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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
William K. O'Donnell, at podium, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post, serves as emcee during Memorial Day service in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park. Looking on are, l-r, Perry Shelton, a Vietnam War veteran who was parade grand marshall and who tolled the bell signalling the start of the borough's huge parade; State Representative Doyle Heffley, and guest speaker John McFadden of Washington D.C., a retired army lieutenant colonel who is a native of Summit Hill.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John McFadden yesterday told of several perspectives about Memorial Day changed with him over the years, and one consistent theme remained the same.

McFadden, a native of Summit Hill who now resides in Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day service held yesterday morning in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park.

Several hundred people attended the service, during which William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316, served as master of ceremonies.

Those perspectives, said the speaker, are:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grand Marshal Lawrence J. Kabana, left, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison lay a memorial wreath at the Soldiers' Circle monument at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The turnout for Tamaqua's annual Memorial Day parade and service was the highest that it has been in recent memory. At one point, the parade itself stretched the entire length of Broad Street.

"I think the streets were the most crowded that I have ever seen them," remarked Tamaqua's Mayor Christian Morrison. Led by the C.H. Berry Post 173 of the American Legion, the parade consisted of several marching units from local veterans' organizations, the Tamaqua Fire Department, several rescue units, the Tamaqua and Marian High School marching bands, as well as other civic organizations.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
larry neff/special to the times news A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on SR 248 Saturday morning.

A Lehighton man was struck and killed by a van on Saturday morning.

State police at Lehighton said the accident occurred about 4:55 a.m. along SR 248, in Franklin Township. Troopers identified the victim as Billy J. Silvers, 31.

Troopers said Michael D. Salerno, 41, of Lehighton, was driving a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound in the right lane and Silvers was walking east in the right lane.

The front of the Dodge struck Silvers in the right lane of travel, troopers said. Silvers died from injuries he suffered upon impact with the van.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driveway says it all, "SEND HELP.....5 DAYS WITHOUT POWER.....F1 ZONE." This is just one of many homes without power along Ranch road in West Brunswick township. A tornado or possibly more traveled through North Manheim, West and East Brunswick, West Penn and Walker townships causing vast amount power outages and and damage to buildings and structures.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
"Sometimes, the guilt of not knowing the fallen is as great as the pain of losing someone you know," says Sgt. Major George Holmes to 140 gathered at Sky-View Memorial Park for Monday's Memorial Day service.

The bitter reality of war is never as stark as when you find yourself in battle and see your comrades fall.

That sobering message was one of several points made by Sgt. Major George Holmes of Hauto at Monday's Sky-View Memorial Day Service held in front of the Sky-View Memorial Park's 1948 Mausoleum along Route 54 in Hometown, Rush Township.

Holmes, who serves as principal of Pine Grove Area High School, is a veteran of the Gulf War, where he entered combat on February 20, 1991. He also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was wounded.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An unknown age female was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in an accident while riding a four wheel all terrain vehicle in Towmensing Township. The incident occurred at 1 p.m. along the nineteen hundred block of Deer Lane. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The Towmensing township fire company responded to the scene. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Logan Haines, 6, of Summit Hill, holds a red, white, and blue toy gun while Issac Hahn, also 6, of Philadelphia, holds up a "God Bless the U.S.A." sign, during the Memorial Day Parade on Monday in Summit Hill. Passing by is the Pocono Region Bagpipe Band.

Neither picnics nor swimming seemed to harm the turnout at the annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.

The five-division line-up had crowds along the entire parade route. It featured four bands, 28 pieces of fire apparatus, five ambulances, floats, community groups, military members, and, of course, veterans.

"This is an awesome parade," said Cassie Malatak of Dover, Delaware, who said she tries to always come to Summit Hill and visit friends on the day of the parade.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Anthony Ciavlia, 5, son of Robert and Amy Ciavlia of Coaldale, flies the American flag through the air just before the start of the annual Memorial Day Service held at the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

More than 100 uniformed Tamaqua firefighters marched into the St. Jerome Catholic Church Sunday evening to pay tribute and remembrance to all their fallen firefighters. St. Jerome Catholic Church hosted the 82nd Annual Memorial Service of the Tamaqua Fire Department's Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association with a worship service and call to remembrance. The department lost 15 of its own since the last memorial service held in May 2010. The East End Fire Company lost Joseph Ruggeri, Edward "Pat" Patrick, John Stapleton and Robert J. "Bip" Delay. Citizen's Fire Company lost Clarence L. Nice.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn township proudly boasts of its community grove as being one of the most beautiful in the area and rightfully so. On holidays such as this weekend it is the hub of gathering for many of the residents who enjoy the scenic view, the children who play on several athletic fields and playground equipment and picnicking under several pavilions throughout the grove. But not this year. The grove is closed. The site has been decimated by the recent ravaging storms that have plagued the region. This pavilion was leveled when a large pine tree, toppled by high winds, landed on the roof.