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Thursday, September 12, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Neal Murphy and his grandson Tucker Murphy, of Polk Township, drove their John Deere 7510 tractor in the Chestnuthill Township 250th Anniversary parade as a nod to the rich history of farming in the four townships, Ross, Polk and Eldred that once comprised all of Chestnuthill Township, over the last 250 years.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Carbon County Planning Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Services Building, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning. Al Feuerstein, chairman, will preside.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Funds from this year's Community Development Block Grant will be used to improve handicap access to the West Penn Township Municipal Building and Annex building, as well as making the bathrooms handicap accessible.

West Penn Township Supervisors held a public meeting Monday night at the Municipal Building to receive input from the community regarding the use of this year's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Funds from the grant total $89,929.47.

Grant writer Karen Parish, Senior Project Manager, Mullin and Lonergan Associates, who attended the meeting, said that purpose of the CDBG is to service low income individuals in a geographical area. She added this includes providing handicap accessibility to municipality owned areas.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS VFW Quartermaster, Jerimiah Barkman, offers his remarks on the 9/11 attacks during a memorial service at the Coaldale VFW Post Home.

A candlelight memorial service was held by VFW Post #6982 and Ladies Auxiliary in Coaldale Wednesday night, to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

VFW Quartermaster, Jeremiah Barkman spoke of the impact the attacks had on our nation.

"There was no way that we could handle the seriousness of the situation when we first heard that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. And by the time the second plane hit the World Trade Center, we all knew that something was very wrong," said Barkman.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

You may have noticed that Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles are not readily available where you shop. This is because the makers of the product, McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. (McNeil), has voluntarily recalled three lots of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz bottles from wholesalers and retail stores in the United States. McNeil is asking consumers to stop using and dispose of any product they may have that is included in this recall.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board appointed Walter Schulz to fill a vacancy on the school board.

Schulz will be replacing Robert Schaninger, who recently resigned.

The school board asked for letters of intent from residents interested in filling the board vacancy. After receiving letters of intent, the board reviewed the candidates and voted to approve Schulz.

Schulz will be filling in for the rest of Schaninger's term, which will expire in December when the school board reorganizes.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Attending the first meeting of the Carbon County Shrine Club was Edwin Engle, Illustrius Potentate of Rajah Shrine, left. Michael Mickey, right, will serve as the interim president.

A new group, the Carbon County Shrine Club, has formed to serve the needs of sick children in Carbon County.

Serving as interim president of the new organization will be Michael A. Mickey.

The organization had its first formal presense on Tuesday night at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Among those attending the meeting was Edwin Engle, Illustrius Potentate of Rajah Shrine.

Engle said that the Shrine Club is set up to help children with neuromuscular disorders and severe burns.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Under the direction of Robert Fatzinger of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the choir for the September 11th Service of Remembrance on Wednesday evening at the Lehighton Park Amphitheater was made up of singers from various churches from throughout the Lehighton area. The service was sponsored by LIFE Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

Over 100 people came to the Lehighton Park Amphitheater on a hot and humid Wednesday evening for a September 11th Service of Remembrance sponsored by LIFE Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

"I was living in New York at the time. I went through it. It's definitely something that stays with me," said Rose Marie Austin of Lehighton. "I think it's important for Americans to remember and pray for peace in the world so that something like that never happens again."

Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kailee Warner, 6, left, and Kadance Fredericks, 7, raise their balloons in the air as they sing "God Bless America."

It was an emotional evening last night in Tamaqua as people gathered to hear a number of testimonies and speeches from area residents and dignitaries concerning the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I can hardly believe 12 years has passed," said state Rep. Jerry Knowles. "The two days that stand out in my 64 years on this earth are Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated … and Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001."

Thursday, September 12, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters work to put out a fire at this home at 96-98 Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton, Wednesday evening.

A Palmerton home was saved after a dwelling fire broke out Wednesday evening.

The fire started at around 7:46 p.m. at 96-98 Lehigh Ave., according to borough Fire Chief Larry Zawaly.

The Palmerton Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene, where heavy smoke was coming from the upstairs bedroom window.

A family of two adults and a child were evacuated from the building, Zawaly said. The other side of the home was vacant, he said.