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

Homeowners say that it will take weeks to recover from Monday's tornado that damaged and destroyed multiple properties in Walker Township. Here New England Valley Fire Company Assistant Chief Chad Felty helps a homeowner on Kettle Road remove a fallen tree from his vehicle.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mauch Chunk Trust heroes Otto Barbush, Weatherly, George H. Duell, Jr., Palmerton, Geraldine "Geri" Haas, Lehighton, and Wayne W. Wentz, Lehighton will be honored Friday, May 27 at the Mauch Chunk Trust Company for community appreciation day.

Each hero was awarded $100 in a donation to the charity of his or her choice.

Barbush's volunteer work has affected: Lion's Club, Weatherly Community Chest, Weatherly Little League, Hazleton Red Cross, AARP "55 Alive" Driving Course, Weatherly PTA, Weatherly Ambulance Association, American Cancer Society and his church.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission members accept a flag as part of the honor of being designated as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. Pictured left to right are: John Kupec, Dr. Louis Vermillion and DCNR representative Wesley Keller who made the presentation. Missing are members Ann Markey and Mary Helen Shelton.

It was a chilly April morning but that did not deter over 35 donors and families from gathering for a brief ceremony held by the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission in Ludlow Park to dedicate 10 trees in honor and memory of loved ones including three trees donated in recognition of lifetime service of three borough policemen. Also, Tree City USA presented Dr. Louis Vermillion, chairperson of the commission with a flag and plaque recognizing the town's sixth straight year as a dedicated steward to planting and maintaining trees in the community.

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.