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Monday, March 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A car lies upside down in a ditch after it struck a Hometown building and overturned late Friday night.

Just before midnight on Friday, Rush Township police came across a vehicle overturned on it's roof in a ditch on Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown.

Reportedly, Melanie D. Delowery, 23, of Mahanoy City, was operating a green 1998 Ford sedan north on SR309 when she swerved to the right and struck a building (Kupres Twins Photography) and landed upside down in a ditch facing southbound.

The passenger, Megan Hill, 22, of Tamaqua, managed to crawl out with help from rescuers, while hydraulic rescue equipment was used to extricate Delowery from the overturned car.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority held its first Litter Prevention, Control and Cleanup meeting recently at the Monroe County Conservation District Office.

The newly formed Committee elected Jim Becker (Representative - Chamber of Commerce) as Chairman, and Ed Cramer (Supervisor of Stroud Township) as Vice Chairman.

"It was a great and enthusiastic meeting attended by concerned residents and municipal officials," said Executive Director, Jim Lambert.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Two area residents were among five who had their probation or parole revoked after a hearing in Schuylkill County court.

Phillip George Brinich, 32, 24 Elm St., Tamaqua, was recommitted to the county prison by President Judge William E. Baldwin and his 134 days of liberty disallowed and are added to his maximum date of release. He will receive credit for spending 46 days in the county prison.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Delaware and Lehigh Trail Tenders, the volunteer arm of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, will hold a "Meet and Greet" at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center on April 14 at 9 a.m. for people interested in volunteering with the Northern Lehigh and Carbon County chapters at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center on April 14 at 9 a.m.

D&L Outreach coordinator, Dennis Scholl, will present a half-hour program on volunteer opportunities within the Trail Tenders program. Members of the group will be on hand to explain local programs and answer questions.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A structure fire early this morning in the South Ward section of Tamaqua left an estimated $75,000 in damages, four firemen injured (two seriously), and a borough contractor with much of his business possessions ruined. The blaze occurred at 1:10 a.m. at a garage located at 113 Spruce St., where contractor Ralph DeAngelo stores his business materials and several vehicles, including three classic cars. Injured were firemen Charles Rodgers, 27; Harry Heffelfinger, 17; Thomas Weaver, and Daniel Reigel.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The meeting of the CDA (Catholic Daughters of America) Court Ryan 911, will not be held Tuesday, as originally scheduled. No new date for the meeting has been set.

Monday, March 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mildred Ahner, right, is assisted by her granddaughter, Jill Hessinger, in filling out her voter registration form. Mildred, of Franklin Township, has decided now is the time in her life to vote. It will be her first time voting. Today is the last day Carbon residents can register or change their party affiliation before the upcoming primary election on April 24.

Monday, March 26, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Some of the members of the TN Printing press crew take time out of their busy schedules printing the TIMES NEWS, as well as various daily and weekly publications for other companies, to showcase the TIMES NEWS' third first place win in the America East Print Quality Contest. Standing on the ground, from left, are Mark Heintzelman; Chris Dailey and David Derr, pressmen; Andrew Nace, second shift press crew supervisor; George Karas, consultant; Len Alabovitz, plant manager; and Bob Miller, director of Prepress Operations. On stairs, from top down, Joe Pavlik Jr., plate room supervisor; Scott Wentz, pressman; Neil Christman, first shift press crew supervisor; Dave Poe and Barry Snyder, pressmen.

In the newspaper industry, there are multiple components that need to be met to publish a quality newspaper.

The advertising department needs to sell ads, reporters need to cover events and meetings that happen in the area, and the circulation department needs to sell subscriptions to area readers.

But even if the combination of advertising, reporting and circulating is top notch, the newspaper couldn't excel without quality printers printing it.

Monday, March 26, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons were injured Sunday afternoon, a father and daughter, when involved in a four wheeler accident in a remote area of Nesquehoning. The mishap occurred at 2:30 p.m. when it was reported the daughter was operating the four wheeler when the accident occurred. Reports from the scene were the female operator went over the handle bars of the unit. The accident was north of SR54 in a very remote mountainous area. The two victims were treated at the scene by members of the Nesquehoning ambulance and Lehighton paramedics.

Monday, March 26, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bob Skulsky, left, executive director of the Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership, developer of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Tails, and assistant Mike Bloom at the entrance to the former beryllium facility that will form a portion of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails between Hazleton and Eckley.

Near the center of a triangle bounded by Hazleton, Weatherly and Eckley, near the Stockton coal mine collapse of 1869, a 16-mile bike trail is being planned that will open to the public several little known and long forgotten areas. Perhaps the most interesting is a remnant from the atomic age.

The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails has already opened the first phase of a biking and hiking trail that will connect Hazleton through Eckley Miner's Village forming a spine to the Delaware & Lehigh National Corridor Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park.