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Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured at the intersection of 6th and West High Street in Coaldale is a large tree and power pole, both uprooted by last night's high winds.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The 13-year-old boy had the singular honor of detonating a dynamite charge which marked the formal groundbreaking of the Beltzville Dam. Peter Ord, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ord, is a member of Troop 42 of the Boy Scouts of America, Palmerton. His father is general superintendent of the plants of the New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton. The detonation occurred at 11:35 a.m. on the 54-acre tract formerly owned by George Correll. Among the speakers was Col. E. P. Yates, Philadelphia District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kitty Balliet Smith, mother to Palmerton Area Historical Society member Carol Stefanik, turned 96 recently. For the occasion, Carol's sister came to town and attended the June 13 meeting with Stefanik.

President Jane Borbe said a film crew wanted to use the Little White Church as it filmed sites for a possible pilot television show.

They were all young people. The cars just started filing into the parking lot. She said they were efficiency plus. They brought people with them to be extras.

Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Holding his 2-year-old son, Jarell, is William Thomas of Tamaqua. Thomas banged on neighbors' doors, called 911 and reunited a son with his mother during Tuesday's fire in Tamaqua that claimed four homes and left 11 residents displaced.

"He saved our lives."

That is what victims of Tuesday's intense fire on South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua said as they described the heroic actions of the modest hero who banged on doors and reunited a lost child with his mother.

While leaving a Fourth of July celebration around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, William Thomas, of 322 West Broad St., was driving down Stadium Hill when he noticed an orange glow in the sky. He didn't know what it was at first, until he came upon the massive fire that was engulfing the homes.

Friday, July 8, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A large tree has fallen at the entrance to the Lake Hauto club house and beach knocked down by last night's high winds.

A brief but violent thunderstorm last night tore down power lines, pelted the region with acorn-size hail, delivered dramatic lightning, and toppled trees.

The storm struck shortly before 10 o'clock with ferocious wind and heavy, horizontal rain.

Hardest hit were eastern Schuylkill County and western Carbon County.

By morning, there were numerous detours in place, including Route 54 at Tippett's Road in the Hauto area where trees and wires were down.

Friday, July 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Meals on Wheels volunteers and board members were recognized for their volunteer services at a picnic. Standing left to right: John Porambo; John Domant; Richard Bowman, MOW coordinator; Lewis Markley; Jack Koenig; Donald Berger; Harry Brown; Jonathan Siller, board member; Maurice Kresge; Bill Gallagher. Sitting left to right: Susie Blose, board treasurer; Kathy Ahner, board member; Marge Porambo, board secretary; Bernice Kleintop, board member; Doris Bray; Carol Papay, board member; Irene Shinsec, outgoing president; Charlotte Koenig; Nancy Kresge; Mary Gallagher; Darlene Nothstein, board president.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Palmerton began in 1972. The nonprofit 501-C3 organization provides meals prepared at the Palmerton Hospital for residents in the community who cannot prepare their own and are delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers.

At a picnic held at Palmerton Memorial Park, many of the volunteers and board members, were recognized for their dedication.

Darlene Nothstein has been named the new president of the MOW board of directors. Bill Gallagher is vice president, Marge Parambo is secretary and Susie Blose is the treasurer.

Friday, July 8, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Independence Day Cash Five winners Ben and Kerrie Gelezinsky of White Haven hold a presentation check in the amount of $725,000 outside the Wilkes-Barre PA Lottery Commission office after having submitted the winning ticket to officials Tuesday morning. They were the sole winners of the jackpot on the Fourth of July.

Fortune shined on a local couple from White Haven on Independence Day as Ben and Kerrie Gelezinsky learned shortly after 7 p.m. that evening they were the sole winners of a $725,000 Cash Five jackpot in the Pennsylvania Lottery.

"It's outstanding," said Kerrie when asked how it felt to win the Cash Five jackpot. "I couldn't believe it when I read the numbers. We had gotten three (numbers) a while ago so when I saw that it was exciting. But then as I checked the fourth and fifth numbers I realized we might have won."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes, Inc. in Kunkletown will host their annual blood drive with Keystone-Miller on July 28 from 2-6 p.m. If you are interested in donating blood please email Carri at carri@mrsbushcares.com.

If you would like to help TEAM BUSH raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association Walk on September 10 in Stroudsburg, also contact Carri.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Carbon County will try to operate its litter crew program with a few changes this year.

During the monthly meeting of the county salary board on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz made a motion to establish two positions for Liquid Fuels summer supervisors. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein provided a second, with an addition stating that this action would take place only if the county received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This second, according to the board, was not valid because it was not what the initial motion stated.

Friday, July 8, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS There was plenty of covered seating with tables for the over 200 neighbors, family members and friends, and neighbors from years past attending last Saturday's Lehigh Street Block Party in Jim Thorpe.

Neighbors, family and friends came together in Jim Thorpe last Saturday for one fantastic good old-fashioned get-together known as "The Lehigh Street Block Party".

The get-together was held for the fourth year in a row on the 600 block of Spring Street just off of Lehigh Street on the East side of town.

More than 200 neighbors, family members and friends, and neighbors from years past reunited to relax and reminisce with each other about days gone by.