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Saturday, October 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin displays some of the gear needed to properly equip an ambulance. The cost for just the gear inside can reach about $400,000.

Tamaqua and Hazleton aren't far apart; in fact, just a dozen miles of Route 309 separate the two. But to an emergency medical technician, they are light years apart.

"In our area, the most common call an EMT gets is for a sick person," said Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin, who also works as an EMT in Hazleton. "In Hazleton, the most common call is for a drug overdose, and the second would be a gunshot wound."

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale this week, hosting Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania. From left, are Kimmel, Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions, and Judith Mida, president of Summit Hill Lions Club.

The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale on Oct. 21.

They hosted Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania; Lions International.

The meeting was presided over by Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions. Assisting was Judy Midas, president of the Summit Hill Lions Club.

District Gov. Kimmel described the challenges to Lions organizations, her program and the priorities of District 14.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Canadensis man is accused of lying to police on Sept. 18 about Eric Frein, who has evaded authorities since he is believed to have gunned down a state trooper and wounded another on Sept. 12.

Michael Vincent Abuiso, 48, was charged Friday by state Trooper William Skotleski of Swiftwarer with unsworn falsification to authorities, making false reports to authorities, and furnishing authorities with false information without knowledge. All three charges are misdemeanors.

Abuiso was issued a summons and assigned a lawyer through the Monroe County public defender's office.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Marian Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America held induction ceremonies for officers and members on Oct. 1 during the weekly Mass. More than 70 members were inducted into this year's club, including the 2014-2015 officers: Faith Befano, president; Kayla Rodick, vice president; Taylor Horvat, secretary; Rachel Meier, treasurer; Annette Ritzko, reporter; and Alison Walk, parliamentarian.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Silnik, Head Golf Pro at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton, gives a presentation to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce at a joint mixer held recently at the facility.

Business continues to grow at the Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton.

The updated status of the property at 2230 Fireline Road was shared recently at a joint mixer between the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce held at the site.

Head Golf Pro Ray Silnik briefly discussed some of the additions to the facility, which include a remodeled upstairs bar and dining area; expanded outdoor seating area; a lower-level Irish pub, and various golf improvements.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehigh Carbon Community College President Dr. Ann Bieber addresses the audience at her investiture program Friday.

Lehigh Carbon Community College honored its fifth president, Dr. Ann Bieber, with an investiture program Friday in Berrier Hall at the college in Schnecksville.

During Bieber's address to faculty, alumni, trustees, students, community leaders and state legislators, Bieber said she was honored and humbled to accept the LCCC Presidential Medallion.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Interviews by The Associated Press with voters across Pennsylvania show that many know little about Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf but are backing the first-time candidate because of their disenchantment with Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

The AP recently conducted about 30 random interviews in suburban Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Altoona to find out which candidate voters support and why.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

When I was 11 years old and living at 202 E. Hazard St., Summit Hill, one of my best friends, Jerry McHugh, came over to my house one brisk fall day. In hushed tones, Jerry suggested we go into the basement so my mother couldn't hear what was to come next.

I followed Jerry down the steps into our back basement. There, he reached into his belt, which was covered by a sweatshirt, and pulled out a comic book. "Look at this!" he exclaimed. My jaw dropped. It was the first issue of Tales from the Crypt.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
BOB FORD/times news Matt Rechs stands atop the Hooven Mercantile building with some of Jim Thorpe's most iconic buildings in the background.

The new owners of the Hooven Mercantile building in Jim Thorpe aim to make the property "an amazing centerpiece for the borough and Carbon County."

Matthew Rechs, director of business affairs for a New York City technology company, said he and a group of partners at Hooven Hall LLC purchased the 41 Susquehanna St. property from David L. Kuhn in July for $225,000.

"The current condition of the property doesn't do justice to what we think is an incredibly historic piece of commercial real estate," Rechs said. "It is an essential part of Jim Thorpe's history."

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Carbon County is discontinuing the collection of the solid waste tipping fee.

On Thursday, the county commissioners approved the discontinuation of the collection, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The county has continued collecting the $4 per ton fee from trash haulers for municipalities at landfills even though it ended its solid waste department in 2013.