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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township Police are investigating a two-vehicle crashthat occurred at the intersection of Spring Hill and Jamestown roadsat 11:25 a.m. June 22. Jacqueline Heydt of Nesquehoning wasdriving south on Spring Hill Road in a Scion, when she crossedover the center of the road, striking a northbound Ford F-150 drivenby Steven Mekilo of Mahoning Township. Both drivers were belted, and multiple airbags deployed. Heydt suffered a minor injury and declined medical transport from the scene.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summit Hill: July 5 at Philip Ginder Stadium; July 20 at St. Gabriel's Festival at St. Joseph's Church

Jim Thorpe: 10 p.m. on July 5 at Memorial Park on East 10th Street

West End Fair: 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the Main Arena on Fairgrounds Road

Brodheadsville: 10 p.m. on July 11 at the West End Volunteer Fire Company Carnival on Route 715

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Katie Wargo/Special to the Times News

St. Gabriel's Italian American Club President Kevin Collevechio,back row, third from left, presented Summit Hill Historical Society President Jim Szczecina, back row, fourth from left, a check for $1,500 which are the proceeds from a spaghetti dinner the club held to benefit the Ludlow Park project. Participants who worked at the dinner are pictured. Front row, from left: SHHS members MaxineVermillion, Michele Toniatti, St. Gabe's Ladies Auxiliary VicePresident Rita Bennyhoff, St. Gabe's Ladies Auxiliary Angela McGlinchey, SHHS member Charles Toniatti.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Recent proposed changes to the Eastern Schuylkill Joint Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances have been met with criticism from Tamaqua's Planning Commission.

In a letter dated July 1, the planning commission requested that Tamaqua Borough Council reject the changes that were proposed at last month's meeting. Council voted to support the changes at that time.

"The Planning Commission continues to have serious issues with the inequity and conflict in applying the provisions of the ordinances to the Borough of Tamaqua," the letter stated.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

At 8:20 p.m. on June 22, Mahoning Township police investigated a motorcycle crash on Route 902.

A motorcycle traveling southbound and downhill on Mill Road near Leininger Drive at excessive speed when the driver, Stephen Hoffman of Lehighton, lost control. Hoffman was thrown from the bike and struck a tree. He was wearing a full helmet at the time of the crash. The helmet was badly scraped and the visor had broken off in the impact.

Hoffman was flownto St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, for treatment of major injuries, police said.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nesquehoning firefighters are bringing back a long-held tradition.

On Aug. 16 and 17, area residents can enjoy food, music and games at the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1's Community Festival. The festival,located in the fire company's grove area at 953 E. Catawissa St., opens at 3 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday.

Joe Starosta, vice president of the fire company, said that the volunteers decided that they wanted to hold the festival again.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Press Enterprise/Keith Haupt Firefighters examine the roll-off truck that slammed into the back of a tractor trailer just West of the Lightstreet interchange on I-80 near Bloomsburg Monday afternoon.

(Editor's note William J. Boettinger, 60, of Danielsville, was killed Monday when the waste truck he was driving plowed into a vehicle stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 80 in Scott Township, Columbia County. The accident happened at 1:10 p.m. Five vehicles were involved.

State police said in their report that Boettinger "was following too close."

The following is an account of the incident, reprinted with permission from the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise newspaper)

By KRISTIN BAVER

Press Enterprise Writer

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is coming up in August and we're looking for veterans to tell theirstories.

If you, or a relative, served in the war and you are willing to be interviewed, send us an email at tneditor@tnonline.com or call 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Mark Nalesnik, left, Carbon County Emergency Coordinator, and Bruce Barton, chief of Northeast Search and Rescue, discuss strategy during search for missing 10-year-old girl in Summit Hill Tuesday.

The extensive search for a missing 10-year-old girl in Summit Hill on Tuesday had a happy ending.

The girl was missing for three hours. Her photo was posted on Facebook and the public quickly jumped in to share the word of her disappearance.

The Times News site was one of the locations where her photo was placed.

It worked.

A couple saw the girl's photo and read her description on the social media site. As they were driving, they spotted her leaning against a car.

She was only a block from where the command center was set up for the search.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Here's what you need to know to stay safe, according to the National Weather Service:

Ÿ No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.

Ÿ If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

Ÿ When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: A substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.

Ÿ Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor lightning safety