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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mrs. Virginia Caffrey, Lehighton, was advised today that her husband, Robert P. Caffrey, 20, was officially listed as being killed in action in North Korea on Nov. 26, 1950. Previously he had been reported missing in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Caffrey, Lehighton, and was the husband of the former Virginia Wentz. Surviving are his wife and parents, two sisters, Mrs. Louise Flick and Mrs. Clair Gombert, Lehighton, and one brother, William, Lehighton.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Palmerton will field offers on Request for Proposals for the design of its brand new fire station.

The borough will accept RFPs for the engineering design of the station until 4 p.m. Feb. 4. The station will be built in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue.

In October, Speaker of the House Keith McCall presented borough officials and members of the West End Fire Co. No. 2 with a $906,000 check for the purchase of the fire station.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Post Office

Although customers in the respective towns shouldn't notice it, some cutbacks might be in store for operations at the Summit Hill and Nesquehoning Post Offices.

A proposal has been made to move mail carrier operations from the Summit Hill Post Office to Lansford Post Office effective Feb. 14.

And, mail carriers currently dispatched from Nesquehoning Post Office could be transferred to the Lehighton Post Office by April 16.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Coaldale firefighters and police responded during yesterday' snow to an unknown alarm call at a duplex home located at 127-129 East Ridge St. in Coaldale. The fire company evacuated everyone after they tested and found dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, CO, in both homes. Firefighters gained entry into 129 East Ridge Street via a window and determined the cause to be pieces of the chimney collapsing inside the ductwork, eventually blocking the furnace's exhaust.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A legislative aide to State Senator David Argall (R-24) is leaving his post to assume the executive directorship of a State Senate Committee.

Nick Troutman announced Wednesday that he has accepted a position as Executive Director of the State Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, under the leadership of Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).

"The acceptance of this position necessitates my resignation from Senator Dave Argall's office, effective February 10," said Troutman in a statement contained in a news release about the move.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kaitlyn Shapiro, center, with her mother, Amber, and father, Todd.

Kaitlyn Shapiro, 17, of Lehighton has won the 2011 Cedar Crest College Scholarship Competition and with it a four-year, full tuition Trustee Scholarship. Shapiro competed in the College's Scholarship Competition Day in December, where she received the highest score out of 56 participants.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, second from left, confers with officers at the scene of a stolen car in Tamaqua last night. The incident escalated into a stabbing/assault and a shooting and is still under investigation.

Two people were injured in Tamaqua last night in a twisted chain of events that included the theft of a motor vehicle, a stabbing/assault and a shooting.

The incident began shortly before 9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Wine and Spirits Shoppe on North Railroad Street. The manager of the store had just cleared the freshly fallen snow off of his co-worker's 1997 silver Nissan Altima and left the vehicle running to warm up.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters stress the need for residents to keep a 3 foot clearance of snow away from all fire hydrants. Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr. stated, "every second counts when responding to a fire." Pictured overlooking Tamaqua are snow covered hydrants located at the intersection of Mahanoy and South Nescopec Streets and Mahanoy and High Streets.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull hoses while on the scene of a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua.

All four fire companies in Tamaqua and area communities quickly surrounded a two-home duplex located at 308-310 Railroad St., (Pleasant Row), yesterday about 10:30 a.m., as smoke emanated from the back side of the three-story structure.

Responding with Tamaqua units were fire units from Lansford and Summit Hill.