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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"I was so happy, I cried," Mrs. John M. Rimsky of Coalport said in expressing her joy upon having heard of the armistice which ended hostilities in Korea, where her son, Corporal George Stoffa, 22, has been a prisoner of war for two years. With the young man in the POW camp is Bobby Bonetsky, Summit Hill. When last heard from on June 6, Cpl. Stoffa was in good health and anxiously awaiting his return home.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a T-bone type collision in the 800 block of North First Street (SR209) in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. According to reports from the scene as a person operating a sport utility vehicle attempted to pull out onto the road and pulled into the path of a car and was struck in the side of the SUV. That person was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The road was closed for several hours. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Fun at the pool

Seven-year-old Hailey Anthony of Lehighton emerges from a large tube at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool into 11-feet of water. The warm weather we've been having this summer has made for a successful season at the pool, according to Lehighton recreation director Tom Evans.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In yesterday's coverage of Lehighton Borough Council regarding approval for financing a new fire station, it was stated that three houses to be torn down are owned by the Lehighton Fire Department.

The houses were actually purchased and are owned by Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, the social quarters of the fire department.

Also, the motion to go with the project was made by council member Melissa Ebbert.

Her name was wrong in the article.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At least three fire companies responded to a fire on Lake Road in Saylorsburg around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. An unoccupied home was completely destroyed. Wind Gap Fire Co., Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder and West End Vol. Fire Co. responded.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.

Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua.

Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the association with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also doing new ideas and programs.

Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the Weissport trailhead. Anyone interested in invited to attend.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a Pennsylvania educator, joined the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees in 1988 and rose through the ranks of the organization and was instrumental in helping PASR to become what it is today. She bequeated a sum of money to PASR to be used for the support of public education. Each year, the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Program honors one teacher and one support professional for doing an outstanding job within a dsitrict or school. A chapter selects the award recipients, who receives a medallion, certificate and a PASR pin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Dean Green of Operation: Touch of Home gets ready to show onlookers how you wield a sledgehammer to bash a car at the Tri-County Vettes and Brodheadsville Chevrolet Car Show and Swap Meet. The idea was to raise funds to donate to the building of a home for U.S. Army SPC Robert Kislow III of Danielsville. He had his right leg amputated after being shot while serving in Afghanistan. Operation: Touch of Home plans to donate all the proceeds from the Car Bash to the Build Brigade through an organization called Homes for our Troops that will be working on a home for Kislow on July 22, 23, 23.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS David Sokol, left, and Scott Reese sand metal on a fire truck climbing structure at the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

Some major improvements are occurring to the Ginder Field playground in Summit Hill.

New rides are being added, existing rides are being painted, buildings are getting fresh paint, more picnic tables will be placed here, and much-needed maintenance is occurring at the pavilion.

Even a foot bridge over a small drainage ditch is getting a new coat of paint.

The work is being done with volunteers by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.