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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to 11 Cherry Street around 6:45 this morning for report of smoke in a structure. When they arrived, a mother said she was getting her children ready for school when the smoke detectors started going off and the top floor started to fill with smoke. Responding were all four Tamaqua fire companies, surrounding fire companies, Tamaqua Police, Tamaqua Ambulance and Tamaqua Fire Police. Tamaqua Rescue Squad's and Lansford's Rapid Intervention Teams also responded. As of press time, there was no word on what caused the incident. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Principals in the Sky-View Memorial Park memorial service on Monday were, from left: Chaplain LTC. James Greaser, Sgt. Brian Dasch and veteran Dale D. Kline.

Yes, as Americans we're free to make personal choices, thanks to our veterans.

But we must respect the choices of our fellow citizens, too.

That soul-searching message by Sgt. Brian Dasch, Pennsylvania National Guard, highlighted an especially moving "Memorial Day Service for Our Veterans" held Monday at Sky-View Memorial Park Cemetery, 108 Lafayette Ave., Hometown.

The sprawling park along Route 54 is the resting place of over 3,000 fallen heroes.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Trash collection

Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, trash collection has been pushed back until Friday.

Water report

The annual water report for the borough has been mailed to the residents. If you did not receive one and you are interested in receiving one, please call the borough office at (570) 325-3025.

Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Top 10 Percent Academic Awards were presented top academic students at the 27th annual Top 10 Percent Academic Awards banquet. From left are front row, Jonathan Cleaver, superintendent; Craig Reichl, high school principal; Matthew Schweitzer, Alex Rubin; Dan Repsher, assistant principal; and Tim Tkach, coordinator of curriculum; and back row, Sarah Kistler, Dorothy deforest, Emily Lauer, Elizabeth Reichard, Elyse Kistler, Megan Mausteller, Tia Rex and Kaitlyn Bandholz.

The top students at Lehighton Area High School were feted at the 27th annual Top 10 Percent Academic Awards Banquet.

At the banquet, students in their sophomore, junior and senior years and who performed well academically this past school year were given the opportunity to shine.

Welcoming parents, school staff, administrators and board members to the banquet held at Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company hall was Craig Reichl, high school principal. Reichl said that he was pleased to recognize the students who have worked so hard to achieve success.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Troy Margerum, PVHS student, recites "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address" during the Lansford Memorial Day service as Rich Bachman, American Legion Post 123 commander, left, and past commander Richard D. Pogwist, right, looks on.

A small crowd gathered at Kennedy Park to honor the fallen during Monday's Memorial Day service in Lansford.

Richard D. Pogwist, past commander of the Lansford American Legion Post 123, served as the master of ceremonies.

In his address, Pogwist spoke of the first Memorial Day-type observance which was held on May 5, 1866 in Waterloo, NY, in which graves of the fallen Civil War soldiers were decorated in honor of their service and sacrifice by the people of Waterloo.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to the SR902 hill in Summit Hill around 8 p.m. last night after two vehicles traveling in opposite directions impacted each other. One of the drivers was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries. Responding were Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale Police. Lansford and Lehighton Ambulance also responded. No more information was available as of press time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Major Donald W. J. Oprey of Fort Indiantown Gap speaks during Memorial Day program in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park on Monday. Seated are, l-r, Panther Valley High School students Richard Smith and Stephen Hajcak; William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316; Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, and Memorial Day Parade grand marshall Lenny Ogozalek.

Leonard "Lenny" Ogozalek, grand marshall of the Summit Hill Memorial Day parade yesterday, spoke briefly during the pre-parade service held in Ludlow Park.

He told the gathering, "We have always been one nation under God, and I pray that we continue to be one nation under God."

Several hundred people attended the service.

The main speaker was Major Donald W. J. Oprey of Fort Indiantown Gap. Major Oprey recalled some of the historic battles in which American soldiers have laid down their lives.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Capt. Dale A. Wesner, USMC (Ret), accepts a plaque from Master of Ceremonies Staff Sgt. Stephanie Richards.

His voice strong and steady, retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Nick Paraschak, 92, read aloud the names of those old soldiers who had passed on in the year spanning Memorial Day 2012 and ceremonies held in Coaldale this past Sunday.

Paraschak, who served during World War II, then saluted as a rifle squad of Panther Valley JROTC cadets fired three rounds in honor of the fallen heroes and taps was played.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
fyi

The Lansford Pool will be selling pool passes at the office tonight through Friday from 5-7 p.m.

The pool will officially open for the season at noon on Saturday, June 8.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Patrolman Jason Helmer looks over the damage done to the vehicle and pole.

Two young men were taken to the hospital after crashing into a pole and overturning their vehicle around 8:40 Friday night on the No. 9 hill (US209) in Lansford. The driver of the vehicle, a 2003 Nissan 350Z, was Erick Trabal, 23, of Coaldale. The passenger was Zacahary Zedalis, 23, of Lansford. US 209 was shut down for approximately an hour between Dock Street and Parkway while the vehicle was removed and scene cleared. Patrolman Jason Helmer is the investigating officer.