A new Gallup poll this week reveals that just 12 percent of Americans express confidence in the congress, which is the worst rating ever measured for any institution in the 35-year history of the poll.
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NORTHAMPTON Under a foreboding, stormy sky, the Marian Colts squared off against the Spartans of Notre Dame East Stroudsburg for the privilege of entering the District XI Class A finals on Thursday.
Riding high off their recent victory over Tri-Valley in the quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Colts were eager to prove their worth against Notre Dame, the district's top-seeded team. However, it was apparent not long after the two teams took the field at Northampton High School that the day truly belonged to the boys in green.
COPLAY It's tough enough battling opposing hitters.
But for Pleasant Valley pitcher Xavier Hammond, that was the easy part.
With a berth in the District 11 Class AAAA finals on the line, the Bears' left-hander dealt was a small strike zone early in Thursday's semifinal game against Nazareth. Hammond also had to cope with two long lightning delays, and then watched as his defense gave up an unearned run.
In between those distractions, all the junior did was throw a one-hitter to lead his team to an impressive 6-1 victory.
The following five-point memorandum regarding Baccalaureate was approved by the Tamaqua Area School Board Thursday afternoon and was to be distributed today to students and employees.
1. The baccalaureate ceremony is a privately sponsored religious event. The Tamaqua Area School District is not and will not be involved in or associated with the baccalaureate ceremony and does not or will not endorse the ceremony in any way.
2. As a public school entity, the Tamaqua Area School District does not or will not require any student to attend the baccalaureate ceremony.
Bring out those swimsuits, sun tanning lotion, and beach balls.
Pool season has arrived, and the Palmerton Pool once again hopes to make a big splash.
The pool opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. In light of the holiday weekend, the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
As of June 4, the pool will have regular hours, from 3-8 p.m., weather permitting.
Known for its bevy of special events, visitors can be assured they'll receive the same level of excellence they've come to expect, said Susie Arner, president of Pool Pals.
May 28, 1982 Three TIMES NEWS area athletes earn medals at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships. Tamaqua's Dave Keich takes second in the triple jump with a distance of 43-7 while Rob Mikulski of Panther Valley earns a fifth place in the discus with a throw of 146-0. Lehighton's Dennis Semmel also gains some hardware by taking sixth in the pole vault, clearing 13-0.
Palmerton Area School District will soon learn the cost of a playground project.
The district will accept bids for the Coal Bowl liner and soil cap work until 1 p.m. June 3.
On average, the playground typically accommodates about 100 students for recess at a time, and is also used heavily for a summer program hosted by the Palmerton Area Recreation Committee.
In November, the school board approved a $20,000 settlement between the district and TCI Pacific Communications, Inc., for remediation work to the Coal Bowl playground.
It was incorrectly stated in Thursday's Nesquehoning Council story that R. Mickey Angst reported that Nesquehoning Police Officer Carl Breiner should issue an apology for his appearance at District Magistrate court. The sentence should have read, that Officer Breiner should receive an apology. The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error an any misunderstanding it may have created.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on two arrests for harassment in separate cases.
On May 16 Donald M. Bohn III, of Auburn, and Jordan J. Schoffstall, of Schuylkill Haven, became involved in a altercation in the area of Summerhill Road and the area of Moyer Station Raod, both in Wayne Township, about 7 p.m. During the altercation Bohn allegedly punched Schoffstall in the face causing a black/blue eye. Troopers said Bohn was cited.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP - It didn't help matters for the Northern Lehigh baseball team that it was pitted up against a three-time defending District 11 Class 2A champion.
What made matters even worse was the fact that Pine Grove's starting pitcher Dave Hafer didn't make it any easier for the Bulldogs to try and pull out a victory in the district semifinals at Salisbury on Thursday.
Hafer simply crushed the hearts of those inside Northern Lehigh's dugout. He finished with a complete game four-hitter, allowed one walk, one hit-batsman, and struck out 12.
It was a magic carpet ride for those brave enough to take the plunge down the steep sliding board.
Carissa Fallon, 7, Riley Fallon, 5, and Julie Blose, 6, of Lehighton, all experienced the fun activity at the Crusaders For A Cause Carnival
The fifth annual event got underway under hot, balmy weather conditions Thursday in the Palmerton Borough Park.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, will hold a worship service with Confirmation on Sunday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Hazel, pastor, will officiate.
A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, June 6, immediately following the worship service.
Items to be discussed are the expense ratio with Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning, the Simply Giving Program, and consideration of selling the parsonage.
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.
Nesquehoning police reported on citations being issued by officers recently.
Officer Carl Breiner issued two traffic citations to Paulion Rodriguez, 128 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, for driving without insurance and driving with no registration plate. The incident occurred on May 16.
State police at Lehighton will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and roving DUI patrols this coming weekend.
The checkpoint and patrol will be conducted between May 28 and 31 in Carbon and Monroe counties.
Workers in Tamaqua laid the first concrete for the new pathway sidewalk leading from West Broad Street (SR209) to the Tamaqua Train Station as part of the Streetscape Project. The old deteriorated concrete walkway was removed and is being replaced by a new brick and concrete sidewalk. Four rows of red bricks, consisting of up to 300 each, will be placed on the sides the new concrete sidewalk. The bricks are available for sponsorship. Sponsors can have their names placed on a red brick. Sponsored bricks benefit the Tamaqua S.O.S. (Save Our Station) preservation of the Tamaqua Train Station.
A teacher's aide in the Weatherly School District has been charged with drug offenses after allegedly being caught on May 20 with a dozen packets of heroin at the middle/elementary school. Details about the woman, who is not an employee of the district, were not available from the Weatherly Police Department as of early Thursday.
Wouldn't it be nice to get bargain basement deals on high-end, name-brand clothing?
From Polo, to Hollister, to Abercrombie & Fitch, Kidz Corner has all the top clothing lines available at discounted prices.
Located at 415 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton, Kidz Corner will hold its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
As part of the opening, there will be a special 10-percent off all kids items. There will also be hot dogs and sodas, as well as face painting and a coloring contest for kids.
United Veterans Organization of Lehighton will hold its main 2010 Memorial Day Services at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the Lehighton Cemetery. The main speaker will be Judge Steve Serfass, who began serving in the Court of Common Pleas at the county's 18th judge when he was sworn into office on Jan. 4.
A woman who is five months pregnant, was injured 7:30 a.m. this morning when involved in a crash at the intersection of state route 443 and Cold Spring Road. According to witnesses the woman was driving east on Rt. 443 when an elderly motorist driving north on Cold Spring Road, after stopping for the stop sign, attempted to pull out onto route 443. Witnesses state in doing so for some unknown reason he stopped in the path of the east bound van. The van struck the left front end of the man's pickup truck. The van continued crossing the two lanes of Rt.