Scott Turner of Palmerton sees things differently from most people.
As a dyslexic, he was such a poor student that he left school after 10th grade.
Although his reading, writing and arithmetic skills didn't conform to the standards of his school, he went on to become an inventor, accumulating 30 or so patents during his career.
Because Turner saw things differently, he often could solve incredibly difficult problems, although people couldn't understand his solutions.
By JIM ZBICK
Honoring our war veterans has been a hallowed tradition since Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.
By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states but southern states refused to acknowledge the day until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring the Civil War soldiers to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
Flags decorate the graves of veterans at most cemeteries for the Memorial Day weekend, including this cemetery in Summit Hill. Services and parades will be held throughout the region.
Two area seniors were recently awarded $250 scholarships through the Summit Hill Lions Club. Kristen Halenar, a senior at Marian Catholic High School, left; and Abigail Markovich, a senior at Panther Valley High School, right; accept the awards from scholarship committee chairperson Judy Midas. The scholarships were given to two individuals because their community service background illustrated the Lions' motto for serving the community. This is the second year the Summit Hill Lions awarded students with a scholarship.
State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a burglary and two theft incidents.
The Pleasant Valley softball team picked a bad time to suffer its first loss to a Lehigh Valley team.
Emmaus' Kayla Kresley and Pleasant Valley's Meagan Fitzgerald dueled one another on the mound Thursday afternoon, as the two combined to give up just one run and ten hits. Unfortunately for the Bears, the one run belonged to the Hornets - who knocked off the locals 1-0 in their District 11 AAAA quarterfinal match-up.
Herring strikes out 17 in 4-2 win over Spartans in eight innings
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Martina Herring was in a zone. She had command of almost every pitch, but her riser was really on the money.
The Palmerton sophomore saved her best game of the season thus far, striking out 17 batters, walking two and scattering three hits in a 4-2 eight inning victory over North Schuylkill in a District 11 2A quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon.
It is believed to be the first Palmerton district playoff win since 1996 and 11th of the season for a team who had just won two games the past four seasons.
Vanessa Lynn Norris and Michael Richard Koshmieder, 227 rear E. Blaine St., McAdoo.
Maryann E. Proudlock and John L. Cole, 503 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua.
Jacquelyn M. Willing, 500 Lombard St., Tamaqua, and Christopher A. Hartz, 307 Willing St., Tamaqua.
Amy L. Trout and Scott R. Nunemacher, 116 Lizard Creek Road, Andreas, West Penn Township.
Gina M. Chiplonia and John R. Wircek Jr., 1171 Valley of Lakes, Hazleton.
Rachel A. Leskoven and Gerlad E. Zellers, 20 Fourth St., Apt. 3, Kelayres.
A young man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in a home just a short distance from the Coaldale police station.
Richard Paul Sawyer III and Trina Marie Zimmerman, 222 White St., Floor 2, Weissport.
Jason Lee Weimert and Khrissy Ann Heller, 501 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe.
Arthur Edward Murch III, 60 Mill Rod, Box 115, Aquashicola, and Lorie Marie Strohl, 235 Lonesome Lane, Palmerton.
Robert William Bernabucci and Danielle Valerie Hricak, 30 Chinook Trail, Box 2157, Albrightsville.
Timothy Paul Hunsicker and Valerie Jo Koch, 236 Carbon St., Lehighton.
Jeremie Michael Stoss, 111 Fourth St., Slatington, and Peggy Rose Feinour, 4023 Perry Court West,Daniels-ville.
The Panther Valley School Board approved the first reading of a new policy that will require pre-employment drug testing for superintendents, assistant superintendents, administrators, professional employees and support employees. According to the chair of the policy committee, the type of testing done will be up to the district's discretion. The policy will only apply to new hires, not those currently employed by the District.
Events Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Ginder Stadium
You don't have to use a lot of gas in your car for fun and fireworks this weekend.
The annual Summit Hill "Stay-at-Home" festival will be held Friday, Satuday, and Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. daily, at the Ginder Field.
The festival is co-sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission and Diligence Fire Company.
There is live entertainment each night.
A highlight is the explosive fireworks display at the conclusion of the festival on Sunday.
The entertainment line-up is as follows:
Ÿ Tonight - Shades of Grey, 7-11 p.m.
Tamaqua Area High School Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Students should report to the St. Jerome's School gym between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to be vested.
The procession will start at 7:25 p.m.
St. Jerome's will provide ushers and directions for everyone to follow. The air conditioning will be on in the gym and in the church.
SS. Peter and Paul
SS. Peter and Paul Church, Tamaqua, will hold a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 21 at 8 a.m. in the church. Cemetery services will be at 10 a.m.
The Summit Hill Lions Club recently recognized its former secretary, James Klingler, who served in the position for eight years. Klinger, center; is accepting a plaque of recognition from Ken Vermillion, club president, right; and Ann Yusella, current Lions Club secretary.
Barbara and Joseph Mustacchio of Lehighton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on May 28, 1960 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lehighton by the late Monsignor George Ardos.
Mrs. Mustacchio is the daughter of the late John and Anna Gresh of Lehighton. Mr. Mustacchio is the son of the late Abbie and Mary Mustacchio of Summit Hill.
They have two daughters: Denise, who is married to Tim Polzer of Coplay; and Colette, who is married to Steve Kresge of Lehighton.
Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School announces the principal's list, honor roll, and honorable mention for the third marking period.
(95 or high composite average with no grade lower than a 90)
The cardboard boxes contained note pads, tablets and scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings.
In terms of monetary value, the contents are modest.
The information compiled inside is priceless.
The boxes are the record-keeping legacy of the late Bob Barnisky, whose hobby of following the exploits of Tamaqua High School athletes in particular and others in general was familiar to readers of THE TIMES NEWS sports pages over the years.
After the Nesquehoning Borough Council came out of executive session for personnel reasons this week additional items were discussed. Missing from this month's council meeting were council men Michael Sniscak and Frank DiMiceli.
Mayor Tony Walck mentioned that the Memorial Day Parade in town will form at 8 a.m. at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center and begin march at 8:30 a.m.
The Crime Watch meeting will be held this month on June 15 at 7 p.m at the Borough Hall.
Plans have been finalized for the 2010 Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade that will be held on Monday, May 31, in the community. Traditionally, the town hosts Carbon County's largest parade for this holiday, it consisting of five divisions and having participants from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties, among others.
Stanley Zuber, a member of American Legion Post 316, will be the guest of honor, serving as grand marshal for the parade, which will step off after he rings the old Summit Hill High School bell in Ludlow Park. The expected start of the parade is 11 a.m.
Carbon County refunded a local business's taxes for two years after a court order reduced the assessment of six properties.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to refund taxes to Kovatch Corporation, Kovatch Enterprises Inc., and Kovatch Partners LP, all of 1 Industrial Complex, Nesquehoning, in the amount of $37,038.29.
Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the refunds are the result of an appeal Kovatch made on over a dozen of his properties.
The Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Association Board of Directors will be holding a rededication service on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the main gate of the Cemetery on the 500 block of East White Street.
The service will be followed by a free hosted walking tour of the cemetery grounds with an anecdotal and descriptive history of the cemetery and its residents as well as the monuments and their architecture.
A major thunderstorm that had very heavy rain, sharp lightning, marble-size hail, and tree-bending winds forced the suspension yesterday of Lehighton-Central Catholic baseball game at Northwestern.
The game will resume in the top of the second inning at 4 p.m. today at the Sam Balliet Stadium in Coplay.
The storm was an anomaly of sorts in that only a mile from Northwestern High School, at the Route 309 and 143 intersection, there was sunshine.
In most of the TIMES NEWS area, there was only a distant rumble of thunder.
Connie Palmer's love of baking started early. She was about 7 years old when she helped her Mom bake simple chocolate cakes.
Now 18 and about to graduate from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's culinary arts program, Palmer, one of the school's top two students, has been accepted at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
The Panther Valley School Board voted unanimously to approve a proposed final budget totaling $23,901,607 for the 2010-2011 school year.
Peyton Marunich wanted to provide Northern Lehigh with a little spark.
She ended up igniting an electrical storm – both literally and figuratively.
Marunich's two-run double in the fourth inning finally put the Northern Lehigh in front. One inning later, following a 51-minute lightning delay, the Bulldogs exploded for eight more runs to put the finishing touches on a 15-5 mercy-rule victory.
The lineup for the Nesquehoning Memorial Day Parade will form at the Nesquehoning Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday.
Marchers will step out into the line of march at 8:30 a.m. They will stop for salutes at the VFW Monument and St. Patrick's Cemetery on West Catawissa Street. They will proceed to the Nesquehoning VFW where a ceremony will be held.
Featured as the guest speaker will be Craig Strohl. All are invited to the patriotic ceremony.
Coaldale Silver Star recipient was only 18 and in combat
It's a freezing February night in 1945, and a scared kid from West Penn Township is on patrol, tramping through the snowy woods in enemy territory in war-torn Germany.
Suddenly, a German voice commands him to halt and give the password.
The kid, 18-year-old Edwin "Peewee" Mantz, had been drafted into the Army to fight in World War II. He's worlds from home, his feet are cold and wet in his leather combat boots, and his worst nightmare has just come real.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be doing several road projects within the next few days.
Weissport- Workers will be inspecting Forge Street, between Franklin Street and Railway Street in Weissport from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. Thursday, June 3. The should will be restricted for the inspection period.
Jim Thorpe - Workers will also be doing a bridge inspection on Route 903 between Route 209 and South Street, Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, June 2, between 9 a.m. and 3 p. m. ROAD NAME: PA 903. There will be a lane restriction.
A Summit Hill man was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in several pending arson cases on Thursday.
Frank Duane Swartz, 43, appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II for a hearing on his petition to withdraw his plea. After a hearing Nanovic granted the petition.
In January Swartz pleaded guilty before Nanovic to 16 criminal counts stemming from a series of brush fires set in the county between March and April 2008.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating two crashes, including a three-vehicle collision, on Thursday, May 27, along Schuylkill County roadways.
The three-vehicle crash occurred about 1:38 p.m. along SR61 just south of the entrance to the Cressona Mall, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said John J. Breslin, 24, of Schuylkill Haven, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Sliverado pickup truck, Victor E. Young, 61, of Reading, driving a 1999 Mercury Villager, and Martha Nicholson Anderson, 47, of Kings Mountain, N.C., driving a 2010 Ford Edge, were all southbound.