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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Debra Zellner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Zellner, Stedman Avenue, Lehighton, is observing her birthday today, the same day as President John F. Kennedy. She is a third grade pupil in the First Ward Building. Today Debra received the following letter from President Kennedy's personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln:

Dear Debra,

The president was very pleased to receive a birthday message from one who shares his birthday and thanking you for you thoughtfulness, he asked me to convey greetings and best wishes."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fast moving surface water washed away soil from underneath a section of railroad track near East Blaine Street and Tresckow Road in McAdoo during Saturday's flash flood.

Over 25 blocks of McAdoo sustained flood or storm damage following Saturday's intense rain storm that left South Kennedy Drive (SR309) under almost four and a half feet of water after 10 inches of rain had fallen in less than an hour. McAdoo Mayor Dane Watro and council members signed a Declaration of Disaster while people were being evacuated and after water levels rose to dangerous levels in many low lying parts of McAdoo.

"We had flooding in this area before, but never this bad," said borough councilwoman Marion DeBalko.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ashton Skate Park in Coaldale was overwhelmed with surface water and mud during Saturday's heavy rainfall. Coaldale firefighters will spend time this week cleaning the park.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
FYI

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold its 12th annual open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

There will be light refreshments and lesson demonstrations.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer with the program, a required volunteer training session will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the center.

For more information and directions, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 or wintsprg@ptd.net; or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 or elshhtlc@ptd.net.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's intense rainfall turned this section of Hometown, along SR309, into a small lake.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Driving through rushing water, an East End Fire Company truck from Tamaqua travels north up Hometown Hill while responding to flooded homes and streets in Hometown. Also pictured is a Kline Township police car, which was staged on the hill to close the flooded northbound lane.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weatherly Area PTA is still collecting shoes for the recycling project that had been held in conjunction with Go Green family night.

Bring old shoes to Field Day on June 4, to continue the ShoeBox Recycling Project.

For more information, contact Donnell Stump, PTA president at (570) 579-8801 or email weatherlypta@mail.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many fire companies throughout our area responded to multiple flood-related incidents over Memorial Day weekend. Incidents ranged from eroded roads, road closures, pump details, water rescues, drain clearing and so on. Pictured pumping out water from a home are volunteer firefighters with the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when she rolled her car along Hahn's Dairy road just east of the intersection with Spruce Hollow road. The woman appeared to be traveling west when she lost control swerving to the right, striking an earth embankment, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.