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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on the turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I476), between the Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) Interchange and the Lehigh Tunnel, to be prepared for a single-lane pattern to go into effect today at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday, July 18, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

All sorts of ethnic foods, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs, were available at the annual St. Joseph's Church festival in Summit Hill this past weekend. Making blinis are, from left, Mary Fulton, Greg Kosciolek, and Dave O'Gurek. Great weather meant the festival was a huge success.

Monday, July 18, 2011
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Seven-year-old Erica Dubosky tries her luck at hitting a target and winning a prize at the annual St. Joseph's Church festival in Summit Hill this past weekend. Huge crowds attended the event all three days.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Five area people charged with allegedly operating a meth lab in Quakake, Rush Township, were among 49 defendants who were arraigned Monday in the district attorney's office at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Monday, July 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Medical personnel at the scene of a Polk Township accident that claimed the life of a Montgomery County man.

One man is dead and another seriously injured as the result of a violent two vehicle crash Friday night in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State police at Lehighton report Robert Adamson, 69, of Eagleville, Montgomery County, was killed in the accident and Robert Krapf, 32, of Coaldale, was seriously injured.

Monday, July 18, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters utilized chainsaws to cut through fallen trees that surrounded the car, while Tamaqua Rescue Squad volunteers used hydraulic lifters, jaws of life, to lift and check under both sections of the vehicle.

A male driver was airlifted following a violent single-vehicle crash that occurred one mile west of Tamaqua on SR209 in Walker Township just before 8:45 p.m. Saturday night.

Reportedly, while driving a red Pontiac Grand Prix west on SR209, Pottsville Stretch, at a high rate of speed, Chris Cataldi, 21, of Tamaqua, swerved off the road and crashed wildly into multiple trees located

on the westbound side of SR209. The force of the crash severed the car completely in half and threw Cataldi out of the vehicle and into adjacent woods.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A vacant business manager position in the Northern Lehigh School District has drummed up much interest.

A field of over 30 candidates applied for the position as of last Thursday's deadline, according to Sherri Molitoris, board secretary.

The position opened up after former business manager Jeremy Melber resigned last month to accept a position as the new director of business services in the Southern Lehigh School District.

Melber had served as Northern Lehigh's business manager since 2008.

Monday, July 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph Giglotti's motorcycle sits at the side of the Mansion House Hill.

A Jim Thorpe man died Saturday when his motorcycle sideswiped one car and then struck another on the Mansion House Hill.

Joseph Jude Giglotti, 48, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Route 209, according to a report released by Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth J. Barnes. Giglotti originally was driving within the inside right lane of travel but for an unknown reason, he went into the outer lane and then partially veered into the south lane of travel.

Monday, July 18, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several people were injured Saturday afternoon in a multi-vehicle rear end crash along SR443 in Mahoning Township. The accident occurred as a van which was traveling east stopped to make a left turn into the Mahoning Speedway. As it was about to turn it was struck by a car also traveling east. A third car was also involved in the incident. SR443 was closed as the victims were treated and transported to area hospitals. Township police are investigating the incident.

Monday, July 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning EMT's Joe Trimmel and Tom Stano test the vital signs on firefighters Trajan Koerbler and Joey Trimmel as they complete the cool down process during the practice in Nesquehoning. In back gournd are Joe Folk and Shawn McArdle.

Recently the members of both the Nesquehoning Hose Co and New Columbus Fire Co have been hard at work training at the former Parano residence in the community. The structure is set for demolition at the end of the month.

The owners of the property had approached the fire company and offered the use of the structure up until the time of demolition.