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Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Playground fun Alivia Woodring, 5, gets help across the monkeybars by grandfather Larry Murphy of Tamaqua, during back to school party Saturday in Tamaqua's North and Middle Wards.

An estimated 250 people showed up to enjoy the last few days before school during the North and Middle Ward's back to school party held Saturday night in Tamaqua. The entirely free event included DJ music, a band, food, school supplies and chances to win larger items. Having fun on the tire seesaw are Anthony Hartzell, 12, and mother Jeri Hartzell of Tamaqua.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will be closed the week of Sept. 9-13, due to mandated VA training.

It will reopen Sept. 16.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, five members of the Chickilly family who served during World War II will be recognized. They include:

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A pickup truck is parked at a home in rural Schuylkill County where a shooting occurred on Saturday, in which an intruder was shot dead by the homeowner.

An 18-year-old teen, who allegedly broke into a Schuylkill County home, was shot dead by the homeowner during a confrontation.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 5:29 p.m. on Saturday at 57 Steep Mountain Road, New Ringgold, in East Brunswick Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Zachary Foster, of 150 N. Market St., New Ringgold, a neighbor.

The homeowner and shooter was identified as Curt Stein, 49.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 12:55 p.m. on Sunday along SR54 in Ryan Township.

Troopers said Carmen M. Cruz, 50, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 2001 Subaru Forester eastbound when she suddenly veered into and through the westbound lane. The vehicle went onto the north berm and went through a dirt area before striking some small trees. The vehicle then went up an embankment before coming to rest.

Cruz and her passengers, Patricia Santana, 40, and a three-year-old female, also from Mahanoy City, were all not injured.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A homeless man from Lehighton was taken into custody for building a campfire in front of the Verizon building in downtown Tamaqua around 5:15 a.m. today. Passers-by called 911 after seeing the man huddled around the fire. Police said the man is expected to be cited for public drunkenness. Tamaqua Salvation Army offered assistance to the man. Pictured extinguishing the campfire are South Ward Fire Chief Mark Bower and Police Cpl. Dwayne Hacker.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Major H. L. Costenbader, Nesquehoning, is among the 22 U.S. Air Force officers who have been enrolled in the Air Force Research and Development Management program at the University of Southern California for the last two years who will be awarded their Master's degrees.

Trailed by USC's Graduate School of Business Administration, the officers who range in rank from captains to lieutenant colonels will be Masters of Business Administration upon graduation.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Shown is the charred remains of a 1993 Simon Duplex aerial truck. The fire company purchased the truck for $249,500 in 2011.

What was supposed to be a joyous day for area firefighters and community members of Mahanoy City turned into a tragedy for its firefighters early Saturday.

Only hours before the start of the 2013 Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Convention and sesquicentennial celebration of Mahanoy City, firefighters were called to the Washington Hook and Ladder Company (WHLC) No. 1, 35 East Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, just after 4:30 a.m. for smoke coming from the engine room of its firehouse.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS "They used to run these right down Main Street," recalls Herman Turner, as he looks at the soap box derby car on display. It was donated by Tom Mengoni whose son raced in the derbies. Turner said his neighbor's nephew also raced.

Slatington borough officially kicked off its 150th anniversary on Saturday.

The memorabilia table was crowded as people who came early to the event looked at shirts and books. Ninety-year-old Charles Rowlands was signing his book of memories from a lifetime of living in Slatington: "Slatington: Do you remember when …"

Orders were being taken for the history book, which was put together by the committee.

A CD of a song written especially for the celebration, "The Road Home," about returning to Slatington, was being sold by the composer, Daimon Price.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Summer fun in Tamaqua Event volunteer Maddie Mace, 13, watches as Andrea Betz, 6, uses a condiment dispenser to squirt ping pong balls off during End of Summer blast at the East End Park in Tamaqua.

Families visiting Tamaqua's East End Park on Saturday were treated to a wide array of activities during their End of Summer blast. Helen Florea, 8, tries to throw colored balls into laundry baskets during one of the activities. Also pictured is volunteer Mitchell Sabol, 12.