Two 7th grade students from St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua won Honorable Mention awards for participating in the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation Poster contest. Awards were presented to Joseph Damiano (left) and Emily Pilla at a ceremony on Thursday, April 15 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem. The contest is sponsored by the coalition as a way of increasing awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations.
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, for the spring meeting of the Hazleton/Lehighton cluster.
The group included women from area churches. Women of the ELCA gather to "engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, society, and the world."
During the event, members took part in morning devotions and held their spring business meeting.
"It's time to have a supervisor in place," said Mark Stromelo, Nesquehoning Borough Council president as council voted to advertise for a borough working supervisor.
Bids were awarded to resurface the parking lot at the new police office at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center. The low bidder was Hazleton Site Contractors for $24,031.15. The police office should be ready in one month. Peter J. Radocha received the bid todemolish the old Sparich house on East Columbus Avenue.
Local resident, Ryan Hnat, Coaldale, will exhibit his paintings in the Graduate MFA Exhibition at Marywood University, Scranton, from May 1-June 25.
The exhibit will be held in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m.
Hnat considers himself an action painter trying to engross himself in the "consciousness of the event of the now."
Through his exploration of shape, line, and color, he utilizes the inherent characteristics of oil paint on canvas.
A Nesquehoning man was arraigned yesterday on multiple charges as part of an alleged complex burglary ring that operated in Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties, with drugs being a common denominator.
Frank M. Munoz, of 64 Rhume St., Nesquehoning, was placed in Carbon County Prison following his arraignment before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. He's one of about a dozen people who were implicated in the alleged crime ring, with charges including corrupt organizations.
Property transfers recorded at the courthouse were as follows:
Jason D. Grantham to Elizabeth Pauloski, property at 104 Lehigh St., Tamaqua, $68,000.
Melodie A. Schwertfeger, now Melodie A. Wright, and Albert D. and Camille A. Adams, of Catoosa, Okla., to Melodie A. Wright, property at 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, $1.
Ger D.J. Smit, Wayminster, and Siebendina J. Smit, his wife, to John R. Dubuc and John M. Dubuc, both of Ryan Township, lot on north side of Meadow View Drive in Smit Subdivision, Ryan Township, $1 (full consideration $28,500).
Safe Haven Dog Rescue will have an Adoption Day on Saturday, May 8 at Fidos & Felines Festival at Blockers Harley-Davidson, Route 248, Parryville.
There will be several loveable dogs available to meet and get to know. Come and find your new best friend! Safe Haven requires a Pre-Adoption Application and a home visit prior to adopting an animal, to make sure the dogs get the best home possible.
The following actions have been filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.
Sovereign Bank, 601 Penn St., Reading, filed an action against Joseph H. White, Lafayette Heights, Lot 12, aka, 40 Lafayette Trail, Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $120,777.69 and continuing interest.
Sovereign Bank filed against Karl A. Otto, 2750 College Heights Blvd., Allentown, over property at 39 Jones St., Lansford. Sought is $16,277.40 and continuing interest.
The story continues of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City.
Fans of the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" know what that means.
It means "Sex and the City 2" will be hitting theaters in less than a month.
It's scheduled to open in theaters on May 27 and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth.
Two artists performing
locally receive awards
For the fifth year in a row, the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program for their continued work in protecting and managing the trees in the hilltop community. Bureau of Forestry Program Leader Frank Snyder was on hand to present a flag and crystal plaque to Commission Chairperson Dr. Louis Vermillion during the 11th annual Arbor Day Service in Memorial Park Saturday morning as a recognition of their dedication and efforts.
The ladies auxiliary to the New Columbus Fire Company will meet on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the fire station. Gerry McConnon, president, reminds everyone to bring their hoagie papers.
The hospitality committee will be Nancy Canzoneri and Martha Ciarvella.
Everyone is invited to the annual Loyalty Day on Saturday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008.
A social hour will follow the program. All auxiliary members planning to attend are reminded to bring a dessert item.
Four students from St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua were winners in the this year's Schuylkill County Green Challenge which used the theme, "Ways I can help the environment". Elementary school level students participated in an Earth Day Poster Contest and middle school students an Environmental Essay Contest. SJRS winners include, from left, Josh Inama ($15), Gianna Agosti ($40), Jacob Triano ($50), and Nicholas Mayernik ($25). The school was also the overall winner at the event and brought home a $750 prize.
The Tamaqua Fire Department, police and ambulance personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Reportedly, a white Lincoln Continental driven by Erma Haas, of New Ringgold, pulled in front of a blue Ford Ranger driven by Gregory Greenall, of Lansford, near the entrance to Sisters Cantina on East Broad Street while they both were driving on SR209. The extent of any injuries were unknown. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
On your marks, get set, go!
That's the signal participants in the 9th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk in Palmerton will eagerly anticipate.
Presented by the medical staffs of the Blue Mountain Health System, the event will be held at 9 a.m. May 9. Registration is at 8 a.m. A Kid's Fun Run will follow at 10 a.m.
The course will start at the Palmerton Borough Park, make its way past Third and Franklin Ave., and end back at the park.
There is a $20 entrance fee before May 1, $25 after May 1, and $5 for the Kid's Run.
April 29, 1957 Jim Thorpe scores in each of the first five innings and rolls to an 18-4 Mountain League victory over White Haven. Alvin Sellers leads the Olympians offensively, finishing with two hits, two runs scored and four RBIs. Conrad Bincarosky contributes two hits and four runs scored, while Kenny Ackerman adds a hit, two runs and four RBIs. The winners, coached by Tom Carr, also receive two hits and two runs from both Phil "Pip" Rader and Dale Allen.
Last week, the Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education approved advertising the 2010-11 Proposed Budget, which includes total appropriations in the amount of $92,894,365 with a proposed millage rate of 143.630 mills.
This represents a millage increase of 8.13 mills, or 6 percent, from the current millage rate of 135.50 mills. A property with an average assessed value of $20,500 would experience a $167 property tax increase.
A Tamaqua woman has been cited under the borough and state dog laws.
Christine Ritter, 23, of 12 W. Broad St., has been cited by borough police for allowing her dog to run free, a violation of a borough ordinance, as well as failure to properly license her dog.
An educational, informational, recreational, and possibly life-altering combination of programs is coming to the Tamaqua Public Library on Saturday, May 1.
The fifth year of the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program at the library will be combined with a program by the New Ringgold author of "Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden," Kathy M. Miller.
Lehigh Carbon and Northampton community colleges are joining community colleges across the Commonwealth to launch a new statewide campaign that calls on policymakers and candidates to make expanding opportunities at community colleges an economic priority in Pennsylvania. Called "AdvancePA," the campaign will highlight the importance of community colleges to Pennsylvania's economic recovery.
Towns updating land use plans
The last time the boroughs of Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill and Lansford mapped out their collective futures was in 1966, when gas was 32 cents a gallon and the first episode of "Star Trek" debuted on television.
A lot has changed since then – the population has been declining but has become more diverse; resources are diminishing, infrastructure is crumbling and the economy has slackened.
From Earth Day 2010 projects by Eldred's Mrs. Principe's first grade class to Eldred's Mrs. Hine's second grade classes display of animals in their habitats dioramas, to a stroll down Innovation Road and through Safety Town, to reading biographies by Ms. Muldaur's PVI 5th grade reading students, the Pleasant Valley School District's Academic Fair, held at PVHS, featured exciting student projects from each school.
State police at Frackville are investigating an incident that occurred along Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, on Tuesday, April 27.
About 2:30 p.m. Carl Easter, of East Middlebury, Vt., was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser northbound behind a tractor pulling a flatbed trailer, when a metal securing bracket fell off the trailer and struck the hood and windshield of the Cruiser smashing the windshield. The Cruiser had to be towed from the scene.
Easter was not injured. The operator of the truck did not stop and has not been identified.
A Slatington driver was cited following a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the intersection of SR309 and SR4024, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.
The Penn Kidder Lions Club honored Rudeene Jackson as the Student of the Month for April 2010 at a dinner and meeting at Piggy's Restaurant in Lake Harmony. Rudeene, who is an eighth gradestudent at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, is pictured after the dinner with Past Lions President Brad Grissinger (left) and Penn Kidder Lions President Frank Rossino. Rudeene is the daughter of Pamela Wakefield.
Twenty-seven people who were cited with their first criminal offense were given a break by District Attorney James P. Goodman and were placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program.
If they complete the program successfully their record will be wiped clean.
Judge John E. Domalakes placed the following in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted:
Despite being awarded the No. 1 overall seed in last year's District 11 AA tennis tournament, Sam Lux's run at the title was short-lived.
Lux fell to Catasauqua's Shanore James, 7-6, 7-5, in what was somewhat of a controversial pairing. Since Catty did not field a team during the year, James had no record and was not seeded for the tournament.
James turned out to be much better than his 0-0 record. In fact, James went on to win the tournament and never lost more than four games in any set after facing Lux.
Carbon falls short, but Pennsylvania surpasses national average
Carbon County residents did their bit to comply with the U.S. Census 2010 head count sort of.
Although the county as a whole falls short of the national average, with 69 percent of residents mailing back their forms as opposed to 72 percent nationally, the state as a whole, townships and boroughs more than made up for the slow response.
U.S. Census officials on Wednesday released participation rates for the 2010 survey.
St. Paul Lutheran
The schedule for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, for next week is as follows:
Sunday, May 2, - worship service, 10:30 a.m.; and Confirmation class, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 3 - 11 a.m. W.E.L.C.A./Women's Auxiliary meeting will be held at the home of Donnas Miller at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 4 - D.O.C.S. meeting, 7 p.m.
League to meet
She recently branched out to open her own real estate business.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Cass Chies recently earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification.
Chies, broker/owner with Diamond 1st Realty, 236 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, earned NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR Expertise in Distressed Sales.
The driver involved in a one-vehicle crash about 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, along SR61 in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, has been cited.
State police at Frackville said Jennifer Halye, 32, of Minersville, was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango SLT southbound, a mile south of the Schuylkill Mall and through a PennDOT work zone, when the vehicle left the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle came to rest in the right lane.
Halye was not injured but her vehicle had to be towed from the scene. She was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic, troopers said.
Tamaqua Borough Council's next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. The change in schedule is due to the May 18 Primary Election.
Prior to the meeting, a second hearing will be held on potential uses for funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, including an additional $13,000. That hearing will begin at 7 p.m.
Both meetings will be held in the council chambers of borough hall, 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. The public is welcome to attend.