White Haven Lions Club
Halloween Parade 2016

Snapshots of participants in the annual White Haven Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Lions Club October 15. Photos by Stephanie Grega, Bob Lamson, Seth & Ruth Isenberg.

Gorge Trail sections closed next week for bridge removal

County: Carbon Municipality: Jim Thorpe Borough
ROAD NAME: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (Lehigh Gorge) Trail
BETWEEN: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway AND PA 903/Sgt. Andrew J. "AJ" Baddick Memorial Bridge
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Contractor
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: There will be a series of eight trail closures lasting approximately 10-30 minutes each while crews perform bridge demolition work.

The work is part of a $28 million project to replace the old structurally deficient PA 903 Bridge over the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal, Reading Blue Mountain Northern Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad.
A new bridge opened in July approximately 940 feet upstream and includes a new signalized intersection at the relocated intersection of PA 903 and US 209.

Crews are now demolishing the old bridge.

START DATE: 10/26/2016 Est. Completion Date: 10/26/2016
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 6:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES

White Haven Fall Festival 2016

Saturday, October 8, 10-6
Sunday, October 9, 10-5
Main Street in White Haven

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How to stop domestic violence, WH Lions ask

How to stop domestic violence, WH Lions ask
Terry Renninger with a portrait of his late daughter Rebecca

by Ruth Isenberg
Don’t Hit Me
That was the message on the pin guest speaker Terry Renninger was wearing, as he stood before the White Haven Lions Club members and guests at their meeting August 23 at Jack’s Grille. Renninger, from Mountain Top, told the group he has become a speaker, on college campuses and in the community, on the warning signs of domestic violence. Then he explained why.
On June 22, 2009, Renninger found the body of his daughter, Rebecca, shown at right in a modeling photo, in the basement of her home, killed by a gunshot to the head. He had been concerned when she had not called or visited on Father’s Day, and went to find out why.
What he found horrified him, but it did not shock him. Renninger outlined the signs that in hindsight pointed toward a violent outline from the time Rebecca started dating Brian while she was a senior at Crestwood High School. He isolated her from her family, hit her, and convinced her to drop out of school. Despite problems, they married in 2005.
Eventually, Rebecca found a way out and got a job. She moved in with friend, returned to school, and even started modeling. The future looked bright.
Although he had another girlfriend, Brian would not let go. He saboutaged her car, then lured her to the house, telling her he was replacing it for her. Instead, he shot her, then fled to California with a buddy. He was apprehended, but let out on bail. The investigation took almost a year, and when the DA filed charges and police were sent to pick him up, he committed suicide.
Renninger said from that point on, it was his mission to educate young people about dating abuse, and bullying in high school. “Girls don’t know the danger signs,” he said, and neither do parents
To raise awareness, he holds a concert each year at King’s Pizza in Mountain Top. He speaks wherever he can, works with agencies like the Victims Resource Center, and sells Don’t Hit Me buttons, $1 each, with proceeds going toward domestic violence prevention.
Attending with Renninger was his friend Pat Rushton of the Victims Resource Center for Carbon, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. He described resources available to victims, and suggested that the most effective way to prevent domestic violence is to speak up against jokes and comments that seem to excuse domestic violence or portray it as funny. The joke teller may not be an abuser, but someone who hears the comment may preceive it as justification for violence.
Questions and comments revealed both the complexity of the issue, and the degree of concern it generates. Lions will continue to explore the topic, and look for ways to help.


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