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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Touchdown Club

The Jim Thorpe Olympian Touchdown Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the commons area of the high school. The meeting is open to all parents and friends of football players from junior high through high school. The agenda will include events and projects of the club for the upcoming season.

Smoke detectors

The Jim Thorpe Fire Department is offering smoke detectors to families of the community which are in need of one. Please contact Deputy Chief Bill Diehm at 570-325-3890 to make the arrangements.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jordan Behrens, left, 20, of Jim Thorpe, is crowned 2014 Carbon County Fair Queen by Carissa Troxell, last year's fair queen.

Jordan Behrens was named 2014 Carbon County Fair Queen on Monday night.

Behrens, 20, beat out the two other finalists, Melissa Nothstein, 17, of Lehighton, and Kaylyn Ahner, 16, of Lehighton. Nothstein finished as first runner-up, while Ahner was second runner-up.

"I'd like to say thank you to the fair committee and everyone involved," Behrens said. "I think agriculture is such an important part of the area."

Behrens was crowned by Carissa Troxell, last year's Carbon County Fair Queen.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Nesquehoning VFW will hold a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Miller-Keystone coach outside 300 Center St., Nesquehoning.

Donors will be entered to win a $100 gas gift card.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tonya Napolitano, 31, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, admitting she took two rings from an 80-year-old woman at the Maple Shade Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Nesquehoning. The incorrect name of the facility was listed in Monday's edition.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS David Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Township supervisor vice chairman and Ross Township zoning officer, lost his life one year ago today in fatal shooting.

One year ago today police say Rockne Newell of Saylorsburg opened fire at a Ross Township's supervisors' meeting, killing three and injuring three others in his ongoing dispute with the township over his condemned, debris-strewn property located on Flyte Road.

David Fleetwood, 62; Gerald J. Kozic, 53; and James V. LaGuardia, 64, all died that night.

Kozic's wife, Linda, was shot in the leg and faces a long recovery.

Frank Piranio Jr. suffered a grazed wound to the head and Howard Beers, Ross Township supervisor chairman, suffered a hand wound.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey, of Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Saturday.

The trail is 4 miles in length and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by one of the area Eagle Scouts.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With only a few more weeks until the McCall bridge rehabilitationproject is complete,one Weissport resident continues to be concerned about the effects of the project on his home and family.

William Hartzell of White Street, Weissport, asked Weissport Council just how he is supposed to rid his house of the dust that has spread over the interior of his home and has covered his yard.

"The only type ofvacuum cleaner that would work to clean up the dust is one with a HEPA filter," he said. "I can't afford to buy one."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tonight's the night to get out of the house, off of the porch and take part in a national effort to prevent crime.

Tamaqua's Second National Night Out celebration is being held from 6 to 9 p.m., with most activities taking place in the 100 block of Pine Street and the surrounding area.

A Kidz Karnival, sponsored by the Tamaqua Salvation Army, is being held at the Railroad Street Parking lot.

Tamaqua's celebration grew out of the Tamaqua Safety Initiative Project and is coordinated by Leona Rega, who is also director of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Carbon County volunteers banded together to rescue a horse that got stuck in a ditch in East Penn Township late Monday night.

According to Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, the Carbon County Animal Response Team and East Penn Township Fire Department were called to 540 Sand Quarry Road in the township just before 11 p.m. Over a dozen volunteers from both groups responded to the scene.

The horse, which is in its mid-30s, had fallen into a construction ditch on the property and got stuck.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Joe Greco helps clean up debris on the track as a crew member at Pocono Raceway.

After growing up watching NASCAR, Joe Greco has progressed from spectator to crew member at the Pocono Raceway.

Greco's position on the cleanup truck is a crucial one. When an incident occurs on the track, he must be prepared to pick up debris that may be hazardous to drivers, as well as control any fluids released.

The process has to be quick, and all crew members must be cautious of approaching traffic that can be zooming by at 50 to 60 mph.