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Thursday, June 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Krystina Bailey

Krystina Bailey was on the way to her 1 p.m. psychology class at Cedar Crest College on March 30 when she got a frantic call from her younger brother. The family's home in Slatington was on fire. Bailey got in her car and called her sister while rushing home. She was concerned that her grandmother might be trapped inside the house.

"I was very scared on my way home, but it turned out that the mailman was on the block already when the fire started and he helped her out of the house," said Bailey, recalling that chilling Wednesday afternoon when five homes were evacuated.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Palmerton Area Education Association has declined to take a pay freeze as part of the latest round in negotiations.

Board President Barry Scherer read a prepared statement on Wednesday that said the district on May 24 again requested that the PAEA accept a pay freeze.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seven area residents were among 34 who were qualified by District Attorney James P. Goodman for the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program and imposed conditions. If they complete the program successfully their record will be cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Carbon County man who robbed a pharmacy was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court.

Jack K. Ensel, 51, of Lansford, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 36 to 72 months in prison on a charge of robbery. He previously pleaded guilty to the count along with one count each of theft and simple assault. Nanovic ruled those two charges merger with the robbery count for sentencing purposes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thursday's record storm made travel impossible in some areas. Pictured volunteering their time and equipment to remove dozens of fallen trees from Sycamore Drive in West Penn Township are Mark Schwalm, left, and Rick Dumbrosky of S and L Landscaping.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The choir at the Slatedale Memorial Day service has members from four local churches.

In a program planned by the Slatedale Cemetery Association, four churches participated in a memorial service on May 30.

The four churches that contributed to the choir are Holy Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, St. Peter's United Methodist Church and Salem United Methodist Church. Linda Eberhardt provided the music.

The program began as The Rev. James Robison of Good Shepherd introduced Victoria Lear. She sang the "Star Spangled Banner.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Neighbors and friends pictured helping a neighbor clear trees from her property on Cold Run Road in East Brunswick Township are Sherri Ritchie, Thomas Ritchie, Eric Ritchie, 18, Karen Messner, Rick Hoffman, Harrison Dietrich, William Schietrumn, Cliff Wilson and Michelle Messner.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Joe Rudelitch, 385 Zions Stone Church Road in West Penn Township, burns branches following last Thursday's record storm while his pet boxer "Bunsby" looks on. The Rudelitch family stated they were lucky to see that a very large tree on their front yard fell away from the home, instead of on it. Almost all the trees in their back yard were uprooted or leveled.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Alan Thompson, Swoyersville, stoops inside a bucket over 60 feet high as he mixes mortar for facade work at the Scheid's Department Store building, currently Tire Pros, 24-26 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Thompson worked in high humidity and 90-degree heat on Tuesday but said temps are a bit cooler near the top of the four-story building. Assisting Thompson on the month-long project is Adolph Rasmovicz, Kingston, stationed at street level near the scaffold. The two men are employed by Roccograndi Construction Co., West Wyoming.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Despite suffering heavy damages to a pavilion and dugout, other non-affected areas of the West Penn Community Park are open. West Penn Lions Club member Al Martinez pointed out that a Lions Club event will still be held this Saturday at the park.