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Saturday, January 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The collapse of the World Trade Center released 2,500 contaminants, according to the American Medical Association.

According to a study by the American Medical Association, firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center were nearly 20 percent more likely to develop cancer than firefighters who were not at the site. The toxic dust and debris at the site contained more than 2,500 contaminants.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Joint Sewer Authority, currently paying in excess of $35,000 in Pennsylvania Power and Light Company fees, is exploring the windmill idea as its main source of power, with consulting engineer Ronald M. Tirpak of Carbon Engineering firm, Summit Hill, doing the preliminary studies.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Carbon County Salary Board recently set the 2014 salaries for court appointed employees covered under the AFSCME District Council 87 Local 2483 Court Appointed Professional collective bargaining unit. The rates are effective from Jan. 1.

Adult Probation

Ÿ Set the position of one deputy chief adult probation officer at $29.34 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one probation officer II/gagnon hearing officer at $24.15 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of two probation officers II at $21.67 per hour;

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Michael Patrylo of Jim Thorpe, recently found his entire family living in Oklahoma. His search spanned 40 years.

He recognizes that not all searches for one's biological roots end as positively as his. Nevertheless, he strongly encourages other adoptees who struggle with the decision of whether, or how, to pursue their own searches, to take the leap and obtain closure, one way or the other.

He offers two critical pieces of advice:

Ÿ Assess every possible outcome up front, and become comfortable with each one.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for about an hour Friday morning before finding a Lansford man guilty of all criminal counts in what police called a road rage incident.

Joseph Mongi, 29, was found guilty of six counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct.

Judge Steven R. Serfass, who presided, deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation report.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lefebvre family comes together, Blane, 54; Michael, 61; Jeannette, 62; Blake, 51: and Bruce, 57 for the first time in their lives.

Michael Patrylo's search for his birth mother gave him an entire family living in Oklahoma.

The 61-year-old Jim Thorpe man, who was put up for adoption in Germany when he was five months old, never thought that his search for answers would end with a new family, as well as uncovering a family secret, long held by two loving people who had to make a painful decision many years ago.

Patrylo began his quest to find his roots when he was still in high school.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters often are exposed to heavy smoke, sometimes containing contaminants. This smoky fire was fought on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua on Jan. 18, 2000.

None of us can shake the images from Sept. 11, 2001, like the dense plume of debris rolling down New York streets and the terrified people running away before it.

And like the firefighters, police and other rescue personnel running straight into the debris cloud, and the horrors within it.

No one denies that those people are heroes. No one wants to deny them coverage for the health problems they suffer as a result of their exposure to toxins that day and in the months that followed.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
ronald rabenold/special to the times news This turbine was retrieved from the Lehigh River at Coalport in Jim Thorpe about 10 years ago. It is believed to be from the power plant mentioned above. Visit the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center on West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, for a closer inspection if you like.

(Editor's Note: This is the first of two parts on trolleys in Carbon County. Next week's installment will be about some deadly incidents along the line.)

By RONALD RABENOLD

Special to the TIMES NEWS

For a brief time, the Lehighton and Carbon County area was served by an "inter-urban" trolley system. It was a popular form of mass transportation, a necessary bridge from the stagecoach, horse-and-buggy days until the time when cars and buses took over.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Originally reported as a kitchen fire, Friday's blaze at a Ben Titus Road farmhouse in Rush Township quickly spread, displacing a family of five. Firefighters from a wide area fought the smoky fire during a morning snowfall in sub-freezing temperatures. Two pets could not be saved. Responding were emergency units from Hometown, Quakake, Delano, Ryan Township, Tamaqua, McAdoo, Tresckow, Hazle Township, Weatherly, Mahanoy City and Walker Township. The cause is under investigation.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Heather Lacy, 38, of Palmerton, was traveling south on Fireline Road at around 9:14 a.m. when it applied the brakes and slid on the snow covered road, leaving the roadway and striking a tree. A passenger, Lacy's 16-year-old daughter, complained of head and back pain, and was transported by Palmerton Ambulance to Palmerton Hospital. The vehicle was disabled, and had to be towed from the scene. Charges are pending. The accident remains under investigation.