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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Among those taking part in a Monday ceremony in Tamaqua recognizing six heroes are, from left: state Rep. Jerry P. Knowles, R-124; rescuers Jay Stidham, Jr., and Michael Bright, Tamaqua; victim Dan Reigel; rescuers Michael Greim, Jay Hollenbach, Jr., Tamaqua; and Robert Montesrin, Summit Hill; and Mayor Christian Morrison. Missing from photo is rescuer Stephen Horst, Lewistown Valley.

Emotions ran deep Monday afternoon in Tamaqua.

At a ceremony held in borough hall, a community recognized six local heroes who risked their lives to save another. At the same time, the accident victim and his wife showed up to offer heartfelt thanks.

The recognition ceremony recalled unusual events of Monday morning, June 28, when plumber Dan Reigel was buried alive at the bottom of a trench about nine feet deep while installing a new sewer line at a Lombard Street residence.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Rush Township road was reopened on Monday after a tractor trailer crash closed it. Township police said SR54 was reopened to traffic nine hours after the rig crashed.

Police identified the driver of the rig as Kevin Smith, 20, of Danboro, Bucks County.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A fire in Washington Township Saturday night displaced a family of 10.

Contacted this morning, Ted Engle, assistant chief of Friedens Fire Company, told the TIMES NEWS no injuries were reported in the 8:45 p.m. fire at 4381 Hilldale Road.

"We did a small investigation, and are looking at an electrical problem in the basement," Engle said. "We will have our fire marshal check it to be sure, so it's still under investigation."

Engle said the fire, which caused smoke damage upstairs, didn't take long to extinguish.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tax bills sent erroneously to taxpayers, listing them as Chestnuthill residents, had five different families coming to the township office this past Saturday. Others who have also received erroneous bills should bring them to the township as well so the matter can be clarified. The families in each case "have always been Polk residents," said Supervisor Nancy C. May.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Robert Keyser (standing) speaks at his Eagle Court of Honor held recently at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. in Lower Towamensing Township. Pictured behind Keyser are (l-r) Charles Sterling, senior patrol leader of Troop 20 and second class rank, Randy Ashner, assistant scoutmaster, James Schneck, scoutmaster, Jesse Schneck, life scout rank, member of Order of the Arrow, Master of Ceremonies, and Brent Green, life scout rank.

Out of every 100 boy scouts, only two attain Eagle Scout status.

Despite those bleak odds, nothing could curtail Robert Keyser's quest to achieve the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

Recently, fellow Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 20 members, family and friends attended Keyser's Eagle Scout of Honor held at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. in Lower Towamensing Township.

In order to achieve the Eagle Award, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, as 11 badges are required by the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, they must complete a service project.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Borough Council is hoping to rehabilitate this historic judging stand that once was used for horse racing at the former Carbon County Fair in Lehighton. Once it is repaired, the stand may be moved to the downtown borough park. It presently sits in the Community Grove.

Lehighton Borough Council Monday night took its first formal steps to rehabilitate a historic fair judging stand that it hopes to prominently display in the borough park.

The octagon stand, about 15 feet high, currently stands in the Community Grove. It was last used for the former Carbon County Fair that was held in Lehighton for over a century until 1994. The fairgrounds were sold in 1993 to Lehighton Area School District where a high school and athletic complex werre built on the site.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Police Chief Kenneth Barnes presents 2010 Citizens Crime Prevention Awards to Giant employee Nicki Bower of Jim Thorpe, center, and Rite Aid employee Debbie Rex of Lehighton, right, whose quick thinking and refusal to wire an elderly woman's $4,600 savings to con artists posing as police officers earned the gratitude of Barnes, the Mahoning Township supervisors and residents of the community.

The Mahoning Township supervisor's meeting was standing room only Monday as Police Chief Kenneth Barnes recognized and presented commendations to two police officers. The officers were recognized for recovering a stolen competition motorcycle and assisting in breaking a burglary ring in Lehighton.

In addition, two area residents who worked in the township and prevented a woman from losing more than $4,600 in a con game recently, were also honored.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Adult Summer Basketball League award winners for the 2010 season, included, from left, Harold Baker, Volunteer of the Year; Pete McGuire, Volunteer of the Year, Mike Luckenbill, The Denny Luckenbill Sportsmanship award; Matt Yaich, Rookie of the Year; and Earl Kunkel, Volunteer of the Year.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Come out to meet your local emergency responders during the Emergency Services Day being sponsored by the Mahoning Township Lions Club. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Chapel Grove Pavilion on Fritz Valley Road at Normal Square. Attending the event will be Penn Star Helicopter, Mahoning Valley Fire Company, Mahoning Valley Ambulance and Mahoning Township Police Department. There will be a free blood pressure monitoring service offered. Also on display will be household hazardous materials.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Carbon Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards to two Weatherly School District educators. From left are, Lee Getz, co-chair of Carbon PASR Education and Support Committee; Kathy Getz, Richard Miller, support staff member and award recipient; Katie Leach, teacher and recipient; and Weatherly Superintentent Frank Victor.

Carbon PASR (Pa. Association of School Retirees) presented Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards to Katie Leach, teacher, and Richard Miller, support staff member, for their commendable service to the Weatherly School District. Each recipient received a framed citation from PASR, a medallion, and a lapel pin. Presentations were made at a Weatherly School Board meeting.