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Thursday, October 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kenny Bailey, 5, searches for pieces of coal among other rocks next to railroad tracks along Pine Street in Tamaqua. He is the son of Justin and Kate Bailey of Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company's Billie Jo Moyer, right, an EMT and volunteer firefighter, talked to Mrs. Green's A.M. kindergarten class about the importance of smoke alarms. Volunteer Tom Woodring showed the children how a fireman looks when he or she wears all the gear needed. Volunteer firefighter, Colton Shoemaker, left, looks on.

Several members of the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company visited Towamensing Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week.

Billie Jo Moyer, an EMT/firefighter, and Captain Wayne Knirnschild, spoke to the students about the importance of smoke alarms, having an escape plan and an outside meeting place as they visited each classroom.

They demonstrated how a fireman looks when he or she wears 80-90 pounds of protective clothing and gear, which includes an air tank that makes the firefighter sound like Darth Vader from "Star Wars."

Thursday, October 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A structure fire broke out at around 7:29 a.m. today at the U-Haul Neighborhood Dealers, 620 Little Gap Road, Palmerton. The building, the former Bennett Dealership, sustained minimal smoke damage.

Minor damage was sustained after a structure fire broke out this morning at a former automobile dealership in Palmerton.

The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department responded to U-Haul Neighborhood Dealers, which previously served as the former Bennett Dealership, located at 620 Little Gap Road, at around 7:29 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke, according to fire Chief Bill George.

"We had trouble gaining access because they were all steel doors," George said. "We found debris, old records, papers, in the back hall storage area that were burning."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

An employee in the pet department of Country Junction Store in Towamensing Township is hoping that the missing 10-week old Red Dachshund has a good home.

Bryana Steinmetz said the puppy, valued at $750, went missing last Saturday while employees were busy with other customers.

"It's our Oktoberfest festival and we were extremely busy," said Steinmetz.

"I'm just hoping that whoever took the puppy is giving it a good home," she said.

She added that the person who took the puppy has no idea of which immunizations the dog has had and which ones are still needed.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Updates on Walnutport's canal locks, canal association by-laws and upcoming canal festival werediscussed at Wednesday's Walnutport Canal Association meeting.

While reporting on construction at Lock 23, President Everett Kaul said that last Sunday the Army Corps of Engineers released an excessive amount of water from the Francis Walter Dam, causing the Lehigh River to rise and flood the canal in Walnutport.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The names of four applicants for positions as correctional officers at the Schuylkill County prison were recommended by the prison board to the commissioners to be hired, in action taken at the board's monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Recommended were Robert Ward, Pottsville; Matthew Lindstrom, Orwigsburg; Brenton Eades, Minersville; and Dennis Ney, Hegins. The commissioners will take action at next Wednesday's public meeting.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Contracts were awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for construction of handicap accesses at the West Penn Township Park and Pine Grove Township municipal building, in action taken at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Spotts Brothers of Schuylkill Haven was awarded the contract in the amount of $33,419 for the West Penn Township project and Arthur "Pat" Aungst, Pine Grove, in the amount of $13,374 for the Pine Grove Township project.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New inductees in the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society are, seated from left, Sara Wingert, Brianna Karpowicz, Shelby Snyder, Holly Hinkle, Danielle Guckin, Leah Hoover and Ellen Perkins. Second row, Abigail Applegate, Gwendolyn Remaley, Kamara Litchauer, Kelsey Andrews, Catrina Strubinger, Emily Schaude and Devin Frantz. Third row, NHS advisor Matthew Fisher, Joseph Blauch, Kyle Collins, Brandon Cressley, Michael Haydt, Nicholas Hill and Kirkland Breiner.

Thirteen juniors and seven seniors joined the Daniel I. Farren Chapter of Lehighton Area High School's National Honor Society during Wednesday night's induction ceremony, held at the high school.

Following a piano prelude by Keturah Hinkle, NHS advisor Matthew Fisher welcomed family and friends to the induction.

He commended the students for their well-rounded personalities and explained that the NHS members have been involved in food and clothing drives, are tutors and are active members of their community.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A snowstorm which arrived early this morning dumped up to 10 inches of white stuff on parts of the Pocono Mountains and left 47,000 PP&L customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania without power. What began as rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in the Carbon and Schuylkill area, developed into the first major snowstorm of 1977 with accumulations of three to five inches reported in the Panther Valley-Tamaqua vicinity.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Patti Garey of Palmerton, third from left, won the Palmerton Area Library's Gold Card. Her name was picked out of the pool of new patrons to the library. For one year, members of her family will receive no late fines and be given no due dates. Her family thinks it is a great gift. With her is, left to right, Matt, 10, Christopher, 6, Mariann Kmetz, Palmerton Area Library assistant director, and Mary Garey, 18.

September was National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The Palmerton Area Library's Teen Advisory Group tried to encourage people to sign-up in fun and surprising ways. All those who signed up had their names put in a pool. One person's name was drawn and won a Gold Card, which is like a "Get Out of Jail Card." It allows the holder a year with no fines and no due dates.

The winner was Patti Garey of Palmerton.

"My family's very excited about this. We have five children and we do tend to check things out and not get them back in time," said Garey.