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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Franklin Township business owner is asking township supervisors to back his request for a crosswalk installation across a state road.

Ty Poole, owner of the Boatyard Saloon, along with his attorney Keith Pavlack, attended the township board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday night to explain Poole's position on having a designated crosswalk on Canal Street in front of his business.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Four Tamaqua families are displaced following a fast moving fire that spread thick smoke to nine connected row homes. Four row homes on Coal Street sustained medium to severe damage, while five other connected properties sustained fair to minor smoke damage. At least three pets died in the fire.

Four homes are either destroyed or heavily damaged following a fast-moving fire that displaced four families this morning in Tamaqua.

Emergency personnel were called to the 100 block of Coal Street at about 5 o'clock for a report of a house fire.

The rising smoke was seen for miles, saturating the skyline above Tamaqua's South Ward section.

On scene within minutes of their first page, firefighters arrived to see billowing dark smoke shooting out four of the nine row homes.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program has announced that three more Carbon County mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The report, released Tuesday afternoon, explains that the samples were collected from Jim Thorpe, Bowmanstown and Lower Towamensing Township. These were the fifth, sixth and seventh positive results in the county this year.

A total of 70 mosquito samples were collected and 45 were tested to date.

This makes a total of 1,141 mosquitoes and 22 birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus across the state.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

On Sept. 13, the renovation of the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool began. This fall, all the demolition work will be performed, and the water line tile and coping will be replaced on both the main and baby pools. In the spring of next year, the pools will be replastered. Both pools will be like brank new to start the swim season. Anyone who would like to make a contribution toward the renovation can send their tax deductible donation to NLSPA Box 142, Slatington, Pa, 18080. All donations are welcome.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Revival meetings will be held Sept. 24-29 at God's Missionary Church, 139 N. Sixth St., Lehighton.

The meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 28, and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The scheduled speaker is the Rev. David Fulton of Frankfort, Indiana. Music will be provided by Local Talent.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Over 25 local organizations from Girl and Boy Scouts, to Western Pocono Community Library, to Blue Ridge Vol. Fire Co. had displays at the 5th Ross Township Community Day at the VanBuskirk-Haney Park on Saturday. The event is held to inform residents what is available to them in their community. Such as the Hamilton Jackson Pocono (HJP) Park & Open Space Commission. Debra Morrishow, volunteer, Lori Bloch, president of the Friends of HJP and Pat Famoso, volunteer were on hand to explain just what HJP is. Bloch says they will have the Dog Park open sometime next year. Currently there are four locations with the old mill on Neola Road, Sciota, one of them.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

There will be a special West End community health event in response to the Ross Township tragedy that took place on Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting where three men died and left some others injured.

The event, which is open to everyone, will take place Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Western Pocono Community Library from 5:30-7 p.m.

There will be speakers from Pocono Medical Center and the community. It is sponsored by PMC Community Health Connections.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
HARRY HONTZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Firefighters arrived to see flames pouring out the front window and door to 118 West High St., Coaldale. The duplex is located across from the Coaldale Fire Company.

A man, woman and child are displaced after a fast-moving fire claimed their Coaldale home yesterday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., firefighters from Coaldale and surrounding communities were called to a duplex home, 116 and 118 West High St., for a report of an electrical fire and smoke in a home. Firefighters arrived at the dwelling, which was located across the street from the Coaldale Fire Company, to see a bright wall of rising flames inside the front window of 118 W. High St.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Students at Lehighton Area High School were treated to a fair to celebrate Constitution Day.

A "Constitutional Fair" provided information about the amendments, articles, supreme court cases and sign a copy of a mock Constitution.

Students also had a chance to talk with District Magistrate Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe about the district court system.

There were even mock protestors rallying to "save the Beltzville blue whale" to demonstrate the first amendment.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A dinner will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton, to benefit Ginger Outlaw, a patient from Lehighton who is battling breast cancer. The dinner will include open-faced turkey, filling, corn, pumpkin pie, and a drink. There will also be a Chinese auction, bake sale, 50/50 drawing and more. Anyone who wishes to donate for the bake sale or Chinese auction can call (610) 379-4319. Donations can also be sent to: Ginger Outlaw Breast Cancer Fund, 49 Second Avenue, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.