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Monday, May 7, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties responded to a report of a man with a gun in Hauto Estates threatening to kill people. Police from Nesquehoning, Lansford, Jim Thorpe and Rush Township raced to the scene, blocking off SR54. Fire police from Nesquehoning and as far away as Tamaqua, Rush Township and Quakake were dispatched to close the roadway and divert traffic. Several officers drew their weapons with some brandishing assault rifles. Police searched a nearby home but failed to come up with the suspect or a gun.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Members of the Jefferson Democratic Club took time Saturday to clean up debris from the cemetery areas of the town. Among those participating are, top photo, from left, Joseph O'Gurek. Kristen Halenar and Nathan Halenar, and bottom photo, from left, Billy O'Gurek, Mike McCall, Bill O'Gurek and Mike Alabovitz.

A community service project completed Saturday morning by members of the Jeffersonian Democratic Club, Summit Hill, has helped clean up debris from the cemetery complex in the eastern end of the community.

The cleanup program, which resulted in the accumulation of about 15 bags of garbage and numerous other discarded items, marked the second year in the row that club members have volunteered to aid their hometown.

Monday, May 7, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Kim Kostak, Tamaqua, takes a step using the Tibion Bionic Leg with assistance from Good Shepherd Physical Therapy's Susan Lawfer, Palmerton site manager.

While everyone else is busy planning a cookout for Memorial Day, Kim Kostak has a much larger plan.

The 53-year-old Tamaqua woman is learning how to walk again.

Kostak's plight hit suddenly one cold January night when she jumped into her Jeep after a putting in a 16-hour shift on the job at the Carbon County Correctional Facility. Something was wrong.

"I couldn't put my right foot on the pedal," she recalls, "and my hand just fell off the steering wheel."

Kostak couldn't even slide across the seat.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fairway Chevrolet in Hazleton announced today that its support of youth baseball and baseball fans continues through "Diamonds & Dreams" program.

Richard Molinaro, manager of Fairway Chevrolet, encourages everyone to register online at www.chevybaseball.com for a chance to win one of 12 field makeovers and the grand prize of an all-new Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

Monday, May 7, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was seriously injured Friday in Lehighton when involved in a single-vehicle crash along Mahoning Street near 12th street. The crash occurred just before noon as she was driving west and apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. Her sport utility vehicle left the right berm, impacting with a tree. One Lehighton paramedic gained access to the victim by removing a side rear window and climbing into the unit. The woman was freed from the wreckage by members of the Lehighton Fire Department.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Job hunting just got a little bit easier for the unemployed in Carbon County.

Career Link and Carbon County Economic Development have partnered to bring the Carbon County Job Fair to Carbon County, noted Garry Wentz, administrator of CareerLink.

The Carbon County Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

Monday, May 7, 2012

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, Main Road, in Franklin Township. The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields. The ponds at the Phifer Ice Dam Park were stocked by the Club with trout for this event.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its eighth annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m., in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Topics will be Power Walk, Field Day, Farewell Dance, by-laws amendment, election of officers and more. The Power Walk Committee will hold a brief meeting following the regularly scheduled PTA meeting. Anyone interested in joining the Power Walk Committee for 2012 is welcome to stay for this meeting.

Childcare will be provided. A door prize will be given out and refreshments will be served.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Weatherly Area PTA is joining thousands of communities across the country in celebrating PTA Teacher Appreciation Week this May 7-11.

The week honors the dedicated men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating children. Weatherly Area PTA's events are part of a national effort to call attention to the outstanding contributions teachers make to individuals and communities.

Monday, May 7, 2012

With an estimated 550 mothers present - all 70 years of age or older - a Summit Hill woman was joyfully reunited with her sister from Czechoslovakia, after a separation of 45 years, as a highlight of R. D. "Dick" Edwards' 27th annual Mother's Day fete at the Lehighton Armory. Mrs. Stefanie Michalik, 65, of Velke Kostalny, Czechoslovakia, accompanied by her niece, Mrs. Anna Ostrozlik of Smolence, was flown here from behind the Iron Curtain for the tearful reunion with Mrs. Pauline Marek, West Hazard Street.