Senators Argall, Mensch and Browne will present "How To Be A Smart Electric Consumer," Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Schnecksville Fire Company, 4550 Old Packhouse Road, Schnecksville.
The Carbon County commissioners approved the following seminar requests during the month of March:
Adult Probation/Juvenile Court
Ÿ Ronald S. Kokinda and James Dodson, Spring 2010 Regional CJAB Forums, Nanticoke.
Area Agency on Aging
Ÿ Mary Ann Marzen and Susan Zeigler, PA State LTC Ombudsman Annual Enrichment Conference "Planting the Seed," State College.
Ÿ Anne Horrigan, 2010 Nutrition Conference, State College; Primetime Health 2010 Conference, Harrisburg.
Ÿ Cheri Mae Santore and Connie Lynn, 2010 Protective Services Conference, Camp Hill.
Budget talks are set to resume in the Palmerton Area School District.
The school board's Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in an attempt to formulate the 2010-11 budget.
The committee will once again review the maintenance department's budget, just as it did earlier this month in what was expected to be the final in a series of four meetings.
However, at that time, committee members decided that the numbers from the maintenance department's budget needed to be reworked, hence the need for another meeting.
Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl-a-thon for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge of Carbon County was held Saturday at Fritz's Lanes, Second Street, Lehighton.
The event brought in 100 bowlers to raise funds for the child/adult mentoring program that provides adult companionship and mentoring capabilities for children who need an adult to care.
Mary Schell, caseworker, said there are presently six active matches and 13 children waiting for an adult mentor.
The Borough Park was a maze of colorful eggs as The Palmerton Exchange Club celebrated their twenty-fifth year of sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park. Members Bob and Nancy Thompson and family have given their time and talents to organize the hunt each year. This year 2,200 plastic eggs were placed throughout the Palmerton Park. Many children ages 1-10, along with parents and grandparents watchING, came out to take part in the hunt. Age groups were divided up and special candy prizes were given for those finding lucky eggs.
A burglary and a theft from vehicle incident that occurred in the same area of Schuylkill County is being investigated by state police at Schuylkill Haven.
Troopers said the attempted break-in occurred at Korner Pizzeria, located along E. Grande Ave. (SR209), in Tower City. Unknown criminals attempted to break into the business through a rear door using a crowbar and damaging the frame and door jam. They were unable to get in and went to the front door and also damaged the frame and door jam but did gain entry.
St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital will present the following health talks in April as part of the 100th Anniversary Lecture Series.
The talks will be offered to the public at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, 360 West Ruddle Street, Coaldale
Tues., April 6
Advances in Cancer Care: What You Should Know
The Tamaqua Education Association will hold this year's retirement dinner on May 8, at Capriotti's in Tresckow.
All present and past members are invited to attend.
Please contact JoAnn Dobrosky at (570) 668-6732 or Sheree Bashinsky at (570) 467-2507 or Judy Midas at (570) 645-4394, if you are interested in attending.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A commercial breeder charged with neglecting scores of dogs and cats was convicted Monday of animal cruelty, capping a high-profile case that state officials have used to tout their crackdown on substandard kennels.
A Lehigh County jury convicted Derbe "Skip" Eckhart of two misdemeanor counts of cruelty – both for failing to maintain a sanitary kennel – after prosecutors alleged he permitted animals at Almost Heaven Kennel to live in their own feces and urine.
The Monroe County Firemen's Association will be hold its 15th Annual Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday May 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Fish Hill Road in Tannersville.
This year firefighters and support team members from Monroe County Fire Companies who passed away in the 2009 calendar year will be memorialized. The service will be conducted by chaplains from the fire companies and includes a candle ceremony and tolling of the bell for the fallen, a selection by the choir of St. Paul's Church, organ solo and bag piper.
The first round of funding in the federal government's $4.35 billion Race to the Top program for school system overhauls has been awarded. Out of the 40 states that submitted applications, 16 states made it into the final round, but only two states will collect money, Delaware and Tennessee.
Delaware will get about $100 million and Tennessee about $500 million in this first round of funding.
PinnacleHealth Hospice will provide volunteer training to area residents willing to provide assistance and support to terminally ill individuals and their families. Training sessions will begin the week of April 13, with daytime and evening sessions to accommodate potential volunteer's schedules.
Evening sessions will begin April 13, from 6-9 p.m., then continue every Tuesday through May 4. Daytime sessions will begin April 15, from 1-4 p.m., and continue through May 6. All sessions will be held at 301 Norwegian Plaza, Pottsville.
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company hosted an egg hunt from children and grandchildren of members. Taking part in the hunt was Trinity Borrelli of Lehighton. Approximately 200 children participated in the hunt and then were awarded prizes by the Easter bunny.
The Tamaqua Sr. High School Music Department will present its' annual "Spring Band & Chorus Program" tonight, Tuesday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.
The concert will feature the best in instrumental and vocal selections presented by students in the Concert Choir, Jazz Chorale, Sr. High Wind Ensemble, and the 'Raider' Concert Band.
The Wind Ensemble will open the program with "The Star-Spangled Banner", and "Brazil: Ceremony, Song and Samba" arranged by Robert W. Smith.
Members of the Eastern Star, Monroe Chapter 99, will not meet this Thursday due to the Maundy Thursday holiday. The regular meeting will be held next week at the same place and time.
Good Friday Service
The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network is hosting a Good Friday service Friday, April 2, at Neola Methodist Church, 738 Neola Rd., Stroudsburg, beginning at 1 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.
Queen of Peace
Children ages 4 to 14 are invited to take part in the Franklin Township Lions Club Krazy Katfish Fishing Kontest on Saturday, June 5, at the Lehigh Canal at Weissport. There will be prizes for largest fish, first boy and girl catching five fish; and other prizes. Registration is at 8 a.m. Youngsters must be present to receive a prize. For additional information, call (610) 377-5559.
A second robbery by two male suspects was reported in Monroe County. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the second robbery occurred at the Radio Shack along SR940 in the Mt. Pocono Plaza on Sunday, March 28, about 5:19 p.m. The first robbery was reported on Friday evening at the AT&T store in Mt. Pocono. Details of the frist robbery appeared on the police log on Monday on page 2.
Eight-year-old best friends Casi Papay and Emily Recker, both of Palmerton, were lucky enough to find special eggs during the Palmerton Memorial Park Easter Egg. Casi won a Slip and Slide and Emily won a Whamo Track Ball set. The egg hunt was divided into five divisions from 0- 10 year old. There were ten lucky prizewinners in each group. The egg hunt was centered around the grove at the Memorial Park in Palmerton. "It just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year," said Jane Stroup, member of the Pool Pals. A raffle for adults was held in conjunction with the egg hunt.
Calling all Carbon County seniors who would like to practice for the upcoming 2010 Senior Games.
Victor Pituch, one of the organizers of the games, announced that there will be open practice sessions taking place for participants on Friday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Lehighton Recreational Center, Eighth and Iron streets.
The games, which are slated to take place May 4 to May 13, include basketball, pool, darts, ping pong, shuffle board, bean bag toss, horseshoes, swimming, miniature golf, softball throw, one-mile walk, dancing, bingo, and more.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is warning small businesses to use caution if they are contacted by firms offering to help them apply for funds available through SBA programs.
SBA and SBA's Office of the Inspector General (SBA OIG) have received several complaints from small businesses about abusive marketing practices, scams, and exorbitant fees charged by firms offering to help them obtain a loan, grant, or other federal funds, from SBA.
Some of these complaints include:
Children and grandchilden of Weissport residents had the opportunity to hunt for eggs on Saturday during the annual egg hunt, sponsored by Weissport Recreation Association, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport. Children are Jacelyn Troutman, left, and her sister, Elizabeth Troutman. The children shared in 132 prizes during the event.
A Monroe County man was cited recently for letting the air out of the tire of a vehicle.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said on March 23 about 1:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to Bill's Shop Rite parking lot in Mt. Pocono. A witness told officers he observed a man get out of his vehicle and walk over to another vehicle in the lot and then let the air out of a tire on the vehicle. The witness identified the man as Robert Vecchione, 64, of Tobyhanna.
A unique, month long celebration of the great outdoors in Carbon County is being planned for September 2010 according to an announcement made this week by the Carbon County Tourism and Accomodations Committee of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
With one week left in the regular season, three teams are competing for two playoff spots in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's Winter Basketball League.
Service Electric and R.R. Frey Services have secured the top two spots in the playoffs, while Two King's Pizzeria, Joe's Place/Joey B's and Cuz-N-Joe's Place battle it out for the final two openings.
-Two King's Pizzeria
The Tamaqua YMCA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, beginning at noon. In addition to the hunt for eggs, activities will include face painting, coloring and more The Y is located in the former Jamesway building in the plaza at the east end of Tamaqua Borough.
9 suspects arrested in $1 Million conspiracy
HARRISBURG Attorney general agents Monday arrested nine suspects for allegedly devising a complex disability fraud scheme in Monroe County. The suspects allegedly bilked four insurance companies out of more than $1 million by billing for home health care services that were not provided.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said that the investigation centered on Judi Grate and Bianca Bucano, both of Effort.
Thomas Hartz Sr. served 52 years in Tamaqua
Wave after wave of friends, firefighters, family, and community members came to bid farewell Saturday afternoon to the late Thomas "Tom" Hartz Sr., 52-year active Tamaqua firefighter, remembering him for his willful mind, sense of humor, knowledge, and life-long dedication to the Citizen's Fire Company.
Twin City Powerlifing Club members excelled at the Pennsylvania State Championships this past weekend at State College.
The team was led by strongmen Rob Eckhart and Jesse Strawser of Lehighton; veteran lifter Nick Theodoru of Palmer Township; and football player turned lifter Brandon Mauro of Bangor.
The lifters pushed and pulled these impressive weights without assistance of supersuits, American RAW style and drug-free. They competed in bench press, squat and dead lift.
Two female students at Pleasant Valley High School in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, have been cited for fighting.
State police at Fern Ridge said the two fought in D corridor of the school about 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. Troopers said the fight was over a boyfriend.
Both were cited for harassment, troopers said.
A Berks County resident was cited for retail theft at a store in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on the incident and also on two other thefts.
Troopers said Manuel A. Leonor-Mariano, 60, of Reading, was cited for attempting to remove $32.07 worth of groceries from Bill's Produce, located at 2012 Long Run Rd., in North Manheim Township. Troopers said he attempted to leave the store with the items in shopping cart about 3:56 p.m. on Friday, March 26.