Hackettstown celebrates Memorial Day 2015 with parade (PHOTOS)

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Check out photos from the parade and ceremony.

Hackettstown celebrated Memorial Day with its annual parade, organized by American Legion Post 164.

The parade began near the post office on Washington Street, continued to Grand Avenue and Main Street and finished with a service at Union Cemetery. 

This photo gallery gives a glimpse into the parade and ceremony.

Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@express-times.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

Summer Unofficially Underway at Pocono Resorts

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POCONO TOWNSHIP — Memorial Day weekend means summer is “unofficially” underway. Resorts in the Poconos were filled with holiday travelers enjoying an early season getaway. The Bosi children from New York City are starting off summer with a splash at the Inn at Pocono Manor, after a weekend-long soccer tournament in Delaware Water Gap. “It’s […]

Honoring the Fallen

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MOUNT POCONO — Mount Pocono Borough marked the Memorial Day holiday with a somber ceremony this morning. The sidewalk in front of the Mount Pocono Borough building in Monroe County was filled with red, white, and blue and dozens upon dozens of community members marking Memorial Day. Marine veteran and Private First Class Jay Rake […]

Easton Aquatic Club to screen movie about swimmer’s success

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The club is bringing the documentary "Touch the Wall" to a local movie theater.

The Easton Aquatic Club is inviting swimmers, their parents or anyone excited about swimming to see a documentary about an Olympic gold medalist.

The club is bringing the film “Touch The Wall” to the Regal Northampton Cinema in Lower Nazareth Township on June 11.

The movie about gold medalist Missy Franklin is only available through special screenings, according to a news release from the club. Franklin was able to fulfill her potential because of help from veteran swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce.

If the club doesn’t have enough tickets reserved by June 3, the screening may be canceled. The club is working with tugg.com, a crowdsourcing website, and has already reached out to the 30 plus Lehigh Valley swim clubs and pools about the movie.

The $13 tickets are available for purchase through tugg.com/events/20716.

“I think for swimmers and their families it’s a chance to watch the best swimmers in the world go through some of the same issues they deal with,” said Ed Black, head coach of the Easton Aquatic Club, in the news release.

The Easton Aquatic Club is a nonprofit year-round competitive swim team. It  consists of first through eighth graders with an eye toward swimming on the high school team as they mature.

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For more information about the Easton Aquatic Club see eastonaquaticclub.com or contact Ed Black at 610-905-5433 or edblack0131@gmail.com.

Homeowner, pet escape Oxford house fire (PHOTOS)

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The fire at 11 Old Forge Road drew more than 10 departments and rescue crews, nj.com reports.

The owner of an Old Forge Road home in Oxford Township was able to escape a house Monday afternoon but the house sustained serious damage, our sister site nj.com reports.

The fire at 11 Old Forge Road drew more than 10 departments and rescue crews, nj.com reports.

Temperatures neared 90 degrees as firefighters worked from about 12:30 p.m. until 1:44 p.m. battling the blaze, emergency radio reports indicate.

The owner of the home was inside when the fire broke out and it is unclear if they managed to escape on their own, nj.com reports. Firefighters saved a pet rabbit from the home. 

The blaze caused major damage to the home and at one point crews were ordered to leave the house for safety reasons, The Warren Reporter on nj.com reports.

Washington Township police are investigating. 

The Oxford Fire Department was assisted by Washing Township and borough, Mountain Lake, Hackettstown, Belvidere, Mansfield, Independence and Harmony fire departments. The Oxford Rescue Squad and American Red Cross were also on hand.

Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@express-times.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

Bethlehem woman searches for birth mom, siblings through Facebook

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Katie McGlade needs help finding her birth family.

Growing up as an adopted only child, Bethlehem resident Katie McGlade always wondered about the brother and sister she knew were out in the world somewhere.

McGlade, 22, knows very little about her own background.

She was born at a home in Easton on Sept. 21, 1992 and brought to Easton Hospital. She was put up for adoption through Catholic Social Agency Diocese of Allentown, which she said no longer exists.

Her parents adopted her in November and they were given almost no information about McGlade’s birth family. All McGlade was told was she has an older sister and brother.

“The mom gave no information to the agency. I have no idea where I came from,” she said. “…I always wanted to have a sibling and knowing there were two other there that I didn’t know, that was really upsetting to me.”

McGlade tried reconnecting with her birth mother through the court system and other avenues but hit deadens, she said. So, she decided to harness the power of social media to find her birth family.

With the help of her best friend Angela Ferbert, Sunday night McGlade crafted a sign with her plea for information, took a photo and posted it to Facebook.

The Freedom High School grad was shocked when she woke up on Memorial Day and it had more than 1,000 shares. Late Monday, the Facebook shares were climbing to 3,000.

Less than 24 hours after posting her photo, McGlade has a promising lead. She was contacted by a woman looking for her sister, who was given up for adoption.

Their stories match and their baby pictures are similar but McGlade is not sure if her search is done. The two hope to meet and are trying to arrange for a DNA test.

“I want to find them so bad that I’m just connecting pieces out of hope,” McGlade said. “I feel like I did (find them) but you never know until it’s proven.”

The woman, who could be her sister, lives in New York state and McGlade’s post showed up in her Facebook newsfeed after a friend shared it. The woman told her she doesn’t typically look at such posts.

That detail made McGlade feel like that could be fate intervening but she is trying to stay levelheaded.

If this lead doesn’t pan out, McGlade plans to continue her search. She really wants to meet her birth mother.

“It is something that has been bother me my entire life,” McGlade said. “I’ve always wanted to know why. Why she gave me up for no reason.”

She wishes her birth mother had at least provided her with some information on her background and why she was being given up for adoption.

“Anything would’ve helped,” McGlade said. “She gave me literally nothing to go off of.”

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If anyone has information for McGlade she asks that they reach out to her through Facebook.

Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@express-times.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

Camping for the Weekend

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RYAN TOWNSHIP– As the “Unofficial kickoff to summer” Memorial Day weekend usually brings a big crowd to Locust Lake State Park and this year is no different. The park in Schuylkill County has almost 300 campsites and almost all of them are packed for the holiday weekend. Plus, there’s a pretty nice view. “Oh, it’s […]

Airport authority releases environmental assessment

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The public can review a draft of an environmental assessment of 297 acres of land that the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is selling to FedEx.

The  297-acre property is  along Willowbrook Road in Allen Township, Northampton County, north of the Lehigh Valley International Airport. The land is being sold  for the development of a regional ground transportation distribution hub for FedEx Ground, Inc.

The environmental assessment is required by the Federal Aviation Administration  prior to release of the land.

The report is available for review to enable residents and other interested parties to gain an understanding of the project, receive information and provide comments on the proposed action.

“We have conducted a detailed review of the proposed action and are now prepared to move forward with the process,” said executive director Charles Everett.

Copies of the draft document are available at the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority offices,  on the third floor of the terminal building at the airport.

The document also will be available through the authority’s , under the Stay Connected tab.

The public review period will remain open until June 22.

Comments or inquiries regarding the document can be mailed to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, Attn. Mr. Ryan Meyer, 3311
Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18109 or can be submitted on the LNAA website.

Bulldog mauls woman in Clinton Township

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An out-of-control dog mauled a woman in Clinton Township last week, biting her legs, chest and arms.

The 57-year-old woman was bleeding heavily and screaming for help.

At 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, Patrolman Harry Bugal of the Clinton Township Police Department responded to the attack at a home along Ramsey Road.

He saw the woman lying on the front porch of the home with the dog, an American bulldog, latched onto her leg.

Bugal grabbed the dog by the throat and back, causing it to release the woman, who walked into the front yard and collapsed.

The dog growled and thrashed as it attempted to attack the police officer.

As Bugal struggled with the dog, a neighbor with a cell phone called 911 and held the phone at the police officer’s ear so he could request more help.

The same neighbor used a cane to help him pin down the dog.

Sgt. Corey Kubinak of the Clinton police department arrived and used an animal snare to restrain the dog, so Bugal finally could let go.

The victim, who resides in Platteville, Colo., has multiple bites to both arms, her chest and leg.

She told police she intervened when the dog began to attack her 82-year-old mother-in-law.

A police report on the incident does not identify the woman or say if she was hospitalized.

Clinton Township animal control officer Nate Barson took custody of the dog and is conducting an investigation to determine if any charges will be filed against its unidentified owner, who was not present during the attack.

A Red, Shiny Surprise on Memorial Day!

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SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP — Sandy Welliver’s primary means of travel around the Bloomsburg area for the past 19 years has been an old 1988 Berretta. “The dashboard’s falling apart, the heat’s always on. In the wintertime you can’t move the car until the gear shift thaws out,” Sandy said. Sandy’s daughters Stacy and Melva say […]