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Saturday, November 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters placed mulitple exhaust fans at the entrance to expel the smoke.

An oven fire in the bakery section of the Boyer's Food Market in Lansford resulted in the evacuation of customers and employees for over an hour Friday morning.

Boyer's employees were quick to limit the damages to one section of the bakery, which is located in the rear of the market.

Area firefighters who responded placed multiple exhaust fan at exit and entry points to expel the smoke from the market.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Mauch Chunk is featured in the Anthracite Model Railroad display.

Scenes from old Mauch Chunk comprise a large portion of this year's custom-built model railroad display located on Hanover Court in Hazleton.

Members of the Anthracite Model Railroad Society began constructing the 21 foot-by-48-foot layout in 1997. The two interconnected levels of track contain about 1,200 feet of HO gauge track, which is made up of roughly 600 feet of flex track and 575 feet of hand-laid track, and includes more than two miles of low voltage electrical wiring.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the preliminary process it will use for authorizing the use of acid mine drainage water for oil and gas operations, including Marcellus Shale wells.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Last month's inaugural Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Marathon and Half-Marathon attracted 525 runners from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Chris Bauer, 24, of Sea Cliff, NY, was the overall winner of the 26.2-mile marathon held along the D&L Trail, with a time of 2:53:14.

The top time in the half-marathon was turned in by Sean Robbins, 42, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, who completed the 13.1-mile course in 1:17.05.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Carbon County is seeing the effects of state cuts.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the cooperative block grant agreement with the state Department of Aging. The term of the agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained the figures presented in the agreement $683,002 for Jan. 1 through June 30, 2012 and $1,346,511 for each fiscal year until 2016 are not the amounts the county can expect to receive annually from the state.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

"Mocha" is a diluted tortoiseshell cat available for adoption from the Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe. She is a 1 1/2-year-old spayed female and is up to date on all her shots. She is easygoing and playful. For more information, call the CCFOA at (570) 325-9400.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

HARRISBURG Governor Tom Corbett has appointed Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael J. Sofranko to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee.

Also appointed to that committee were Gina M. Sage, Springfield; Hon. Margaret L. Ferraro, Nazareth; Hon. Fiore Leone, Erie; Michael A. Schober, Columbia; Thomas McElhone, Glenshaw; Marvin Meteer, Wyalusing; Betty Ann Moyer, Danville; Hon. August "A.C." Stickel, Altoona; and Hon. Scott Martin, Lancaster.

Nominations requiring Senate confirmation include:

State Board of Physical Therapy Jeffrey R. Elliott, Wernersville;

Saturday, November 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sections of the railway, on both sides of Route 309, were removed prior to the beginning of the construction project in Tamaqua.

Route 309 in Tamaqua was closed beginning at 7 p.m. yesterday while crews work to replace a 230-foot section of rail across the highwayin the southern part of Tamaqua, near the Hess gas station.

It will be closed until Monday morning around 5 a.m. Northbound traffic is being detoured 18.8 miles via Route 443 east to Route 902 north, and then to Route 209 west.

Southbound traffic follows the same route, only in reverse.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A woman was reportedly seriously injured when struck by a vehicle last night at Hazard Square in Jim Thorpe.

The woman, whose identity wasn't known, was transported by the Lehighton Ambulance paramedics to Jim Thorpe High School where a helicopter landed and flew her to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

Traffic was detoured around the site for over an hour.

The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m.

No other details were available last night.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Carbon County Home Economics/Family and Consumer Science teachers, past and present, are listed in the book, A Legend Shared. The book's release was celebrated Monday. Here are the teachers who taught and continue to share their knowledge, and the years in which they taught:

JIM THORPE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Mauch Chunk Junior-Senior High School: Frances E. Beegle, 1937-1940; Louise C. Horn, 1941-1944; Fern T. Schanbacher, 1944-1946; Elvira T. Holmes Herring, 1946-1949; Helen Myrtle Dunkelberg, 1949-1950; and Eliza Jane Reese, 1950-1954.