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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Amy Miller/ Times News

Weatherly emergency personnel were on scene early this morning for a one-vehicle crash along Route 93, just outside the Hudsondale line. The crash happened just before 7 a.m. Weatherly police, fire department and ambulance responded; as well as Pennsylvania State Police. One lane of travel was shut down to allow for crews to clean up the wreck and cut a tree that had fallen. One person was flown to an area hospital and one was transported to a local hospital, according to scanner reports. Additional details were not available at press time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives.

To register for any Miller blood drive, visit GIVEaPINT.org.

Drives will be held the following dates, times and locations:

Ÿ Thursday, March 6, 3 to 6 p.m. Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th St. Lehighton. Call 610-377-7350 for an appointment.

Ÿ Friday, March 7, 7 a.m. to noon, Hazle Township Commons, 103 W. 27th St. Hazle Township. Call 800-223-6667 for an appointment.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The Rev. Francis P. Schoenauer, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning, makes the sign of the cross in ashes on a parishioner's forehead during Ash Wednesday Mass this morning. Today is the first day of the Lenten season for Christians.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Borough of Tamaqua's Street Department will continue removing snow from selected streets this Thursday and Friday.

Thursdays' schedule will include: Rolling Mill Avenue, Rose to Biddle; East Elm Street, Elizabeth to end.

The streets scheduled for Friday will include: Elm Street, Pine to Washington; Vine Street, Pine to Lincoln; High Street, Nescopec to Swatara.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Aquashicola Fire Company named Charles Kistler, left, as its Chief Warren Furry Memorial Firefighter of the Year and Peter Beblavy, assistant fire chief/vice president presented him the award.

Charles Kistler received the Chief Warren Furry Memorial Firefighter of the Year Award at the Aquashicola Fire Company's 85th Anniversary Party held Saturday, March 1.

The award, presented to Kistler by Peter Beblavy, assistant fire chief and vice president, is for a person "that has put forth the extra effort and has shown the dedication necessary to see that our organization thrives.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Schuylkill County Bar Association during the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders recently.

The conference was held at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left, Rippin' Roper Eden Wickenheiser jumps rope with Towamensing Elementary School first-grade teacher Ali Spalding; and Rippin' Roper Allison Martin prepares to jump with Rodney Strohl, Towamensing Elementary's physical education teacher, during a jump rope demonstration assembly.

Several students from John Beck Elementary School of the Warwick School District in Lititz put a lot of heart into jumping rope. Known as the Rippin' Ropers, the students are part of a jump rope demonstration team that came to inspire Towamensing Elementary School as students raise money for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart.

The Rippin' Ropers' coach Tamara Oliveri, along with 13 students ranging from third to sixth grade, demonstrated several ways to jump rope at a schoolwide assembly.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Hazleton man was taken to the hospital this afternoon for treatment of a diabetic condition after the truck he was driving struck a snow bank and got stuck in the area near the Boathouse Saloon on Canal Street in Franklin Township.

The man was driving a PPL Utilities truck in the area between 221 and 285 Canal Road when his truck was stuck on a two-foot high mound on icy snow pack. The side passenger windows were both broken by a 25-mile speed sign and the rear drivers side tire was blown.

The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Further plans for taking over future responsibility of "The Gathering" was the primary topic discussed at last Wednesday's Venture Group meeting at Slatington borough hall.

In January, newly selected Chairwoman Nancy Treskot had announced that, after having been approached by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society, the group had chosen to begin handling the annual one-day fundraiser, held each October.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jim Thorpe police has announced that there will be "no parking" on Broadway and West Broadway on Sunday, March 9, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. due to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

In past years there was parking on West Broadway, however, due to the large amount of snow still laying on Broadway and West Broadway the borough feels this poses a safety issue for people attending the parade.

The no parking ban now includes the entire parade route.