A Family Fun Day was held recently at the Bungalow Park in Tamaqua to benefit the Tamaqua are Relay For Life. The community event consisted of food, music, games, prizes, inflatable bouncy gym, and a dunk tank. Event organizer Jenn Miller, from Tamaqua, stated her appreciation to all the volunteers, patrons, contributors, and key event sponsor Larry Frederick, owner of Freddy's Pub in Tamaqua. She also pointed out her appreciation to the Citizens Fire Company for donating the use of their dunk tank and inflatable bouncy gym.
Area official seriously burned from display at baseball game
Herbert Truhe, 56, a supervisor in East Penn Township, was seriously injured Friday night when a fireworks display went awry.
Truhe has a business putting on fireworks shows.
He was in charge of the display at PNC Park in Moosic following the baseball game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Also injured was a co-worker, Joseph Mascaro, 48, of Old Forge.
Moosic Fire Chief Chuck Molinaro said the accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The remediation of the former New Jersey Zinc west plant in Palmerton has cleared its latest hurdle.
The state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday granted approval to Phase III Environmental of Lehighton for the beneficial use, controlled placement and monitoring of regulated fill at the 120-acre site along Route 248.
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 4:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, along SR443, just west of Moyers Station Rd., in Wayne Township.
Troopers said Walter E. Russelavage, 79, of Tower City, was driving a 2003 Toyota Avalon eastbound while Darrell E. Spotts, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, was operating a 1980 Yamaha YM500 westbound. Troopers said Russelavage slowed to make a left turn to enter a roadside fruit stand area when he pulled into the path of Spotts.
Parents of Jim Thorpe High School senior football players are asked to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. in the commons area of the high school. The meeting is being held so that the parents of the players can make the banners for their sons, which will be hung along the football stadium fences.
If you are unable to attend, the banners will still be made.
New pumper housed in Jim Thorpe
The Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe dedicated its new pumper Saturday in a ceremony held at the firehouse in the Heights section of the town.
The new piece of firefighting equipment is a 2010 KME Custom Pumper built locally at the Kovatch Organization in Nesquehoning.
Following tradition – after opening remarks from company Captain Kevin McArdle, an invocation by the Rev. James Ward, and the Pledge of Allegiance – the new piece of equipment was christened in much the same way as a new ship.
Western Pocono Lioness Club donation
The Western Pocono Lioness Club voted to send a memorial donation to the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network in remembrance of the late Lioness Betty Ford, a much deserving PVEN volunteer. She died this August.
The group will next meet for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with Dr. Bryn, chiropractor, from Life is Good Chiropractic, speaking to the group.
PV Band Parents
Pleasant Valley Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, at the high school in Brodheadsville.
Two Schuylkill County drivers are facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in separate incidents occurring on Friday, Aug. 27.
State police at Frackville said at 10:10 p.m. Henry Lesher, 38, of Orwigsburg, was stopped along Brockton Mountain Road at State Road in Ryan Township for traffic violations. He was found to be under the influence and taken to the barracks for a breath test. The test showed he was over the legal limit of .08 percent, troopers said.
Hikers and bikers on the Slate Heritage Trail, Slatington, will learn more about the area they are passing through, thanks to a project of placing five wayside signs along the trail. The signs were unveiled on Aug. 27.
Nick Sander, son of Cindy and Joseph, needed a project to complete his summer internship at Kutztown University, where he was a history major. He is now a civics and world history teacher at Slatington High School.
Amber Carroll is a soft-spoken individual who is modest about her goals and accomplishments.
What the Tamaqua Area High School junior has already achieved as a distance runner speaks volumes.
As a freshman, Carroll won the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championship at Tuscarora State Park, finished as District 11 Class AA runner-up at Lehigh University and placed 18th at the PIAA State Meet on Hershey's Parkview course.
Girl Scout Service Unit 310 will hold their Fall Product Rally Thursday Sept.2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St Johns UCC in Tamaqua. All girls are invited to attend to pick up their order forms.
A tractor trailer rig driver is facing charges following an incident that occurred along Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, about 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.
State police at Frackville said a 2003 Ford E350 van was parked along the bern with the driver behind the wheel waiting for a tow truck. Keith L. Fields, 48, of Ellicott City, Md., driving a 2005 Freightliner tractor with trailer southbound left the road and the passenger side mirror struck the van's mirror.
A Northampton County woman is facing drug charges following a vehicle stop that occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Long Mountian and Kreger roads, in Polk Township, Monroe County.
State police at Lehighton said Christine Dolores Grace, 40, of Easton, was found to have in her possession a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers said charges will be filed in the case.
Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre
Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre is holding auditions for two shows to be performed this fall.
Auditions will be 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Thursday, Sept. 2, at The Studio, 255-257 E. Ridge St., Lansford.
The theatre group will put on two one-act mysteries Oct. 23-24. Needed are one young man (teens-through 20s); one middle-aged man (40s-50s); one woman (30s-50s); three women (40s-50s); one woman (50+). Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.
Heritage Hill Senior Community residents and their families enjoyed their annual picnic at Eurana Park in Weatherly.
Four persons were injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash along Dorshimer Road in Polk Township, Monroe County. The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. near the intersection with New York Boulevard. The crash involved a window van and a pickup truck. The van came to rest facing east along the south berm and the pickup truck facing west. The Polk Township Fire Company responded to the scene, closing the road.
A Slatington man was cited by Tamaqua police after he was discovered sleeping in a doorway at the Berwick House Apartments on West Broad Street. The incident was rported at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
Barry Rausch, 39, who gave officers an adress of 443 S. Walnut St., Slatington, was found asleep in the doorway blocking anyone from entering or exiting. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and exhibited signs of intoxication when he was awakened by officers.
A Monroe County man was jailed this week for assaulting his son and threatening him with a machete.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said on Wednesday, Aug. 25, about 6:52 p.m. officers were dispatched to 2009 Cedar Drive, in the Emerald Lakes development, in Long Pond, for a domestic incident involving a male with a machete.
Upon arrival officers were told by Kyre Nero, 19, of that residence, that his father, Kenny Nero, 47, had choked and hit him and threatened him with a machete. Police said they observed injuries on the teen.
State police at Fern Ridge reported on two crashes investigated by troopers along Monroe County roadways recently.
A two vehicle crash occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Aug. 26 along Frantz Road in Chestnuthill Township. Troopers said Cynthia Rodriguez, 30, of Brodheadsville, was driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra westbound while Angelo Colon, 46, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2009 Nissan Murano eastbound. Troopers said Rodriguez crossed the center line and struck Colon's vehicle on the rear driver side with the front driver side of her car.
August 30, 2002 Ryan Bleam returns the opening kickoff of the season 88 yards for a touchdown and Northwestern goes on to gain a 28-13 Colonial League win over Notre Dame. Bleam finishes the contest with three touchdowns, hitting paydirt on runs of 2 and 18 yards. Ray Keshel carries 11 times for 141 yards and a TD as the Tigers, coached by Bob Mitchell, total 292 yards on the ground.
The Andreas General George S. Patton Jr VFW Post 5069 of Andreas hosted their 2nd Annual All-Veterans Free Picnic at Cheese's Grove in Andreas recently. All veterans, not just VFW members, and their guests were invited to attend the picnic. Above, veterans and family members pose for a quick photo during the picnic while other veterans and family members socializing, bottom photo.
A dog walk/hike will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Locust Lake State Park, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. The hike is four miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The hike will go up the top of the mountain. Meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake State Park located before the contact station. Bring your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.
Palmerton Class of '55
This is the last call for members of the Palmerton Area High School graduating Class of 1955 for the upcoming class reunion.
The 55-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Blue Mountain Ski Lodge in Palmerton starting at 5 p.m.
For questions or reservations call Richard Nothstein at (610) 826-7339 or Dorothy Strohl at (610) 826-4751.
The Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County has scheduled three composting workshops for county residents. Two of the sessions will be held at the Extension Ag Center, off the Gordon Agle Trail in Pottsville, while the third will be held at the Frackville Library. All of the workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
The sessions are designed to teach residents how to make compost and use it in the lawn and garden.Information on the recycling of non-compostable material will also be included.
The Lansford branch of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association donated $500 to the Lansford Fire Company. Presenting the check was auxiliary president Veronica Bazik along with Mary Ciganek, vice president; and Louise Dunstan, treasurer/financial secretary. Accepting the check are fire company members front, Mark Kosica, Jason Diehl. Back row are Chris Aungst, Ron Hood, Bryn Zellner, David Aungst, and Mike Doerr.
The former St. Ann's High School, on Bertsch Street in Lansford, had humble beginnings in the basement of the St. Ann's Church at the behest of its first pastor, the Rev. Hugh J. Bowen, according to a booklet printed in honor of the church's social hall dedication.
Bowen persuaded the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to start the school, which opened on Aug. 24, 1917.
Mother M. Angelus Ferguson, Sister M. Christina Lee, Sister M. Sacred Heart and Sister Alice Marie McCourt opened the school with 142 students in grades one through six.
A New Ringgold man has been cited by Tamaqua police after an incident at Pieracini's Market, 107 Hunter St.
According to police a man walked into the market and deli Tuesday evening and ordered a party pizza. While he waited for the order he opened a bag of chips and consumed the contents. When the pizza arrived, he picked it up, then refused to pay for it because he had been made to wait so long.
A historic landmark that helped put Slatington on the map is set to reach the century mark.
Slatington Hose Company No. 1 has announced that the Firemen's Statue/Drinking Fountain located in the 500 block of Main Street will be rededicated and unveiled with a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. as part of the statue's 100th anniversary celebration. In addition, a 9/11-memorial ceremony will be held in conjunction with the statue rededication.
Large local group attends Beck's Washington rally
Glenn Beck, the controversial, conservative TV show host, did on Saturday what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did 47 years ago.
He brought together hundreds of thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for a rally and pleaded for unity of all Americans.
Two buses with more than 100 local residents traveled to the event, labeled "Restoring Honor," from Lehighton. At least 10 busloads of people attended from the Lehigh Valley. There were several buses filled with people from the Hazleton area.
Mary (Mazurick) Kapish, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 97th birthday on Sunday.
Born on Aug. 29, 1913 in Mahanoy City, she also resided in West Hazleton and Hazleton Heights.
She was married to her husband, Andrew Kapish for 49 years until his passing in 1981. They had one son, Calvin "Jackie" Kapish who passed away in 2001.
The Lansford Ambulance accepted a donation of $250 from the Lansford branch of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Pictured at the presentation were Louise Dunstan, treasurer/financial secretary; Beverly Schiano, infection control officer; Veronica Bazik, ladies president; Steve Conrad, chairman of the board; Terry Smith, assistant chief; Mary Cignaek, vice president; and Jason Brochard, ambulance president.