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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Attending the first meeting of the Carbon County Shrine Club was Edwin Engle, Illustrius Potentate of Rajah Shrine, left. Michael Mickey, right, will serve as the interim president.

A new group, the Carbon County Shrine Club, has formed to serve the needs of sick children in Carbon County.

Serving as interim president of the new organization will be Michael A. Mickey.

The organization had its first formal presense on Tuesday night at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Among those attending the meeting was Edwin Engle, Illustrius Potentate of Rajah Shrine.

Engle said that the Shrine Club is set up to help children with neuromuscular disorders and severe burns.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Under the direction of Robert Fatzinger of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the choir for the September 11th Service of Remembrance on Wednesday evening at the Lehighton Park Amphitheater was made up of singers from various churches from throughout the Lehighton area. The service was sponsored by LIFE Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

Over 100 people came to the Lehighton Park Amphitheater on a hot and humid Wednesday evening for a September 11th Service of Remembrance sponsored by LIFE Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship.

"I was living in New York at the time. I went through it. It's definitely something that stays with me," said Rose Marie Austin of Lehighton. "I think it's important for Americans to remember and pray for peace in the world so that something like that never happens again."

Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kailee Warner, 6, left, and Kadance Fredericks, 7, raise their balloons in the air as they sing "God Bless America."

It was an emotional evening last night in Tamaqua as people gathered to hear a number of testimonies and speeches from area residents and dignitaries concerning the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I can hardly believe 12 years has passed," said state Rep. Jerry Knowles. "The two days that stand out in my 64 years on this earth are Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated … and Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001."

Thursday, September 12, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters work to put out a fire at this home at 96-98 Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton, Wednesday evening.

A Palmerton home was saved after a dwelling fire broke out Wednesday evening.

The fire started at around 7:46 p.m. at 96-98 Lehigh Ave., according to borough Fire Chief Larry Zawaly.

The Palmerton Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene, where heavy smoke was coming from the upstairs bedroom window.

A family of two adults and a child were evacuated from the building, Zawaly said. The other side of the home was vacant, he said.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) introduced legislation, co-sponsored by state senators John Yudichak (D-14) and Jim Ferlo (D-38), that would allow eligible students to attend college in Pennsylvania without worrying about the burdens placed upon them by traditional financial aid.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Franklin Township Lions Club is hosting the annual Picnic in the Park and Franklin Township Senior Citizens Day on from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Seniors who have registered will enjoy a free dinner from noon to 2 p.m. There will be music by Remember When from 4 to 7 p.m., bingo, cake walk and Chinese auction. Door prizes for seniors will be drawn at 6 p.m. Seniors must be present to win. Bring lawn chairs for your comfort.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A male passenger had to be lifeflighted after the sport utility vehicle he was in flipped over a guard rail along the southbound side of West Penn Pike (SR309) in West Penn Township last night. Firefighters were called to the 2000 block of West Penn Pike (on the Blue Mountain) around 9:30 p.m. for a report of a vehicle over an embankment with entrapment. Firefighters had to use hydraulic equipment to free the man from the vehicle. PennSTAR 5 helicopter landed at the Sovereign Bank field at the intersection of SR895 and SR309 to transport the man to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mary Stockmal, seated, of Nesquehoning, received two "Founder's Awards" during the 90th anniversary celebration of the Nesquehoning Sokol Club Saturday. Her father-in-law, the late Andrew Stockmal, and her uncle, the late John Setar, were founders of the club. Looking on are, from left, Michael J. Micklosh, executive board; Tom Sniscak, president; Michael J. DeMyanwicz, vice

president; Michael A. DeMichael, secretary; Pete Malaska, treasurer, and Phil Lower, executive board.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Keller Williams Real Estate, at 362 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, held their grand opening recently. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, l-r, Sue Kromer, Jim Christman, associate broker; Usha Patel, Bob Wells, Matthew Kessler, Mary Jo King, and Tiffani Christman.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is inviting senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District to her annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Allen Township Fire Hall in Northampton.

"I encourage all our area senior citizens and their caregivers to attend this fun and informative event," said Harhart. "This is a great opportunity to collect information on programs and services of interest and to have questions answered by the experts."