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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Schuylkill County commissioners, at a work session Wednesday, granted county Community Development Block Grant director Gary Bender's request to seek bids to demolish homes in Coaldale Borough and Delano Township.

Bender said the bids are to tear down a vacant, dilapidated single home at 255 W. High St. in Coaldale, which the borough now owns. The property in Delano Township, at 124 High St., is a two-story frame double home that was converted into a single home. It is also vacant and gutted inside, and has been taken over by the township.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tour visitors were suprised during the No. 9 Mine and Museum Picnic after being ambushed by Civil War soldiers reenacting a mine car gold heist. Visitors, holding their hands high, laughed as soldiers carried a trunk full of fools gold from the car.

Visitors to Sunday's Old Fashioned Picnic at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford were treated to a variety of homemade foods and fun and educational activities. The main attraction of the event featured a full day Civil War reenactment courtesy of the 8th Georgia Infantry Rome Light Guard Company A and 1st Maryland Infantry. Volunteer Dale Freudenberger said, "Visitors learned about what life was like for soldiers during the battle, as well as seeing what a typical camp looked like, what kind of dress they wore, and the struggles they faced."

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Palmerton Area High School juniors must take the new Keystone exams this winter.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, informed the board of school directors of the change at a workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Fenner said the tests are a result of changes to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) to phase in the Keystone exams in the high school to replace 11th grade PSSAs.

Another purpose, Fenner said, is to align grades 3-8 PSSAs to the assessment anchor content aligned to the PA Common Core Standards.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tom Applegate will be hosting a free digital camera photography class today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panther Valley Library, 117 East Bertsch Street, in Lansford. For more information, visit him on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The drivers of two trucks were seriously injured Tuesday morning when involved in a head-on crash along SR309 in Lynn Township. The crash occurred near 7:30 a.m. just north of the intersection with SR143. A pickup truck was discovered sitting in the south bound lanes facing north and a sport utility vehicle resting against a wood frame structure in a parking lot. The two drivers were extricated from the wreckage of their vehicles and transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown. The four lanes of SR309 were reduced to one lane with fire police alternating traffic.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters from Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company assess the damage after flames were extinguished.

A quick response from area volunteer firefighters saved a Summit Hill home from extensive fire damage Tuesday morning.

Black smoke and flames were seen shooting through the roof at the home, located at 2 E. Holland St., as firefighters from Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company and Lansford American Fire Company No. 1 arrived on scene, shortly before 11 a.m. The residence is owned by David Faenza.

Rich Gould, assistant fire chief of Diligence Fire Company, said the fire was extinguished quickly by volunteers and damage was contained to the third floor attic area.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Al Steigerwalt, right, Lehighton borough workforce supervisor, watches as work progresses on a Vietnam veterans' memorial at the Pfc. Clyde R Houser Jr. Borough Annex Building on North Third Street in Lehighton. The workers include, from left, Armando Galasso of the Lehighton Water Authority, Gery Clay and Ricky Getz of the Lehighton Area High School Class of 1969, and borough employee John Hettler. Dedication of the memorial is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 6.

The dedication of the Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Borough Annex Building on North Third Street in Lehighton will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The building was named in memory of Houser, known to his friends as "Speedy," who was killed in action in Vietnam at the age of 21 on June 13, 1967. He was a 1964 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

The borough annex was the former Lehighton Area High School from 1918 to 1964. The Class of '64 was the last class to graduate from the building, which was then converted into a junior high.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Carbon County officials are voicing their concern over the future of the county's recycling program.

During the county commissioners' meeting last week, the board discussed the current financial issues the county Department of Solid Waste is experiencing.

Commissioner William O'Gurek pointed out that the county was transferring $3,000 from the general fund into the department for vehicle repairs on trucks that have over 250,000 miles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Multiple trailers carrying what appears to be large white wings carefully traversed north through Tamaqua Tuesday afternoon. Manufacturer markings on the side pertain to aircraft wings. Their destination was not known.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friends and family are holding a prayer program and candelite vigil Thursday evening for Seth Valentine of Tamaqua, who is still in a coma following a motorcycle accident that occurred on Aug. 25 on Route 248 eastbound in Bowmanstown Borough.

Organizers encourage all to bring candles. The program and vigil event is expected to last from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook.