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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many fire companies throughout our area responded to multiple flood-related incidents over Memorial Day weekend. Incidents ranged from eroded roads, road closures, pump details, water rescues, drain clearing and so on. Pictured pumping out water from a home are volunteer firefighters with the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua.

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

A young woman escaped serious injury Monday morning when she rolled her car along Hahn's Dairy road just east of the intersection with Spruce Hollow road. The woman appeared to be traveling west when she lost control swerving to the right, striking an earth embankment, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Rush Township police cruiser responds to flooded properties along Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown. Rush Township Fire Police helped police close parts of SR309 and other flooded roads throughout Hometown.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A free community dinner will be held at the Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Extensive fire damage is obvious to the top floors of the Kathleen Kattner residence, 226 Ochre St., Lehighton. The fire broke out shortly before midnight. Despite intense flames, the fire was contained to the Kattner side of the twin dwelling.

Lehighton firefighter Wayne Nothstein saw the celestial aura of the raging fire several blocks away, en route to the scene at 226 Ochre St. shortly before midnight last night. He knew it was bad.

When Lehighton Fire Department members reached the scene, heavy flames were shooting from the front, second-floor bedroom window.

There was a fear of entrapment. Someone had said there might have been a child inside.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Standing in front of the memorial at St. Nicholas Church are from left Nathan Krajcirik, Noreen Hine, Dennis McHugh, Jimmy Rickert, Tim Midas, Dave Padora and George Tessitore.

Members of the Lansford American Legion Post 123 and the Lansford AMVETS along with the Panther Valley JROTC honored the brave servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for our nation during the annual Memorial Day parade and service.

The parade began at St. Katherine Drexel Roman Catholic Church and moved through town stopping at the Abbott Street Memorial, the AMVETS, the American Legion, St. Nicholas Church and concluding at Kennedy Park. At each location, wreaths were placed and a salute was rendered by the United Veterans Organization and the JROTC firing squad.

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

This home, which sits along the usually quiet and peaceful Mahoning Creek in Mahoning Township, was inundated by waters Saturday evening when the stream left its banks due to a period of violent rain storms that rolled through the area.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Durbin Wagner, right, presented the Memorial Day address during the 144th Annual Memorial Day Service at Odd Fellows Cemetery and Helene and Russel Kellner, who served as the Grand Marshal of Tamaqua's Parade. Kellner is a 91 year old Tamaqua resident who served in World War II.

Tamaqua's 144th Annual Memorial Day Service was held at Odd Fellows Cemetery under bright sunny skies and a gentle breeze. Master of ceremonies Jon Zizelmann welcomed the crowd, many of whom had previously attended Tamaqua's Memorial Day Parade. The Tamaqua Raider Band was on hand to provide the National Anthem and several other patriotic selections. Zizlemann welcomed the parade's Grand Marshal Russel L. Kellner, a 91 year old World War II Veteran, who served in both Europe and Japan during the war. Zizlemann also presented the Poppy Queen, Shaina Ristila.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley athletic trainer Mark Shanton, left, checks Carter Strauss' balance and coordination in a mock concussion evaluation during a sport safety clinic at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. The program was offered by Carbon County Safe Kids and sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This clinic will be offered again on Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

While approximately 3.8 million children are treated for sport-related injuries each year, many of these injuries are preventable.

This was the message for young athletes, coaches and parents attending a recent sport safety clinic at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton, offered by Carbon County Safe Kids. The clinic addressed common safety issues for all types of sports, including hydration, concussion prevention and response, overuse and acute injury prevention, and the use of proper safety equipment.

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

State police at Bethlehem are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at the intersection of Mountain and Rextown roads in Washington Township, Lehigh County, that occurred Monday afternoon. The cyclist killed was identified as Thomas Morganelli, 63, of 807 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:43 p.m. by deputy coroner Jason Nicholas. The crash involved Morganelli's bike and two other vehicles, and occurred about 3:55 p.m. Mountain Road and all nearby roads were closed for hours.