Tamaqua Borough workers have been working hard over the past weeks. Here, a Tamaqua plow truck plows through a small alley on rear Mauch Chunk Street.
JTAHS Class of 1990
Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1990 will hold a 20-year class reunion meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Roadies Restaurant in Penn Forest Township.
Class members wishing to help plan the reunion are invited to attend.
DJ Ann Marie Calabrese celebrates 20 years
Ann Marie Calabrese grew up watching American Bandstand.
While others would tune in for the musical acts or to watch the dancers, Calabrese was more focused on the show's host, Dick Clark.
"I'd watch Bandstand, listen to Dick Clark, and with his material, I'd go back and practice," recalled Calabrese. "I thought it was cool that he was a household name and involved in the music industry."
From those days as a novice announcer, the Tamaqua native has created a 20-year career as a radio and mobile disc jockey.
Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak and Pleasant Valley's Kasey Meckes were both named to the First Team of the 2009-10 Mountain Valley Conference Girls All-Star Team.
Homyak, a junior, averaged 15.4 points per game for the Indians while Meckes, also a junior, topped the Bears in scoring with 12.6 ppg.
No TIMES NEWS area boys players were named to the First Team although PV's Mike Sharpe was selected to the Second Team. Sharpe finished the season averaging 11.5 points per game.
Mickey and Larry Padora are becoming media celebrities and the humble building at 122 North Railroad Street is a tourist attraction.
The Tamaqua Italian Bakery and its two bread bakers were featured recently on a special television segment produced by Fox 41 in Louisville, Ky.
Tamaqua Italian Bakery may be only one of its kind in the country
Lawrence "Mickey" Padora, 83, is a master baker who specializes in only one product - Italian bread.
Born Lorenzo Guiseppe Padora, Mickey has spent over 50 years making fresh, hard-crusted Italian bread in Tamaqua's Italian Bakery. The small, white wood-frame structure clings to the hillside unannounced at 122 Railroad Street. Locals call the area Pleasant Row.
Consumers say Padora's bread is without equal.
Before yesterday's second wave of snow, warmer temperatures had already begun to melt earlier snowfall. Pictured is Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua.
Lehighton Area Lioness Lions will meet at 6 p.m. March 4 in the community room at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. Members are also busy planning for their annual Bunny Lunch being held at 11 a.m. March 20 at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Anyone interested in more information about the club may contact Linda Benner at (610) 377 3685.
Eight area residents were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.
Pennsylvania's state pension fund is in crisis. Thanks to a down stock market and poor planning on the part of state legislators, taxpayers may be on the hook for billions of dollars in tax increases.
The state's retirement fund will soon face a severe shortage. To fund this gap, school districts may be asked to contribute $1.9 billion in 2012-2013. This increase will place a hardship on local homeowners, who can't afford the extra tax burden.
Kline, Rush, Tamaqua, Lansford
Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling has announced a weather related change for its customers in Kline Township, Rush Township, Tamaqua and Lansford. Due to the heavy, drifting snow, trash collections for today have been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27.
A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following a domestic incident in the borough.
Officers were dispatched to 302 Orwigsburg St. at 3:45 a.m. Thursday for a reported domestic in progress. When they arrived they could hear a male yelling inside the home. The male was identified as Levi Warren, 26, of that address.
Carbon County is reapplying for a $200,000 grant to help fund the Packerton Business Park Project.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to submit an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), for the project. This is a re-submission of last year's application.
Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that the re-submission includes changes and additions of information, which was requested by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
February 26, 1942
It was reported today that the only survivor on the torpedoed tanker W. D. Anderson is Frank L. Terry of Lansford, a former lifeguard who went to sea only two months ago. The tanker was sunk on Feb. 23 by enemy submarines off the Atlantic Coast, about 12 miles from Florida. Thirty-five members of the crew died in the flaming wreckage or were drowned. Terry, 23, was on the deck when the attack occurred. He managed to dive into the ocean just as the tanker exploded into flames.
Pictured are Tamaqua residents shoveling snow outside the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.
On Feb. 1, the West Penn Township board of supervisors suspended the Andreas Fire Company from active duty for three months.
The supervisors cited financial, safety and training concerns with the fire company for taking the action.
Since then, the volunteers of the Andreas company say they have been working to address those concerns to the board's satisfaction.
"We need the community to know that we are complying," said Rob Nunemacher Jr., the company's fire chief.
For the third time during the month of February the Schuylkill County courthouse was closed today because of the amount of snow dumped in the county.
However, county employees at the county prison and 9-1-1 Communication Center located in Pottsville and at Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven, struggled to reach their workplace to keep them functional.
A new singing group known as The Bach Choir of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be auditioning voices for membership on Sunday, March 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.
Membership will be open to all interested singers from anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to audition.
These strange snow formations occurred on the ground throughout our area last night. These spots are the result of rapid freezing, snowfall, and blowing winds.
A Tower City man pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse recently in Schuylkill County court and is being evaluated as a sexual offender.
Leroy Joseph Johns, Jr., 44, entered a guilty plea to 10 counts of sexual abuse of children and Judge Jacqueline Russell deferred sentencing and ordered the defendant to submit to an evalation through the state's sexual offenders asssessment board. A sentence date will be set when the court receives the result of the evaluation.
Woodrow R. Frey Jr., aka, Woody Frey, dba, Body & Soul Complex, 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, filed a complaint against SPA, and Blair and Leslie Gerber Jr., 22 Hillside Place, Kunkletown, alleging the defendants have defaulted on a lease agreement at the defendants' Lehighton property. Sought is an amount in "excess of the jurisdictional limits requiring compulsory arbitration."
All District 11 basketball playoff games scheduled for Friday night have been postponed.
The games will now be played on Saturday afternoon.
Of the games rescheduled, six of them involve TIMES NEWS area teams.
In boys AAA, the site of the Panther Valley vs. Pottsville contest has also changed. The game will now be played at Minersville at 2:30 p.m.
Other AAA boys games with local teams include Jim Thorpe vs. Blue Mountain, which will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Weatherly, and Northern Lehigh vs. Saucon Valley, now scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Catasauqua.
Roman J. Baran to Roman J. Baran, Hazleton, property at 1405 E. Broad St., $1.
East Penn Township
Alan T. Steigerwalt to Paul A. Baker, 1849 Municipal Rroad, Lehighton, parcel No. 99-8-B36, $100,000.
Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, Ft. Mill, S.C., property at 59 W. Front St., $1.
Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Pasadena, Calif., property at 206 South Ave., $69,531.
Rat Pack Fighting Systems recently had a very successful weekend, capturing four titles in two days of Mixed Martial Arts competition.
Rat Pack Fighting Systems is a Mixed Martial Arts Academy that is located on Delaware Ave. in Palmerton
On Friday night, the club's top amateur MMA fighter T. Bubba Naratil, of Aquaschicola, fought for and captured the Central PA Warrior Challenge Heavyweight title belt with a seven second first round KO of the reigning champion.
The Jim Thorpe Borough crew clears West 6th Street this morning.
Strong, gusty winds have sculpted the overnight snowfall into a four-foot-high drift along the sidewalk next to the old Moose building at Broad and Pine streets in Tamaqua.
Blast into Scouting was the theme of the Pack 209 Blue and Gold banquet held Feb. 20 at Palmerton Rod and Gun Club. Cub Scouts who completed the requirements for their level of achievement received the badges they earned and moved up to the next level. Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, sponsors Pack 209.
Greg Cope, said scouting is the safest investment you can make in your child's success and explained that it cost $120 for a child per year of scouting. He asked parents to contribute. It is the 100th anniversary of scouting.
Ross the Mentalist messed with the minds of members of the West End Rotary Club. He amazed them with a "trick" at one of their weekly Thursday 7:30 a.m. morning breakfast meetings. "And what I do are tricks. Not magic," says Ross. He has performed over 200 shows, free. "I do it because I like to reward groups like you," he told the Rotarians. "You raise money for donations to give to community organizations and I do it to bring awareness of VIABL, (Visual Impairment and Blindness Services in Monroe and Northampton counties) to audiences.
The Nesquehoning Democratic Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Nesquehoning Lions Club building.
All Democrats are invited to attend and discuss the upcoming election. Food will be served after the meeting.
2010 PV All night party
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school library for the Panther Valley All Night Party.
Topics of discussion will be the current pierogie sale and a schedule will be set for the decorating committee to begin meeting at the Coaldale Complex.
Nick Hoster and Zach Schlener wear maroon jerseys.
But the Lehighton seniors don't play for the Indians.
Since their school doesn't have a team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League, the two ice hockey players are forced to join another squad in order to compete in the sport they love.
Fortunately for Whitehall, it is that school.
Hoster, the team's starting goalie, and Schlener, the Zephyrs' second-leading scorer, have been key members of a squad that is in first place in the non-pure division with a 9-1-1 record.
Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein is again heading up an American Red Cross campaign in the county.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday it was announced that Nothstein has been named this year's chairman for the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign, Carbon County branch. This is the second time the campaign, which kicks off March 1 and runs through March 31, has been held in the county.
Nothstein explained the campaign's goal is to raise money for the local branch of the organization, as well as make community heroes.