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Saturday, June 30, 2012

An extensive search was conducted last night in Lansford for a missing teenager who reportedly took a dog for a walk earlier in the day.

The dog returned home without the teen.

The search was primarily in the area of Dock Street and on coal mining property.

Searchers included the Lansford Fire Department, Summit Hill Fire Department, Lansford Police, coal mine personnel, the Northeast Search and Rescue Squad, and a helicopter.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2012 Lehighton Area High School graduates Evy Heckman, left, and Peter Petrack, stand with Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris. Harris is holding a certificate describing the history and significance of the 1,000 Cranes Project.

A dying Japanese child's mission in 1955 to create 1,000 paper cranes as symbols of hope has taken flight around the globe, coming to rest in Lehighton.

Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her home city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Eleven years later, she developed leukemia, believed to have been caused by the radiation.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.

A single home in Lehighton sustained minor damage after a fire broke out at about 8:25 p.m. Friday.

It took firemen about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire at 219 Ochre Street. Samantha Frable lives at the residence with her fiance but were not at home when the fire began.

Borough Fire Chief Gary Frable said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but believed it started in the kitchen. Some damage was done to one wall and the contents of the stove, he said.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
TAAR members George Geissinger and Jackie Motz perform maintenance to their temporary dog kennels.

Members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) are looking for a new location to house their equipment and temporary housing kennels and are seeking public help.

The equipment is currently located on the grounds at the Tamaqua sewer plant located on Sewer Plant Road.

President Sue Schafer stressed the importance of owning TARR owning its own land, as to better receive assistance and to provide better care for the animals.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Michele Varley overcame lupus and liver cancer through lifestyle and nutritional changes, and at 50 years old feels better than ever, and looks forward to sharing what she learned on her journey.

For some, the diagnosis of cancer is threatening. For Michele Varley, her diagnosis of cancer was a challenge.

In 2003, troubled by pain to the right side of her abdomen, Varley saw her doctor.

"I was sent for blood work and an ultrasound, and told that I had the early stages of liver cancer," she said. "They told me about the protocol that they wanted to do: drug therapy, radiation and chemotherapy. Everyone that I knew that had liver cancer and followed the protocol had died. I didn't consider it as an option and I didn't do it."

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Following months of negotiations, CAN DO, Inc. this week entered into an agreement that will lead to an eventual transfer of its railroad system in Humboldt Industrial Park to Reading and Northern Railroad, the largest privately owned railroad company in Pennsylvania that has twice been named Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion of the Year David Rowan, left, holds the plaque presented him by Western Pocono Lions Club president, Charles Rush. Rowan has been a Lion since 2002.

A club award, individual recognitions, including the naming of Lion of the Year, and the installation of officers highlighted the recent meeting of the Western Pocono Lions Club at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert.

Special guest District Governor Scott Dudley, joined by his parents, Past District Governors Ed and Judy Dudley, participated in the program.

The first honor was given to the club. That recognition was the club's placing third in District 14U in membership.

"Let's go for first next year," one club Lion suggested.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Joy Pilla, Kunkletown - "I like it on the 4th but it's probably better for the economy to have it for a long weekend, especially here in the Poconos."

Do you prefer celebrating Independence Day on the actual July 4 date, or would you rather see it observed as a Monday holiday such as Memorial Day and Labor Day?

Saturday, June 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Showing off his underwater handstand skills is Robert Weirich Jr., 12, son of Sarah Bernardo and Robert Weirich Sr.

Many Tamaqua area youth have taken to the cool waters during their hot summer break. The H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool was thriving with youth over the past few days as temperatures rose into the mid 90's.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bids are expected to be awarded Monday, June 9, for the demolition of three houses in Lehighton, making way for construction of the expansion of the Lehighton Fire Department.

Three bids reportedly were received and opened this week.

Engineers and borough officials will review the bids before recommendations are made to borough bouncil.

The houses being demolished are located between the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building and the Engine Company No. 2 (Station 2) building on South Third Street.