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Monday, November 21, 2011
Monroe cabin fire kills man

A 49-year old Monroe County man is dead after a raging fire leveled his rustic wood cabin early Sunday morning. The fire was first reported just after 2 a.m. when neighbors and passers-by saw flames shooting from the remote area of the Pocono Heights development just off Coolbaugh Road north of Marshall's Creek. It was later discovered the flames were that of a rustic log cabin burning to the ground along Pocono Drive with the victim trapped inside. A friend of the victim said the cabin had no electric or water but did have a wood-burning stove.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Eli Imler of Palmerton, and his mother, Sharona Imler, tell Nick Hawkey, a host of the 2011 Dream Come True Telethon just how much Eli and his family enjoyed his dream.

Pledges and donations both large and small from Individuals, businesses and organizations raised $61,284 for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, during the annual telethon held Sunday at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 19, in the Tamaqua area.

Monday, November 21, 2011

There will be a special Mass for all living and deceased members of the Knights of Columbus on Thanksgiving Day Eve - Wednesday, November 23 - at 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe.

The Mass is being co-sponsored by Damien Council # 598, Third Degree, and Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971, Fourth Degree. All are invited to attend.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mrs. Howard Huegel, Lehighton R. D. 2, was named the first president of the newly organized Carbon County Council of the Parent Teachers Association. Other officers elected, during the meeting held in the Jim Thorpe Y.M.C.A., are Mrs. Joseph Weiss, first vice president; Garrett Kershner, East Penn Township, second vice president; Mrs. John Eckman, Weissport, secretary, and Donald Strausberger, Lehighton, treasurer.

Monday, November 21, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS MapleShade Meadows Senior Living community, at 50 Locust St., Nesquehoning, is now managed by Genesis HealthCare of Chester County.

MapleShade Meadows Senior Living Community, Nesquehoning, wants people to retire their old notions of what a personal care home is all about.

At MapleShade, it's about Tai Chi, shopping trips, live entertainment, parties, enjoying a cappuccino with friends in the MapleLeaf Bistro and perusing the menu to decide what to have for dinner when you want it.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Traffic nightmare all weekend

Traffic has been a nightmare all weekend in and around Tamaqua after PennDOT closed SR309 as workers replaced a railroad bed across the roadway in preparation for a new bridge which will carry Center Street (SR309) over the Little Schuylkill River. The heavily traveled route was closed 7 p.m. Friday and was re-open about 10 p..m. Sunday. The road is a major artery connecting the Lehigh Valley with points north including I80 and the greater Hazleton area.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The next meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Billy O'Gurek, Chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Party will speak about the election results.

The group's annual Feliz Navidad Party will be held at Pepperjack's Restaurant in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Arrive at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be off the menu and "Karaoke by Helen" will be the after-dinner entertainment.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighter Jason Hannon, Citizens Fire Company, Mahanoy City, comforts a wet kitten rescued from a fire that burned a woman and destroyed a two story home last Saturday in Mahanoy Township. Despite a quick response from firefighters, most of the 14 cats perished in the blaze. The cats and birds are being cared for and treated by the Schuylkill County Animal Rescue Team and Hillside SPCA.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Lehighton Area School Board will meet on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, Conference Room A.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Attaining the Principal's List for the first quarter at L.B. Morris Elementary School are the following outstanding students: Third grade, Caiden Hurley, Brandy Montemuro, Bryan Carter, Preston Trower, Abigail McGinley, Raven Wallace and Haile Weaver; Fourth grade, Nolan Rehrig, Teegan Kunkel and William Locke; Fifth grade, Ethan Konklin, Dominick Bierman, Brooke McElmoyle and Nathan Rosahac.