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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Lawrence Neff/special to the times news

A fast moving fire destroyed a dwelling Wednesday afternoon in Birch Hollow Estates in Polk Township, Monroe County. The fire was first reported just after 1 p.m. at 281 Squirrel Hollow Road. It reportedly started in an attached garage but by the time firefighters from Monroe and Carbon counties arrived the home was fully involved in flames. Due to the remote location water had to be tanked into the scene. The home was a total loss. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Notices have been sent to all boroughs and townships in Schuylkill County by the county Planning Commission to get input on what roads and bridges need replacements for compiling a "wish" list to be presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as part of its transportation improvement program.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Storyteller Mary Ann Owens will be on-hand at the Locust Lake Ampitheatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011 to speak to people about the ancient art of storytelling and how it was used in the past. She will also be sharing some Native American stories.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of inclement weather. The program is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Robin Tracey at (570) 467-2404.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The body of T/Sgt. William P. Hoben of Coaldale, who died in North Africa on May 11, 1943, from injuries sustained in a Flying Fortress crash, arrived in Tamaqua at 9:52 a.m. today. A military funeral will be held on Thursday, with a solemn requiem Mass in St. Mary's Church, Coaldae. A military burial will be made in the Soldiers' Plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bloomingdale.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Crews had a challenge positioning a fiberglass backwash tank at Bungalow Park in Tamaqua.

A new tank, which allows for a larger pool water backwash to help prevent loss of chlorinated water into the Wabash, was positioned at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua Bungalow Park last week.

A heavy wrecker, operated by Hope's Towing, was used to transport and position a one-ton, 1,500 gallon, fiberglass backwash tank after its arrival from Bognet Inc. in Hazleton.

Crews had the challenging task of negotiating the large heavy duty wrecker within inches of the pool's fence and low-laying power lines.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

An accident that caused damage earlier this month to the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township is sparking debate.

The historic bridge, located in the Little Gap section of the township, was among the topics of discussion at a meeting of the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday.

Lehighton State Police, which listed the incident as a hit-and-run, recently issued a statement saying that Joseph Chiariello, 42, of Albrightsville, has admitted he was the driver who caused damage to the bridge on June 3. The police report stated that charges are pending.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Michael Heery/special to the times news

Franklin Township Lions Club Student of the Year Awards for the 2010 – 2011 school year were recently presented to Lillian Brown (left) and Shane Williams (right) of Franklin Elementary School.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Payton Marunich

Slatington Woman's Club announces its Girl of the Month for April is Payton Marunich.

The Northern Lehigh High School senior played second base on the varsity softball team for four years, varsity field hockey for two years, was the Girls' Basketball manager. She has been class president for the last four years and a member of Student Council for six years and National Honor Society for two years and is the Historian. She is vice president of Interact and SADD.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Residents are able to ride the Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) buses free today anywhere in the county, thanks to a proclamation passed Wednesday by county commissioners, declaring June 16 as "Dump the Pump Day."

It represents the county's participation marking the Sixth Annual National "Dump The Pump Day" to help people save money, protect the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Elementary School held its mini-Relay For Life recently at the school. The children were given a half hour to run or walk around the school track. Every year the school uses the mini-relay to raise donations for the Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society.