Thursday, September 21, 2017

A 10-hour standoff in Summit Hill ended just after 11:30 this morning.

Police said the call came in for a suicidal person on East Richards Street around 1 a.m.

During the morning, police set off three flash grenades as the man was barricaded inside.

They set off a round of tear gas and then went in to escort the man safely out of the house.

Negotiators could be heard talking to a man named Freddy.

The state police Special Emergency Response Team was on scene, with local police and state troopers standing back doing crowd control.

I just read a blog suggesting it would be a worthwhile experience to go back to the favorite places we loved during our childhood.

Is that possible for you?

It’s not for me.

The town in which I grew up has changed so much that I barely could recognize anything I recall from my past.

The three movie theaters I loved are more than gone. The buildings have been demolished.

My favorite downtown stores are long gone, including the three five and tens — Woolworths, Newberry’s and the Jupiter.

Thirteen decorated heart sculptures have been removed from Broad Street in Tamaqua after three months on display. They can be seen in the former Scheid’s Department Store window awaiting a public auction to be held Sept. 28. DONALD R. SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just over a year ago, the Tamaqua Community Art Center launched a highly visible experiment aimed at rallying the community around a heart theme.

The Tamaqua Has Heart campaign was unveiled August 2016 during Tamaqua National Night Out and its goals were ambitious and daunting.

Central to the initiative was a strategy to attract the most gifted local artists to engineer their magic on large, fiberglass heart sculptures. Business sponsors were sought to help make it happen.

Patricia Buskirk, 9, of Bath: “I like to play video games.”

“What do you like to do when it’s raining outside?”

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

David J. Koin to Ryan P. Kish, 174 Penns Mountain Road, Lehighton, property at 174 Penns Mountain Road, $259,900.

Franklin Township

Katherine C. Ruprecht to Timothy Foster, 50 Molenda Circle, Lehighton, property at 50 Molenda Circle, $193,000.

Jim Thorpe

Dean E. Deem to Timothy C. Robb, 148 Grouse Ridge Road, Tamaqua, property at 18 W. Sixth St., $28,000.

Kidder Township

Wieslaw Binienda to Ryan Michael Deleo, Philadelphia, property at 81 Pineknoll Drive, Lake Harmony, $270,000.