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Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua police, assisted by officers from West Penn and Rush townships as well as Coaldale, responded to a call Saturday afternoon reporting two black males on Center Street, one armed with a handgun and the other with a knife. Officers found a large gathering of young people on the porches of several homes at the scene who made light of the situation. Police did locate a BB gun, but did not believe it was the weapon in question. Officers questioned a number of people before clearing the scene.

Monday, April 16, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sandy Miller, seated, a 911 operator, demonstrates the 911 emergency communications system to Bowmanstown Fire Department members Clayton Billman, left, and Bruce Koch, center and to Kirstyn Kunkel and Lena Nalesnik.

In celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week last week, the Carbon County 911 Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center in Nesquehoning held an open house on Saturday.

The center, which is located on the Broad Mountain, just off Route 93, was open to the public to view the emergency communications systems and to learn how the center operates.

It was noted at a recent Carbon County Commissioners' meeting that in 2011, the men and women who work at the 911 communications center handled 146,001 police, fire and EMS calls.

Monday, April 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A young couple was taken to Hazleton General Hospital for minor injuries after losing control and crashing their green sedan into a tree just before 4 a.m. on Saturday on Lofty Road in Delano. Responding were Ryan Township Rescue, Delano Fire Company, Hazleton APTS, Ryan Township Ambulance and State Police. State Trooper Mike Breznik is the investigating officer. No more information was available as of press time. State Trooper Breznik inspects the vehicle.

Monday, April 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Cindy Miller is in charge of coordinating UPS logistics necessary to stage the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A Tamaqua native and local sports legend is front and center in making sure logistics for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London go off without a hitch.

Cindy Miller, former basketball star at Tamaqua Area High School, is a vice president for UPS and managing director of corporate divisions in the UK, Ireland and Nordics. UPS, a global leader in package delivery, is taking a primary role as logistics provider for the Games and Miller is taking on responsibility for the project.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Local horror story author Mark Thornton will be at the Dimmick Library Friends House on Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. He will talk about and sign copies of his new book Twisted Tales of an Otherwise Ordinary Mind. The book is a collection of short horror stories that have been compared to both Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Thornton's other books are The Boathouse of Bartholomew Biggs and With Only Seconds to Scare.

Monday, April 16, 2012
Mitchell Kurek, 12, sings in front of a live camera during the annual ACS telethon. Kurek was one of many Tamaqua's St. Jerome School's performing arts students who showed off their talent. Paul Mulhern's was the instructor.

More than 430 individual performers and about 230 dedicated volunteers combined their talents over the weekend to help the Carbon-Tamaqua unit of the American Cancer Society succeed in beating last year's total during this year's two-day telethon held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Joe Krushinsky, host and telethon committee chairman, announced that this year's telethon resulted in $193,021 worth of pledges, which is $5,000 over last year's tally.

Monday, April 16, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Plant expert Cindy Kerschner, Northern Lehigh coordinator Dean Hower and D&L outreach coordinator Dennis Scholl take questions at the end of a program about the Trail Tenders.

Dennis Scholl, outreach coordinator for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor presented a program at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, on Saturday. Among his jobs is to manage the Trail Tenders program.

He introduced Dean Hower, the Northern Lehigh Chapter coordinator, and Cindy Kerschner, a former master gardener and plant expert.

Scholl said the trail runs 165 miles from Wilkes Barre to Bristol. He came to recruit trail tenders to maintain the trail.

Monday, April 16, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A 20 year old man was rescued after collapsing along a logging road behind Middleport around 6 p.m. on Friday. Firefighters said the man, while dizzy, used his cell phone to call 911 after fainting and vomitting blood. A helicopter was called but later canceled as the man was taken to a Pottsville Hospital via ambulance. Rescuers said they found the young man lying on the ground in an area behind Lone Pine Pond, also known as "the beaches." Responding were fire companies from Middleport, New Philadelphia, Cumbola, Yorkville and Kaska.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Tamaqua Beautification Association, the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, concerned residents, local scouts and Tamaqua Area School District students will be combining forces with Schuylkill-Keep It Pretty in the Great Pennsylvania Spring 2012 Cleanup this Saturday, April 21. Two different areas of the borough will be targeted in the clean up campaign - the downtown area and the South Ward.

The Tamaqua Beautification Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the M and T Bank parking lot at East Broad and Center Streets. They will then fan out and

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Pierce

Nesquehoning police have charged the man who was involved in an armed robbery last January at Redner's Warehouse Market, 184 Market St., Nesquehoning.

Police identified the man as Keith Michael Pierce, who was living at 135 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning.

Police noted that Pierce allegedly held up a cashier, Jessica Reis, at knife point at 6:06 p.m. on Jan. 31, went into her cash drawer, and stole $380. His image was captured on surveillance video.