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Monday, September 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

This antique 1937 Studebaker was one of the many antique fire trucks on display at the Pa. Firemen's Association Convention held at Split Rock Lodge, Lake Harmony. The expo featured plenty of antique fire apparatus looking as shiny as it may have when it was brand new.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Mahanoy City man drew a state prison sentence for four burglaries and a Tamaqua man was placed on probation on a theft charge. The two were among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Monday, September 26, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Gregory Solt of Ashfield, right, looks at a wagon train from VisionQuest parked in the field of his grandparents, Eugene and Joyce Solt.

It was a rare sight, indeed, for local folks.

A wagon train, consisting of three covered wagons and accompanied by about a dozen horseback riders, made its way through parts of Schuylkill, Carbon, and Monroe counties this past weekend.

The train was part of VisionQuest, a national program based in Arizona which offers intervention services for at-risk youths and adults.

In American Indian traditions, the vision quest is a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.

Monday, September 26, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley junior Jordan Kulp with her mother, Denise Steigerwalt, and stepfather Randy Steigerwalt. Kulp was recognized at last Thursday's school board meeting for her admission to the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine in Boston this summer.

By all measures, Panther Valley High School junior Jordan Kulp is an outstanding student, consistently making the honors list, participating in band and sprinting in track.

On Thursday, Kulp was honored by the school board for being chosen to participate this summer in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, "a highly competitive program that chooses only the nation's highest achieving students," said Superintendent Rosemary Porembo.

Monday, September 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

After support posts were struck by a vehicle this morning at 28 Canal Street, Franklin Township, the second floor porch collapsed and the roof was damaged to the two family home. A Franklin Township police officer said that the driver, James Wilczewski, was driving a Tacoma pickup truck with RFM lettered on the side, which is a contract employee of Blue Ridge Communications, when he lost control rounding the curve and plowed into the porch supports of the two family home.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste is holding an electronics recycling collection from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Lehighton Public Works building on East Penn Street.

Items being accepted include VCRs, stereos, typewriters, computer towers, printers and scanners, mainframe and telecom equipment, telephones, circuit boards of any kind, fax machines, DVD and CD players, old cell phones and printer ink jet cartridges.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Summit Hill's only bank, First Niagara, will be closing its doors in early 2012.

First Niagara Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Sales Manager Joseph Tedesco said, "We anticipate that the Summit Hill branch will close in early 2012. The Summit Hill branch (2 E. Ludlow St.,) will be received by the Lansford Branch (13 West Ridge St, Lansford)."

Monday, September 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel responded in heavy rain Friday afternoon to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Cold Run Road and Penn Drive, SR443, in West Penn Township. Gladys Wehr, West Penn, driving a green Subaru Outback, reportedly pulled out from Cold Spring Road into the path of Heraldo Perez, Tamaqua, who was driving a white Chrysler minivan west on Penn Drive. Wehr was taken to the hospital via Mahoning Ambulance. West Penn firefighters and fire police helped detour traffic around the scene. West Penn Police officer William Cope Jr. is investigating.

Monday, September 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by area firefighters early Sunday morning saved an elderly Kelayres woman and her home from heavy fire damage. The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. at the home located along Third Street. Fire companies from numerous Schuylkill and Carbon counties were dispatched when it was reported at least one person was trapped in the fire. An elderly female occupant was removed safely from the two and one half story wood frame single family dwelling. The fire appeared to be centered in the rear portion of the home.

Monday, September 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Michael Anthony, center, and Brandon McCloskey, left, both 17, seniors at North Schuylkill High School, raised $691 for the Tamaqua Meals on Wheels blizzard bags, which provides three days of food in case of bad weather. The Tamaqua Meals on Wheels, co-sponsored by the United Way of Schuylkill County, provides over 1,500 meals annually to local residents. Samantha Gibbons, program coordinator, right, stated, "Our program is struggling this year, and donations like this are an absolute Godsend."