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Monday, January 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was seriously injured this morning when involved in a crash in East Brunswick Township. The crash occurred at 7 a.m. as the Jeep Wrangler was traveling along Schmaltzdahl Road near the intersection with Paint Lane. The Jeep struck two trees along the south berm then bounced back across the roadway, coming to rest along the north berm. One of the occupants was treated by members of the New Ringgold ambulance and Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven paramedics, then flown via MedEvac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Quick Response Squad (QRS) display the items purchased with a $1,000 donation from the Franklin Township Lions Club. From left are Rob Bergstresser, Tom Chew and Bob Mertz, captain.

Members of the Franklin Township Quick Response Squad (QRS) found out just how many supplies could be purchased with $1,000, when all the supplies were displayed before distribution.

Robert Mertz, QRS captain, said that the Franklin Township Lions Club donated $1,000 to the QRS and that the funds were used to purchase disposable and reusable supplies for the members to use when they respond to medical emergencies in the township.

The QRS has eight members who are neighbors and friends.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions; as well as NIMS courses for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Ÿ NIMS-700.A: 8 a.m., Jan. 29, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097 for details.

Ÿ ICS-100.A: 8 a.m., Feb. 5, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA for details.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A free community soup and sandwich luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Break out the thermal long johns, double up on the socks and, casting humiliation aside, pull on that fur hat with the ear flaps.

Baby, it's cold outside.

Temperatures across the region this morning ranged from -3 at the Allentown International Airport to -7 degrees at Mount Pocono, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kristin Kline.

"Temperatures are starting off right around zero," she said.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The community of Summit Hill took time out from its schedule, battling poor weather conditions, and welcomed an opportunity to pray together, regardless of beliefs, at an ecumenical service of worship held at the First Presbyterian Church of Panther Valley. More than 225 people attended. Revs. Carl and Donna Gray served as hosts for the annual event. Represented were eight parishes or congregations of the town, either by clergy, choir members, or attendants.

Monday, January 24, 2011

American Red Cross will hold blood drives.

* Thursday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA YWCA, 75 S. Church St., Hazleton.

* Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stroud Mall, 454 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg.

* Monday, Feb. 7, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd, West Hazleton

* Thursday, Feb. 10, noon to 6 p.m., Saint Luke Parish, 818 W. Main Street, Stroudsburg.

* Monday, Feb. 14, 2 to 6 p.m., Christ the King Family Center, Route 940, Blakeslee.

Monday, January 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

About 40 residents living on the 300 block of West Broad Street were without constant power for about 12 hours on Saturday starting around two in the morning. PPL rotated power to these homes to provide temporary power during the repairs which were being done on West Rowe and Swatara Streets.

Monday, January 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Monday morning proved to be the coldest in the recent freeze which has covered the eastern portion of the commonwealth. This time and temperature sign along Route 443 in Mahoning Township reports a frigid minus-11 degrees at 6:30 a.m., although actual temperatures weren't quite that low.

Monday, January 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the West Penn Fire Company and police responded to a home located at 888 Penn Drive, SR-443, in West Penn Township after an 81-year old man was helped by his neighbors and wife after he fell off his tractor and lay in the snow for about 20 minutes in 4 degree weather. Penn Mahoning and Lehighton ambulance paramedics and firefighters had to carry the man out via stretcher and through the neighbor's property due to the tractor's location and snow. West Penn Fire Police volunteers directed traffic around that part of SR-443 during the response.