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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Otis Thorpe will be among the many talented blues singers to perform this weekend at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival held at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Celebrating 20 years of Blues in the Poconos.

That tradition will continue when the inaugural Pennsylvania Blues Festival emanates this weekend from Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The event will kick off Friday evening from 8 p.m. to noon with a performance by Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago inside the air-conditioned Adventure Center.

It will continue from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before performance start both days.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp takes borough council to task for its failings.

Lansford resident Rita McIntyre Klekamp, president of Lansford Concerned Citizens, took council to task Wednesday on a number of items, including the borough's deteriorating buildings.

"Not to take this personally, but council is inept. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of your office, I will call in the state to see if we can get assistance for the citizens," she said.

"Buildings in town are deteriorating and owners are not being held accountable," Klekamp said.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuscarora will hold their annual fire company parade at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route travels through the streets of Tuscarora and surrounding communities.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With the handing over of the gavel of Western Pocono Lioness president Lioness Arlene Mullery turns over her six years of service as president of the club to new president Virginia Lamendola. She begins the tenure of her two-year term as president the beginning of July.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull off siding to find hot spots and stop the fire from spreading.

A half-duplex home located at 200 West Ludlow St., at the intersection of North Walnut Street in Summit Hill, suffered smoke and exterior damage Wednesday after a young man working on the roof accidentally contacted a 7,200 volt conductor power line with a piece of the roof's drip edge.

Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said that after PPL's quick response to turn off power, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to search for hidden hot spots as grounding current spread to various parts of the home.

The home is occupied by Jacqueline Collevechio.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Progress for replacing the Lower Middle Creek culvert and bridge may well be in evidence this week in Polk Township as the contractor wants to start today, reported supervisor Chairman Brian K. Ahner. Discussion as to whether a poured-in place-footer or a precast footer should be used ensued. After considering the merits and demerits of both the 3-0 vote was to spend $4,600 additional funds to use the poured-in-place.

In regard to the bridge, the township engineer reported that PennDOT approval has been received.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Jim Thorpe man was jailed last evening following a gun pointing incident.

Borough police identified the suspect as Thomas D. Dobbie Jr., 38, of 241 Center Ave.

According to the police report Douglas Smela, of 209 Center Ave., was driving home from work about 8 p.m. when he said a man stopped him in front of 241 Center Ave. and began yelling at him. Smela said the man, later identified as Dobbie, was yelling at him about urinating on his garage. Smela told officers he had no idea what Dobbie was talking about.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nicole (Tessitore) Beckett, left, Lehighton borough treasurer, is congratulated by council President Grant Hunsicker after the council named Beckett the new borough manager in Lehighton effective Oct. 1. Beckett was selected from a list of nine candidates for the position.

Nicole Beckett, 30, who has been serving as treasurer for Lehighton Borough since March 2010, is being elevated to borough manager.

The borough council chose Beckett over a field of nine candidates for the position. She was hired by a 6-1 vote, with only council member Dale Traupman opposed.

"She's been with us over a year. We know her work ethics," remarked council President Grant Hunsicker.

Beckett, who has an associate degree in public administration from Kutztown University and is working on her master's, assumes her new position Oct. 1

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are 1932 Chevy 5-window coupe owned by Joe Horvat and a 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T owned by Phil Domin.

Advanced Auto Parts, Tamaqua, and Hazleton Rapid Transit System is presenting their Summer Cruise Nights to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, this Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Tamaqua. Door prizes and raffles will also be part of the event. The raindate is Saturday. The next cruise night will be Friday Sept. 2nd.