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Monday, July 9, 2012
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State Rep. Doyle Heffley, third from right, with l-r, Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines; Carbon County Commissioner Tom J. Gerhard; Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; Jen Barnasevitch and Tom Cherneski, of Citizens for Recreation, at this summer's first Beaver Meadows Concert in the Park. Beaver Meadows was recently awarded a $15,000 state grant to install a new lighting and electrical system at the park.

Monday, July 9, 2012

After telling East Penn supervisors in June that the lack of flags at the Veterans' Memorial in Marvin Gardens was a disgrace, David Bryfogel was back July 2 to say, as vice president of the United Veterans Organization, he got flags through Rep. Doyle Heffley's office. He credited Sue and Harry Porcina with taking the flags down at dusk and putting them up in the morning because there are no lights which are needed when flags are kept up overnight.

Monday, July 9, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Remnants of Saturday's brief storm as seen this morning in the lower southwest corner of the Palmerton Borough Park.

A sizable portion of Palmerton residents were rendered without power for several hours on the heels of Saturday's brief storm.

The ferocious barrage passed through the borough just before 6 p.m., and resulted in power outages to about 1,500 homes and businesses, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Power was restored soon after midnight, said Danielson, who added that the storm resulted in some light litter. There were some heavier branches down in the park that need some attention as well, he said.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Despite a quick response from area firefighters, a Shenandoah man died after fire tore through his home and an attached home just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. During their response, firefighters could be seen rescuing 52-year-old Samuel J. Nitolo Jr., 222 W. Columbus St., through the front window of the 2-story home. Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczyglak pronounced Nitolo dead at 10:44 p.m., about an hour and 15 minutes after the first call came in about the fire. Flames destroyed the upper floors of the Nitolo home as well as an attached home at 220 W. Columbus St.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Nesquehoning motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his bike after striking an earth embankment in Franklin Township. Emergency personnel were called to the scene in what is know as the "S" curves along Long Run Road just after 3 p.m. when it was reported a biker was found lying along the roadway. The man was traveling north when he apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, struck the embankment and was ejected from the bike. He was found lying along the berm and his bike in the north bound lane about 30-feet away.

Monday, July 9, 2012
Zachary Platt, 8, left, and friend Alexander Dillon, 7, pan for gemstones during the festival.

Thousands of visitors took part in the 5th Annual Coal Miner's Heritage Festival Sunday at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford.

The event consisted of a large variety of exhibits that highlighted coal region heritage and culture. Many unique attractions and exhibits were offered as part of this year's festival. In keeping with the theme, the coal miner's competition was a popular favorite, in which the public was invited to participate in the coal shoveling competition, where competitors shovel a pile of coal in the shortest time. Unique trophies were awarded to the winners.

Monday, July 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hundreds attended the luminary event.

More than a hundred floating luminaries filled the skies above Summit Hill Sunday night as people took part in a luminary ceremony held at the Ginther Field in memory of drowning victims Nolan Ritchie, 7, and his grandmother Wanda Wentz, age 49.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jim Thorpe Fire Chief William "Bill" Diehm is in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, recovering from injuries after being struck by a delivery truck while he was directing traffic on Saturday.

The incident happened Saturday morning along Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe.

Diehm was volunteering his time directing traffic for the Race Street Run when a delivery truck struck him.

According to reports, Diehm sustained numerous broken bones including a broken pelvis, broken arm and broken tail bone.

He is in the transitional trauma unit of the hospital.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Tamaqua man was one of 12 defendants who were sentenced in the Schuykill County Court on criminal charges, including a Shenandoah man who got a long state prison term for sexual assault.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Members and volunteers of the East End Park in Tamaqua will be showing a free movie tonight. The movie, called 'Dolphin Tale', will start around 8:30 p.m. and will be held at the park's band shell. Food and refreshments will also be available.