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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Parts of Hometown, including the Hometown Commons and Wal-Mart, were without power for about an hour last night.

Generators were used at a number of main intersections as PPL crews investigated the cause to the power outage.

Rush township police and fire police also controlled traffic at larger intersections north of Hometown.

At least 94 PPL customers in Rush Township and another 120 homes in Lake Hauto were still without power last night following Thursday night's severe storms that uprooted hundreds of trees and knocked down dozens of poles.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, North Carolina "In the fields I am in (teaching, education as a student, and disabilities services) the appearance is no. We've had more cuts to funding in schools, loans, services, and staff than I've ever seen. Being in North Carolina, I can complain the funding for education is one of the lowest nationally. I've seen some fields appear to be improving and it shows through those who are changing jobs after long-time service. Overall, until we stop spending billions of dollars at a whim, the economy isn't going to improve. I just can't see improvement when the numbers keep getting deeper into the red. I worry we'll end up like Greece."

President Obama keeps telling us that the economy is improving. Do you think this is true?

Friday, July 8, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon Career & Technical Institute (CCTI) has graduated six individuals from the school's state-approved Adult Nurse Aide class. Members of the class pictured at the school are, left to right: Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN; Richard Meriano, Barbara Lenches, Rebecca Clouse, Carol Kunkle, Amanda Hoffman, and Nicole Taras. Anyone desiring information about this program can call (570)325-4140.

Friday, July 8, 2011

In 2010 the Tamaqua Area School District adopted a dug/alcohol testing policy for students in co-curricular activities or wish to have driving and parking privileges.

As per the policy any student in grades 7-12 who intends to participate in any athletic activity, non-athletic club, or nationally chartered organization and any student who applies to park on school property will be subject to an initial random drug and alcohol test.

Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured at the intersection of 6th and West High Street in Coaldale is a large tree and power pole, both uprooted by last night's high winds.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The 13-year-old boy had the singular honor of detonating a dynamite charge which marked the formal groundbreaking of the Beltzville Dam. Peter Ord, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ord, is a member of Troop 42 of the Boy Scouts of America, Palmerton. His father is general superintendent of the plants of the New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton. The detonation occurred at 11:35 a.m. on the 54-acre tract formerly owned by George Correll. Among the speakers was Col. E. P. Yates, Philadelphia District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kitty Balliet Smith, mother to Palmerton Area Historical Society member Carol Stefanik, turned 96 recently. For the occasion, Carol's sister came to town and attended the June 13 meeting with Stefanik.

President Jane Borbe said a film crew wanted to use the Little White Church as it filmed sites for a possible pilot television show.

They were all young people. The cars just started filing into the parking lot. She said they were efficiency plus. They brought people with them to be extras.

Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Holding his 2-year-old son, Jarell, is William Thomas of Tamaqua. Thomas banged on neighbors' doors, called 911 and reunited a son with his mother during Tuesday's fire in Tamaqua that claimed four homes and left 11 residents displaced.

"He saved our lives."

That is what victims of Tuesday's intense fire on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua said as they described the heroic actions of the modest hero who banged on doors and reunited a lost child with his mother.

While leaving a Fourth of July celebration around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, William Thomas, of 322 West Broad St., was driving down Stadium Hill when he noticed an orange glow in the sky. He didn't know what it was at first, until he came upon the massive fire that was engulfing the homes.

Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A large tree has fallen at the entrance to the Lake Hauto club house and beach knocked down by last night's high winds.

A brief but violent thunderstorm last night tore down power lines, pelted the region with acorn-size hail, delivered dramatic lightning, and toppled trees.

The storm struck shortly before 10 o'clock with ferocious wind and heavy, horizontal rain.

Hardest hit were eastern Schuylkill County and western Carbon County.

By morning, there were numerous detours in place, including Route 54 at Tippett's Road in the Hauto area where trees and wires were down.

Friday, July 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Meals on Wheels volunteers and board members were recognized for their volunteer services at a picnic. Standing left to right: John Porambo; John Domant; Richard Bowman, MOW coordinator; Lewis Markley; Jack Koenig; Donald Berger; Harry Brown; Jonathan Siller, board member; Maurice Kresge; Bill Gallagher. Sitting left to right: Susie Blose, board treasurer; Kathy Ahner, board member; Marge Porambo, board secretary; Bernice Kleintop, board member; Doris Bray; Carol Papay, board member; Irene Shinsec, outgoing president; Charlotte Koenig; Nancy Kresge; Mary Gallagher; Darlene Nothstein, board president.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Palmerton began in 1972. The nonprofit 501-C3 organization provides meals prepared at the Palmerton Hospital for residents in the community who cannot prepare their own and are delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers.

At a picnic held at Palmerton Memorial Park, many of the volunteers and board members, were recognized for their dedication.

Darlene Nothstein has been named the new president of the MOW board of directors. Bill Gallagher is vice president, Marge Parambo is secretary and Susie Blose is the treasurer.