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AWSOM's Vet Clinic Is Now Open
Friday August 28th 2015

Maya is now expected to make a full recovery all thanks to AWSOM Animal Wellness Center- the shelter's new spay-neuter clinic. A family found the dog vomiting and brought the stray immediately to AWSOM about a week ago. The eight-year-old Malamute had been sick for awhile and could barely walk. The end of her tongue actually died from the infection.
Supervisor Lisa Pearson of AWSOM Animal Shelter explains, "She actually had pyometra. She was never spayed so her uterus was actually eight pounds and it nearly killed her."
Veterinarian Jennifer Mahan says there wasn't much time left to save her. If Maya wouldn't have gone into surgery right away, she would've died that night.
Maya is the first animal to be saved by the clinic but the low-cost facility is already busy helping plenty of other pets get their routine checkups and vaccinations.
The main goal is to control the feral cat population and reduce the number of unwanted animals. It's a big problem in Monroe County. Many times dogs and cats are found abandoned because the owners can't take care of the them in these tough economic times.
AWSOM Animal Shelter located next door is also already benefitting from the vet available Monday through Friday. Officials say it's cost effective, productive and stress-free for their animals.
Pearson adds, "They're seen every single day now. We don't have to put them in the vans and take them out to the vets. It's a huge stress to put them in the van, they get scared."
Not to mention Maya's life- she'll be ready to go to a foster home within a few weeks and then hopefully find a forever home.
Pearson says, "She loves children, loves everybody. She loves attention, she loves affection and she gives it back to you."
If you'd like to foster Maya or bring your dog or cat to the clinic, just go to AWSOM's website at www.awsomanimals.org for more information.

Economic Boost Expected Next Month In Pocono Region
Thursday August 27th 2015

Up to two million Catholics are expected to travel to Philadelphia for the Pope's visit. Now that hotels there are booking up, tourism officials say people are turning to the Poconos for a place to stay.
Stroudsburg is only about a two hour drive to the City of Brotherly Love, and hotel managers tell us people are already calling to book a room for Pope Francis' first visit to the United States. Officials at the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau tell us they've also received numerous calls with people asking where they can stay- not only to go to Philly but to escape the massive crowds and have an early fall getaway.
Officials also say the Poconos is the perfect pit stop for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the Catholic Leader from places further away like Canada and New England. They're expecting a lot of tour buses to pass through too going to and from the city.
Tourism officials say rooms are still available in the Poconos now but they wouldn't be surprised if the hotels are sold out closer to the Pope's arrival.

ESU Parking Issue
Thursday August 27th 2015

ESU just started another Fall semester and parking continues to be an issue. The school officials say that they have thought of adding a garage, but due to the increase of online courses there are less students. So officials don't want to invest in a garage unless it is necessary. School officials say there is available parking, but students rather park closer to the center of campus and that leads to the congestion in the lots.

Have Fun At The West End Fair And Help The Community At The Same Time
Wednesday August 26th 2015

Monroe County's biggest fair is making a big impact in our area. The West End Fair is in full-swing and runs until Saturday. The 94th annual West End Fair is bigger and better- drawing more people from all over.
Each year the week long event adds on to what it has to offer. Organizers hope it entices more people to come out. They have a goal to beat last year's attendance, which officials say was approximately 157,000 people. And so far it's looking good with great weather.
The more people that come out, the more local businesses benefit, which also includes local farmers selling their produce at the fair.
West End Fair Vice President Tom Hogdon explains, "People traveling in, I'm sure they're buying gas, food. And not to mention all the vendors here that buy all the food and serve it here. A lot of money being exchanged."
But it's even more far reaching from a community standpoint. It's the biggest fundraiser of the year to raise money for some area charities and services. The Western Pocono Women's Club is one that sells food and all the money made goes right back to organizations that help people like fire companies and Meals on Wheels. So come out tonight and help your community while having fun!

Pike County Murder Suspect Extradited
Wednesday August 26th 2015

Jared Masker was led into court today, shackled and chained by the PA State Police. Masker is accused of shooting and killing Kristopher Hanscom, last Tuesday morning, outside the Silver Lake Tavern in Delaware Township. Jared Masker, was arrested only a few hours later, after NJ State Police apprehended him in Branchville NJ. District Attorney Ray Tonkin, credited the coordination between the NJ and PA State Police for capturing Masker shortly after the shooting. At his hearing, Masker responded yes to understanding the charges against him, including murder. State Police tells us however, the weapon used in the crime is still missing, but multiple eyewitnesses at the bar, identify Masker as the shooter. The Judge denied the 31-year old alleged killer bail, his preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 8th.

NPS Seeks Input on Potential Visitor Use Management Strategies
Tuesday August 25th 2015

The National Park Service will hold another round of public meetings on its visitor use management plan. The plan is a guide to plan for public access to the park as well as what areas should be protected and where the park service should provide more access to the public. Three more public meetings will be held in early September on the dates below. Materials can be reviewed now and official comments can be submitted online through the NPS’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/dewa between September 8 and October 9, 2015.
Additional information and updates can be found on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/dewa/getinvolved/index.htm or by following us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.
Thursday, September 10, 7 pm to 9 pm
Sussex County Technical School
105 North Church Road
Sparta, NJ 07871
Friday, September 11, 1 pm to 3 pm
Matamoras Fire Hall (Airport Park)
506 Avenue Q
Matamoras, PA 18336
Saturday, September 12, 2 pm to 4 pm
Bushkill Inn and Conference Center
159 Pocmont Loop
Bushkill, PA 18324

National Park Celebrates Birthday
Tuesday August 25th 2015

The National Park Service celebrated its 99th Birthday today. To commemorate the turning of nearly a century, the Park Service offered free access for visitors to explore some of the sites. People from New York, Connecticut, and even some locals were out taking advantage of the special day. Yaako Abadi, was with his family and says getting away from it all, is what nature is all about " I love it up here its great, just great, and no Wi-Fi, you can't get service anywhere out here, and that's a good thing." Next year the Park Service will be celebrating a milestone, when it turns one-hundred years old.

Safety Concerns After IndyCar Driver Dies
Tuesday August 25th 2015

The death of an IndyCar Driver after being injured during Sunday's race in Long Pond is raising safety concerns. Justin Wilson died last night. He was in a coma in critical condition at an Allentown hospital. Now people are questioning whether better safety measures could've been in place to prevent such a tragedy.
IndyCar Executives say 37-year-old Justin Wilson died Monday night surrounded by family members at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The driver from England who enjoyed great success during his two-decade career sustained a head injury in the Verizon IndyCar Series Race Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
The husband and father of two was struck by debris from a single-car crash on lap 180 of the 200-lap race. Now fans we found in our area today are questioning if anything could've prevented the tragedy.
But a driver and teacher of open-wheel racing says it's a dangerous sport and the risk comes with the territory.
Everyone we spoke with at Harmony Beverage located in Blakeslee do agree the tragedy could've happened anywhere, not just on the Tricky Triangle. The concern is over the vehicle's design with the driver area being open.
Pocono Raceway Officials had this to say about the crash: "Pocono Raceway’s commitment to driver and fan safety continues to be at the forefront of our minds. We have made multiple upgrades and updates to our facility... All current safety systems at Pocono Raceway performed as designed over the weekend."
And IndyCar has made safety upgrades in the past.
Pocono Raceway's three-year contract with IndyCar is now up and it's up in the air whether they'll sign another. Residents tell us this incident should not be a deterrent in their decision. The manager at Harmony Beverage adds they appreciated the race's business over the weekend.
Track officials say they're continuing to look at all aspects of their IndyCar weekend to determine whether the sport will be coming back moving forward.

Pike DA Announces New Charges in Shooting
Monday August 24th 2015

Ray Tonkin announced that Jared Masker is being charged with the murder of Kristopher Hanscom. The shooting happened last week in the early morning hours at the Silver Lake Tavern in Delaware Township. State Police in NJ apprehended Masker, several hours after he was identified as the shooter. Now, Masker is being charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm without a license. Masker still remains in the custody of the NJ State Police, Tonkin says " the extradition process could move as quickly as this week if he agrees, but if not it could take up to 90 days" State Police say they are still investigating what caused the shooting.

Tannersville Gas Station Robbery
Monday August 24th 2015

Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a Tannersville gas station this past weekend. The Citgo gas station on the corner of Routes 611 and 715 had their second robbery this month. The dispute began when a black male was stealing a candy bar. The store owner so him stealing and confronted the man. The man reacted by pushing and punching the owner, leaving the owner with a broken nose. The man fled in a SUV with a New York license plate GXLA206. Police are actively investigating and say the car is registered to a woman, who was not identified.

Kidder Township Vacation Rental Ordinance
Friday August 21st 2015

A proposal called the Vacation Rental Ordinance would drastically change the way some vacation homes are rented. Kidder township met last night to discuss the idea. Guidelines in the ordinance would provide different sets of rules for owners than renters, along with some new taxes. Home owners and relators say the rules need to be clarified. Council members voted last night to table the proposal, saying three out of the five of them need more information before they will advertise it.

A Special Reunion Takes Place at Vetstock
Friday August 21st 2015

The 5th Annual Vetstock kicked off today at the American Legion in Milford. Combat veterans, from World War 2, Vietnam, and the Gulf got together to raise money for a wounded veteran. This year though, a special guest made the trip all the way from Idaho. Larry Uzzel, the original pilot of the army chopper that was dedicated to the Legion 10 years ago, showed up to Milford to visit the plane. Uzzel captained the helicopter back in 1970 and he says " the second I saw the helicopter I just started tearing up, its amazing ." The Vetstock festivities include a Rodeo show at the Malibu Dude Ranch at 6pm tomorrow, a long with a Poker Run starting at 10 am on Sunday, at the Legion in Milford. All the money raised through Vetstock , will go towards purchasing a handicapped accessible home for a wounded veteran.

Jim Thorpe High School Mourns
Friday August 21st 2015

The Carbon County coroner reports 16 year old Jasmine Fonseca and 16 year old Taylor Shepherdson did in a two vehicle crash on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township just before 9 last night. The girls were students and cheerleaders at Jim Thorpe High School Crisis counselors will be available on Monday, August 24th when teachers are scheduled to be back and again on Wednesday, August 26th.

West End Fair New Attractions
Friday August 21st 2015

The West End Fair will be starting this Sunday, and this year there are some new attractions. Both the Jonas Oven will be serving bread for the first time and the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Museum are making debuts on opening day this Sunday. The Farm Museum will feature some antique farming equipment. The fair runs through next Saturday.

IndyCar Race Economic Impact In The Poconos?
Friday August 21st 2015

Monroe County is revving up for the ABC Supply 500 this weekend. For the past two years, the green light only turned on for the IndyCar Series Race in Long Pond on the Fourth of July Weekend. Now business owners are wondering how moving the race to later in the season will effect their bottom line.
The American flags are out and waving proudly in the wind, but this weekend Monroe County is focused on a checkered flag. Pocono Raceway signed a contract to bring the IndyCar Series Race back to the Tricky Triangle for three years. For the first two, the race event zoomed in while fireworks were going off for the Fourth of July. The race this weekend is the first to happen without a holiday's competition. Unlike NASCAR events that draw a huge crowd to the region, business officials won't know for sure what the economic boost will be until Sunday. This race isn't just deciding who will be in the running for the Verizon IndyCar Series crown, it'll make or break whether the race will be back in the Poconos. Driver Number 27 Marco Andretti says he hopes it does draw the crowd needed to keep the race coming back to his home turf.
The race is set to get the green flag shortly after 2:30 this Sunday.

Wabash Creek Concerns
Thursday August 20th 2015

A creek that runs underneath a Schuylkill County community is causing some problems on the surface. A culvert carries the Wabash Creek underneath the West side of Tamaqua for about a mile. The creek has concerned residents for decades. A sinkhole on the public library's property on South Railroad street allows people to look directly into the creek. This week, borough officials voted to have the creek surveyed, something which was last done seven years ago. Officials will look for structural damage to the culvert. The survey is expected to be conducted this fall.

Pike Shooting Escalates to Homicide
Thursday August 20th 2015

A shooting earlier this week in Pike County is now a homicide. During the early morning hours on Tuesday, Kristopher Hanscom was shot in the face outside the Silver Lake Tavern in Delaware Township, he died the following day. Today police were sweeping the area outside of the bar and even k-9 units were dispatched to help the officers look for more evidence. New Jersey State Police arrested a Milford man, Jared Masker in Branchville NJ and charged him with the crime. Masker still remains in the NJ State Police custody, District Attorney, Ray Tonkin is waiting for Masker to be extradited to Pennsylvania. He says the process could happen as early as this week. Police are still investigating what caused the shooting.

Have You Checked Out Eldred Township's Community Center?
Thursday August 20th 2015

A new community center in Eldred Township is already paying off. Not only is it succeeding at bringing people of the area together, but it's becoming an important resource.
Eldred Township officials call their new community center a success. The grand opening was only a little over three months ago.
The former elementary school is no longer sitting empty. Back in 2010, the school's enrollment dropped and it closed. The township bought the building for only a dollar from Pleasant Valley School District. So far the YMCA is there offering a convenient workout space, along with classes. A thrift store recently opened up shop and rooms are being rented for special occasions like birthday parties at just 20 bucks per day. They've had yard sales and many more events are planned like a car show on September 12th. The goal is to provide outreach to the community like helpful resources. Right now they're looking to open up a food pantry. Officials say the one in Brodheadsville is swamped. And fun activities-- They already have a music room where you're invited to partake in jam sessions every Monday. There's a community room and now a story time hour is planned to happen a couple Sundays out of the month. Children can even borrow books to read at home.
They'd love for you to come check it out too, just call the township for more information. The township supervisors just received a $100,000 LSA Grant they plan to use for renovations throughout the building, along with air conditioning and heating units for the rooms.

Suspected Heroin Dealer Appears in Court
Wednesday August 19th 2015

Dorothea Gunderman, a 49- year old real estate agent from Dingmans Ferry was arrested earlier this month for selling heroin. Milford Borough Police arrested the Milford realtor, after a tip from someone at the company, she was selling drugs out of the office. When police searched her desk, inside a bag, they discovered over 20 bricks of heroin. Police arrested Gunderman the following day, upon the arrest, they confiscated another 29 bags from her purse. Gundermans preliminary hearing was continued, she will reappear in court on September 2nd.

Body Recovered From Delaware River After Drowning Yesterday
Wednesday August 19th 2015

A body is recovered from the Delaware River today after a drowning yesterday. Divers from the National Park Service located the man's body this afternoon around two near the Interstate 80 Toll Bridge in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The search was called off last night when it started to get dark and resumed this morning. Officials say 26-year-old Darius Vinson of Far Rockaway New York went under the water around three-thirty yesterday afternoon on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River across from Price's Landing in Monroe County. Vinson was hiking with a friend on the Karamac Trail when they decided to cool off in the river. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Park Ranger Kathleen Sandt says, "He had been swimming with a friend, got into trouble with the current. His friend went out to try and help him, but also got into trouble. Luckily, there was kayakers passing by."
The kayaker was able to throw a life jacket to the friend and save him. Neither were wearing a life jacket at the time. We found a family getting ready to take a canoe trip on the river today at Smithfield Beach. They tell us the first thing they must have when venturing out into any body of water is a safety vest.
New York Resident Thomas Barbieri says, "You don't know what's under the water. I mean even if the water is clear, there's always a dark spot, you know a current. I lost a cousin."
Officials say Vinson's body was recovered in 10 feet of water approximately 800 yards downstream from where he entered the water.

Senator Against Large Trucks Bill
Wednesday August 19th 2015

Senator Bob Casey visited Monroe County to express his feeling on the addition of larger trucks on the Pennsylvania Highways. Casey says that the PA roads are not mean't for these large vehicles and can cause a safety threat. He wrote a letter to the House Speaker in order to request them to study more about the idea of allowing these trucks on the nations highways. The Bill has been passed the House could become law by the end of September.

Accessible Trail at Hawk Mountain
Wednesday August 19th 2015

One of the most popular views at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, is now accessible to people of all abilities. The sanctuary recently opened its newly built 1400 foot long accessible trail. It's under 8 percent grade through out and flattens out at every 100 feet. Specially designed benches offer a place to take a break. The trail cost about $600,000 to build and was funded through grants and private donations.

A Local Pool With a Large Leak
Wednesday August 19th 2015

The Lansford pool is leaking around 30 gallons of water per minute which adds up to around 1.3 million gallons of water per month. The Lansford Parks and Recreation Committee was notified just recently by the Lansford Water Authority. Two key factors are still unknown: Where the leak is, and where all that water is going. Martin Ditsky, President of the Lansford Borough Council says they don't know when it started but he presumes it began this summer when they opened the pool in July. Officials say the pool is over 30 years old and updates are needed. The council has allotted $5,000 towards leak detection but as for repairs, council members say they haven't discussed costs yet.

Part Of Route 314 In Monroe County To Be Closed A Little Over A Month
Tuesday August 18th 2015

Route 314 West in Pocono Township will be closed for a little over a month starting this Thursday. Signs are posted on the highway warning residents and motorists they'll be detoured for construction work from Route 611 to Fairview Avenue starting August 20th until September 25th. PennDOT officials confirm they issued Kalahari Resorts and Conventions a permit for the work. The detour uses Routes 611 and 940. Kalahari officials say the construction will restore the westbound lane that underwent utility work earlier this year.

Bake Oven Dedication
Tuesday August 18th 2015

The Jonas Bake Oven will be at the West End Fair this week. Today Monroe County dignitaries and residents were in attendance to see the remodeled oven. The building the oven sat in was burnt down by an arsonist in 2005. Since then the oven has been brought to the West End Fair Grounds and will be used to make bread during the fair next week.

New State of the Art Middle School
Monday August 17th 2015

The new Northampton area middle school is ready to open its doors. On August 31st, about 1300 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will the school. District officials held an officials ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday. The nearly 47 million dollar facility features a courtyard, 17,000 square foot gymnasium and 86 state of the art classrooms. An open house for the community will be held on Sunday, October 11th.

Police Ask For Your Help Finding a Suspect Involved In A Stabbing
Monday August 17th 2015

Police are searching for a man who stabbed a security guard in Middle Smithfield Township. It happened early Sunday Morning at My Place Bar and Grill on Route 209. Pennsylvania State Police in Swiftwater say they were called to Pocono Medical Center around 1AM Sunday for a victim that was stabbed. Security Guard 53-year-old Paris Alfonso Dia told police he was stabbed in the chest. He says a black male was asked to leave the bar and an argument ensued. Police say Dia told them the suspect pulled out a knife and stated he was going to stab him. Then the suspect began to leave and while walking down the back stairs, turned around and did just that. People walking into to the adjoining Muller's Diner this morning weren't surprised by the incident. They say it can happen anywhere in this day and age.
Police ask anyone who saw anything around the time of the incident or if you have any information at all to contact them at 570-839-7701.

Delaware Valley invests Millions in Construction Projects
Monday August 17th 2015

Delaware Valley School District invested nine million dollars for its latest construction and renovation projects. They are adding a new addition to the gym, it will feature new boys and girls locker rooms, along with a new practice facility for the wrestling team. Superintendent John Bell says, " The old gym is no longer adequate to accommodate the number of students and during events, fans need to pack into the gym like sardines". In addition to the gym, the new elementary school is being built in Matamoras Airport Park. Workers have already started building the exterior foundation, and estimate to have the outside of the building completed before the winter hits. Bell says he estimates both projects to be wrapped up by next August.

Proposed Bill to Expand Tractor Trailers
Friday August 14th 2015

The "One Size Fits All" provision in The House Transportation Appropriations Bill would allow double trailers to add a significant amount of feet to their already lengthy trailers. Almost 20 feet to be exact. The current double tractor trailer model is two 28-foot-long trailers that measure a total of 66 feet. The new truck called "Twin 33" would increase both trailers lengths by 5 feet and add additional connectors, creating a 85-foot-long train like vehicle. U.S. Senator Bob Casey PA roads are not designed to handle vehicles of this size. He says the bill is still in it's early stages, but he will continue fighting to put the breaks on expanding tractor trailers.

Tedesco Trial Day Five
Thursday August 13th 2015

John and Tina Tedesco are on trial for the murder of seventy year old Barbara Rabins. The two are accused of neglecting Rabins and using her trust fund money for their own personal use. According to court records, on August 18, 2011 Rabins was found dead after choking on a piece of cheese, but the Tedesco's say that wasn't due to them neglecting her. The case will go to closing arguments tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse.

Man Accepts Guilty Plea In Drunk Driving Death Of A Monroe County Man
Wednesday August 12th 2015

A man is in court today charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence. Police say 38-year-old Eric Hauff of Northampton County hit 26-year-old Jonathan Kennedy of Saylorsburg and his girlfriend 28-year-old Gina Huseman in Pen Argyl on Memorial Day Weekend. The two were walking across Route 512 to go to a carnival at Weona Park. Hauff had a Blood Alcohol Content of .21, nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Kennedy died and Huseman suffered a broken neck and other injuries. Today Hauff waived his right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to plead guilty to homicide by vehicle while under the influence and aggravated assault while driving under the influence. The deal reached between the Commonwealth and the Defense calls for Hauff to spend at least four years in state prison to a maximum of eight for both offenses. Hauff originally was charged with nine felony, misdemeanor and summary offenses. Kennedy's parents have filed a civil lawsuit against Hauff and his wife Janelle seeking $200,000 in damages. Hauff is out on bail awaiting his arraignment date scheduled for October 15th.

Awsom Animal Shelter Reduces Adoption Price
Wednesday August 12th 2015

The AWSOM Animal Shelter will be participating in the national event Clear the Shelter Day on Saturday. The event will take place at the shelter and animals will be reduced in price. AWSOM Board Member Sandra says, "A reduction of fifty dollars on dogs that are over a year and we are looking at a reduction of twenty five dollars for cats." Kittens and puppies will not be included in the sale.

Kathleen Kane Reaction
Wednesday August 12th 2015

Attorney General Kathleen Kane denies any wrong doing and vows to fight charges against her. The embattled attorney general broke her silence today during a news conference at the state capitol in Harrisburg. Kane is accused of leaking grand jury information in retaliation against political enemies, but Kane says charges against her are meant to keep her quiet on the so called "porngate" scandal. We spoke with some locals at the Bowmanstown diner about their take on the charges against Kane. One woman tells us "My view on politics isn't good because of stuff like this." Kane faces several criminal charges including perjury and obstruction. A preliminary hearing for Kane is scheduled on August 24th.

2nd Annual Pocono Latin Fest Promises To Be Bigger And Better
Tuesday August 11th 2015

Latin culture will soon take center stage in Monroe County. The Pocono Latin Fest will once again come alive at Alpine Mountain Resort and Ski Area's parking lot on Sunday, August 23rd from 1-7PM. Admission is free and it's going to be bigger and better. Chestnuthill Township Resident Edwin Prudencio started the annual event last year, because it's greatly needed. The Latin American population continues to grow in Monroe County. The idea is to bring everyone together with the goal of getting them to be more active in the community. All while getting people excited about the Latin culture. It's a family fun day-- everything from food, shopping, children's activities, zumba and music. The fest is completely booked with all different kinds of acts. But it is in need of more vendors, especially ones to put the Latin flavor on your tastebuds.
Ahh...Sheri Empanadas located on Route 611 in Bartonsville will be one of the vendors. They have 20 different types of empanadas to choose from representing almost every culture... Which is perfect-- the goal is variety from the local community. For more information, just go to www.poconolatinfest.com.

New Pilots
Tuesday August 11th 2015

The Mount Pocono Airport is looking for interested people who would like to become pilots. Vern Moyer said, "There is also going to be a shortage of airline pilots in the next five years. A lot of pilots will be retiring...mandatory retirement age is sixty five." The airport will offer a free lesson September 5th for those interested in becoming a pilot.

Progress at former zinc plant
Tuesday August 11th 2015

Five years ago work to develop a former zinc plant in Palmerton began. Today, the developer tells us the ten year project is right on schedule. Over the next five years Northface Development plans to build up eighty percent of the 140 acre site. Petrole says he'll submit shell building plans to municipal planners for approval as early as next year.

Indoor Waterparks Boosting Poconos' Economy
Monday August 10th 2015

The idea of the Poconos never having too many waterparks is already paying off. That includes Great Wolf Lodge, Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. Officials at the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau say they're having a trickling down effect everywhere in the local economy. People walking into Camelback Lodge didn't just have their suits, they packed stuff like fishing poles to use off the resort property. But today's weather is perfect to splash around inside.
This June the Poconos saw about a 20 percent increase in hotel revenue from that same month last year, which just reflects Aquatopia's impact. Kalahari wasn't open at the time, but now that resort's in full-swing too. In the next few months officials say the rest of the summer numbers will be in.

Lost Hikers Found
Monday August 10th 2015

Carbon County 911 Director, Gary Williams says a man and a woman were found safe Saturday afternoon about an hour after the search for them began. The hikers used their cell phone to call for help when they lost their way on the Blue Mountain near Bake Oven Knob. Officials were able to ping their cell phone. The pair was rescued shortly after. Williams says one of the hikers was injured. No word on the extent of the injuries.

Beltzville Lake Beach Reopened to Swimming
Friday August 7th 2015

Beltzville Lake Beach Reopened to Swimming

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County effective Friday morning, August 7th, because of acceptable bacterial counts in water samples from August 5th
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For more information about Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks, visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Will Resica Elementary Kids Go Another Year Without A Community Playground?
Friday August 7th 2015

It's the last chance to complete a community playground in Monroe County. The dates are now set for a building blitz at the unfinished playground behind Resica Elementary. This will be the fourth try after a lack of funding halted the work twice and then not enough volunteers showed up for the build.
Kids will be going back to school again this year without a playground behind Resica Elementary. The five day build to complete the project last month fell short in community support. But they did make progress after it being an empty field for a year. The playground is halfway up. Volunteers tore down the old playground because it was ruled unsafe. Then the build was cancelled twice due to financial issues.
Now they have all the materials, they just need the people. They've scored one last shot with the contractor- a three day building blitz scheduled for the weekend of September 11th through the 13th. Organizers need you to come out and help so the kids will have something to play on this school year.
Others living nearby want to enjoy it too. Bushkill Resident Louis Gonzalez remembers the old playground and says his grandkids are patiently waiting for the new one.
All are welcome to lend a hand including skilled/unskilled people and kids. You can even receive community service hours for your time. You're asked to bring your tools and then you can take them home when you leave for the night. They can use whatever you have.
If you can help, just go to their website at kidscreateplay.com to sign up and for more information. You can also just show up that Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11th through the 13th.

Amazing Race Meets the Poconos
Friday August 7th 2015

The Amazing Race held its casting call today at Kalahari. People lined the doors to get their chance to audition for season 28. The CBS show wanted to use the Poconos due to the many attractions it has to offer. Participants will find if they will join the race in a few weeks.

Wildlands Conservancy 2015 Volunteers of the Year
Thursday August 6th 2015

The Wildlands Conservancy honors individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that go above and beyond in helping out with the nonprofit land trust's land protection. Of these volunteers, Jerry McAward: Owner of Jim Thorpe River Adventures and Northeast PA Kayak School. For almost 20 years McAward has been working with Wildlands by leading the volunteer safety team for the annual Lehigh River Sojourn. He also trains Wildlands Bike & Boat Adventures team and is a spokes person for local conservation. Tonight he and others are honored for their hard work.

Act of Kindness
Thursday August 6th 2015

It's set up day at Musikfest and A long time food vendor is continuing his tradition of feeding hundreds of people, for free! Owner of "Heaven On A Bun," Jack Sinnitz, handed out his signature burger with cheese and onions along with a cup of Texas Tea to volunteers, other vendors and people just passing by today. He's done so for the last twenty years. Sinnitz says he doesn't do it for the recognition. He does it because he enjoys putting a smile on peoples faces.

Rise in ESU Enrollment
Thursday August 6th 2015

This year ESU will have the second largest freshman class in school history. The university will be renovating the campus to accommodate the large number. That includes the addition of a residence hall that will house five hundred additional students. The school has grown in diversity as this year thirty percent of the freshman class will be another race other than Caucasian.

Head Start Funding On Hold Until State Budget Passes
Thursday August 6th 2015

Until the state budget passes, Head Start funds are on hold. Head Start promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families. So no child feels he or she is behind when starting kindergarten. Schools in Monroe County should be getting more Head Start classrooms, but now that's up in the air for the hundreds of students on a waiting list. Head Start Teacher Kelly Lehmann says her students could suffer too if the budget doesn't pass.
Lehmann explains, "Affect the supplies that we get, the paper, the pencils, the markers, any trips that we could take."
The program will start no matter where the budget is in September for the over 200 kids enrolled. If it passes, Head Start would be able to add more classrooms for students on the waiting list.

Adams Creek Violations
Wednesday August 5th 2015

Adams Creek might of closed, but that hasn't stopped people from visiting. Just today, a group of teenagers from Middletown NJ drove two hours to jump off the cliffs. This summer alone, seven people have suffered critical injuries, attempting the same thing. Nick Wiley was one of the teenagers who dropped by " I have done the 20 45, and 60 foot cliff here before and its been awesome" He realized coming up that the trail was closed, but it didn't stop him from making an attempt to sneak back up there. " It was fun it was cool it was just a lot of fun". Barricades and signs prohibit use of the trail, but that isn't stopping people from violating closures. The park service says they've written out numerous tickets already since the trails been closed for repairs.



Falling Gas Prices
Wednesday August 5th 2015

Gas prices continue to drop. AAA reports average price of gas in the Lehigh Valley is about 14.9 cents lower than a month ago. Prices in our viewing area range from $2.69 to $2.47 a gallon. More good news, as summer draws to a close and Fall approaches, gas stations will switch over to their winter blend. That means even lower prices since it's cheaper to produce the winter blend.

Pleasant Valley Manor Help
Wednesday August 5th 2015

The Pleasant Valley Manor is looking to refurbish their facility and they need your help. Pleasant Valley Manor looks to repave the parking lot, hire groundskeepers, and upgrade the equipment for residents. The Manor will be accepting donations, if interested contact the facility or visit the website.

Monroe County Couple On Trial For Elderly Woman's Death
Wednesday August 5th 2015

A trial in Monroe County started today for a couple charged with the murder of an elderly woman in their care. The Ross Township husband and wife are accused of neglect, which police say led to the woman's death four years ago. The two plead guilty to third degree murder charges in January but then took back their pleas in March.
45-year-old John Tedesco and 38-year-old Tina Tedesco stated their innocence on their way back into court this morning. They face charges including third degree murder, neglect and theft in the death of 70-year-old Barbra Rabins. The Defense says the death was accidental and the Commonwealth says it was homicide. Now the jury has to decide if malice played a role. The trial is expected to take four to five days.

Da Vinci Exhibit
Tuesday August 4th 2015

The Western Pocono Library has a Da Vinci Exhibit, featuring art such as the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and others. The exhibit will be at the library for the remainder of the week. Library officials have created many activities to teach children of all ages about the Renaissance artist.

Fire Destroys Two Homes in Coaldale
Tuesday August 4th 2015

An early-morning blaze tears through two vacant homes on West Water Street (SR-209) in the borough. Crews were called in around 4 a.m. with companies responding from both Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. Took firefighters about an hour to get the surging flames under control. Police at the scene this morning say preliminary reports show signs of arson, but they did not release a cause. Anyone with information is asked to contact Coaldale Police at 570-645-3060.

Former Stroud Township Official Sentenced For Theft From The Township
Tuesday August 4th 2015

A former Monroe County township official is sentenced this morning for theft. Earlier this year, Stroud Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Jim Decker plead guilty. An investigation by the Attorney General's Office accused him of making over $7,000 in personal fuel purchases within a five year period that started in 2010. Decker admitted to using township gas cards for his own personal use. The cards were only supposed to be used for township business and vehicles.
He could've been sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, but because he made full restitution and had no prior record, the judge opted for six months of probation and a $35 monthly supervision fee. He also paid the township back for the interest they would've made if the money was in the bank. Decker's attorney tells us he wasn't obligated to pay the interest. His payment was over $8,400.
Officials add since he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of the first degree, he was able to keep his pension. He was originally charged with four felony counts of theft. Decker was suspended from his roadmaster position in January. A new supervisor was appointed to replace him after he resigned.

4H Competitions at Carbon County Fair
Monday August 3rd 2015

4H Competitions started this morning at the Carbon County Fair in Lower Towamensing Township. Some participants have been here since Saturday setting up and getting their animals prepped for the event. The events are staples at county fairs throughout the state. For many, the experience they gain here will help them in their future agricultural careers. 4H competitions continue throughout the week. You can catch market swine starting at 10AM on Tuesday.

Tractor Trailer Crash Causes Major Backups
Monday August 3rd 2015

A tractor trailer accident early this morning on Interstate 80 East backed up traffic for hours.
Swiftwater State Police tell us the rig traveling from Oregon filled with apples lost control for unknown reasons around one-thirty and rolled into a guiderail. Officials closed Interstate 380 at exit three where Route 940 crosses for about two hours so 80 East could be cleaned up between mile markers 293 and 299. When we arrived at 10, 380 was open but the right lane of 80 East was closed. Those clearing the road didn't finish the job till around 11.
Traffic Control Flagger Mike Mariano says, "Driver was ok because he came back when they towed the truck out of here. It's just traffic going in to New York every day, it's crazy out here."
Police are investigating the cause of the crash and PennDOT will be replacing the guiderail within the next few weeks or less.

Bear DNA Testing
Monday August 3rd 2015

An East Stroudsburg University laboratory helps Game Commission officials investigate bear attacks across the country. Forensic Scientist Nicole Chinnici says, "We've created a lot of databases in our lab with black bear genetics which has helped us, be able to analyze cases and DNA from different black bear attacks." The scientist feel confident that they're changing the way wildlife attacks are investigated.

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