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Saturday, October 19, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern engine #425 chugs through downtown Tamaqua Monday morning as part of a special photo excursion for railfans.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists who travel the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between Mahoning Valley (exit 74) and Pocono (exit 95) that construction work associated with the replacement of two Turnpike bridges in Franklin Township is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 21.

A contract valued at $22.1 million was awarded to New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc. of New Enterprise, to replace two bridges:

Ÿ One carries the Turnpike over State Route 209 and the Pohopoco Creek.

Ÿ The other carries the Turnpike over Pohopoco Drive.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
From Postcards To Memories is the latest book of poetry by Mark Driesbach. He recently moved from Jim Thorpe to Lehighton, and while moving discovered a postcard that brought back memories of his late father.

While moving may be a hopeful, often stressful experience for most people, Mark Driesbach's move from Jim Thorpe to Lehighton unveiled a revelation.

"I was sorting through boxes so not to take unnecessary stuff," Driesbach explained, "Inside a tote, there was a postcard. It was dated June 8, 1989. It was from my father, about a year before he passed away."

Driesbach, a poet, was both touched and inspired to create From Postcards To Memories, a book of his poems. His first poem, A Son's Prayer, begins,

"Though he may be far away from me

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Three-vehicle crash in Mahoning

One person sustained minor injuries during a three-vehicle collision on Route 443 in Mahoning Township, Friday. Charles Hughes of Palmerton was transported to the Gnaden Huetten Campus of Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton. According to Mahoning Township police, a Ford Ranger driven by Charles Hughes of Palmerton was stopped in the westbound lane of SR443, waiting to turn left into the parking lot of the Haircut Stop. While stopped the vehicle was rear-ended by a Dodge Caliber driven by Tonia Girard of Coaldale.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Democratic Information Center at 110 South 1st St., Lehighton.

The meeting will be focused on planned community projects.

The chapter has made contributions to food banks in Carbon County and has made clean up of the Civil War era cemetery in Weissport a long-term project.

This meeting will be adjourned in honor of Perry Shelton, former Teamster and one of the founders of the Labor Chapter.

For more information, call President Terry Whiteman at (610) 379-0162.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Historian Bob Vybrenner, Tamaqua, addresses a group of 50 who turned out at the Lansford Historical Society Thursday night to explore Victorian funeral customs and how some of those rich traditions continue today. An in-depth look will be featured in next Friday's TIMES NEWS.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Carbon County man who assaulted a police officer and caused damages to a county hospital pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to a state prison term.

He was one of 13 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Lehighton incident

Shane Dease, 39, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and criminal mischief for an incident at the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Motorists traveling along East Broad Street in Tamaqua on Monday and Tuesday should expect traffic delays from the area near the U.S. Post Office to the east end of the borough.

PENNDOT road crews will be milling and patching potholes and bumpy sections of US209 during those two days, but expect to have the job completed well before Tuesday night's Halloween Parade.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tim Attewell, formerly of Jim Thorpe, braved sub zero temperatures to document survival skills of the Yukon Men.

When folks watch Discovery Channel's hit show "Yukon Men" at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, they will see the film skills of a former local man.

Tim Attewell, 25, son of Tim and Rose Attewell of Jim Thorpe, braved the sub zero temperatures of Tanana, Alaska, for three-and-a-half months to document their daily struggle to survive.