Monday, July 21, 2014

A garage in Palmerton sustained damage after it caught fire Monday morning.

Borough Fire Chief Larry Zawaly said the incident occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the garage at 158 Avenue A.

Upon arrival, Zawaly said firefighters found the garage on fire.

“There was a bush on fire, it went up the side of the garage, and up to the roof,” Zawaly said. “There was very little interior damage, and the structure was able to be saved.”

Zawaly said it took about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported, he said.

TV newscasters have lately been accusing certain Americans of being "wusses" and "wimps." This name-calling attitude started when a high school ordered its students to stop wearing T-shirts or sweatshirts with the name of the college they plan to attend.

Apparently, seniors who found out that they were accepted at Harvard or Yale or another well-respected school were going online and purchasing shirts from their "soon-to-be" place of education and wearing those shirts to class.

In 1998, a retired scientist from Brooklyn visited Schuylkill County and fell in love.

Valerie Macdonald had no local ties or connections; she'd come to the area to visit a friend's parents.

Macdonald saw Shenandoah and Schuylkill County in a different light from many local folks. She adored the strong, ethnic coal region fabric and decided to stay and demonstrate her admiration.

What did she do?

First, she became part of the community by opening a small shop, Caledonia Antiques.

LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carol Sue and Kerry Gougher of Palmerton sit at a table made from a willow tree trunk that was on neighbor Terry Eckhart's property. Frank Hagar wanted to make a table out of it and encouraged Kerry to do the same. Kerry made this table and benches and one other with four tree stump chairs for their backyard paradise.

When Carol Sue and Kerry Gougher sit on their backyard porch, they can view a 10-year labor of love.

What they have created is a stunningly beautiful natural oasis. It's almost like visiting a botanical garden.

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

LSF8 Master Participation Trust, c/o 3801 Wireless Way, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, filed against Darnell Green and Megan M. Turek, 170 Gower Road, Albrightsville, over property at 59 Oak Ridge Drive, Albrightsville. Sought is $329,792.77 and continuing interest.

LSF8 Master Participation Trust filed against Robert W. and Judy Bowman, 230 N. Third St., Lehighton, over property at that address. Sought is $172,707.60 and continuing interest.