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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy damage occurred Memorial Day when a fire ravaged a building at the Mahanoy City Area school complex, forcing the closing of school today and perhaps for the rest of the school year.

Hometown and other Schuylkill County fire companies, some wearing parade attire, spent their Memorial Day fighting a destructive fire at the Mahanoy City Area school complex that started just before 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The fire started in a the ceiling of a storage room located near the cafeteria. The fire broke out in the cafeteria complex. One witness stated, "Thick black billowing smoke shot out the school's glass front doors when firefighters opened them."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Shippensburg University student Aric Shubeck of Summit Hill speaks at Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held Sunday in the Seek section of the borough, and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

A young but wise voice on Sunday called for the nation to keep alive the memories of those who left the comfort and security of home to defend America from those who threaten our freedoms.

"From the American Revolution, to the Afghan and Iraq wars, the United States has lost 1,343,812 of the finest men and women the world will ever know in the line of duty," said Aric Shubeck, the main speaker for Coaldale's Memorial Day services, held at the Seek memorial and at the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cub Scout Pack 756 Weblo Jacob Rudy, 10, of New Ringgold places a flower on a veteran's grave during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service.

The annual West Penn Memorial Day Service was held Sunday at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.

Participating in the service were Reverends Cheryl Moore and Michael Frost, West Penn and Tamaqua band members, guestspeaker Air Force Master Sergeant Lisa Miller, Boy Scout Pack 755, Cub Scout Pack 756, Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 1205, Brownie Troops 30975 and 1323,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local volunteers are planning the annual 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association's diabetes research and education programs. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The start/finish line will be at the Palmerton Borough Park, and registration will begin at 8 a.m.

There is a registration fee for the event, which will be donated to the ADA.

Trophies will be given to fastest overall male and female runners. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age category. Walkers will be noncompetitive.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Seven-month old twins Anna and Carolina sit with their mother Jordi Breiner of Tamaqua during the annual West Penn Memorial Day Service. Their father is Ernie Breiner.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post, conducts Memorial Day service in front of veterans' monument at Kennedy Park in Lansford.

Jack Anderson, commander of Lansford American Legion Post 123, gave the remarks during the annual Memorial Day service Monday in Lansford's Kennedy Park.

It was held in front of the impressive veterans' monument in the park.

The service was preceded by a parade consisting of American Legion members, the Panther Valley JROTC, Panther Valley High School Marching Band, and Legion Riders Motorcycle Club members.

Anderson told the story of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War 1 on died on Feb. 27 at the age of 110.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male driver of a green Subaru Outback was flown via helicopter to a hospital after he lost control and flipped his vehicle while traveling northeast on Tuscarora Mountain Road in Ryan Township just before 11 a.m. on Friday. Responding were Rush, Ryan and Schuylkill Township police. Hometown, Tuscarora, Ryan and Delano fire companies also responded, in addition to Luzerne II Medic and Ryan Ambulance. Hometown fire police closed the road during the cleanup and removal. The name of the driver wasn't available from police.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Retired U.S. Airman William Gaddes wrote a poem for the dedication Sunday of the Soldier's Cross in the Veteran Memorial Garden in Coaldale. Gaddes designed the garden, on Third Street.

The Cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, completes the project.

Here is Gaddes' poem:

The Battlefield or Soldier's Cross

I am made of bronze, the "Soldier's Cross,"

I signify a tragic loss.

As I look down, I see a star,

the name of one who died on shores afar.

I also see some stars of gold,

fifty three in all, I am told.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Keynote speaker, John Crampsie, addresses the audience during the memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day for remembrance as members of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, family members and friends gathered to honor their fallen brethren during a memorial service at the Bloomingdale Cemetery in Summit Hill.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS William Gaddes, left, and sculptor Andrew Chernak with the Soldier's Cross Chernak created for the Coaldale Veterans Memorial Garden. The Cross was dedicated at Memorial Day services Sunday.

The dedication Sunday of a Soldier's Cross in the Veterans Memorial Garden on Third Street in Coaldale marked the completion of the memorial project.

The cross was unveiled by a Panther Valley JROTC cadet following the second of the borough's Memorial Day services.

The cross, sculpted by Andrew Chernak of Springfield, Delaware County, is oriented toward the Garden's "Walk of Honor," which includes the names of 53 Coaldale men who died in World War II and Vietnam.