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Monday, July 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, welcomed three new members through the Rite of Confirmation, including Angelique M. Coughlin, Jade A. Pradel and Alexa R. Hromyak.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Hank Macuch, retired Police K-9 handler, for an evening of laughs and entertainment at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Locust Lake camp store field. Macuch is a retired Police K-9 handler from the Hazleton City Police Department in Pennsylvania. Macuch is a certified master trainer and licensed judge with the Pennsylvania K-9 Association and he has been breeding German Shepherds since 1978. Hank provides the dogs as companions, personal protection, executive protection, police patrol, narcotics/explosives detection, as well as search and rescue training.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a lake view trail hike on the Crow and Lake View trails on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 p.m.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails cross over two creeks and run parallel to the lake. Tracey said the hike gives a spectacular view of the dam.

Participants will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Monday, July 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Portraying the mayor of Mauch Chunk, Bob Stevenson, front, welcomes famous author Charles Dickens played by Jack Gunser, rear, to town in November of 1867. The reenactment was part of Jim Thorpe's recent Christmas in July Celebration.

On a hot and humid summer day, Christmas in July was recently celebrated in the town of Jim Thorpe topped off with the 200th birthday celebration of Charles Dickens.

Historian Jack Gunser entertained the crowd as Dickens, reenacting the famous author's visit to the town of Mauch Chunk in November of 1867.

Concluding his informative presentation at Dimmick Memorial Library, Gunser quoted Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby."

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."

Monday, July 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tuscarora Fire Company held their annual apparatus parade on Saturday. The parade route stretched through Tuscarora, Mary D, Brockton and other areas. Approximately 30 fire trucks took part in the parade. Right, a special use vehicle belonging to the Mount Carbon Fire Company, North Manheim Township, travels through the valleys of Eastern Schuylkill County during the parade.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Four area residents were among 16 who were recommended by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is a special program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime. If they successfully complete the program their record is cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following, for for year year, unless otherwise noted:

Monday, July 30, 2012
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOs

Coaldale police are studying videotapes of two males spray painting gang signs and vulgarities on cars, garage doors and Christ the Redeemer Church in the borough.

The boys defaced the cars and buildings between 1-1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

Most of the cars were on East Phillips Street; two of the cars were on Howard Avenue. The church is on Third Street.

Delaney said the videotape is being enhanced to better identify the boys.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call police at (570) 645-3060.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Volunteers with the East End Park Association will be showing a free movie at the East End Park titled "Chipwrecked" today at 8 :30 p.m. Snacks will be available. The park is located on Mountain Avenue in Tamaqua.

Monday, July 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday evening when involved in a crash along East Dock Street in Lansford. The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. when the biker lost control of the bike and climbed an embankment. He was ejected from the bike with it rolling back down over the victim. The driver was treated at the scene by members of the Lansford ambulance and Lehighton paramedics. A medical transport helicopter was requested to the scene but due to the ominous clouds and bad weather in the area that request was denied.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Lehighton Fire Department responded to 13 calls during the month of June.

Of those calls, five were for rescues, three were automatic alarms, two each were dwelling fires and miscellaneous calls, and one was for a brush fire.

The time spent on calls collectively was 40 hours and 41 minutes, with clean-up time being another 20 hours.

The report for June was submitted by Fire Chief Gary Frable.

Frable said there were three weekly training session held.

He noted that 98 man hours were spent maintaining apparatus, equipment, and stations.