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Thursday, October 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The driver of this car was taken to the hospital this morning after crashing it on Hometown Hill (SR309) Tamaqua firefighters were called to Hometown Hill, SR309, near the Tigertsville Road intersection, around 9 a.m. Thursday after a Summit Hill woman reportedly lost control of her car, drove over a sign and crashed into the berm along the northbound lane. She was driving a 2010 Ford Focus. Crystal Kreimendahl, 26, of Summit Hill, was taken via Tamaqua Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale for unknown injuries. Also responding were Rush Township and Tamaqua Police.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville.

Safe Haven is a small group of dedicated animal advocates who rescue dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes. All dogs are in foster care until their permanent homes are found. Safe Haven has rescued over 500 dogs so far.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Monroe County Bible Clubs of "BCM International" will be conducting interdenominational "Released Time Bible Classes" for Monroe County public school children in grades K-6. Home-schoolers are also welcome.

Free parental permission slips (with schedules and times) to attend are available for these one hour weekly Bible classes. They are held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by "Bible Club" approved local volunteer drivers.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The target of the shooting on First street talks with Lehighton police.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua received an award for their KME pumper truck during the 133rd annual Fireman's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention and parade held recently in Norristown. Competing with hundreds of other trucks, the company received the convention's second place trophy for the Best Appearing and Equipped KME Pumper Apparatus, 2000 to present. Pictured from left were American Hose Company firefighters Dave Herring, Chris Hadesty and Frank Hill.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Battlefield Band from Scotland will be performing Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Two music events are scheduled this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday at 8 p.m., there is a free performance by Dr. George Fiore, a pianist who is an internationally recognized scholar of Chopin.

Saturday, The Battlefield Band from Scotland will be playing in the historic venue. This concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $25.

Dr. Fiore is a former associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony and has influenced countless classical performers in the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Elicia Sheckler Stein, using the pen name Elise Stein, held a book signing at the Palmerton Area Library on Sept. 22 to introduce her first major book, "The PTA Man."

She wrote for the TIMES NEWS while she was at Lehighton Area High School, from which she graduated in 1997. She had a teenage advice column and published short stories and poetry.

She has a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology and completed schooling by getting a doctorate in psychology. What she calls her "day job" is as a clinical psychologist for the government.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Engine Company Number 2, Lehighton, kicked off National Fire Prevention Week with a fireman's brand of "Almost Anything Goes," including hose rolling, Indian tank accuracy competition, and bucket brigade.

About 230 youngsters participated in the events, which were held in front of the fire company. Finalists in the various events will compete again Thursday.

Also Thursday, a fire company queen will be named.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS A quilt made by members of the Nature Center will be offered in a raffle to end during the 10th anniversary celebration in May 2013.

On May 12, 2013, the Lehigh Gap Nature Center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. At the Migration Fest held Sept. 29-30 a new quilt made by members Donna Gasser and Kathie Romano was displayed and will be raffled May 5, 2013, at a celebration and open house. Romano did all the birds, said Gasser. For information email dlgasser@ptd.net.

Diane Husic gave an update on the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology project. The cost was covered by an Audubon-Toyota TogetherGreen fellowship.