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Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's been quite a year for natural phenomena.

There have been tornadoes, storms that dropped hail the size of tangerines, and on Tuesday, an earthquake – an occurrence people think of happening only in California, Japan, or other far-away places.

The year of the potent and unpredictable natural events might not be over. Indications are that next on our list is Hurricane Irene.

This morning, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center was confident that Irene will strike the Outer Banks of North Carolina Saturday evening as a strong Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane.

Thursday, August 25, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Outbound Jim Thorpe Rotary exchange student Terry Loyd, third from left, welcomes inbound student Alvaro Canizares to his new home. Accompanying them are, on the left, Susan Sterling, Rotary Club President and Youth Counselor; and Bob Stevenson, Club Vice President, Youth Exchange Officer, and Alvaro's second host father and, on the right, Joe and Kim Lawrence, Alvaro's first host family.

A rare event occurred in Jim Thorpe on Saturday afternoon as the outbound Rotary Exchange Student met the inbound one.

Before Terry Loyd of Albrightsville left for Szolnok, Hungary on Monday, she welcomed Alvaro Canizares as he arrived from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Both students will be living with host families and their adopted culture for nearly a year, each returning home sometime in July, 2012.

They will both be learning a new culture and communicating in their host country's native languages, Hungarian for Loyd, and English for Canizares.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A hearing that was scheduled Wednesday for a former Summit Hill man charged with raping a young girl was continued until Sept. 7.

Nicholas D. Molino Sr., 42, of Wilkes-Barre, has been charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault, four counts of aggravated indecent assault, three counts of indecent assault, endangering welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

He is currently being housed in Carbon County Prison.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another controversy is brewing between County Controller Melinda Kantner and the Schuylkill County Commissioners.

Following the commissioners public meeting Wednesday Kantner held a press conference in her office accusing the commissioners of not handling meal voucher payments for county workers attending conferences and meetings according to regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Thursday, August 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS This brick building, left, at 200 East Bertsch St., Lansford, which once housed the Holmes-Griffiths Funeral Home and earlier, the Holmes Funeral Home, has been sold. The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, right, at 500 East Broad St., Tamaqua, will share facilities at this location with Holmes-Griffiths.

Lansford's Holmes-Griffiths Funeral Home, formerly located at 200 East Bertsch St., will be based in Tamaqua, sharing quarters with the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 500 East Broad St.

"We moved the facility on Aug. 1," said E. Franklin "Sank" Griffiths, III, funeral director. The consolidation is intended to maximize the use of a network of buildings associated with services by Griffiths.

"We're cutting down on the number of roofs," he said, explaining that services are offered at facilities in New Ringgold, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Thursday, August 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This is one of the 40 banners that were erected along the one-mile stretch of Delaware Avenue in Palmerton Tuesday afternoon in honor of the celebration of the centennial of the incorporation of the borough on Oct. 14, 2012.

Palmerton's downtown business district has been spruced up thanks to the addition of 40 banners that commemorate its namesake.

The banners were erected Tuesday afternoon, and are displayed along the one-mile-long stretch of Delaware Avenue, the community hub of the borough.

Blue in color, with a hint of red and white, the banners include the words "Welcome to Palmerton" with a depiction of the bandstand and the legend Inc. 1912.

Thursday, August 25, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs leads a 17 year old male, suspected of stealing items from parked cars, into the police station for questioning Wednesday morning.

A foot pursuit is not necessarily the way a police officer wants to begin his shift. But that's what happened in Tamaqua Wednesday as Patrolman Michael Hobbs and Cpl. Henry Woods prepared to start their morning.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A new study finds that state regulations regarding coal ash disposal are inadequate to protect public health and drinking water supplies for nearby communities. The information comes as federal regulations - the first of their kind - are under attack by a hostile Congress bent on derailing any effort to ensure strong, federally enforceable safeguards for coal ash, America's second largest industrial waste stream.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lansford residents again aired their thoughts on blighted buildings in the borough and the residency of one council member during Wednesday night's council meeting.

During the meeting, numerous residents asked Lansford council what can be done to rectify the problem of dilapidated buildings in the town.

Mary Ellen Ogozalek, who attended the last council meeting, cited the borough ordinance on properties that have high grass, and are unkept.