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Thursday, November 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua residents are evacuated from their West Broad Street homes after firefighters find deadly levels of CO.

Six families, consisting of nine children, one pregnant woman and 11 adults, are homeless after firefighters and code enforcement officers discovered deadly levels of carbon monoxide following two carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in Tamaqua yesterday.

The first call came in just before noon after tenants living at 332 West Broad St. called 911 after one of them started throwing up and the CO detector alarm went off. When police and firefighters arrived, they found levels of CO in the home to be above 170 parts per million.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library is a cornucopia of activities for everyone.

For children:

Ÿ Preschool Story Hour is every Friday at 10:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public and will continue throughout the school year.

Ÿ Tail Waggin' Tutors Kids read to Dogs the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon.

It is free but parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at (610) 826-3424. The next program will be Saturday, Nov. 10.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Superstorm Sandy brought a path of destruction to the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. But this natural event also brought an unprecedented migration phenomenon to the Bake Oven Knob autumn hawk count. While no one is celebrating the storm, the hawk counters did record an amazing natural event.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vacations are on track for the employees of the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad.

For the third time in the last few years the Muller family that owns the railroad has decided to give their eligible full-time employees a fully paid vacation to a dream destination.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library is collecting new and slightly used gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, socks and coats for the Panther Valley Elementary students. The clothing drive will be from Monday, Nov. 12 to Monday, Dec. 10.

Please drop off clothing at the library, 117 E. Bertsch St. or call the library at (570) 645-3780 if you would like someone to pick up your items.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Tamaqua Area High School is having their annual cabaret show presented by the school's Drama Club. However, they're doing something a little different this year. Their director, Janet Paisley Smoldon, was recently in a head-on car crash in West Penn Township and is in stable but critical condition.

"The show will be focused not only on the students of Tamaqua but also on hoping Janet has a speedy and full recovery," said student Erica Cassell. "Please come out and not only support the Tamaqua Drama Club - but also our wonderful director Janet!"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A delegation of teachers from the intermediate unit at the Panther Valley Middle School attended the school board meeting and expressed deep concerns about large class sizes and the adverse effect they have on the educational process. Marian Reinbold said there are 33 students in second grade and 34 in fourth grade. She said there are 34 to 39 students in reading groups. Fourth-grade teacher Carla Mikovich pointed out there are 30 students in one kindergarten class. "We're overflowing," was principal Russell Carson's comment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tortured artist Patrick McWhorter stands next to one of his paintings currently on display at Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Michael Taschler of Lehighton owed $45 to another borough resident for drugs he bought in the past.

That debt nearly cost him his life.

Joseph Pellegrino, 42, of Kunkletown, tried to collect the money from Taschler for his friend.

Pellegrino pulled out a gun and fired it at Taschler at close range. The gun didn't go off. Pellegrino reloaded, but Taschler managed to flee without injury.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jim Rowland has hiked many of the walking trails around the world. He came to talk about his Appalachian adventures on Oct. 28 at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. His visit was sponsored by LL Bean of the Promenade shops in Center Valley.

He said when you try to talk to other people about the emotional aspects of thru hiking they cannot understand. It is only other hikers who can understand.