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Mark Olving of Rustic Cut Woodworking walks through part of his woodworking shop Friday morning. The intense heat of the fire warped metal beams seen in the background. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
After a devastating injury while on military duty in Afghanistan, the near loss of his wife and baby at childbirth, and now the destruction of his wood shop, Mark Olving is trying to put everything that has happened into perspective. As reported by the Times News, Olving’s wood shop was engulfed in flames early Monday morning. Following his 911 call, fire departments from Summit Hill, Coaldale, Lansford and surrounding communities were dispatched to the scene and extinguished the blaze.
Palmerton Police Department reports the following incidents: Simple assault: Clifford Diefenderfer, 40, of Palmerton, charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment, for an incident Nov. 9 in the 500 block of Franklin Avenue. Disorderly conduct: Jami Haja, 33, of Palmerton, charged with disorderly conduct, for an incident Nov. 16 in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue.
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I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I did not expect to be writing this column during conference championship week of the college football season. That was especially my feelings after week four of the season when I saw a Penn State team, although battered by injuries, get demolished by Michigan in Ann Arbor, 49-10. I was actually there, in the “Big House” and saw firsthand what happened that day.
As we sat down around our Thanksgiving table to give thanks for our many blessings, I would bet not many said they are grateful to be able to pull weeds and for the chance to clean a house. But then, not many have had the life changing transformation of Bob Friend. For about six years, he didn’t have a yard or a house. He didn’t have a bed on which to lay his head or the chance to make himself a morning cup of coffee. Every little thing most of us take or granted was missing from...
What’s happening at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe. • Saturday, Ted Vigil’s John Denver tribute, 8 p.m. • Oct. 7, Adam Ezra Group, 8 p.m. • Oct. 8, Hollywood Nights Bob Seger tribute, 8 p.m. • Oct. 9, Motet, 8 p.m. • Oct. 13, The Whigs, 8 p.m. • Oct. 14, Dala, 8 p.m. • Oct. 15, Eaglemania, 8 p.m. • Oct. 21, The Ten Band, 8 p.m. • Oct. 22, The Slambovian Pre-Halloween Mischief Night, 8 p.m.