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Thursday, August 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are 30th District Deputy Commander Harry Wynn III, 30th District Commander John W. Krebs Sr., post adjutant Thomas Keener, judge advocate Roosevelt Acker, 2nd Vice Commander Earl Drasher, Sgt. at Arms Bruce Doney, chaplain Theodore Bretsky, 1st Vice Commander Arnold Keller and 30th District Deputy Commander Gilbert Lawrence. Post officers not pictured are Commander Richard Blair, finance officer Christopher Keller, historian John Shields and service officer Pete Curtis.

The Weatherly American Legion Post 360 held their installation of officers recently at their post. From left are 30th District Deputy Commander Harry Wynn III, 30th District Commander John W. Krebs Sr., post adjutant Thomas Keener, judge advocate Roosevelt Acker, 2nd Vice Commander Earl Drasher, Sgt. at Arms Bruce Doney, chaplain Theodore Bretsky, 1st Vice Commander Arnold Keller and 30th District Deputy Commander Gilbert Lawrence. Post officers not pictured are Commander Richard Blair, finance officer Christopher Keller, historian John Shields and service officer Pete Curtis.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a series of runs/walks this Fall in an effort to "build a healthier community - one mile at a time."

The series of runs/walks and fitness events will be held in September and October. Each event will have a specific purpose, from honoring trauma patients to raising funds for men's cancer and local children's programs to increasing fitness and improving health in the community. The mileage of the runs/walks will count toward the "Get Your Tail on the Trail Program and the 1645 Mile Challenge (www.tailon the trail.org).

Thursday, August 29, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Outside Carbon County Day Care, from left to right, Bridget Johnston, Tom Priore and Jeff Day, members of a parents' group of attending children, fear loss of the center as Carbon Career & Technical Institute, which includes the Day Care Center, plans to close it on Dec. 31.

There are few things that just about everyone agrees upon, and one is that the CCTI Day Care Center is appreciated.

"It offers affordable quality day care in Jim Thorpe," said Bridget Johnston, who depends on the center to care for their 15-month-old son while she and her husband work full-time jobs as domestic relations enforcement officers for Carbon County. "If it closes, we would not have child care. I was hoping to use the facility until my son was 12 years old for before- and after-school care. My parents both work full time and my in-laws are over an hour away."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Special Olympics PA Carbon County will host their annual Horse Show at Getz Farm, Route 534 and Old Stage Road, Albrightsville, on Sunday, Sept. 1. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 2.

Volunteers are needed for food stand, bake sale, raffles, children's games, etc. Volunteers are asked to arrive at around 9 a.m.

Those who wish to volunteer may call (610) 737-0469, or contact sheria@ptd.net.

For information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.specialolympicscarboncounty.com.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will hold a meeting for all teams and committee members this Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St.

The meeting is open to all Relay participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A crash that involved three tractor trailers on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County, claimed the life of one of the drivers on Wednesday morning.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks were summoned to the wreckage at about 5:50 a.m. Police said the accident happened in a foggy stretch of the interstate.

Police said this morning the details of the crash, including the name of the deceased, are not available, apparently pending the notification of family members.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

All summer long, 21-year-old Jamie Turner of Tamaqua wanted a mountain bike.

When he happened to win one last week in the Knights of Columbus raffle to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, Turner surprised everyone by donating the prize and returning it to the sponsoring organization.

He said it was no big deal, just a matter of common sense.

The Knights of Columbus plans to donate the bike to the ACS in Turner's name, and hope the bike will go to a child in remission.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Michael Taschler

An alleged burglary in Mahoning Township was broken up when the homeowner awoke.

Police said the occupant of the home then grabbed a candle holder, chased the intruder down the stairs and through the kitchen, and then struck the intruder in the back with the item.

The resident then chased the intruder down the street, said Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department.

Charged in the incident, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. on Aug. 4, was Michael Taschler, 27, of Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Lehighton Fair will be 82 years old this year, and fair directors are almost set for what they hope will be the greatest year in fair history.

The six-day exposition, labeled Carbon County's greatest annual social event, attracts visitors from every town in the anthracite region and Lehigh Valley and from points as far south as Philadelphia.

The fair preview will afford visitors a glimpse of the large variety of tent shows and rides as well as a special free attraction to be staged in front of the grandstand.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services: fire, police and ambulance personnel; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.