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Monday, October 15, 2012

The 13th annual Lights On Afterschool program will be held across the country on Thursday, Oct. 18.

In Carbon County, the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE and Career Academy will hold a special assembly for the community at 5 p.m., Thursday, at Panther Valley High School. The program will be held in the school's auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

This year's theme is "Light it up with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)."

Monday, October 15, 2012

It was another super weekend in Jim Thorpe, with the accent on railroading, the industry that helped spur the industrial revolution. With George Hart running morning and afternoon rail safari trains between the county seat community and Haucks in Schuylkill County both days, the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad Company bringing in 1,100 excursionists from the Berks County area today, the town was overflowing with visitors.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Two teenage daughters of a Slatington couple died in a headon crash last week in Jackson, N.J.

Jaime Nicholson, 17, and Francesca Nicholson, 15, died in the two-vehicle crash collision that occurred at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Jaime Nicholson was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, N.J. Francesca Nicholson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ocean County Medical Examiner.

They were the daughters of Thomas Nicholson, and his wife, Lisa-Marie. Other obituary information appears on Page 4 of today's TIMES NEWS.

Monday, October 15, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was injured Saturday morning when involved in a crash along SR903 near the Penn Forest Township and Jim Thorpe border. The crash occurred at 6 a.m. as the female drove south and apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. Her car swerved to the left crossing the roadway leaving the left berm after striking a set of guardrails. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics before being transported to the Lehighton hospital. The Penn Forest Township and Jim Thorpe fire companies responded to the scene. Jim Thorpe police are investigating the incident.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reaction to the death of former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday:

"He was a mentor, colleague and a political institution, and on a personal level, he was my first boss. Sen. Specter did more for the people of Pennsylvania over his more than 30 year career with the possible exception of Benjamin Franklin. He was a champion for veterans across our state and beyond, and will be deeply missed." – Gov. Ed Rendell, who served as an assistant prosecutor when Specter was Philadelphia's district attorney.

Monday, October 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, the Coaldale Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 visited students in pre-school through eighth grade at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford. Fire Chief Marek and several volunteer firefighters spoke to students and faculty about ways to stay safe, prevent fires, and what to do if a fire breaks out. Each class then had a chance to view and explore the fire trucks and equipment, ask the firefighters questions, and thank them for protecting them.

Monday, October 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters in both Schuylkill and Carbon County were called to display Old Glory during last Tuesday's community sendoff in Hometown of Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, CAB, 109th Infantry Regiment, PAARNG, as they set off for deployment. Coaldale Fire Company's bucket truck and Tamaqua Fire Department's ladder truck raise a large flag over SR54 in Hometown in preperation for the Hometown National Guard's deployment.
Monday, October 15, 2012

Care Net of Carbon County will be hosting its 11th Annual Fundraising Banquet benefiting Care Net services on Friday, Oct. 19, at Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak St., Palmerton. Doors open at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and bidding on silent auction items. Dinner and program begin at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by contacting (610) 379-0411. Community members are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 15, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehigh township fire official briefs rescuers before their climb onto the Blue Mountain Saturday night. The incident began at 6 p.m. when it was reported a hiker in his 50s had a medical problem and was unable to descend the mountain. A command center was set up near the intersection of SRS 248 and 145 along an old railroad bed. Firefighters took several hours in bringing the victim back down to safety.