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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Resignations by the few active members of the Summit Hill Community Ambulance will result in Summit Hill borough being without its own community ambulance, officials announced at an emergency meeting.

By Aug. 31, Joe Vorsteg, president of the ambulance corps, and Cindi Kashlak, secretary, will resign their positions.

Vorsteg and Kashlak, for the most part, have been the two main responders on ambulance calls in the borough. Most of the other members on the 12-man roster have failed to run on emergency calls.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Students attending Jim Thorpe High School for the first time this fall will get a chance to tour the building on Aug. 21.

An orientation for new district students, grades nine to 12, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the high school commons. Parents and guardians are invited to attend.

In addition to a tour, attendees will have a chance to meet students currently attending the high school and get questions answered.

A light lunch will be served.

Anyone planning on attending should call the guidance office at 570-325-5137.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Updates were given on both Walnutport's Oak Street project and its brand-new water filtration system at Tuesday's borough authority meeting.

"The Oak Street project is done," announced Chairman Ron Kuntz.

The project, begun in early June, involved construction of approximately 1,050 linear feet of water main along Oak Street. Construction costs were covered by a Community Development Block Grant project; engineering costs were not.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver was involved in a crash in Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville said the crash occurred at 7:54 a.m. June 27 at the intersection of Route 309 and Hunters Hill Road in Lynn Township.

Troopers said Joseph A. Walker, 21, of New Tripoli, who was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Prizm, proceeded into the intersection from Hunters Hill Road in front of a 2009 Nissan Murano driven by Louann M. McGough, 36, of Andreas, who was northbound on 309.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Democratic Party held its annual summer picnic on Aug. 6 at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park. The guest speaker wasformer Lt. Gov. Mark Singel, right, who addressed over 100 party members on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Singelalso served as the state's governor for an interim period when the late Gov. Robert P. Casey had his heart transplant surgery. WithSingel are Billy O'Gurek, second from left, chairman of the party; Sen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Pipeline to cut through Carbon

A $1 billion, 100-mile-long Marcellus gas pipeline is expected to slice through Carbon County east of Jim Thorpe, according to a map of the proposed project released by developer Penn-East Pipeline Company of Berks County.

The project is in the early planning stages, too soon to determine an exact route, said company spokeswoman Patricia Kornick.

The pipe would carry 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day, and would run from Luzerne County through Carbon, Northampton and Bucks counties to Trenton, New Jersey.

It could be built as early as 2017.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  This 2005 Dodge Ram owned by Scott William Smale of Lehighton crashed into several parked vehicles, including this 2010 GMC Canyon along the 200 block of South Fourth Street in Lehighton Monday evening.

A man suspected of driving under the influence hit six parked vehicles in Lehighton Monday evening.

Scott Smale, 56, of 249 S. Third St. Lehighton, was traveling south in the 200 block of South Fourth Street at 6:30 p.m. when he lost control of his 2005 Dodge Ram.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Ashlee Wildrick, with her daughters Naomi, left, and Lilly, held a clothing drive after raising $446 for Panther Valley school uniforms.

While there are benefits to having a school dress code, it often poses difficulties for families who can't seem to find inexpensive yet good quality uniforms.

After a conversation with a friend regarding the topic, Ashlee Wildrick, a mother of two Panther Valley students, was inspired to help families in her area who struggle to purchase school clothes every year.

Her efforts, which began about a month ago, included Wildrick knocking on doors throughout Lansford, asking for gently used uniforms and monetary donations.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Addresses needed for Class of 1965

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will be celebrating their 50th reunion in 2015.

A committee has been formed to plan for the reunion and they need addresses of some of the class members so that information about the reunion can be mailed out.

Addresses needed are for Judy Hittner and Paula Simmons. If you have their addresses or know of someone who does, contact Bill Maehrer at 570-325-3356.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The number of Pennsylvanians between the ages recorded, 5 and 64, who committed suicide rose from 1,129 in 1990 to 1,326 in 2010, according to the state Department of Health.

In our area, Schuylkill County lost the most people of that age group to suicide in 2010, the most recent data available. In 1990, Lehigh County topped the list.

2010 data:

Schuylkill: 21

Carbon: 15

Northampton: 14

Lehigh: 11

Monroe: 8

1990 data:

Lehigh: 37

Schuylkill: 18

Northampton: 20

Monroe: 12

Carbon: 8