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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lehigh Valley Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2012. Every day millions of people go to work and leave injury and illness free to return home safely, due in part to the commitment of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practioners. These professionals work tirelessly to identify hazards and implement safety advances across all industries with the goal of reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Police and firefighters keep their distance from the sparking wires.

More than 900 PPL customers in Rush Township were without power this morning after a 16-year old driver from Qaukake crashed his Chevrolet sedan into a pole at the intersection of Fairview Street and Marian Avenue near Air Products.

Emergency personnel were called to the area around 5:45 a.m. after someone noticed the burning pole lying in the roadway. When Rush Township police arrived, they noticed a pole lying on the ground shooting sparks and on fire.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moyer's Grove Campground and Country RVs in Hobbie is inviting Carbon and Schuylkill residents to participate in 'Funtastic Make A Wish Weekend' on August 10, 11 and 12.

The event will include food, baked goods and entertainment. Saturday will feature magician Terry Lasorda at 3 p.m. Sunday will include church service by Mark Rissinger at 10:30, followed by John Carver Productions.

The event will help make possible the power of a wish for a child in need. Emcees for the weekend will be DJ Shawn and DJ Mitch.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This autumn blaze maple tree is one of eight of its kind that has been added to the new Palmerton Memorial Pool area. Pictured behind it is the new volleyball court.

A community treasure in Palmerton known for its picturesque look may be even more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.

The supporters who helped make the impressive transformation complete at the Palmerton Memorial Pool attended a dedication of the new pool area on Sunday.

Complete with eight autumn blaze maple trees, a refurbished pavilion, and new volleyball court, the new pool area is a welcome addition to the facility.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sgt. Clifford J. Knappenberger of Mauch Chunk has been recommended for the Soldier's Medal for heroic conduct not involving conflict with the enemy. On the afternoon of June 15, 1945, at Linz, Austria, Sgt. Knappenberger exhibited exemplary courage and heroism by saving a young girl from drowning. The girl was swimming in a harbor about 100 yards from his guard post. He dove into the water fully dressed with heavy boots to rescue her. On reaching shore, it was necessary for the soldier to apply artificial respiration and the girl was successfully revived.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A McAdoo man pleaded guilty to theft from a Tamaqua area coal company and with 12 other defendants, who pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Street paving will be taking place in the borough of Coaldale starting Monday, Aug. 6. Drivers should be alert and are asked to use caution as street closure and new traffic patterns are in place.

Residents are asked to be on the look out for the posting of signs as no parking will be permitted during the time of paving.

Streets to be paved include sections of Lehigh Street and sections of High Street.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Locust Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

This program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The artifacts are made of stone, bark, and clay and include the skins of animals.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain. The program will be cancelled in the event of thunder/lightning storms.