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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rob Christman, left, of 273 Bankway St., Lehighton, holds his dog, Oreo, after the pet was rescued by firefighters. Front, center, is his stepson Cody Hunsicker, 12, who tried to put the fire out and then alerted his family and the other five families living in the apartment building. The woman on the right is one of the residents of the apartment building.

Traffic on Bankway Street was tied up this morning when fire trucks blocked the main artery through Lehighton to halt a smoky basement fire at 273 Bankway St. The apartment is in a row home that houses six families.

Rob Christman, his girlfriend and their five children, were displaced by the fire.

Pat Mertz, assistant fire chief for Lehighton, said the fire started in the basement and was under investigation.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Ruhe will present a program titled "Helping the Herps" at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington.

Ruhe is president of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation. He is an original recipient of the Nature Center's prestigious Student Ecologist Award for 1997.

MCHC is the keeper of all data on the range and population of Pennsylvania reptiles and amphibians for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hearings were held Tuesday by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board on appeals from individual property owners seeking reductions or exemptions on properties for tax purposes instead of dealing with a basketfull of appeals brought before the board by school districts seeking higher assessment ratings.

On the appeal of Romie B. Searle, 948 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, the board ruled no change keeping the market at $114,520 and assessment at $57,260.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ A statewide initiative announced recently by Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges will help provide critical training to displaced workers in Pennsylvania, equipping them with the skills they need to get back to work in high-demand, family-sustaining jobs.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Destiny Green, 11, of Towamensing Township, kneels behind her large, prize-winning pumpkin, flanked by Denise Frey and Destiny's Uncle Bill Remaley, while in the rear are helpers Steve Murphy, left, and Turk Taylor.

One of the highlights of the seasonal decorations that will adorn Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe for the upcoming Fall Foliage Weekends is the product of a family project by an area elementary school student.

The result of that project was a large pumpkin weighing almost 300 pounds, which now rests just inside the entrance to the park from the busy intersection.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe police are investigating a two-vehicle crash, which sent one of the two onto a sidewalk and through a steel fence to a railroad bed below. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. along SR209, just south of the intersection with the SR903 bridge. The woman driver of one of the vehicle suffered lacerations and was treated at the scene.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The driver of this car was taken to the hospital this morning after crashing it on Hometown Hill (SR309) Tamaqua firefighters were called to Hometown Hill, SR309, near the Tigertsville Road intersection, around 9 a.m. Thursday after a Summit Hill woman reportedly lost control of her car, drove over a sign and crashed into the berm along the northbound lane. She was driving a 2010 Ford Focus. Crystal Kreimendahl, 26, of Summit Hill, was taken via Tamaqua Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale for unknown injuries. Also responding were Rush Township and Tamaqua Police.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Safe Haven Pet Rescue will have a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry's Restaurant, Route 209 near Route 534, Kresgeville.

Safe Haven is a small group of dedicated animal advocates who rescue dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes. All dogs are in foster care until their permanent homes are found. Safe Haven has rescued over 500 dogs so far.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Monroe County Bible Clubs of "BCM International" will be conducting interdenominational "Released Time Bible Classes" for Monroe County public school children in grades K-6. Home-schoolers are also welcome.

Free parental permission slips (with schedules and times) to attend are available for these one hour weekly Bible classes. They are held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by "Bible Club" approved local volunteer drivers.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The target of the shooting on First street talks with Lehighton police.