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.
Summit Hill man was Korean War Bronze Star Medal winner
When Mario Iezzoni came to the United States from Italy in 1947 he simply wanted to be an "average American."
As a teenager, he enlisted in the Army after the outset of the Korean War. A little more than a year later, he was exposed to the horrors of war and found himself in a less-than-average situation, one which resulted in him being awarded a Bronze Star.
A son of "Tony the Tailor," an Italian immigrant who settled in Lansford with his wife, Mario and some friends joined the military not long after the first American was killed in action on July 4, 1950.
@Caption Stand Alone:Getting ready for Memorial Day
Frank Hager of Palmerton plants red, white, and blue flowers at the grave of his grandfather, at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Summit Hill. The grandfather, whose last name is Brennan, had fought in World War I. Hager said he has numerous relatives who were veterans, including his father, who was a soldier during World War II.
A Carbon County resident was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty to a trespass charge. He was one of 10 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Carboun County Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Carl Robert Stevens Jr., 30, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass, rated a felony three, for an incident which occurred on Jan. 1 at 6 E. White St., Summit Hill.
Michael D. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 75 Harrity Road, $1.
John A. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 59 Harrity Road, $1.
Sylvia M. Thack to Dino L. Eckhart, 360 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 360 Fairview St., $157,000.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Chris Noel Parry II, 24 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, property at 24 W. 10th St., $80,000.
The Kovatch Corp. will be getting an even bigger boost of sun power.
The Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday recommended approval for an 8.5-9 megawatt solar panel project to be built on top of the Nesquehoning Mountain to power the corporation, said company attorney Steve Cormier.
The company expects construction to start in the fall on the project, which will be built in three phases.
Carbon County will assess the functionality of its 911 system in regards to wireless telephone calls.
His decorated career having ended with the rank of sergeant major, Mario Iezzoni retired from the military in 1974.
But through decades, the Summit Hill resident always felt like he needed answers as to what happened to him in combat at the age of 18 in Korea.
"I always thought I should go see his family," said Mario of the soldier he carried from the front line assault in Pusan.
He believed the soldier to be John Kelly, one of three others with whom he was sent to Korea. The others were John J. Earley and Valletta.
We reached a new milestone this week as the national debt hit $13 trillion. If we divide the debt by the number of American families, each family owes $689,000. (See http://www.usdebtclock.org/). The average family income is only $62,500 annually.
Clearly the combination of debt and the rapidly accumulating deficit, with comparatively small family income indicates that the debt will take generations to repay.
Blue Mountain School District won another appeal to have property tax increased on a property located in the school district boundary.
The appeal was on the property of Kenneth Knittle and Lori Blozousky, 200 Chestnut Ridge, Deer Lake Borough. After a hearing Judge John E. Domalakes increased the market value of the property from $100,000 to $190,000 and fixed the assessment on the property at $72,580 for 2008 taxes, $70,870 for 2009 taxes and $75,810 for 2010 taxes.
Many talented performers took part in the May Flora Two-Day Festival held recently at the Stonehedge Garden in South Tamaqua. All the activities and performances were free to the public. Pictured is a performer, simply called the "Nail Guy", showing off his meditation skills while sitting on nails. Prior to sitting on the nails, he displayed how sharp the nails were bydropping fruit on the nail board.
It's that big weekend that officially opens summer with picnics, parades and festivals as loved ones travel to be with their families to celebrate Memorial Day. While most of us view Memorial Day as a time to spend with loved ones, let's take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is.
They offer business services tailored to their customers needs.
A full service community bank since 1923, Neffs National Bank, Neffs, remains committed to the communities as it provides the highest customer service.
Located at 5629 Route 873, the bank has been chosen as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Schmidt, president, said the bank was grateful for the designation.
Carbon County will pay nearly $29,000 less this year on insurance to keep the county and its employees covered.
The commissioners Thursday voted to renew the 2010-2011 insurance policy with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) at a total cost of $357,598. This is a $28,848 decrease from last year.
Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, explained that the county was happy about the decrease.
"The good new is this is a decrease of almost $30,000," he said. "That's good news for us."
The Lehighton Park was a busy place Friday night when Mountain Karate Academy celebrated its 20th Anniversary with demonstrations by Mountain Karate Academy, Tumble with Denise, and Dance with Kim.
The karate kids presented demonstrations and dancers danced at the bandshell, while the tumblers set up a presentation area on the grassy area in the park.
Mountain Karate Academy offers classes to adults and students at their studio at the Lehighton Annex building, Third Street, Lehighton.
Schuylkill County's response to the census program was higher than the national average response, the county commissioners were informed at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.
The Bronze Star Medal awarded to Mario Iezzoni for his heroic actions in the Korean War was presented on Sept. 28, 1953, for "heroism in ground combat."
The citation, authorized by the President of the United States, reads:
A Monroe County property dispute has led to the arrest of one of the property owners.
State police at Lehighton said on Tuesday, May 25, about 6:45 p.m. troopers responded to 7092 Rossmore Drive, in Ross Township, to a dispute. Troopers said there is a ongoing property dispute between Darrell Wagner, 45, of that address, and John Klingel, 57, his neighbor.
As a former English teacher and a newspaper column writer, most of my life has revolved around the English language. Words attract me. Grammar intrigues me. I remember being thrilled when I got homework that involved diagramming sentences. Some of my happiest moments have been spent searching for the right word to fit into a sentence. In other words, I am crazy about our native tongue. (Or, as some people might put it – I am just crazy.)
Memorial Day is a day when we must put things in perspective. The following email has been making the rounds this week, and in case you haven't read it, I'm including it here so that you'll know why Memorial Day is special.
WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard....
....to listen to his son whine about being bored.
....to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
....to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.
Weissport Park was made a whole lot prettier by members of Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly Concerned Citizens of Weissport, when flowers were planted in the park. The flower plants were donated by Sensinger's Greenhouses, Mahoning Township. The flowers were planted in all of the flower beds in the park in time for the Memorial Day services. From left are, Lynette Moyer, Tammy Solt and Linda Schoenberger. Also assisting with the beautification project were Dennis Moser and Arland Moyer.
Left over money Palmerton has from a state grant will allow for more invasive work at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to spend the money that remains in a Brownfields Assessment Grant for Lehigh University interns to conduct more research. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.
The money that remains from the grant is in excess of $11,000, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson, who inferred that the majority of that amount would likely be spent.
Officials from both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission say "a 'slug' of some type of pollutant that quickly appeared and disappeared" caused the death of over 1,000 fish in the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua earlier this week.
Diploma is his after 53 years Martin Weiss, now 80, missed his high school graduation because he enlisted
Martin D. Weiss of Saylorsburg was the subject of a very special graduation held at the Pleasant Valley School District's school board meeting on May 27.
Thanks to PV's Operation Recogniton program, Martin, 80, is now the proud recipient of something he said he's always wanted – a high school diploma.
The infield of the Northwestern Lehigh baseball field looks more like a duck pond on Thursday as a heavy storm forces the suspension of the District XI semi-final playoff baseball game between Lehighton and Allentown Central Catholic. The game was in the top of the second when lightning bolts, torrential rain, high winds, and pea-size hail arrived. The storm was so potent that the resumption of the game was moved today to Sam Balliet Stadium in Coplay. Lehighton was trailing at the time, 4-0.
It's a proven fact that most crashes occur close to home on roads with low speed limits.
When used correctly, car seats can prevent injuries and save lives, as demonstrated during a free car seat check up in Palmerton.
Sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids and the Palmerton Community Ambulance, the Car Seat Check Up was held Wednesday at the Palmerton Ambulance building.
Families who attended the event had their car seats examined by a safety specialist for proper installation, age/size appropriateness, and to see if it has been recalled or visibly damaged.
Members of the Jim Thorpe Post 304 form to commemorate Memorial Day for residents at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning. Speaking is Carbon County director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers .
While Harry and I were in the Harrisburg area recently we stopped at the Pro Bass store.
Boy, the things we see when we're out and about.
Ladies, if your guys suggest going there, don't fuss too much. It's a pretty cool place. I know this is almost sacrilegious, but I like it better than Cabela's. Now I didn't say Harry did. But I thought the ladies' clothing was so much nicer, prettier and had a lot more selection in my size. You know, Good and Plenty.