The sale of Weatherwood, the Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Weatherly, is generating a lot of interest, county officials say.
47 companies sign confidentiality agreements, some take tours
The engagement of Denise Ann Drosdak of Camp Hill, Pa., to Aaron F. Bartholomew, also of Camp Hill, has been announced by her parents.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Joanne Drosdak of Nesquehoning. She is a 2001 graduate of Panther Valley High School, and a 2005 graduate of Lycoming College, Williamsport, where she earned a bachelor of arts in business administration.
She is employed as real estate manager for Lamar Advertising in Harrisburg.
Lehighton attorney Robert Frycklund, 39, announced his candidacy for the 122nd District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at this week's meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change.
Frycklund and his wife, Shannon, have made their home in her hometown of Lehighton since 2000. They have three children, Cole, 10, Cobe, 8, and Olivia, 4.
Cheyenne Edmonds, 7, and her mother, Tammy, right, of MaryD, visited Purr-Fect Reflections Hair Salon, Tamaqua, where stylist Martha DiBuo, left, trimmed at least 10 inches of hair from both girls' heads. Cheyenne will donate her tresses to Locks of Love, while Tammy's hair will be sent to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program. The Pantene program uses donated hair to make free wigs for women with cancer, while Locks of Love provides wigs to children dealing with cancer. Cheyenne is a student at the Tamaqua Elementary School and mom works at the Tamaqua Child Care Center.
Gary Fedorcha, left, past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce; Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus; Mike Becker, owner/operator of Post 16 Restaurant and Catering, 510 Main St., Slatington; Walter Niedermeyer, the mayor of Slatington, and Les Glanz, chairman of Future Focus' Downtown Revitalization Task Force. The Chamber and Future Focus presented Becker with a gift basket full of information about Northern Lehigh, gift certificates from other businesses in the area and decorations.
Construction on a $6.5 million project to upgrade Palmerton's aged wastewater treatment plant could get underway by late summer.
That was the information borough Manager Rodger Danielson shared with Borough Council on Thursday after he said the plans for the new treatment plant are nearly complete.
Danielson said a copy of the plan must be forwarded to the state Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the Delaware River Basin Commission.
From that point, Danielson said DEP has 90 days to review the plan, which would bring the time frame to around May.
A Panther Valley man is upset with the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority because its policy to bill customers who have meters installed, regardless of whether the service is on.
Chad Warman is also upset because, he said, the authority turned off service to the house he rents because he didn't pay his bill on time. He was supposed to have a 30 day time period to pay, but the service was turned off much sooner, he said. In fact, it was turned off in the morning of the day he had arranged with the authority to pay the bill.
Harleysville National Corporation, the parent company of East Penn Bank and Harleysville National Bank, had a net loss of $219.5 million during 2009.
The losses came during the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Harleysville showed net income of $2.8 million.
Most of the loss was attributed to a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $214.5 million in the second quarter, according to a financial report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
State police at Schuylkill Haven will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Schuylkill County sometime between today and Sunday.
Joseph J. Demjanick Sr. to Edward Rodenbach, Towanda R.5, property at 27 Sunset Drive, $80,000.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Tadeusz Kulesza, Whitehall, property at 158 W. Broadway, $25,000.
Anne E. Gremling to Patrick A. Gremling, 2900 Forest St., Lehighton, property at 77 Broadway, $1.
Jason Kuhn to James F. Kalinowsky, Gilbertsville, property on North Street, $75,500.
Eugene E. Stermer to Larry A. Ahner, 1798 Long Run Road, Jim Thorpe, property at 418 South St., $64,500.
A line on Route 209 in the Jamestown area may have been placed in the wrong location according to a Mahoning Township resident's son who came to ask supervisors for their assistance in having PennDOT move the line to provide room to park a car to help his elderly mother.
"I have an 80 year old mother with respiratory problems and when we park in front of our house now we are over the white line and on the road," said resident Todd Weaver who informed supervisors that at one time he believed the line was further away from the curb in front of his mother's house.
Alleged incident occured in his Mahoning office
A psychologist has been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient in his Mahoning Township office.
Michael T. Degilio, 41, of Dogwood Drive, Bear Creek Lake Estates, Penn Forest Township, was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, and indecent exposure.
He was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Lewis set bail at $100,000 unsecured.
The alleged victim is a 39 year old Lehighton woman.
Sen. Argall speaks to Generation Next students in Tamaqua
State Senator David Argall (R-29) often points out that it is partnerships that have created the framework on which Tamaqua's revitalization efforts have been built.
The Tamaqua Area 2004 Parnership, now known as the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, galvanized the efforts of volunteers to help improve the quality of life for residents of the borough and its surrounding townships.
BRC Community Cupboard
BRC Community Cupboard has announced its eighth annual food drive.
With support from its customers and employees, Blue Ridge Cable can help make someone's day a little brighter through its Community Cupboard 2010 initiative.
Last year BRC collected 2,665 pounds of food. From Feb. 15 through March 15, it will be collecting nonperishable food to benefit the Salvation Army and local food banks.
Items can be dropped off at all BRC offices, Palmerton Telephone, Penn's Peak, Roadies, and Pencor Superstore locations.
Two women were arrested on Thursday and charged with the attempted break-in of a home in Girardville, Schuylkill County.
State police at Frackville said Rochelle Hauze, 22, of 8 Ogden St., and Amber McCracken, 21, of 136 B St., both of Girardville, were charged with attempting to enter the home of Margaret Hennessy, 58, of 207 A St., on Jan. 20, between 1-1:10 a.m.
Pleasant Valley High School seniors inspired by Michael J. Fox book
Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka assigned three books for this past summer's reading to her senior honors English class at Pleasant Valley High School: "Frankenstein," "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist."
Never did she or her 15 students imagine that one of those books would have a life-changing impact on them.
But one book did.
It was Michael J. Fox's "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," released in the spring of 2009.
The Tamaqua Area School District will hold orientation and registration for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year.
An orientation night is scheduled for March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.
The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team had no trouble forcing Panther Valley turnovers.
Once the Olympians started cashing in on them, they pulled away for a 55-40 Schuylkill League victory.
"We talked at halftime about turnovers and points off turnovers," said Jim Thorpe coach Rob Kovac. "We were unhappy with the fact that we weren't scoring off of those turnovers. Finally, we got some buckets to drop in the second half."
The Olympians' full court press created havoc up-and-down the court, but the Panthers still managed to stay within reach in the first half.
Hugh D. Dugan to lead Carbon St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Carbon County Division 1 and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians, Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County, has announced that Hugh Donald Dugan, financial secretary of the A.O.H., has been selected to serve as the grand marshal of the 13th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in the historic section of Jim Thorpe.
"It's an honor," Dugan said of the announcement. "I am really happy and thrilled. I'm excited about it and can't wait for parade day.
Six guns were reported stolen from a Monroe County residence.
State police at Lehighton said a home at 1745 Mountain Rd., in Ross Township, was entered sometime between Dec. 23, 2009, and Jan. 23. Taken were the following guns: SIG-Saurer-Equinox, 45-caliber automatic; SIG-Sauer-Elite, 40-caliber automatic; Kimber ProCarry, 45-caliber automatic; Kimber TLE RL2, 45-caliber automatic; Jennings MDL-9, 9mm; and a Jennings 22-caliber. Total value of the missing guns was set at $4,200.
The listed victims are Sean McGuire, 39, of Hellertown, and John Pugh, 70, of Saylorsburg.
Tamaqua's Amy Zehner topped the 1,000 career point mark in a victory over Minersville on Thursday.
With 5:45 remaining in the second quarter, Zehner scored her 1,000th career point on a drive and lay-up, propelling Tamaqua to a 68-48 victory non-league triumph over visiting Minersville.
Zehner went on to score a career-high 34 points on the night. She is now ninth on Tamaqua's all-time scoring list and the third to hit the 1,000 point plateau as a junior. Zehner also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2009-2010 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.
Tryouts for the Jim Thorpe Drama Club production of "West Side Story" will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the high school. The production is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. The production will be held on April 30, and May 1. For more information contact Natalie Kmetz, (570) 325-4923.
The bereavement group of St. Joseph's Church, will meet on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the rectory, 526 North Street. The group is open to anyone and if you have questions you may call the rectory office at (570) 325-3731.
William and Esther (Seifert) Phelps of Towamensing Township, Lehighton, will soon be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
They were married on Jan. 31, 1970 in St. Paul's U.C.C. in Easton, by the Rev. Fred Shafer.
Their reception was held at the Twin Lakes Country Club in Allentown.
William's parents are the late Mansfield and Anne Phelps of Jetson, Ky.
Esther's parents are the late Earl K. and Bessie A. Seifert of Easton.
William attended schools in Kentucky. He is retired from Kraft, Inc. in Fogelsville.
Check your phone bill for any fraudulent charges, one Carbon County official says.
Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein warns residents that there has been scams happening that place extra charges on your phone bill.
He explained that he noticed a charge for $14.95 for an MP3 download on his land line number.
A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).
State police at Frackville said Michael Shane Matrishion, 33, of McAdoo, was stopped for traffic violations about 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, along Interstate 81 southbound in Kline Township.
Matrishion was found to be under the influence was taken to the barracks for a breath test, which he refused, troopers said. He will be charged with DUI and other offenses, troopers added.
Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company invited two special guests to its appreciation banquet and awards night held Jan. 23.
They were Nate Sawyer who fixes the fire trucks and Alan Eckhart who takes care of refrigeration problems, said Matt Schessler, vice president of the company. "Nate is here at the drop of a hat. They both go above and beyond."
Glenn Simmons gave the blessing thanking God for the opportunity to come together, for all the volunteers and for the support from the community. He asked for a special blessing for those suffering from disaster.
U.S. delegation ran up a hefty tab in Denmark trip
There was nothing unusual about Wednesday night's State of the Union Address.
Relief efforts are on the rise amid the devastation faced by the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.
With that very thought in mind, the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton has raised its game a notch to the tune of $4,090.
Pastor William Campion announced last weekend's second collection for relief efforts for the victims will be sent onto the diocese to provide direct service for the poor.
Campion lauded the parish for their goodwill, and added this was one of the largest second collections in recent times for his parish.
The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.
Alan Berndt, Box 647, Whitehall, from Amanda K. Berndt, 12 Audry Lane, Jim Thorpe.
Margaret B. Stiely, 3376 Jackson Rd., Bethlehem, from James R. Stiely, 825 E. Patterson St., Lansford.
Tammy L. Bowman, 417 White St., Weissport, from Wesley H. Bowman III, same address.
Nicole S. Shuck, 454 N. First St., Lehighton, from Charles J. Shuck Jr., 146 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton.
State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary, two theft incidents and a act of criminal mischief.
The break-in occurred at a residence along West Cherokee Trail in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. The home was entered and lengths of copper pipe were stolen. The incident occurred sometime between Jan. 19-27. The home is owned by a unidentified female from Bangor.