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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A tire fire that filled the sky with black smoke Monday evening and had numerous fire companies from three counties responding, has been ruled an arson by a state police fire marshal.

The fire broke out at the Hazle Auto Parts property in Hazle Township just outside Hazleton about 7 p.m. It was not brought under control until about 10 p.m.

About 100 firefighters fought the blaze from Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties. The fire marshal ruled the tires were deliberately set on fire. A photo and story on the fire appeared on page one of Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, July 29, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School Assistant Principal Stephen Toth answers questions regarding the district's mandatory drug and alcohol testing for students.

The Tamaqua Area School District has implemented a new, mandatory drug and alcohol testing policy for students in grades 7-12 who will participate in the schools' co-curricular activites or seek parking privileges.

The first round of testing is scheduled for Aug. 2-5 from 8-11 a.m., and the district held an informational session regarding the procedures Wednesday evening.

About 25 people showed up for the session, which was preceded by a closed door meeting with the district's athletic coaches.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Left to right: David Hawk, Scout Master Boy Scout Troop 41, Joshua Smale, assistant leader Troop 41, Greg Gruber, assistant leader Troop 20, Randy Ashner, assistant leader Troop 20, Robert Keyser, newest Eagle Scout Troop 20, Paula Semmel, committee chairman Troop 20, Jim Schneck, Scout Master for Troop 20 and Tim Beltze, advancement coordinator for Troop 209 were just apart of the team that organized the weekend Boy Scout Jamboree that took place in the Palmerton Borough Park. "We have been planning this since last year.

Thursday, July 29, 2010
With a $33,000 grant, teams of up to eight teen boys from nearby Youth Services Agency, supervised by the Towamensing Trails maintenance staff, chipped debris from the 2005 ice storm.

Towamensing Trails, a Penn Forest Township, Carbon County residential community, is the subject of an article in the Summer 2010 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise newsletter on preventing forest fires.

The article, Engaging Absentee Owners & Part-time Residents, was based on a Firewise project led by Ron McCuen - liaison for the Firewise Committee for Towamensing Trails, and Wes Keller - Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor, Forest District 18, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lehighton borough's former zoning officer is being taken out of retirement.

John Quinn, who had resigned as zoning and property code enforcement office last Nov. 30, was rehired this week by Lehighton Borough Council to work on a part-time basis.

Quinn didn't apply for the job. The council said there are numerous pressing zoning issues in the borough.

The acting zoning officer is borough manager John Wagner, who the council said can use assistance in catching up with pending applications and complaints.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Pennella, chief watershed operator for the Bethlehem Water Authority, spoke at a meeting held at Kibler One-room School.

Friends of the Kibler School sponsors Three Thursdays in July programs at the restored one-room school in Towamensing Township. On July 22 the second of the three programs was presented by Mike Pennella, chief watershed operator for the Bethlehem Water Authority.

The watershed lands are behind the school which is on Pohopoco Drive.

Kay Gilbert, president of the Friends, introduced Pennella by saying he has things in twos: kids, cats and dogs. He has been at the watershed since March 2010, though he was quick to point out that he has 22 years working for the water authority.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Two Panther Valley communities will work together and try to capitalize on the state's "Main Street" program.

Borough councils in both Lansford and Summit Hill gave approval to community organizations to participate.

Mark Sverchek, of Lansford Alive, and Debra Ranck, president of the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization, both assured their respective borough councils that participation would not come from tax dollars.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Maryann Musselman sits on the bed in her room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living in Lansford. Musselman moved to Edgemont after the state closed her previous residence, Eastern Comfort Assisted Living in Palmerton.

Maryann Musselman sits on the twin bed in her cozy room at Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living facility in Lansford. On a table nearby, a ceramic angel, given her by a staff member, sits beside a graceful frosted-glass lamp. More angels rest on a shelf beneath the air conditioner. Musselman's wall-hangings, all expressing her strong religious faith, are placed carefully on elegant, beige-on-beige satin wallpaper.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brittany Holland, center, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, with three of the children she met while on a trip to Kenya. Holland spent 15 days in Kenya with Penn State students to assist with the development of a health clinic and gain a self-awareness of the diversity within health and education.

Typically when school is out, the start of summer break welcomes family vacation, swimming, relaxation and hanging out with friends.

Jim Thorpe Area High School senior Brittany Holland spent the beginning of her summer volunteering in a destination less traveled and in a country whose culture and language are challenging.

"My mom teaches at Penn State Berks and one of her classes ends with an experience in Kenya," the 17-year-old said. "She asked me if I would like to go this year."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A ground breaking ceremony will be held at the future site of the Slatington Memorial Park.

The borough, in conjunction with Northern Lehigh Future Focus, will hold a press conference and ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 3, at the former site of the old Slatington High School, located at Second & Main Streets in Slatington.