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Monday, September 19, 2011

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will resume monthly meetings at the Penn Kidder School Campus this coming Tuesday at 7 p.m. All meeting will be scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month.

Carbon County Commissioner Charles Getz will be the featured guest speaker for this meeting. His topic is "Eight Years without Tax Increases." Members are encouraged to hear from Commissioner Getz about taxes. New members are welcome.

For more detailed information about the club and guest speaking arrangements, contact Car Fazio at (570) 722-1527 or email chriscarlfazio@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC) volunteer (l-r) Sandra Greenzweig, pantry coordinator Charlie Silliman, volunteer Florence Silliman, and Salem United Methodist Church Pastor Deborah McLean stock the shelves in the basement of St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church at 2915 Fireline Road in Palmerton.

A ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches has a new home.

On Saturday, the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC) relocated to the basement of St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church at 2915 Fireline Road in Palmerton.

Charlie Silliman, pantry coordinator for CACPAC since Sept. of 1999, said he hopes the move is permanent.

"We might be a little cramped," Silliman said. "But, it was the space we had available."

Sandra Greenzweig, a CACPAC volunteer, said every effort will be made to ensure the move goes as smooth as possible.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Douglas Graves photo Army veteran Mathew Wirth, left, joined WAEB's Bobby Gunther Walsh for a broadcast at The Home Town Diner in Breinigsville recently to raise money for the Wounded Warriors program.

To show support for local wounded veterans, Bobby Gunther Walsh brought his WAEB radio show to The Home Town Diner in Breinigsville on Sept. 8

The veteran DJ's guest for that early-morning broadcast was Army veteran Mathew Wirth, 27, from Tamaqua. Wirth shared a booth with his grandparents and father a few feet from the makeshift broadcast studio where Walsh had his microphones and headsets.

Grandparents Margie and George A. Wirth Jr. and their son George P. Wirth are from Whitehall.

Monday, September 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The force of the impact caused the trailer to snap a parking meter and a support pole for an extended awning located in front of Tamaqua Buy and Sell Antiques and Collectibles.

A longtime landmark on Center Street in Tamaqua was slightly damaged after a female driver of Chevy Tahoe accidentally crashed her vehicle into the rear of a parked trailer carrying a dumpster yesterday around 11 a.m.

The force of the impact caused the trailer to snap a parking meter and a support pole for an extended awning located in front of Tamaqua Buy and Sell Antiques and Collectibles. The impact also pushed the trailer into the rear of a parked van, owned by Tamaqua Buy and Sell owner Charlie Odorizzi, who was in the vehicle during the impact. Odorizzi was not injured.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lansford police nabbed a Lehighton man for allegedly carrying a handgun with altered serial numbers in his car.

The man, Kareem Diamonte Sanders, 18, also did not have a license to carry the gun, a .22 caliber Jennings J22 handgun.

He faces five charges: possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer's numbers, firearms not to be carried without a license, both felonies; false identity and giving false identification to law enforcement, both misdemeanors, and carrying a loaded weapon, a summary.

Monday, September 19, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

As smoke seeps through broken windows, Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. pauses to assess damage to the White Diner, an area landmark that dates back to 1932. The diner was built from original trolley cars from the Tamaqua and Lansford Street Railway system. The building also incorporates elements of a former gas station.

Monday, September 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Bill Wartz, a member of the Ryan Township EMS Rescue Squad Dive Team, takes off his oxygen after retrieving the man from the water.

An 18-year-old male from Lenhartsville, Berks County, died Sunday afternoon in the Tuscarora Lake at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

According to two of the victim's friends who were also at the park, Gicardo Jeanbaptiste went under the water at about 5:30 p.m. and never resurfaced.

Stephen Zakrewsky of Mahanoy City was at the lake with his dog when he was approached by one of the victim's friends.

"He came running to me and said his friend was in the water and asked me to get help," Zakrewsky said.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted from Sept. 19-26 throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Monday, September 19, 2011

St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center provides a team of experienced and skilled cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists. The team is passionate and committed to providing patients with unique heart care solutions.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Having a safe alternative to "Trick or Treat" is the emphasis for the third annual Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Halloween Spooktacular Party.

Elementary children (12 years of age or younger) in the Lehighton Area School District are invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Candy, treats, "goolish" fun and games, are all on the agenda.