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Friday, August 30, 2013

Smoke detectors

With the fall and winter seasons approaching, Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm would like the residents of Jim Thorpe to check their smoke detectors, to make sure they are in working order. He also stated that he has smoke detectors for any resident of the community, not commercial businesses, who may need one. Please contact Diehm at (570) 325-3890.

Celebration-dedication service

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jack Norbeck, president of Norbeck Research of Coplay, currently has a research collection on display at the Slatington Library.

His latest exhibition is titled "Harvesters" and covers grains, sugar and cotton from the year 1850 to the present time. The display centers on the progression from horse-drawn to steam tractors.

Over 100 different companies supplied history, pictures, field signs, and models to Norbeck in order to organize his display.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lansford police are investigating a domestic incident in which a man was stabbed.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon in the 200 block of E. Patterson Street.

The man was allegedly stabbed inside the residence by a woman, and then left the residence. He was found on the 200 block of E. Kline Avenue. Due to his injuries, he was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, to be treated.

Police are not releasing the names of those involved until the investigation is complete.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua, Middleport and McAdoo firefighters salute as a Tuscarora Fire Company truck carries the casket of the late Gene Marko underneath an American flag hung over Catawissa Street in Tuscarora.

Longtime firefighter and officer Eugene "Gene" Marko, 63, of Tuscarora, who passed away Friday, was given a deserving firefighter's send-off Wednesday for dedicating over 45 years to the Tuscarora Fire Company.

"Gene never missed a call," said past chief and retired assistant chief Tom Slane, Tuscarora Fire Company. "He would always be one of the first at the station."

Marko was a life member of the Tuscarora Fire Company, where he served as both president and vice president of the board of directors, in addition to many other positions.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Nesquehoning landlord who fired a warning shot inside a house at a man he believed was threatening to harm a woman will ask a Carbon County court judge to place him in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

The ARD program, for first-time offenders, allows a defendant to have his record cleared after he successfully completes the program.

Daniel R. Lain, 38, was charged with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault in the July 15 incident.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Plans for the upcoming 250th Anniversary Celebration of Chestnuthill Township to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 are moving right along. All four townships in the Pleasant Valley School District will be participating.

The 250th anniversary celebration is of the original formation of Chestnuthill Township. Eldred, Ross and Polk townships were broken off from the original Chestnuthill over the years.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two men who allegedly held up a Lansford convenience store clerk at knifepoint early Wednesday morning are jailed, each under $150,000 straight cash bail.

John A. Simonson, 19, of 220 W. Front St., Lansford, and Scott Heffelfinger, 26, whose last known address was in Lehighton, are each charged by Lansford Officer Joshua Tom with robbery, criminal conspiracy, and theft by unlawful taking.

Thursday, August 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tuscarora RC Flyer Club members, l-r, are 50-year member George Moyer of Ashland; club President Jim Dunn of Lansford, treasurer, 33-year member Walt Basiago of Barnesville, 40-year member Jimmy Grave of Hazleton, secretary Kathy Basiago of Barnesville and six-year member Cullen Dixon, 16, of Frackville. Not pictured is club vice president and 30-year member Bob Greenall of Clamtown. The plane belongs to David Kessler of Tamaqua.

Rainy weather didn't prevent spectators from watching as over a dozen remote controlled planes took to the skies during the Tuscarora R/C Flying Club's annual Aerorama held recently at their flying field located at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

"The event combines both fun and group comradery," said club member John Kennedy Sr. of Summit Hill. "It serves as a fun event for both visitors and members."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Still haven't found the time to be a part of the sights and sounds of summer?

Then don't waste another minute and head on out to the 92nd Annual West End Fair in Gilbert.

There's still time to attend the weeklong event, which continues today, Friday and Saturday at the West End Fairgrounds.

Today saw several performances by Midnight Special on the Main Stage, as well as Glenn Miller, The Big One Man Band in the band shell. There were also Children's Games in the ball field, along with a Children's Day Drawing on the Main Stage at 4:30 p.m.