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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Al Kohler and Victor Jahelka, of the United Veterans Organization of Palmerton, place a wreath at the Veterans' monument at Palmerton Borough Hall along Delaware Avenue to honor all veterans as part of the borough's Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

They protect us, whether in peacetime, or time of war.

It's only fair and just, then, that those special warriors be recognized for their acts of heroism, much as they were at the annual Palmerton Memorial Day Parade on Sunday.

The parade was again sponsored by the United Veteran's Organization of Palmerton, which is comprised of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's quick rain storm caused damage to area roads throughout our area. In some areas, the forces of the flowing surface water was so intense it tore up the asphalt, tar lines and recent repair patches, as is pictured here on SR209 in Coaldale. Road damage and displaced debris also resulted in numerous road closures throughout our area.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's strong storm ripped up new tar, eroded earth and moved large pieces of asphalt and rocks onto the road as it turned Hometown Hill (SR309) into a rushing river. Hometown Fire Department, Rush Township and Kline Township Police closed the right side lane of the hill while volunteers and police removed the debris.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Jason Kufrovich, waits patiently for the rain to lessen, as he parks his Suzuki Intruder 1400 under an old bridge located off of SR309 in South Tamaqua. Kufrovich, a Barnesville native from Greentown, was leaving a well-attended Poker Run at the New Ringgold Fire Company when he and all the bikers were caught off guard by Saturday's quick downpour.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Saturday's heavy rainfall made it tough for holiday travelers, such as is pictured here on SR309 in Hometown.

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

Mahoning township police officers Audie Mertz and Jeff Frace are investigating a crash Saturday afternoon which lead to taking into custody the female driver of a mini van. Police and the Mahoning Valley fire company responded just before 1 p.m. to a single vehicle crash along SR902 just north of the Mahoning Valley ambulance building. The driver was traveling north when for some unknown reason she lost control of her vehicle with it leaving the east berm impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The woman was interrogated by officers, handcuffed and removed from the scene.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Area communities were taken by surprise after a strong, yet fast-moving, rainstorm overwhelmed our area Saturday. Up to 10 inches of rain fell in less than an hour. Every community in our area was affected by the storm in one way or another, ranging from heavy rains, high winds, small hail, flooding, fallen trees, power outages, road closures, and earthen erosion.

In addition to pumping out homes and businesses, firefighters and emergency personnel were out in force controlling traffic, removing road debris, closing roads and offering assistance to stranded motorists.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fast moving surface water resulted in road and soil erosion throughout our area. Pictured affected by Saturday's rain storm is Dock Street in Lansford. Lansford Borough workers were seen working in the rain to repair eroded areas.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lenny McGavin of High Street, Jim Thorpe, holds program from 1922 Memorial Day Services in what was then called Mauch Chunk. He found the program behind some attic boards at his parents' house.

Back in 1922, Memorial Day services in Mauch Chunk – now Jim Thorpe – were as impressive as they are today.

Residents were advised:

"The church bells will be rung from 12 o'clock noon, until 12:05, and the Comrades and the general public will stand with uncovered heads during the ringing of the bells."

The services were held at various locations throughout the day. Graves of veterans were decorated by school children with flowers.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a $1,000 check to Shepherd House, Inc. to fund local food pantries.

Shepherd House lost over $42,000 in state and federal funding for 2011-2012 due to cutbacks and is relying heavily on contributions made by individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations to help meet the ever-increasing need in the county.

For more information or to make a donation to Shepherd House call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.