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Friday, July 29, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY OF EILEEN BARRON Tamaqua Historical Society members Jim Barron, Andrew Leibenguth and Dale Freudenberger maneuver the heavy 13-foot, 3-inch totem pole off Freudenberger's truck and into the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 114 West Broad St.

A historic relic, made to help celebrate Tamaqua's 125th year as a borough, was reunited with its native town recently after it caught the eye of a local sharp-minded individual.

About two weeks ago, Michael J. O'Malley III, of Hometown, was browsing an antique shop in Lemoyne, Pa., near Harrisburg, when he spotted two familiar dates, 1832 and 1957.

Those dates were painted on the bottom of a colorful 13-foot, 3-inch hand-carved, hand-painted totem pole, which was displayed upright and for sale at the shop.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Mike Bester discusses the shooting death of his brother, Robert Kish, 29, late Thursday afternoon at the hands of the state police in Brodheadsville.

A 29-year-old Monroe County man is dead, shot by a state trooper after allegedly ignoring a PFA order, holding hostages inside a dwelling, starting the house on fire with the hostages inside, ambushing police and striking a state trooper in the head with bird shot pellet from a shotgun, and finally approaching police carrying a bolt-action long gun.

Robert Kish, of 174C Maple Lane, Weir Lake Development, Chestnuthill Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A farewell open house will be held at the Trinity UCC in Tamaqua on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house is also being held to say farewell to Rev. Dr. David Grant, who will hold his last official service on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Friday, July 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heather Formica and Msgr. John Chizmar look on as Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko reads the proclamation declaring July 21st to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

On Thursday, July 21st Mayor Michael Sofranko of Jim Thorpe declared the day to be "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" in honor of David Formica, a young boy from Jim Thorpe, and other children and their families that have been affected by Childhood Cancer.

David, who was diagnosed in 2002 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 11, lost his battle to the disease on July 21, 2006.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Beltzville Area Lions Club is forming in Carbon County. Now is the time to learn more about what Lions do in their community.

Beltzville Area Lions Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at 576 Main Road, Lehighton. The format will be informal and everyone is welcome to stop by and meet the new club members and find out what it takes to join the world's largest service organization. Members who join will become Charter members of the new organization.

Anyone interested in attending and learning more about Lions is invited to attend this meeting.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams): starting Sept. 19, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Municipalities, ambulance organizations, fire companies, and police in Carbon County participating in a nearly $2 million grant application for the purchase of narrowband-capable radios and other devices and have not yet sent the county commissioners their letter of support, please do so now, officials ask.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein stressed the importance of these letters.

"The more letters of support we have (with the application), the better chance we will have at getting the grant," he said.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly on Wednesday announced that her office has imposed restrictions on the proposed merger of Geisinger Medical Center and Shamokin Area Community Hospital over antitrust concerns that the merger may substantially lessen or eliminate competition in the region, especially for Medicare Advantage Plans.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Carbon County residents in jeopardy of losing their homes because they have been laid off, had their hours of employment cut, or for health reasons are unable to work, could qualify for federal assistance that could save their homes.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.