Saturday, April 25, 2015

Firefighters from five companies on Saturday quickly conquered a fire that destroyed a Franklin Township garage.

The garage, next to a home at 867 Main Road, caught fire at about 11 a.m. Carbon County dispatchers said they could hear someone screaming for a fire extinguisher during the 911 call.

Firefighters from Franklin Township, Parryville, Lehighton, Aquashicola and Lower Towamensing Township quickly converged on the scene and had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes, said assistant Franklin Township Fire Chief Lynn Diehl.


Emotional bubbles from deep within escape my lips in one single word of praise. OOOOOHHHHH.

It's more like a long intake of breath, but in a profound way, it's prayer.

I am a solitary worshipper at the edge of the sea, caught up in one meaningful moment. I realize deep within this is not just a typical beach experience. It's a true worship service.

I didn't expect this Sunday sunrise service when I climbed a sand dune far from home instead of climbing customary church steps.

Dear editor,

My wife and I grew up in this area, graduated from high school in Lehighton and had our four children have successful educations and careers as a result of their education.

As a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator I served the district for 33 years from 1956-1988, and have remained close to the district for the 26 years that I have been retired.

This district and community are dear to me and I serve the community in many ways, in church, veterans organizations, as a hospital volunteer, and other organizations as well.

DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Vintage speeder cars enter Tamaqua on April 12. All are occupied by rail fans en route to a photo session at the Hometown High Bridge and lunch in Jim Thorpe.

Train enthusiast Bob Knight would be the first to admit that speeder cars are probably mislabeled.

"They look like they speed along the rails," said Knight, of Sandwich, Illinois.

But speed is relative.

Truth is, most speeder train cars have a top speed of about 35 mph, so we're not talking NASCAR-type speed.

And with speeders, top speed is limited to the pace of the slowest car.

As a result, they typically zip along at 15 to 25 mph with frequent stops at scenic places and for bathroom breaks.

Marriage licenses

James Michael O'Donnell Jr., West Hazleton, and Katelyn Margaret Tutko, Beaver Meadows.

Jeffrey James Donner and Kathleen Ann Gill, Weatherly.

Stephen Albert Reese, Easton, and Christine Mary Farole, Lehighton.

Frederick Archie Lindman, Walnutport, and Lena Julia Meek, Lehighton.

Credit defaults

The following actions have been filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.