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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The storm that swept through Franklin Township and damaged 11 homes Monday evening, spawned a low-level tornado.

The storm, which also heavily damaged multiple properties in Walker Township, about a half-hour earlier that night, also produced a twister.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has confirmed that an EF-0 tornado, with winds up to 75 miles per hour, briefly touched down in Franklin at about 7:25 p.m. Monday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is a clear path of debris the tornado left after leveling a large barn on Kettle Road in Walker Township Monday evening. Homeowners found scattered debris from the tornado and high winds almost a half-mile away in a field.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Tamaqua zoning hearing board denied a request from Samuel J. Koch to grant a special exception for home occupation for the selling of firearms from his home in the South Ward section of Tamaqua.

Koch submitted the request as part of the process to obtain an FFL (federal firearms license) which would enable him to sell certain firearms and ammunition. "The FFL would be mostly for personal use," said Koch." We do a lot of shooting, we belong to numerous gun clubs. By getting the FFL, it allows huge discounts."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Approximately $2,000 was paid for these batting cages which were destroyed by what some residents say was a tornado on Monday night. Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association, said that the cages are bent and likely cannot be repaired.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Sheila Davison, left, and Jane Mikonis of Access Services, Inc., welcome guests during Tuesday's open house held at the Access Services Tamaqua LIFE Program Center, 521 Schuylkill Avenue. A steady stream of visitors filed into the complex to learn more about the advantages of becoming a host family and how it benefits all parties. Visitors enjoyed light refreshments, chatted with host families, and watched a video about the program. Davison said opportunities still exist, especially for those with wheelchair accessible homes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Crime Watch is asking people to take photos or record a video of anyone stealing or leaving a shopping cart lay around Tamaqua. A crime watch official pointed out that these shopping carts are littered almost daily all over Tamaqua and they hope that this will deter people from stealing and littering the carts. The official also added, "It wouldn't be that bad if they simply returned the carts when they were done. But they never do.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lansford council at a special meeting Tuesday accepted the resignation of secretary-treasurer Renee Slakoper, and after some discussion agreed to hire temporary help until a permanent replacement is hired.

Council will publish a detailed list of requirements for the jobs, and will accept applications until the close of business June 8.

Slakoper, who was hired in March of 2010 to replace Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, who left to take a similar job in Lehighton, suggested in her letter of resignation that she had been "bullied" by some council members.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The two-day electronics recycling (e-recycling) event, held in Lower Towamensing Township April 25-26 by the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste in cooperative effort with Advanced Green Solutions collected 17,053 pounds of electronic recyclables.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
April students of the month

The April Students of the Month have been announced by the Panther Valley Middle School. Selected for their outstanding performance are, left to right Delana Nalesnik, sixth grade; Megan Heckman, seventh grade; and Emily Drissel, eighth grade. They were each awarded a certificate and gift card.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Shirley Radler, left, organizer of the Carbon County CROP Hunger Walk, presents a check of $1,023.28 to Carolyn Long, coordinator of the Trinity Food Pantry. The walk was held in October with 75 percent of the funds raised going to world hunger through Church World Services relief and development programs and 25 percent donated to local hunger at the Trinity Food Pantry. Taking part in the walk were members of the following churches: Trinity Lutheran Church, Zion UCC, All Saints Episcopal, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, First Presbyterian, all of Lehighton; St.