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Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT workers and contractors have been working non-stop over the past few days repairing roads and washout areas since Saturday's violent rain storm. Pictured is a crew working on SR902 southeastof Summit Hill.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A wet Brittany Spaniel looks down from a rocky cliff along SR309 in Kline Township as McAdoo firefighters set up their ladder truck for a rescue.

Firefighters and police in Kline Township responded to the Mile Hill (SR309) in Kline Township Wednesday morning after a motorist heard a dog barking and noticed it perched on a high ledge overlooking the road.

"There was no way I could reach the dog," Township Police Chief John Petrilla said. "I radioed dispatch to have McAdoo Fire Company bring their ladder truck."

Petrilla closed one northbound lane of SR309 while firefighters arrived.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
 Samantha Schubert of Scranton (left) and Caitlynn Rendon of Tobyhanna ride the Sizzler at the Community Block Party at Sam Miller Field.

The Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association held a three day Community Block Party at Sam Miller Field in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe.

In addition to rides, games, food, and beverages, there was live musical entertainment each night.

Association member Shawn Sheckler, who is the Vice President of the Jim Thorpe Community Athletic Association said, "we're here to raise money for Sam Miller Field and for the youth of Jim Thorpe and the community."

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Nancy Albeck of Jim Thorpe holds stereo viewer and accompanying photos of the Switchback Railroad which are part of the Mauch Chunk collection of her late father, Bill Huber. The vast collection will be solde during an auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

The late Bill Huber was not one of the residents who voted for the towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk to merge and change their names to Jim Thorpe at an election held May 18, 1954.

"He loved Mauch Chunk," said his widow, Dorothy Huber.

His daughter, Nancy Albeck, remarked, "He didn't want (the name) changed. He was so sad when they changed the school to Jim Thorpe."

Huber, who died on June 6, 2011 at age 82, acquired a vast collection of Mauch Chunk memorabilia. He had also collected railroad items and historical items from surrounding communities.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The cause of death for a Schuylkill County man, who was tied to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat, is still pending following an autopsy that was conducted yesterday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said an autopsy on the victim, Bryan R. Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg, did not determine the exact cause of death. The autopsy was conducted at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, by forensic pathologist Dr. Neil Hoffman.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information call (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To most students when the school year ends it means free time during the summer months. But to a few who were cited in juvenile court during the school year it means fulfilling a court order to carry on a sentence imposed to perform community service since the services cannot be carried out during school hours.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Hugging their grandfather during the dinner are Anthony Greco, 12, Thomas Greco, 10 and Lucy Greco, 5.

"He possessed the important ingredients of being a teacher ... caring for people."

Those were the words guest speaker and friend John Harkins had for Vincent "Vince" T. Spisak, this year's Lansford American Legion Person of the Year.

Harkins, a fellow coach and teacher who has known Spisak since 1962, also described Spisak as someone who possesses many leadership traits, depicting him as "not a clock watcher."

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Marc Beleno of Northern Lehigh High School played "Taps" for the Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery and 10 other sites.

Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington completed its annual tour of local cemeteries on May 27 and 28. The Sunday programs were scheduled so that, where possible, church services would be concluded when the Legion arrived allowing members to attend the service.

The tour began at Williamstown, a small cemetery outside of Slatington, and moved on to Jacksonville, Lynn Township.