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Friday, February 1, 2013

Carbon County officials want a second opinion on opening a county road through the former Packerton Yards site in Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

On Thursday, the commissioners voted 2-0 to file an appeal to the Commonwealth Court on the decision by the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas that denied the county's request to open a road through the 59-acre proposed industrial park. Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard was not at the meeting.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua is having their monthly Community Soup Social tomorrow, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in their social hall.

The meal is free to the public and everybody is welcome to enjoy the soup, desserts, refreshments and time with friends.

For more information or to volunteer, stop by the church, 22 Lafayette Street, or call (570) 668-4139.

Friday, February 1, 2013
TOM APPLEGATE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ignoring high winds yesterday, these birds perch on a power line in Lansford.

Friday, February 1, 2013

When the doors opened at 6 p.m. at the Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Thursday evening it looked like residents' interest in the Navitat zip line project was waning, but by 6:30 the room was almost filled to capacity.

The Penn Forest Planning Commission quickly dispensed with approval for minutes and the first item under new business on the agenda, a reverse subdivision.

The commission also bypassed the section on the agenda entitled "Public Comment."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Student thoughts on "Imagine Peace" were brought to two-dimensional life by over two dozen students at the Pleasant Valley Middle School. Their posters, a result of participating in the Lions International 2011-2012 Peace Poster competition, are now on display in the school's main lobby above the entrance to the cafeteria. The posters will be there until the end of February.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Police and firefighters were quick to respond to a chimney fire at 233 West White Bear Drive in Summit Hill yesterday afternoon. Responders had the smoke and fire under control within a short while. Responding were firefighters from Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale and others. Firefighters from Nesquehoning and New Philadelphia were also called, as the Tamaqua fire department was busy on another call. Fire police detoured traffic around the area while firefighters placed fans at entry points to the home. No serious injuries were reported.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fire police volunteer Joe Seaver directs traffic away from a fire scene Thursday in Summit Hill. Seaver, who volunteers with the Lansford Ambulance and both the Summit Hill and Lansford Fire Police, has volunteered his time for over 40 years.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Last night's snowsquall, despite only lasting a short while, dropped up to an inch of snow on the ground. It also resulted in multiple fender benders and minor motor vehicle accidents throughout our area.
Friday, February 1, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Charlie Garris, Monroe County commissioner, presents a plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm to Ron Myzie, the vice president of the farm's board of directors.

For 50 years, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm has been educating visitors about what living on a farm in 1800s Pennsylvania was like, thanks to Alice and Wendell Wicks and their daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Gary Oiler. So it was with great pleasure that the Oilers and the board of directors hosted an opening reception for the 50th Anniversary of Quiet Valley at the Engle Education Building on the farm.

Monroe County Commissioner Charlie Garris presented a plaque to Ron Myzie, vice president of Quiet Valley's board of directors.

Friday, February 1, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ash Circle Road in West Penn Township was closed Thursday afternoon after a tree fell across numerous utility lines and the roadway. The incident began at 1:15 p.m. when it was reported of a tree down across the roadway in front of 183 Ash Circle Road. When West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson and members of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1 arrived on scene they found numerous utility lines including live PPL Electric Utilities wires brought down by the tree. First responders decided to wait for PPL utility crews to arrive to deal with the power lines before starting to remove the tree.