It doesn't take an economist to explain some cold, hard facts to the American public. The statistics are grim, folks. With a national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent and an economy that doesn't expect to improve anytime soon, it's sometimes hard to be positive about our country's financial future.
Tamaqua Police recovered three bicycles on Friday morning.
Owners may claim then by calling 668-5000.
Approximately 40 gallons of fuel oil spilled on to a parking lot in the area of the Family Dollar Store in Tamaqua Thursday morning.
Tamaqua volunteer firefighters were able to contain the spill, then placed absorbent material in the area.
The incident occurred when John Trout of New Ringgold, operating a truck owned by Tamaqua Sanitation, attempted to pick up a dumpster. The saddle fuel tank on the truck was ruptured when the truck struck a pole.
Lighting of graves
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced plans for its annual Lighting of the Graves observance for All Souls and All Saints days. The ceremony serves to remind church members and friends of those who have passed away.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, the lighting of the luminaries at the parish's White Bear cemetery will take place after the 4 p.m. Mass.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at the parish's Summit Hill cemetery.
League to meet
The Owl Creek Reservoir Commission held their Fall Foliage Hayride event Friday through Sunday of last week. Visitors enjoyed hayrides, a campfire, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, face painting, hay maze, prizes, funnel cakes and other festive foods. Despite a second weekend affected by wet weather, the event was considered a success.
CLIU team members can 'fly' to a school district after a traumatic experience
Area school districts have banded together to lend a helping hand during a time of crisis.
Collectively known as the "FLIGHT Team", the organization supports crisis intervention services for school districts and their communities in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.
Affiliated with the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit No. 21, the FLIGHT Team is comprised of 66 members, such as administrators, bus drivers, athletic directors, school psychologists, guidance counselors, police officers, emergency management responders, social workers, security personnel, and teachers.
The Over 60 Club of Palmerton will meet at noon Nov. 17 at the Palmerton Borough Hall, 401 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.
The speaker will be Diane Danielson, director of the Palmeton Area Library.
Will remember loved ones
On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church (1 East Abbott St., Lansford) will remember all its members as well as other family and friends' loved ones who have died in the last 12 months.
It's late Sunday afternoon, and we're sitting around the old dining room table, chatting, chuckling and reminiscing. The teapot is on its second refilling, and the serving platter that held three tender pot roasts rests on the generations-old crocheted tablecloth, empty now save a serving fork, a few shreds of beef and a translucent fan of browned onion. Carol's candied carrots are a tangy-sweet memory and the Mt. Kilimanjaro of mashed potatoes has been scaled back to a mogul. A small puddle of fragrant gravy pools in a ladle; a lone roll waits at the bottom of the bowl.
Five boards of arbitration held hearings Wednesday in Schuylkill County courthouse on civil cases, handed down awards in four cases and ruled in favor of the defendant in one case.
Three attorneys are appointed by a judge to serve on an arbitration board. They hear cases in which damages sought do not exceed $50,000.
Approximately 50 children had a spooky fun time Wednesday during the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club Halloween Spooktacular party.
The party was held at the Lehighton Recreation Center as a safe alternative to Trick or Treating. Children up to age 12 attending classes in Lehighton Area School District were invited.
While there was no cost to children attending the event, the club had asked children to donate a canned good item, pet food item or old hearing aids or a pair of eyeglasses.
Fashions for the well-read gal
Move over New York, London, Milan and Paris. There is a new fashion capitol on the horizon.
As fashionistas flocked to the runways of the world recently to find out what the glitterati will be wearing next spring, couture wear was being unveiled right here in Carbon County.
But instead of pencil-thin models in sky-high stilettos, one model donned high-top sneakers, while the other, a fresh coat of orange paint on her hooves.
Brock Bollinger, 6, of Palmerton is a huge Yankees fan! He is the son of Kelly and Chris Bollinger.
Before you think that I am some kind of religious nut who thinks that Halloween is the "devil's holiday," let me tell you that I am not one of those people. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to read the Harry Potter books and that I don't belong to any organized religion. So, put the pens away and save yourself the trouble of writing to me.
The following recalls were issued Oct. 18 22 by federal and state agencies:
Are you a Phillies fan or a Yankees fan? This area has fans of both temas, so the only fair thing to do is to feature photos of both teams.
Digital photos should be high resolution jpgs or clear, high quality images shot with film. You may submit your photos via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put in the subject line Phillies Phever or Yankees Madness; or by mail to Phillies Phever or Yankees Madness, TIMES NEWS, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235.
Five TIMES NEWS area teams will be competing in the District 11 volleyball playoffs, which begin Friday afternoon.
Pleasant Valley, the No. 5 seed in Class AAA, opens play today when it hosts East Stroudsburg North in a play-in game.
The other four teams Lehighton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua in Class AA and Marian in Class A begin their quest for gold on Saturday in pool play action which starts at 9 a.m.
If the Bears win today, they too will particpate in pool play on Saturday.
Navy Seaman Mark D. Saul, brother of Megan D. Saul of Walnutport, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Saul completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
POTTSVILLE In the real world, the proverbial "Little Engine That Could" sometimes comes up disappointed.
Panther Valley was the "Little Engine," fighting an uphill battle throughout the night against Pottsville Nativity in a volleyball game last night at Martz Hall. The determined battlin' Panthers just couldn't top the crest, though.
They fell 3-0 against the undefeated Green Wave in the Schuylkill League semifinals.
The three-set matchup, lasting an hour, ended with Nativity winning 25-13, 25-15, and 25-18.
The Rev. Dr. David Grant will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Trinity United Church of Christ. The service will include words for young Christians and the celebration of Totenfest. Nursery care is available during the service. Sunday school classes will meet at 8:45 a.m.
Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, Election Day pork and sauerkraut dinner; Wednesday, Bible study at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Senior Choir rehearsal at 6 p.m.; Saturday, soup sale.
The spotlight in next Tuesday's General Election in Schuylkill County is centered on the races for district attorney and county sheriff; however, voters should take a keen interest in the races for the three state courts because the political balance of the Supreme Court could be a crucial factor in the decennial redrawing of legislative districts which will follow the 2010 census.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Fern Ridge, Maria T. Schmidt of 110 Susquehanna Dr. of Pleasant Valley Estates West in Penn Forest Twp. left her residence on Thursday, Oct. 29 around 10 a.m. and failed to arrive at her destination. She is believed to be depressed and possibly suicidal. Schmidt is driving a 1997 Hyundia Elantra, maroon in color with Pennsylvania registration DVA2814. Schmidt is believed to be heading for the Bucks County or Philadelphia area.
A Tamaqua man faces charges stemming from a July 20 incident after officers received lab results conducted on a metal pipe.
Scott Lee Barron, 40, of 307 Race St., Tamaqua, was taken into custody on July 20 after he was found trespassing in a residence at 300 Orwigsburg St., Tamaqua. Barron had previously been evicted from the home. A records check indicated several active warrants were out for Barron's arrest.
Officers searched Barron and found a metal pipe with residue. The pipe was sent to the lab, where it tested positive for cocaine.
1. What should voters be looking for when choosing a Carbon County judge?
Voters should be looking for the right experience, the right background, and the type of practice that the particular lawyer has handled throughout his or her career. A broad-based general practice is, in my opinion, the type of practice which prepares one well for the challenge and the opportunity and privilege of serving as a County trial judge.
The Carbon County commissioners approved the following seminar requests during the month of October:
Area Agency on Aging
Ÿ Cheri Mae Santore, October Quarterly Meetings, Grantville.
Ÿ Mary Ann Marzen and Susan Zeigler, APPRISE MIPPA Grant Training, Pottsville.
Ÿ Susan Zeigler, APPRISE Regional Updates, Pittston.
Child Care Agency
Ÿ Kim Wittig and Amy Rontz, Open Discussion with the Deputy, Allentown.
Ÿ Eloise Ahner, PCoRP Safety Workshop, State College
From the moment it took the stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night, it was clear America was commencing on another hit-filled ride at one of the pop duo's favorite venues.
Gerry Beckley mentioned that the show was actually An Evening With America, meaning that it was primed to deliver not only a setlist of its well-known smash songs of the 1970's and 80's but go beyond that as well.
While Beckley and musical partner Dewey Bunnell revel in the nostalgia of their own brand of classic rock, the audience doesn't mind the trip down Memory Lane, since America enjoys being the guide.
I remember a time when I visited nearly 30 Coaldale bars on Halloween night. And came away cold sober.
Of course, I was only 12-years-old, and kids back then quickly learned that trick-or-treating in bars proved to be a most lucrative pastime. The patrons would require the tricksters to perform a song or a dance, then we proceeded to pass the hat around the bar, and it usually came back filled with pennies, nickels, dimes, peanuts and candy bars.
Today there's not enough bars remaining in the local towns to make trick-or-treating there worthwhile.
First Congregational Church
Services and activities scheduled at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, for next week are as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 1 - 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School.
Monday, Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. Church board meeting.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 - 7 p.m. Women's Class.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Nursing home services at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively.
Arts Fest, book fair, Canal Day Festival
The library would like to thank everyone who supported us at Arts Fest, at our Barnes and Noble book fair, and at the Canal Day Festival. We couldn't be here without your help.
The library would like to thank the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation for their Community Partners Program grant of $1,000. We will be using the grant to buy new books.
Preschool reading program
Calling all PV families
If you or someone you know has an old band instrument lying around collecting dust, then please consider donating that instrument to the Pleasant Valley School District. They are accepting all instruments, in any condition. These instruments will be fixed up and put to use by Pleasant Valley students. If you have an instrument you wish to donate, please contact your child's music teacher.
Two of the regions best polka bands will be bringing their music to Penn's Peak for a "Polkafest" at 2 p.m. Sunday.
On stage will be John Stanky & the Coalminers and The Pennsylvania Villagers. Doors open at 1 p.m. and there's a general admission fee of $13.
John Stanky, the proclaimed "Gentleman Of Polkas," began his musical career in 1945. He formed his first band in 1950, changing their name to the "Coalminers" in 1962, as some of the players worked the mines.