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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bill and Stephanie Wittig's home at 154 Penn St. had the deck taken down by several large trees following the storm last night.

Clean up efforts were under way in Franklin Township this morning following what some people say was a tornado at about 7:15 last night.

Whether it was a tornado or not is yet to be determined, but the wind-damaged-homes, cars, a church, plus upended bleachers at the Little League field were proof enough for residents. Also many mature trees were uprooted on several properties.

First in the line of damage was the roof over the preschool at St. Matthew's Church. This morning a tarp covered the hole.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lehighton United Veterans Organization will host the 2011 Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30.

Monday's servcies

The main speaker at the 11 a.m. Monday services at the Lehighton cemetery will be LTC John O'Boyle, deputy commander, 213th ASG, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. The invocation and benediction will be given by UVO chaplain James H. Wentz. Harry J. Wynn III, post commander American Legion, will be in charge of the service. Mayor Donald Rehrig will give greetings.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Possible tornado damage wreaked havoc on a home in Franklin Township, while a funnel cloud was spotted in Walnutport heading toward Palmerton, as part of a wicked storm Monday evening.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA Coordinator, told the TIMES NEWS he boarded a helicopter this morning to check on damage that occurred on Fairyland Road and Penn Street in Franklin Township.

Nalesnik said he was able to observe numerous backyards where storage sheds were completely destroyed or ripped apart in those areas of Franklin Township.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day events kick off Sunday in Lansford with a special Memorial Mass at St. Catherine Drexel Roman Catholic Church.

Then on Monday, the annual parade followed by the special program in Kennedy Park will be held.

The Mass at St. Catherine Drexel will begin at 8 a.m. with Rev. Father Kenneth Medve presiding.

Richard D. Pogwist, Lansford U.V.O. coordinator, said area veterans "are welcome to join the Lansford U.V.O. at this service in the reserved seats."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's a day to fly the flag at half-staff, visit cemeteries and memorials.

It's also a day to commemorate our soldiers who have died while in the military service, as will be the case at Palmerton's Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Second and Delaware Avenue. It will form at 9:30 a.m. at Dynamite Woodworking, at Second and Delaware Avenue. From there, it will continue on to Fifth and Delaware, where it will turn left at the former IGA Golden Key Market to Franklin Avenue, and then back to the park, where it will disband.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the Albrightsville Fire Company direct traffic at the intersection of state routes 534 and 903 Monday afternoon when more than a thousand PPL Electric customers were without power after a massive outage in the area. Numerous businesses were affected by the outage, many having to close their doors.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several homes were severely damaged Monday evening in what many residents described as a tornado touching down along Penn Street in Franklin Township. The roof was torn from this home and the elevated deck was crushed by a toppled tree. This is the home of Bill and Stephanie Wittig at 154 Penn St.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

All Palmerton Area School District schools will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The musical duo of Brad and Luke filled Josiah White Park with music performed in the Gazebo located there during the 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration.

The 15th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration was held this past weekend, in the town that bears his name, by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce with festivities at Josiah White Park in the downtown section of town.

The weekend's activities there started out Saturday with beautiful weather with large crowds in attendance to honor "the World's Greatest Athlete" on his 123rd birthday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

High winds caused minor to major damage to many homes and businesses around our area yesterday. Pictured is the roof of a LC&N storage bay blown off by high winds in Tamaqua.