Sara Jane Bensinger, left, and Jean Tonkin enjoy comfortable temperatures by walking their nine year old yellow lab, "Molly Tonkin", through the evening hours in Tamaqua.
Is going green costing too much green?
From a theoretic standpoint, we need recycling. Landfills are filling, recycling saves trees and other natural resources, and going green is the only way to go.
However, if it costs more to recycle bottles, cans, and newspaper than disposing them in regular garbage, would you do it? Would you pay if a fee was imposed to put the recyclables in those large, blue bins?
Recycling has become expensive and in some areas, simply not affordable.
Carbon County is one location where recycling is in jeopardy.
On Thursday, Sept. 2, Northern Lehigh High School will hold a Freshman Orientation Day. The transition from Middle School to High School is often difficult for many students and the purpose of this day is to introduce the students to their new surroundings and prepare them for the final stages of their public education.
The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met Aug. 24 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 42 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld conducted the business meeting. Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. A moment of silence was held in memory of Emily Faust.
Q. I've been reading about athletes using steroids to build themselves up. Do these drugs work for older men?
First some background on steroids. There are two types of steroids: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, are drugs that help control inflammation. Anabolic steroids, such as androstenedione or andro, are substances that can help the body make muscle.
The recently formed Schuylkill Transportation System Authority held its organization meeting Monday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville and elected Edward Barket, of Pottsville, a former two-term county commissioner and a real estate broker, as its chairman. Jason Ghergel, Orwigsburg, a CAP auditor, was chosen treasurer and Jack Wabby, Pottsville, secretary.
The board will meet every fourth Wednesday of the month. Its goal is to turn the STS, a county operated bus transportation business, into a profitable business.
Dan Stevens of Northern Lehigh Future Focus said that in addition to the three-panel kiosk being unveiled, there was a single panel at the rear of the trailhead. The unveiling took place Aug. 27 at the trailhead in Slatington.
The trailhead is located on Main Street just before crossing the bridge into Walnutport.
The three panels are Exploring the Corridor, a bulletin board for use by the public and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Schneider, a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and a graduate of Northampton High School, will be sharing his thoughts about various items over the final weeks of the 2010 season. His diary, as told to Jeff Moeller, will run periodically in the TIMES NEWS.
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.
Local residents barter at Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow
It was a profitable time last week for people stopping by the Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow held at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton.
The show was a time for people to find out what valuables were taking up space at home, could be worth if sold.
For Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, the show brought a nice chunk of change from old change.
Actually Regina's father had socked away silver coins as a young man during the 1920s and they passed onto Regina at his death in 1999.
Northwestern and Palmerton managed to split Colonial League golf matches on Monday.
Northwestern Lehigh-Southern Lehigh-
Northwestern split in a Colonial League tri-meet at Saw Mill Golf Course.
The Tigers knocked off host Pen Argyl 410-448, but ended up falling to Southern Lehigh by a 390-410 score.
Cole Miller paced the Tigers with a team-low 76, while Nick Vecellio finished right behind with a 79.
The Spartans' Matt Guro grabbed medalist honors with a 2-over-par 72.
SOUTHERN LEHIGH (390)
August 31, 1985 Fred Cerimele scores two touchdowns, one on a 50-yard interception return and the other on a one-yard run, to help Panther Valley gain a 23-14 victory over Lehighton. Buddy Ligenza leads the Panthers' rushing attack with 68 yards while Gary Karnish follows close behind with 67, including a six-yard TD run. PV, coached by Joe Leonzi, also receives a 33-yard field goal off the foot of Rich Zabroski.
Two persons were cited for disorderly conduct for incidents in Lehighton.
Borough police said April Steinhauser, 38, of 242 1/2 N. Seventh St., was cited about 7:04 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, for an incident in the 200 block of N. Main Lane.
Shawn Frehulfer, 33, of 255 N. East Alley, was cited on Sunday, Aug. 29, about 2:30 a.m. for an incident at his home.
PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. will be hosting a community blood drive in conjunction with the Miller Keystone Blood Center on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from noon until 5 p.m. at the PHOENIX outpatient office, located at 1022 Blakeslee Blvd. Dr. East in Lehighton.
All eligible community members are asked to consider donating with the goal of keeping the area's blood supply at an optimum level.
Head coach Drew Benyo (23rd season)
Assistant coaches Janet Ginder
Last year's record 10-1 overall
League Schuylkill League
Key losses Sam Lux, Sean Boyd, Dave Barrientos, Jay Marsden, Arristah Voorhees, Branden Slack, Kareem Mickens
Key returnees Matt Curran (Sr.), Adam Dachowicz (Sr.), Josh Williams (Sr.), Nathaniel Flick (Jr.), Darren Gehres (Jr.), Chris Boyd (Jr.)
Others to watch Bob Taylor (So.), Erik Stelling (Fr.), Christian Fields (Fr.), Zachary Nace (Fr.)
The September meeting of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club will be Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Shade.
Tamaqua police are investigating the theft of a ceramic bird bath, reportedly missing from the Owl Creek Community Park. The birdbath, tan in color, was last seen at the park on Monday. The two piece unit is valued at $150.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-6100.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an attempted burglary, theft and criminal mischief incident.
The attempted break-in occurred at the Top City, located at 500 SR61, in Orwigsburg. Someone attempted to break in via a rear window but was not successful. The incident occurred sometime overnight of Aug. 25-26.
Sherri Brown, 40, of 32 Meadow View Rd., in Pine Grove, Washington Township, reported someone took her cell phone out of a box at a yard sale. The incident was reported at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27.
August 31, 1945
Pfc. Frank Crilley, of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action on May 20, 1945 in Okinawa, lost his life aiding a buddy in distress, according to a letter written by Chaplain William F. O'Neill to his mother, Mrs. Edward Crilley, East Mauch Chunk. The young marine left his foxhole to aid a buddy in distress and was killed instantly, the chaplain's letter stated. He was buried with full Catholic ceremonies in the Sixth Marine Division Cemetery on Sugarloaf Hill, the letter continued.
A free CEU program for nurses and case managers will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Alvernia University, Schuylkill Center, 1544 Route 61, Suite 1690, Pottsville. The program, hosted by Bayada Nurses, is called "Transitioning the Technology Dependent Adult and Child from Hospital to Home." All who complete the program will receive three CEU credits.
Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call (610) 377-4717 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 4.
Ninety-seven ninth grade students were welcomed their first day to Marian High School on Monday, August 30th.
A full day of activities was planned for the students by the Marian High School Student Council members. The Student Council advisor is Mrs. Deborah Coles.
Very rarely does a program do well in its first few years of existence.
Usually it takes some time for a program to grow in numbers and talent and become competitive in its division, league or district. It may take even longer for a smaller school since it doesn't have as many kids to choose from. However, the Marian boys' cross country team didn't need much time to get its feet under itself. No, the Colts pretty much hit the ground running – both literally and metaphorically.