in which 70,000 birds were saved.

The fire at A&L Farms in Upper Bern started Sunday night and caused $1.7 million in damage.

The Morning Call ( ) reports no chickens were in the building at the time and firefighters kept the flames from spreading to other buildings.

State police are continuing their investigation.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a baby girl was successfully delivered in the backseat of an Uber car parked by the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The New York Daily News reports ( ) the birthing process began around 5:15 p.m. Monday as the baby's 32-year-old mother was in the backseat of the ride-hailing company's car.

The mother's driver flagged down a Port Authority police officer after stopping the car near West 40th Street and Dyer Avenue.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A judge has ordered a Monroe County man to serve consecutive life sentences for fatally shooting two neighbors with a shotgun in March 2014.

Garry Flyte, 56, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder on during a court appearance Monday. He had been set to go to trial on the charges later this year.

Prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty against Flyte in exchange for his pleading guilty but mentally ill.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A 10-year project to remediate the former New Jersey Zinc Co. west plant is right on schedule.

Developer George Petrole, of Northface Development, gave an update to the Palmerton Chamber of Commerce recently on the eventual Northface Business Park located along Route 248 in Palmerton.

Petrole said the group has ramped up activity at the eventual Northface Industrial Park within the past 18 months.

“This is not a small job,” he said. “In 2010, we said it would take 10 years; it’s going to take us 10 years.”

Monday, August 31, 2015


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. in Jim Thorpe, will be holding a free pork and sauerkraut community dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

For more information call 570-325-2241.

Monday, August 31, 2015


10 K Run

Overall Male – Eric Oertner, New Tripoli, 44:53.

Overall Female – Bonnie Natt, Drums, 51:04.


Age 14-18 – 1. Devin Steigerwalt, Lehighton, 48:21.

Age 25-29 – 1. Andrew Feher, Tamaqua, 46:57.

Age 30-34 – 1. Dave Frederickson, Northampton (Time not reported).

Age 35-39 – 1. Wayne Herring, Schuylkill Haven, 49:40; 2. Brian Lawfer, Barnesville, 58:22.

Age 40-44 – 1. Jason Setlock, Middleport, 47:51; 2. Brian Senglar, Barnesville, 52:20; 3. Gennaro Land, Bethlehem, 55:05.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Faith and spirit series is today

The Faith and Spirit Series will present the Rev. Stephen DeLacy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at P.J. Whelihans, 101 Harrity Road in Lehighton.

His topic will be “Put on the Armor of God: Spiritual warfare in the modern world.”

He will discuss:

• Does the devil/Satan really exist?

• Are we being deceived?

• What’s the harm in New Age spirituality?

There is no charge to attend.

For more information, call 610-289-8900, ext. 221.