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Monday, August 22, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors granted four waivers for the Packerton Yards project at their last township meeting with 4-0 votes which included waiving the developer from being required to get permits for stormwater runoff for all the lots, allowing encroachment on the 100 year flood plain, allowing dead end streets and cul de sacs in the park and waiving the requirement for placing pins at the beginnings and ends of curves. Even so supervisors still had some criticism for the progress to date especially dealing with obtaining a highway occupancy permit.

Monday, August 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in an accident while kayaking along the Lehigh River just north of Jim Thorpe. The incident began at 12:30 p.m. when it was reported a kayaker was injured in a set of rapids along the Lehigh River North of Jim Thorpe and south of the area of the Glen Onoko Falls. Firefighters from Jim Thorpe and Lehighton were dispatched to the scene. Before rescuers could place a craft into the waters a group with a rafting company rescued the man and took him to an area where firemen and ambulance personnel were located.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will start its new fall hours beginning Aug. 29.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays; from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Special for children:

Each Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. children are invited to drop in for Craft Night. Each Thursday at 11 a.m. preschool children may stop in to hear a story.

Opportunities:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council finally took action on the long-standing complaint of Mrs. Natalie Spezialetti by voting to have a dilapidated house next to hers torn down on West Ludlow Street. Mrs. Spezialetti had complained about the property at council meetings for the past two years. She brought pieces of slate which fell from the roof of the house. Neighbors sometimes helped her carry the slate to meetings.

Monday, August 22, 2011
Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffiths, formerly of Tamaqua, and her two daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, died Friday afternoon while in their minivan when it became submerged in water during flash flooding in Pittsburgh.

A woman, who is a Tamaqua native, and her two young daughters died during flash floods Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, of Plum, Allegheny County, and her daughters, Brenna Griffith, 12, and Mikaela Griffith, 8, died tragically in their minivan when it became submerged in water so deep that would-be rescuers floating in a boat directly above it didn't know it was there.

The flash flood engulfed cars on Washington Boulevard.

In all, four people died.

Monday, August 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Jim Thorpe Fire Department had to remove an injured hiker from a heavily wooded area along Lentz Trail late Saturday afternoon. The incident began when the man entered the woods from a parking lot near a trail. A short distance in he apparently slipped and fell, reportedly injuring his back and striking the back of his head. After extrication from the woods he was treated at the scene by Lehigh paramedics and transported to the Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton.

Monday, August 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, emergency responders were called to a green Ford Explorer lying on its roof on the southbound side of SR309 in South Tamaqua. A female driver and male passenger were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. Their names and current conditions were unavailable from West Penn police as of this morning. Responders had to work in pouring rain for the duration of the response. Responding were West Penn Fire Company, police and Tamaqua Rescue Squad. Penn Mahoning, Lehighton and Tamaqua ambulances also responded.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Due to the Labor Day holiday, Franklin Township board of supervisors announced that a change in garbage collection will be made for Franklin Township residents whose collection is normally on a Monday. Collection will be changed to Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Monday, August 22, 2011

In time, Palmerton Area High School's stadium should literally shine brighter than ever.

The district will receive bids for the high school stadium lighting replacement project until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the project will install four new steel poles, foundations and lighting fixtures at the stadium.

Boyce said a prior insurance inspection conducted by an engineer found the current lights to be "faulty".

Monday, August 22, 2011

SS. Peter and Paul School, 307 Coal Street Lehighton, will reopen at 7:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, for students in kndergarten through eighth grade.

Lunch will be available or students may bring a packed lunch.

An opening mass will be held in the church at 1 p.m. All families are invited and encouraged to attend.

Dress code for the first day of school is the seasonal uniform option.

Extended care will be available beginning the first day of school. Morning care begins at 6:45 a.m. and afternoon care extends until 5 p.m.