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Monday, October 10, 2011
Harakel

Justin M. Harakel, 26, a Tuscarora man, was killed in a two-vehicle crash just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday on SR209 at the intersection of Catawissa Road in Schuylkill Township.

State police at Frackville said Harakel was killed when his vehicle, a 1997 Honda Civic, collided with a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Josh E. Fox, 40, of Tamaqua.

Monday, October 10, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person is dead and 10 others are homeless after the historic, century-old Blue Fox Hotel on Coplay Road, Coplay (Whitehall Township) was gutted by fire on Saturday. Melvin Keyser, 55, managed to escape the inferno, but reportedly suffered an attack and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. He was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m. The fire reportedly was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. Numerous fire departments from Lehigh and Northampton counties fought the blaze.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Guy Seifert who earned it by rebuilding his old historic barn that is on the Historical Commission's list of old buildings in Towamensing Township.

Karl Rolappe, treasurer of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission, presented an award to Guy Seifert for doing the most to preserve a historic building. His barn on Spruce Hollow Road has been completely resided after the original board siding was removed.

The plaque was presented to Seifert at the Oct. 6 meeting of the supervisors. This is to be an annual event and nominations are accepted for people who restore or enhance their historic building. Connie Bieling designed the plaque.

Before and after pictures were passed around the room.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS "She's Got Legs and She Knows How to Use Them," team members stage a quick reunion along Route 903 in Jim Thorpe. Team and support members are Mike Lautenslager, Brenda Miller, Charlene Kelbaugh, Abbi Crowe, Anna Jones, Crystal Yoder, Angie Fuss and Nikki Graftneterova.

If you were out and about in the Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area on Saturday and happened to see a lot of orange cones and solitary runners along the highway, you were seeing the participants of Ragnar Relay Pennsylvania.

Teams put nearly 200 miles on their sneakers in an overnight relay race that started in Lancaster and finished at Pocono Manor in the Pocono Mountains. This was the 15th race in the national series.

Monday, October 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Shane Striano, 7, of Macungie, concentrates as he paints a pumpkin at the fourth annual Rock the Fall Festival Sunday at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Music, daredevil stunts and plenty of good old fashioned family fun

It's safe to say the fourth annual Rock the Fall Festival offered a complete package to whet the appetite of people of all ages.

The two-day event was held amid Indian Summer weather this past weekend at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township.

Musical entertainment, as well as Blockers Yamaha-Kawasaki and Keystone Harley Davidson's 25th Annual Fall Foliage Ride, highlighted the event.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The office of Nesquehoning Tax C9ollector Patricia Vito will be closed from Monday through Friday, Oct. 17-21.

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, Oct. 23.

Monday, October 10, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rescue workers establish a command site beneath the Pa. Turnpike bridges in Parryville after an ultralight plane made an emergency landing into the Lehigh River on Saturday.

An emergency landing into the Lehigh River Saturday afternoon of an ultralight plane pressed rescue workers into and passers-by into action.

The identities of the pilot and passenger aboard the vehicle weren't released, but the FAA said the plane had departed the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township.

The small craft landed on the river at about 2:30 p.m. between Weissport and Parryville.

The incident occurred in a remote area not accessible to vehicles, it was reported.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Over 60 Club of Palmerton will hold a meeting at noon on Oct. 18 at Palmerton Borough Hall, located at 401 Delaware Avenue.

The program will feature Nancy K. Busch, Esquire, P.C., who will speak concerning elderly law information.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Volunteers are needed to assist at the first D&L Heritage Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 23. This is an exciting new event on the D&L Trial and more volunteers that are needed to make this huge event run smoothly. Although there are more than 50 volunteers already committed to helping with the event, they still need 36-38 more people. This is a large event that requires a lot of help. 450 runners are registered so far and 500 are expected to take part in race day.