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Monday, October 14, 2013

Three hundred and seventy-seven Summit Hill petitioners got welcome news Monday night as council responded to their request to pursue their property and accepted the pro bono offer of Jim Thorpe Attorney Carole Walbert to recover the hilltop community's cannons from the current possessor Ken Watterson of Venetta, Pa.

Monday, October 14, 2013
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Tamaqua Community Art Center volunteers Zachary Jones, 15, left, and Junior Nortavage, 16, both of Tamaqua, help other volunteers place chairs in preparation for a number of free kids-theme activities at the center this past Sunday as part of the Tamaqua Heritage Festival. The center is located at 125 Pine St.

Monday, October 14, 2013
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As a fundraiser for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, Lori Cinicola of Jim Thorpe paints a mask on the face of 4-year-old Chase McArdle of Summit Hill during Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe this weekend. The festival continues next weekend in the borough.

Monday, October 14, 2013

One person died and another was pulled to safety from a burning vehicle in a two-vehicle crash at 3:25 p.m. Saturday in Tremont Township.

Pronounced dead was Barbara Shuster, 73, of Pine Grove, who police said was the driver of one of the vehicles.

Her passenger, Susan Mindermann, 64, also of Pine Grove, is in the Hershey Medical Center, having been pulled from the burning wreckage by five men who state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks identified as "heroes."

Monday, October 14, 2013

A committee is beginning the planning for Lehighton borough's 150th anniversary, which will be in the summer of 2016.

Autumn Abelovsky of the 150th anniversary committee said a kick-off meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Monday, October 14, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS John Arner, whose 7-year-old daughter Madison died in a house fire in McAdoo on June 22, puts a helmet on Michael Brown, 4, during a fire safety class for children attending Pathstone HeadStart's Coaldale program. Arner, an experienced firefighter, is volunteering his time to the Coaldale Fire Company.

Children attending Pathstone HeadStart's Coaldale program visited the Coaldale Fire Company Friday to learn how to stay safe. The program was held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month.

Firefighter Jonathan Oakes put on turnout gear and equipment, once piece at a time, to show the children a friendly face was under all the gear.

Later, the children, some of whom had cried in fear at Oakes's appearance, giggled as one of their teachers' aides donned the same gear.

Monday, October 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the ribbon cutting are, from left, Dan DeCindio, ESRC member; Dave Horst, project engineer, Alfred Benesch and Company; Elizabeth Borger, borough councilwoman, park association member and ESRC representative; Wendy Dempsey, ESRC member and park association member, holding Avery Leshko, 3; Amanda Leshko, park association member, holding John Leshko, 10-months; Linda DeCindio, ESRC member; and Jason Boris, executive director, ESRC.

The Borough of Middleport, with support from the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission and state Rep. Neal P. Goodman's office, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting event Thursday evening for the recently rehabilitated Middleport Playground and Community Park.

"The flood in 2006 completely destroyed the playground, except for a toddler unit," said Jason Boris, executive director of the ESRC. "Now the community has an impressive new park to be proud of, as well as to enjoy for many years to come."

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Palmerton man died last week after being electrocuted during an apparent attempt to steal copper wire from the New Jersey Zinc Co.

Borough police Chief Randy Smith said the man, identified as Joshua Vacaro, 32, of Palmerton, was found dead at around 3 p.m. Thursday on the grounds of the site.

"We're surmising that he was attempting to steal copper wire from utility poles," Smith said.

He said police found a big bolt cutter laying next to the body.

"We didn't find any wire cut or any wire laying around," Smith said.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A New York City man died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

State police identified the man as driver as Jack B. Kodesh, 35. Police said he was the only one in the vehicle.

The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike, which is Interstate 476, near mile marker 70 in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

Police said a deer crashed through the windshield of Kodesh's vehicle.

The man was transported to the Palmerton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Monday, October 14, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Ted Naratil, left, returns a valuable savings bond to Richard and Loretta Beltz in Tamaqua Saturday morning. Naratil and wife Vanessa, far right, found the bond in a secondhand dresser drawer.

Two couples, total strangers, became instant friends Saturday morning in Tamaqua after a valuable, lost savings bond was found and returned to the rightful party.

Ted and Vanessa Naratil, Aquashicola, discovered the $100 U.S. savings bond two weeks ago inside the drawer of secondhand bedroom dresser purchased at Life's Second Hand Treasures Thrift Store, 217 South Center St., Tamaqua.

The Series E bond was bought for $75 on Sept. 3, 1964. It has since accrued interest of $855.44, reflecting a current value of $930.44.