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Monday, November 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Upset over the lack of signs at key areas, Dave Mattson, Tamaqua Police Chief, tries to alleviate the influx of traffic turning around in Tamaqua by placing multiple self-made "ROAD CLOSED AHEAD" signs at the SR443 and SR309 intersection.
Monday, November 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters responded to the Elwood apartment building in Tamaqua last night after someone saw and smelled smoke.

Firefighters from all four Tamaqua fire companies, rescue squad, as well as Summit Hill and Coaldale, responded to two general alarms last night at the ABC High Rise, on E. Broad St., and the Elwood apartment building, on Schuylkill Avenue. Both incidents were cause for alarm at first as residents reported seeing and smelling smoke. Firefighters investigating both incidents ruled each report unfounded. Tamaqua police also responded. Fire police detour traffic for the duration. No injuries were reported.

Monday, November 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The driver of this rig lost control, slid on the guard rail and then overturned, spilling his load of woodchips all over the road.

Both lanes of SR54 was closed for over five hours in Ryan and Mahanoy Township Friday night into Saturday after a tractor trailer, being driven south by David Somers, Tremont, of D&R Logging, Hegins, lost control, slid on the guardrail and then overturned, spilling his load of woodchips all over the road.

Woodchips, which were also scattered over 20 feet into the adjacent woods, may be used as a biomass solid fuel and sometimes saturated with fuel.

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.